Close your eyes and think about your kitchen. What’s on the counters? When’s the last time you cleaned out your pantry? Can you find a tupperware top if your life depended on it? Commit to cleaning up kitchen clutter and organize your kitchen for the way you live with these five simple tips.
1. All those large appliances that you rarely use and take up valuable counter and cupboard space — relocate to the garage. We’re talking toasters, crockpots, turkey roasters and bread makers. If you haven’t used an appliance in the last 90 days it shouldn’t be in your way.
2. Pull out all dishes from the cupboard. Toss anything that’s damaged (like chipped glassware) and give away anything you have too much of (or relocate to the garage). For example — do you really need 15 wine glasses in your cupboard?
3. Think outside the box. Break away from what your kitchen should look like. Just because you’ve always stored coffee mugs above the kitchen sink doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it. Can you hang hooks to hold the mugs inside another pantry door? Can you put a lazy susan with spices on top of the fridge?
4. Create stations. The most efficient restaurants have waiter stations — quick stop-bys where a server can grab new silverware or fixings for a hot tea. Create stations in your kitchen. If you drink coffee each morning have a nice tray on the counter that has a jar with sugar, two coffee mugs, stirring spoons and the coffee maker.
5. Arrange your cupboard space by how often you use items. All the everyday use items should be in the easiest to reach cupboards and then you can put the special occasion dishes like serving trays at the very top cupboards — the ones you have to get on your tippy-toes to reach.
We usually opt for white versus red wine if we are worried about our teeth — red chompers never look good — but this new study just may change what we reach for this weekend.
Italian researchers have discovered that the bacteria that feeds on sugars in food — and then clings to teeth and your saliva causing cavities — couldn’t do its clinging when red wine was present.
The study author hopes that the compounds in red wine can be separated from the liquid and used in overall oral health (but until then…cheers!)
Canadian researchers also found that inflammatory gum disease could be prevented and treated by red wine polyphenols…so go ahead, have another glass – your dentist will thank you.
Eat junk food? If you have a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer you may have an even greater risk than previously thought.
In a first of its kind study, researchers were able to find a link between certain foods and a higher colon cancer risk in people that were already more susceptible to getting it.
All of the people in the study had Lynch syndrome, a genetic disorder that predisposes people to cancer at younger ages and that affects up to one in 660 people. In the US, most people who get colorectal cancer have this syndrome.
Researchers studied people who ate various food groups including one that was dominated by fruits, vegetables and whole grains; another that was high in meat and coffee; a third dietary group that resembled a Mediterranean diet – fish, leafy greens, pasta, sauces and wine; and a fourth group that was heavy on fried snacks, fast food and diet soda.
The result? Researchers determined that those in the high junk food group were twice as likely to develop colon tumors.
According to the CDC – Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second leading cancer killer in the United States.
Photo via Flickr: by ebruli
Shopping, working, playing….whatever is zapping your energy, rev up your levels with these three surprising foods:
1. Apricots: Dried or fresh, this super fruit is rich in natural sugars and carbs for energy but also has some good-for-you vitamins like potassium and Vitamin A. You’ll notice that some dried fruits say they are ‘sulphered’ (which is actually used to keep the food fresher, longer) but we know a few people with a sulphur allergy — which is why we like this all-natural brand: Made in Nature.
2. Walnuts: A great source of omega-3 fatty acids and energy producing carbs, you need about an ounce of walnuts a day to get health benefits – that’s about seven shelled walnuts. If you’re adding these into your daily diet, we suggest you stick with the organic version, which is why we really like Good Sense Organic Walnuts.
3. Chia: Remember those Chia pets from the 90s? Well, this is a little different – Chia is actually the Mayan word for strength. This Dr. Oz super food is healthier than coffee and is a great addition to your morning smoothie. There are a lot of great options but we’ve tried Navitas Natural Chia Seeds.