Category Archives: Healthy

Preparing Your Kitchen for Holiday Cooking

We’re almost there, ready to spend a couple days in the kitchen making delicious food to enjoy with those we hold dear.  Every good cook knows that the perfect meal starts with a clean kitchen.  But this year, don’t just “clean” – “clean OUT!”  Restore your kitchen to a clean, organized state by asking some simple questions:
Do I use it?
Do I love it?
Do I need it?
The goal here is to end up with dishes, cookware and utinsels that will serve your needs, and nothing that will cause unnecessary clutter.  Don’t be stingy when deciding to toss, recycle or donate.  What needs to go?  Anything that’s chipped, stained, extra, or completely unused.  Storage containers that have no lids, and lids that have no bottoms need to go, and if course any food that is expired or that you’ve had in the pantry for a year or more.
When it comes to cleaning out service and flatware, it’s ok if you don’t end up with matching sets of dishes, service, and flatware – ecclectic is IN!  The key is to end up with ENOUGH and not too much.  It’s ok to mix and match, and define your own style as you prepare to entertain and delight your guests during the holidays.
Of course you want sanitary conditions in your kitchen, but de-clutter is a great way to start to get ready to ENJOY the holiday festivities.  Happy Cleaning, and Happy Holidays from your friends at National Dusters.

Healthy Lunch Box

It’s back to school, and for most parents, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!  With the kiddos going back to school, and you heading back to routine work, here are some healthy lunchbox ideas to keep them – and you- satisfied.

Put chunky chicken salad in a delicious whole wheat wrap, and garnish with some fresh greens.  Add some cherry tomatoes and corn chips with ranch for dipping on the side.

Have some bbq chicken left over from last night?  Shred and add a little extra sauce, place on an artisan or sesame seed bun and voila! Hearty, healthy lunch that will keep them full until they get home.  Put some broccoli florets on the side with spreadable cheese, and that’s a lunch that will put a smile on their face.

Who says you can’t have salmon cold? Of course you can.  Salmon is full of omega and protein, and will look appetizing sitting on a bed of lettuce leaves with some orange segments on the side.  Add some juicy cucumber spears on the side.

Don’t forget to throw in a little yummy for the little one too!  A cookie, a bag of healthy baked chips, or a little chocolate mini will perfectly compliment their healthy choices, and have them looking forward to lunch tomorrow!

From our National Dusters family to yours, stay healthy and stay happy!