10 Kitchen Appliances I Love

I did an article about kitchen appliances that gave me nightmares before, now it’s time to spill the secrets of which items I absolutely can’t live without!

Chopsticks

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I grew up using chopsticks, so I find them really easy to use, particularly for noodles and such. I like the wooden ones best, as they aren’t slippery.

Grater

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This is so useful for if you want to grate a block of something, or vegetables without blending them completely. I sometimes use this to grate cauliflower for cauliflower rice, or zest of oranges and lemons.

Julienne Peeler

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My life has been changed ever since I discovered this, because now I can use this to make zucchini noodles or sweet potato noodles. It shreds things into very thin strips.

Korean Spoons

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There is just something appealing about Korean spoons with long handles because they just seem so much easier to use. I’ve had one for years and always use that instead of regular spoons.

Laguiole Jean Dubost Steak Knife Set Stainless Steel

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This is the best knife I’ve ever used. It’s small, fast, good for almost everything and very easy for fruits and veggies. I have never loved using a knife as much as this one!

3 Layer Chinese Steamer Pot

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I love this three layer steam pot because it’s so huge and can fit a lot more in. I love making steamed buns with this!

Mason Jars

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Seriously, mason jars are simply amazing. I love putting vegetable stocks in it, smoothies, homemade pasta sauce and so on. It looks so appealing and anything can go in there looking brilliant!

Long Measuring Spoons

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I snagged one of these at Bed Bath & Beyond and I absolutely LOVE them to death, because these are long, they go into most small containers (such as spice containers) and I love how there’s even 1/8 teaspoon, which you can’t usually find.

Non Stick Frying Pan

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I can’t say how great those are, because when you cook with it, the food doesn’t actually stick on the bottom.

Vitamix Blender

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Honestly if my blender doesn’t get a mention, I don’t know what I would’ve been doing. My Vitamix blender is THE MOST important thing to me, as I use it every single day. I use it for smoothies, desserts, soups, sauces and just about anything!

5 Amazing Health/Food Websites to Check Out

I’m always looking for more health related websites I can just soak hours of my time in, and I’ve found five more awesome websites since last time and would love to share it with you all!

This Rawsome Vegan Life

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Website: http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/

I AM IN HEAVEN!! Whenever I find delicious looking recipe sites, particularly focused on raw vegan diet, I go a bit too hyper and excited and this website is just so amazing, it makes raw vegan food so appetising! I bet if you spend a few hours on this site, it would change your entire view on raw vegan food! Please go and visit it!

My New Roots

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Website: http://www.mynewroots.org/

This website is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The photos are so darn awesome I could just look at it forever, and the recipes are so amazing. It focuses on health, and that’s one of the greatest things ever!

Path to Wellness

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Website: http://pathtowellness.com.au/

YESSSS, another wonderful website about healing and leading a healthy lifestyle. These sites are always so inspirational and really amazing to read.

Blogilates

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Website: http://www.blogilates.com/

OMG this website rocks, it has so many AMAZING workout videos that really help you know how to exercise in such a fun way. I also love the clean food recipe videos on this website. It’s so awesome and you can just feel clean when you’re eating it.

Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Community

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Website: http://kimberlysnyder.net/

Kimberly Snyder has really amazing and interesting points about optimising digestion and her articles are so wonderful to read, and you can get so much information on how to eat healthy from just the blogs.

Crazy Sexy Wellness Revolution

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Website: http://kriscarr.com/

I absolutely LOVE Kris Carr’s information on juicing and smoothies, particularly the youtube videos that tells you exactly how to juice and what the best things to add are. She has some awesome infographics and her food philosophy rocks!

August: 7 Things I’m Loving Lately

Here’s the August edition of what I’ve been loving lately.

Sunflower Seeds

WOW, I haven’t even started using them until now and they are amazing, especially when you blend them with other things. They really do give that meaty taste, and will make food taste absolutely delicious!

Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

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Who would’ve guessed this little combination on bread would taste so amazing? While I was in LA, I got to taste some of the most amazing whole wheat garlic bread and panini with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, they make such a great combination which I didn’t even know about till now. Ditch all the butter and fatty dressings and try this!

LA, California

Okay, I just went on vacation there and I ABSOLUTELY love the experience so much that I am dying to go back again. I loved the delicious vegan cafes such as Dr.J’s Vibrant Cafe, Suncafe and Cafe Gratitude. I met some amazing, wonderful people and got to see such exciting places.

Raw Vegan Food

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Who would’ve guessed that raw vegan food would taste so darn amazing when they’re prepared properly? Well, Suncafe in LA has totally and completely changed my views on it. I’ve tasted some of the best tasting foods while I was there, and it was vegan and raw. Now I believe that if you can prepare it properly, raw vegan food may be some of the greatest tasting foods ever!

Connecting with Old Friends

Some of the most awesome things I’ve done recently is just to get in touch with friends I haven’t talked to in ages. It feels great to be back in contact after so long!

Inspirational Messages

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I’ve been looking and collecting a lot of inspirational messages from the internet lately and I find that when I immerse myself in them, I get really inspired because these words just empower me so much and makes me want to take a chance.

Lemon Juice

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Wow, I’m burning through almost 2 and a half bottles of lemon juice per week now, compared to before I was barely using any. I just love adding it to my water, smoothie, face (for acne), salads and everything I can possibly imagine. It really makes food taste delicious!

7 Things I’m Loving Lately

I see a lot of these posts floating around and decided I’m going to start one as well! (Haha, to join the lovely crowd!). Though, what I’m loving may merely be a thought or a website, not necessarily a product!

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Oatmeal

What I love is just how much I can do with this! We all know that oatmeal is a brilliant food for breakfast and is wonderful for the heart, but did you know that if you blend oatmeal with nuts, fruits and cocoa, it becomes this absolutely delicious dessert, that you never would imagine to be healthy! I also love how oatmeal can be used as a flour for cakes too!

Almonds

I’ve just recently started using this wonderful nut for desserts and I have to say, it has worked so well that I’m feeling a huge wave of inspiration about what I can do with it! I think the roasted ones from Trader Joes taste the best so far. It has seriously been fun working with almonds!

Using Grapes to Substitute Sugar

Now, this one I completely came up with when I was trying to make chocolate ice cream and I didn’t really want to use banana because there’s a distinct taste to it, and grapes is more of a neutral sugar subtitle because making chocolate ice cream with grapes didn’t taste like “grape ice cream”, if you know what I mean.

Matcha for Acne

Whoa, this works like wonders! I’ve always had pretty bad acne the week before my period and those evil things come up like crazy. Ever since I’ve started on the matcha mask, I swear they have gone down and not really dared to come back. I’ve been finally able to heal those acne scars from MONTHS ago. Usually, it would just be a vicious cycle where as soon as the marks are gone, I’d get new ones to replace the old. Horray!

Motivation and Dreams about the Future

Lately, I’ve been really inspired by motivations on this blog, as well as dreams about the future, like where I can go and what new things I can come up with. I am being inspired so much by different bloggers and their wonderful personalities! Somehow, it has almost made me realise that anything is possible and I can do a lot more things than I thought.

Taking Photos

Taking photos with my awesome digital camera has never been fun. Not only have I been taking lots of photos on food, but I’ve tried to take some of myself, which I have never really done before, and it has even given me a new perspective on how I look, which is a brilliant thing. If you really want to have some fun, go dress up, put on some make up and get a photoshoot done! It is FUN!

Smoothies

I need to seriously write a post just on smoothies. I’ve started a daily smoothie for about a month now, I noticed increase levels of energy, motivation, better moods, better skin, less acne, PMS decreased, and the list goes on. As for what I put in it, a big bunch of fruits and vegetables and nothing else (except some water if it’s too thick). I also leave orange with their skin whenever I make smoothies!