The best part about slow-cookers is that they’re incredibly versatile. Not a morning person? Save yourself some time in the early hours by prepping a healthy breakfast the night before. You can put all the ingredients for oatmeal, quinoa breakfast porridge or another healthy, hot dish in your slow-cooker and set it to low, so it cooks overnight. Bonus: You’ll be woken up by the smell of whatever spices you added.
Always in a rush on weeknights? Add your vegetables and grains of choice, vegetable broth, spices and your favourite protein to your slow-cooker in the morning, and not only will you have a healthy, balanced meal when you get home from work, you also won’t be tempted to pick up takeout on your way home. Instead, you’ll have time to hit the gym.
The idea behind a raw food diet is that cooking and processing foods decreases their nutritional value and destroys enzymes. While the diet is extreme for some, you can incorporate raw foods into your meals without compromising on taste, by using a dehydrator. Start by making something simple, like kale chips-which make for a delicious way to get your greens, and work your way up to making your own crackers using nuts and seeds.
While store-bought juice is full of sugar, fresh juice is packed with nutrients and can help you get essential vitamins and minerals. If you don’t get enough greens, it’s also a great way to sneak them into your (or your child’s) food without noticing. The best part? You can mix and match fruit and veggies to find a signature juice that suits both your nutritional needs and your taste preferences.
Try: Hurom Slow Juicer
An easy way to start each day with a large does of fruits and veggies? Make a smoothie. The possibilities for delicious smoothies are endless. If you get a glass blender that can handle heat, it’s also great for pureeing soups.
Need inspiration? Check out our best healthy smoothie recipes!
Instead of buying processed veggie patties or canned soups, you can easily make your own in a food processor. You can also prepare sauces and dips, grind nuts and make breadcrumbs. Not only that, but most food processors have attachments so you can easily grate carrots and other veggies. In short, food processors make meal preparation healthier-and easier.
Try: Cuisinart 14-cup Food Processor