Winter is on its way, no matter how we feel about that fact. Nationwide we have enjoyed a long and beautiful autumn, but as the days shorten here in the Midwest, we are keenly aware of what is to come. Snow and cold temperatures will soon be upon us, and along with these weather conditions come some risks and dangers. Readiness is always our best defense against nature’s elements. Even though the snow is not here yet, it is never too early to prepare your home with a few basic winterizing projects. A few simple steps to prepare your home will help keep you safe and cozy all winter long.
Check your calendar at least twice each day, once when you wake up to remind yourself of what you are going to be doing, and once before you go to bed at night, to allow your subconscious to help you prepare for the following day.
So how do you avoid common kitchen hazards, especially for children? As valuable as tactile experiences are for appreciation of nutritious foods, when children are helping you in the kitchen, it takes only one unguarded moment for an accident to occur. Injuries and potential food poisoning are less likely if you adhere to the following sage advice.
Wash vegetables and fruit before placing them in the refrigerator. That way they’ve been pre-cleaned making Poverty Meal Prep easier. The kids can grab a healthful snack without worry of harmful bacteria lurking on the surface. Also, Bacteria on food rapidly multiplies, when left at a temperature between 45 F and 140 F. Avoid this danger zone as much as possible by quickly refrigerating cooked foods. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers immediately after dinner to prevent bacteria from forming in the food.
Have a scheduled computer time. Know when and how long you are going to spend online checking emails and responding to emails. Know when and how long you are going to spend on Facebook or any other sites or online work you need to do.
Yogurt is a food that can be enjoyed year-round. It’s live bacteria helps a healthy immune system sustain balance. Stir in a bit of wheat germ for texture and extra vitamins. Whole grains, like found is some breads, contains Vitamin E and zinc, along with a host of other good-for-you things. This, too, will help maintain a healthy immune system. And, as much as it may make our breath unpleasant, garlic packs a wallop as one of the greatest disease-fighting foods. As a perk, it adds great flavor to stews, soups and spaghetti as well as lasagna.
A rice cooker, food processor, vegetable chopper, hand blender, pressure cooker, and crock pot are all kitchen appliances that make your job easier, and reduce cooking time. Consider investing in one or more of these appliances to aid your meal prep.