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Hi everyone. I’m Amy Mac. Thank you so much for joining me on this episode of Fit Life. Today, we’re focusing on the Kitchen. We’re going to cover cleaning, gadgets, easy snacks, a power spice and of course, your move of the week. Don’t go anywhere.
Today’s hot topic is kitchen bacteria. Every year, there’s 76 million incidents of food borne illness contracted from the home. Most of this as a result of cross contamination and improper sanitation. You should always wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before beginning to cook. You should also wash any utensil or prep service after each food prepared. Paper towel a are recommended but if you do use towels or sponges, make sure they’re clean it hot water often. Sponges can also be thrown in the dishwasher or rinsed out and then put in the microwave for one minute. The latter makes me a little nervous though because it is a fire hazard.
Next, do not cross contaminate. Do not place cook food on the same plate that was used for raw. This is common especially when people are barbecuing. In addition to making sure your cutting boards are clean, it is recommended to keep one cutting board for veggies and another for meat, poultry, eggs, et cetera. I think I’m going to those tip to my kitchen and buy a green cutting board for veggies and a white one for meat. You should also make sure that the towel you used to dry your hands is not the same used to dry the dishes. And when you wash the fruits and veggies, dry them off with a paper towel, this one step will eliminate quite a bit of cross contamination.
Finally make sure to clean your kitchen services thoroughly. You can use regular soap and hot water, kitchen cleaner or make your own bleach mix. Be very diligent with this because it was found that those who wipe their counters incorrectly had more bacteria than those who never wiped their counters. This is caused by not killing the bacteria and spreading it around. That’s it for today’s hot topic.
We’re spending today in the kitchen and so therefore, you must be well-equipped. I found these three kitchen gadgets by accident and was impressed with their simplicity. The first is the spoon holder. Whenever you’re making soup or browning ground beef, you have to keep a spoon handy. I hate using it and then setting it back on the stove, this simply clips onto the pan and keeps your spoon nearby and doesn’t make a mess.
The next is a vegetable peeler. I think all of us can agree that the standard peeler need some work. This slides onto your fingers and allows you to peel your veggies while keeping control of the peeler.
Finally, my favorite, the finger guard, you have to be careful when you’re in the kitchen using knives. This little guard helps you get the job done a little bit safer. It slides onto your fingers and you can chop and dice away. These gadget are all $6.00 a piece and can be found id Gourmet Kitchen Stores Bed Bath and Beyond and Linens and thing. I noted a little early that these are going to make great wares.
Today’s move of the week is a while your water boils push up. Let’s get to it. You’re going to lean against the counter keeping those hands out wide and even with your chest. Now, extend those arms keeping the elbows soft and then bend those elbows to complete the pushups. Make sure that your feet are firmly planted and you really want to focus on using that upper body, squeeze that stomach and butt and do as many as you can. There is no excuser for not working out, now it’s your turn.
Today’s Fresh in the Market is featuring three ingredients that combined in different ways to make three healthy free snacks for everyone in your house. Let’s grab from the fridge—fruit juice, vanilla yogurt, and fruit. Here is Light and Fit vanilla yogurt, it’s lower in calories and tastes great. Next, fruit, you can pick any variety of fruit and it can be fresh or frozen. Either way, make sure it’s unsweetened. Also select a healthy fruit juice, once again select it to be low in calories and sugar. I picked cranberry raspberry.
Now the first snack is a smoothie. You want to combine a half cup of yogurt, a fourth cup of juice and a handful of berries. Mix and drink, you can actually find the recipe on the back of the yogurt container. The second snack is a Parfette, simple add a couple scoops of yogurt and topped with fruit. And if you want, you can add some granola and cereal on top for some crunch. Don’t forget your glass of juice. Finally, popsicles. Add two cups of fruit juice, a half cup of yogurt and one cup of fruit. Mix, freeze and enjoy. It’s amazing how three ingredients can make a great snack in different forms. These are all fast, fun and easy. See, eating healthy isn’t all about diet food. Check out my website for some recipe cards.
Did you know that cinnamon is a powerful spice, not necessarily in taste but in its ability to heal. It can be used to suit upset stomachs or to prevent ulcers. It suppresses the bacteria that create urinary tract infections and yeast infection and has been shown to reduce LD cholesterol levels. It’s also been shown to help reduce blood sugar levels and increase the natural production of insulin. You might be wondering, how much cinnamon it would take to do all of this. Well, it appears to be anywhere from half a teaspoon up to two teaspoons a day. If that isn’t fact all it takes, I say put it on your toast, your cocoa, your oatmeal and your apple sauce and reap all the benefits.
For more information on any of these topics or to contribute to our future show, go to withamymac.com. Next week, we’re going to focus on project cleaning for the weekend ware. That’s it for today, stay fit and be well.