How to Love Your Kitchen

July 31, 2015

I received product from GoPicnic in partnership with this post.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions about GoPicnic are my own.

How to Love Your Kitchen

For some people, the kitchen may be the scariest room in the house.  For me, it’s one of my favorites!  As someone who loves to get creative, the kitchen is just another art studio to me.  Since I spend so much time chopping, dicing, and slicing, it’s important to create an environment that’s healthy, safe, and happy.  Keep reading for tips on how you can do the same!


They say the two most important rooms in your house to keep clean are your bathroom and kitchen.  I always feel better when I’m working in a clean room, in general.  Wash your dishes and put them away.  Wipe down countertops and tables.  Get your sink sparkling by cleaning it up with a mix of lemon juice, white vinegar, and baking soda.  Start fresh and you’ll feel better about the meals you prepare!


I’m one of those people that happens to love cleaning out the fridge.  I do it once a week, either before or after I plan on food shopping.  Check for expiration dates.  If an item’s time is almost up, use it ASAP or trash it.  While you’re in there, wipe down the shelves and make room for fresh, new options.


Sometimes I wish I had a bigger kitchen, but I made due with what we have.  I try to keep objects on our countertop at a minimum to maximum space.  One way I do this is by using decorative baskets as storage. 

I like keeping my cookbooks in reach.  I have a collection of ones I use often in a wire basket.  I also use baskets to straighten up my cabinets.  I have one to keep my big collection of tea in, another for medicine, and another to straighten up my baking goods.  I also use mason jars to store smaller items.  Using containers to keep things organized makes it easier than rummaging through drawers and cabinets to find what you need!


If you’re not in the market for tearing out floors and replacing cabinets, make some small changes.  Add a colorful rug.  Put up some pretty curtains.  Buy a nice, green houseplant.  Display some artwork.  Even changing the knobs on your cabinets can make a big difference!


It seems so much easier to eat healthier during the Summer since fruit and veggies are so fresh.  Keep fruit in the freezer to eat as a cool snack or turn into a morning smoothie.  Cut veggies into snack-size sticks or turn them into homemade veggie chips!  Replace packaged chips and candy with healthier options.

How to Love Your Kitchen

My friends at GoPicnic recently sent me two of their ready-to-eat meals, as well as a bag of individually wrapped chocolate chip cookies.  I am a HUGE fan of GoPicnic’s!  I’ve been buying their meals ever since spotting them in Target.  I love keeping these meals on hand because I like variety and there’s lots of it in each box.  If I don’t want to eat them as a whole meal, I’ll eat each item individually as a snack.
The Sunbutter & Crackers meal is gluten-free and includes multi-grain crackers, sunbutter, chocolate chip cookies, applesauce (with spoon), and a peel-a-part fruit strip.  The Turkey Stick & Crunch meal is also gluten-free and one that I buy often!  It includes a turkey snack stick, peel-a-part fruit strip, barbecue Popchips, a fruit and nut mix, and a Chocomallocrispie bar.
Both meals were delicious and satisfying!  I was pleasantly surprised upon tasting the chocolate chip cookies.  You would never know they were a gluten-free, vegan cookie!  They’re crunchy and full of classic chocolate chip cookie flavor!
Each meal contains nutritious items made with a healthy balance of ingredients to keep you full and fueled.  GoPicnic is a great option for people with specific food diets.  Those chocolate chip cookies I mentioned before?  My nephew who has a food allergy could even enjoy them!  They’re nut-free!  These meals also include Kosher, gluten-free, Non-GMO, vegan, and vegetarian varieties.  Visit GoPicnic to find out more about their products and shop their meals, snacks, and breakfasts.


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