Stick by These 6 Simple Kitchen Rules for a Healthier Lifestyle

by Eliza H
HEALTH  |  September 05, 2018
  • Fill a drawer with clean tea towels
    1 / 6 Fill a drawer with clean tea towels

    This makes it easier to reach for a clean and dry towel – damp tea towels are a breeding ground for germs. 60 per cent of tea towels fail the hygiene test, with some even “growing” E coli bacteria. Experts recommend replacing tea towels after every use, but 21 per cent of us use the same one for a week or more.

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  • Leave a weekly meal plan on the countertop
    2 / 6 Leave a weekly meal plan on the countertop

    People who plan their meals for the days ahead are more likely to meet the healthy eating recommendations by the Health Promotion Board. Leave the plan somewhere visible and you’ll more likely stick to it!

    (Also read: 10 Healthy ‘Fast Food’ Items Every Busy Woman Needs in the Kitchen)

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  • Store your vegetables strategically
    3 / 6 Store your vegetables strategically

    Place produce that omits large amounts of ethylene gas as they ripen (like apricots, avocados, zucchini, pears and stone fruits) away from produce that is sensitive to the gas (such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce and spinach). This preserves the nutrients in the ethylene-sensitive produce for as long as possible.

    (Also read: 6 Ways to Preserve The Most Nutrients in Your Fruits and Vegetables)

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  • Invest in a water filter jug to reduce your exposure to chemicals
    4 / 6 Invest in a water filter jug to reduce your exposure to chemicals

    They remove traces of chemicals and tiny contaminants from tap water, such as ammonia and copper, which can cause significant health issues. Household plumbing, like taps and pipework, are the main sources of the contamination, although tap water in Singapore is generally potable. Check out brands like Novita and Star Wellness for quality crystal water pitchers.

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  • Buy two thermometers – one for the fridge and another for cooking
    5 / 6 Buy two thermometers – one for the fridge and another for cooking

    Refrigerators that aren’t cold enough only encourage food poisoning bugs to multiply. And only 25 per cent of people use a thermometer to cook chicken or reheat leftovers, despite it being the most effective way to judge when food is properly cooked. Did you know that LED kitchen lights make meat appear more well done that it actually is? You should also ensure your fridge is 5 degrees Celsius or below, and that chicken and leftovers reach 75 degrees Celsius during cooking and reheating.

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  • Buy smaller storage containers to manage your weight
    6 / 6 Buy smaller storage containers to manage your weight

    You’ll dish out a smaller portion of food when you are serving from a smaller container. In fact, using a larger container leads to eating 129 per cent more food, which adds up to 190 calories to a meal. You can get small airtight containers from Tupperware, Ikea and supermarkets. On the same note, you should get larger containers for ingredients or food you should be consuming more of, such as organic produce!

    (Also read: Use These Portion Sizes to Keep Your Favourite Snacks Low in Calories)

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    A version of this article first appeared on www.homeanddecor.com.sg.

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