How I Changed My Eating Habits With A Toaster Oven

As long as I can remember I have always had a stove and oven in every apartment and house that I have lived in. The amount of times that I actually used the behemoth of an oven can probably be counted on one hand. This was for a number of reasons. I thought that it used too much energy. I was a little intimidated by its size. It was much simple to by frozen microwavable dinners or eat out. Plus I was never much of a cook. I simply used it to store my pots and pans that I never used. At least it prevented them from collecting dust.

Cut to about 20 years later and things have changed. My poor diet choices have caught up with me. What I was able to get away with when I was younger is now show its ugly side. So I decided to finally do something about it and change what I eat and the way that I eat. The last year has been a real learning experience. I bought a countertop toaster oven and started cooking for myself and it has really started to pay off. Hopefully this can be useful to anyone who was in the same place that I used to be.

Advantages Of Home Cooking

There are several benefits to cooking for yourself. I was always aware of them but never really paid that much attention to it since the convenience of eating out was so appealing.

Cost

Getting to work in the kitchen is typically going to be cheaper than eating out in a restaurant. You can get everything you need for a recipe that feeds 2 to 4 people and have plenty leftovers for the following days. Stretching it out will save you a lot in the long run. Plus you don’t have to tip your waiter.

Ingredients

Being in control of the ingredients is important as well. Choosing healthy and natural foods for yourself and go a long way to improving your overall health. This can also be beneficial to those with allergies. You can avoid the bad stuff and be confident about what you are eating.

Portions

Preparing as much or as little as you wish to eat is another crucial benefit to home cooking. If you are looking to lose a little weight then portion control will help. Even if you cook more than you need you can have leftovers the next day.

Cooking For Others

Slaving in the kitchen is more rewarding if you have others to cook for. Those with kids can see real benefits by having a homemade meal as it brings the family closer together. Getting the kids involved by letting them help you can also have long lasting advantages. Showing them how to eat right at an early age is something that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Advantages Of Using A Toaster Oven

This is where things really changed for the better in my case. As I laid out earlier I had plenty of reasons that I never used a full sized oven. However, once I took the plunge and splurged on a toaster oven my whole world changed.

There are several different types of countertop ovens out there but I went with one that had convection. If you plan on cooking a wide range of recipes then this is something that I would recommend. They may be a bit more expensive but for every day cooking it is a great feature to have. It can help speed up cook times and it gives a nice even result.

Luckily there are many high quality brands from which to choose. Some of the newest toaster oven reviews rank Breville the highest but KitchenAid, Cuisinart and Oster are all great options for your kitchen. Typical prices range from $75 up to $300 for this small appliance. But is it worth it? Here are some of the benefits to using a countertop oven.

Energy Efficient

Generally these smaller ovens use less energy than their bigger brothers. Getting something with a convection cooking feature will also help you reduce the amount of time that the oven operates. They also heat up quicker. Energy savings leads to cost savings over time.

Simple To Clean

Most of the popular models are made of stainless steel, have non-stick interiors, and have easily accessible drip trays. This all lends itself to an easy to clean appliance. A simple wipe down with a wet rag is usually all it will take to keep your oven shiny and new looking.

Convenience and Versatility

Not only toaster ovens portable, but they are more convenient to use than a standard oven. Their smaller size and simple controls make it quite easy to use on a daily basis. The more expensive models also feature a wide range of cooking functions. You bake, broil, roast, reheat, defrost and toast to name a few. This lets you prepare a variety of different recipes and handle a bunch of different tasks all in one machine. Not only can it do just about everything your full size oven does but it can even replace your microwave in a few instances.

Fun Factor

I have never been a huge fan of homemade meals before because of all the work involved. While there is still work, using the oven now is less intimidating and is more fun. For family’s it is probably even better.

No Regrets

Getting my own toaster oven was probably one of the better purchases I have ever made for myself. Not only is my diet better now, so is my outlook. I enjoying being in the kitchen now and my waistline is seeing the benefits. If you are looking for a way to shake up your eating habits and have better control of what you eat then perhaps this is the direction worth going. It was for me and I look forward to my next cooking adventure.

A Boost Of Green Juice To Help Wake Us Up

The popularity of green juice has been on the rise. This is taking place at a time when more and more people are becoming more concerned about their health and living right. Another reason that is inspiring people to prepare the juices is the easy availability of juicers. These small appliances let you get a super concentrated dose of nutrients without having to spend in inordinate amount of time eating fresh fruits and veggies. As more and more people realize just how much of an impact that a juicer can have on your daily nutrition, the more their popularity rises.

Another great thing about using a juicer is that the various amount of recipes that are available to experiment with. Below are just of the ways that you can utilize green leafy vegetables to make a delicious and nutritious glass of goodness.

Cumber Pineapple Kale

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 medium to large apple
  • 1 /2 cup pineapple
  • 4 kale leaves
  • 3 Swiss chard leaves

Benefits

This juice is rich in different nutrients that help enhance your health. Apple is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin A that help get rid of free-radicals that are harmful to the body. Chard and kales contains high concentration of iron, minerals and vitamins and help fight germs, pathogens and diseases while vitamin C found in pineapple improves digestion as well as metabolism.

Coriander and Spinach Juice

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 /2 lime
  • 1 green chili
  • 2 green apples
  • Handful of coriander

Benefits

Acidic environments contribute to diseases such as cancer, ulcers, arthritis and more. Green vegetables such as coriander and spinach are alkalinic and restore the body’s pH levels. This reduces the possibility of the above-mentioned diseases. Chlorophyll, the green coloring matter , found in vegetable breaks down harmful toxins.

Spinach Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 /2 cup cucumber
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 granny apples
  • 1 pear
  • 4 leaves/8 cups spinach

Benefits

Following this simple green juice recipe is your way to you and your family living a healthier lifestyle. Spinach and cucumber are iron-rich and will help improve the quality and circulation of blood in the body. Lemons and apples help in detoxifying the body and removing harmful toxins thanks to the anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

Apple Basil Cucumber Juice

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple
  • 1 lady apple
  • Handful of basil
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lime

Benefits

The first reason that makes this green juice a good option is its low-calorie content. You can drink as many glasses as you want without worrying about adding a few extra pounds. Secondly, all the ingredients provide vitamins and minerals which is needed by the body to defend itself against foreign compounds. Thirdly, the juice is quite tummy-filling and thanks to the bloating effect it has, a user will have lower food cravings.

Green Citrus Extravaganza

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 Fuji apple
  • 1 /2 cucumber
  • 1 /2 lemon
  • 3 stalks of celery

Benefits

This juice is not only simple to make but also comes with quite a number of benefits. One, cucumber and apples are rich in minerals, potassium, and vitamins that improve the immunity in the body. Two, orange and lemon like other citrus fruits contain natural sugar known as fructose which is healthy and boosts metabolism as well as minimizes intake of refined sugar. Celery stalks contain iron and d fiber which help improve the digestive system.

There you have it. Some simple recipes for nutritious and healthy green juice. You don’t have to be a seasoned chef or culinary expert to enjoy fresh green juice. Simply get a good juicer and look for your preferred veggies and fruits. It’s always important to make sure the ingredients are fresh and have been farmed in hygienic conditions. In addition to boosting your health , the green juice recipes are easy and simple to prepare.