5 things to change in your kitchen for a healthier life.

Via Jennifer Young
on Feb 28, 2011
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Making changes.

As I become more and more conscious of my health, what I ingest, what I put on my skin and anything else that goes onto or into my body, I feel the need to make changes. As my constitution is dominant Vata/Pitta, I often feel very impulsive and want to change everything at the same time. I am sure many of you see yourselves in this description as well. What I have learned though is that small changes done consistently are less overwhelming and feel much more accessible to do. Most importantly those small consistent changes are the ones that last a lifetime.

Here is a list of 5 things that you can add to or replace in your kitchen to feed your body and soul with more nutritious foods. Plus, it’s always nice to have a change once in a while ;).

1) Unrefined Sea Salt : Learn how unrefined sea salt balances out your system and brings wonderful health benefits. The water in our bodies is almost identical to the ocean water.

2) Agave nectar:  A natural sweetener that is a great replacer for sugar!

3) Coconut oil/butter: YU-MMY! So much better that real butter, and so much healthier. You can cook your veggies in it, spread it on toast and its tastes wonderful.

4) Organic almond butter: This is a great replacer for the sort of Kraft peanut butter that we all ate as children or jam filled with sugar. It tastes wonderful, very nourishing and will fill you with energy. For something extra, spread on some fresh raspberries or blueberries to make a natural jam.

5) Tulsi Tea: This is my best find of the year. In the U.S it’s easier to find in grocery stores, but here in Canada you need to go to a health food store to snatch some. It is often known also as Holly Basil Tea. The benefits are immense, from detoxification, to an anti-inflammatory drink. It’s great for relaxation and to soothe anxiety. A must have in your home.

I hope this helps you discover some new delicious products for a healthier life. If you already have most of these products, make yourself a new list of 5 things that you can change or add to your kitchen and slowly but surely, your kitchen will become healthier and healthier. And please share, if you have some new ideas ;).


About Jennifer Young

Jenn is a Hatha Yoga teacher, yoga therapist and founder of her company Yoga Life based in Montreal. She has been practicing Yoga since 2002 and it has become a lifestyle for her, a way of appreciating everything she encounters in her life as an opportunity for learning. Her generosity is reflected in everything she does. Her priorities in life, along with Yoga are her family and friends. They are what create all the love, laughs and life around her and this is where she focuses most of her energy. Jenn has a profound love for nature and life’s simplicities and these two things are strongly reflected in her personality. What she believes we should learn through yoga... Love life everyday, laugh, relax, be authentic, cherish the people you love, be generous, take time to have fun, be responsible, take care of yourself, and most importantly Be An Active Participant In Your Life!


7 Responses to “5 things to change in your kitchen for a healthier life.”

  1. Lindsey says:

    I would maybe re-consider the agave….

  2. GypsyWarrior says:

    FYI: there is quite a bit of controversy on agave necter, it is a highly refined product that some say is not much better than high fructose corn syrup. I chose to stick with pure local honey, raw and unfiltered 🙂

  3. NotSoSure says:

    Agave nectar found commercially is a highly processed form syrup with a higher percentage of fructose that high fructose corn syrup. Cut from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health

    "While the label may claim that the agave is “organic and all-natural,” the label does not explain that the syrup has gone through an extensive process of chemical refining which changes the enzymatic structure of the syrup, converting it into a man-made chemical fructose."

  4. Great article! I love Agave and I think it's tastes better than honey or sugar (of course depending on what you are using it for).

  5. Thanks everyone on the input of Agave, I wasn't aware of it, and will look into that for sure. It seems to be recommended everywhere…which is strange!

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  7. I too concur on the misleading information about Agave. I recommend more research into the disingenuous world of Agave producers and how its inherent benefits are far below…

    Raw Honey (preferably Unfiltered)
    Maple Syrup

    My verdict is still out on Coconut Sugar and Palm Sugar, but as to my knowledge, they are over-processed as well.

    Also, I recommend more research on coconut butter as well. It is generally refined and de-odorized as is most coconut oils on the market. Organic Extra-Virgin Raw Coconut Oil is unrefined and has the most health-benefit of all cooking oils.

    …please follow through, research, and when discovered, edit your article. It will have the capacity to do good only if correct.