Kitchen Accessories That Can Help You
Meal planning and preparation geared toward improving your fitness level require precision and accuracy. You need kitchen accessories/equipment that can help you, not hinder you.
For Expert Nutrition at Home
Without the right tools in the catering trade, your days spent maximizing your workout might be for nothing. Close calorie control is an important part of any professional athlete’s training. That’s not to say that everyone doesn’t deserve a cheat day now and then, it’s that without those vital proteins, your muscle mass won’t amass as much as you think it will.
The Right Tools for the Nutritional Task
The world of athletics requires lean muscle, grit, determination, and healthy eating. Make the most out of your daily menu using these fitness kitchen must-haves. Focus on portion control and high-value foods for the best chance at healthy eating success.
A Precise Blade
It’s not enough to have a knife that you trust to cut those exact portion sizes, it’s also a sharpening tool that will stand the test of time. If you want a blade and sharpener that you will have for the rest of your life, opt for solid steel one-piece blades and a traditional whetstone to sharpen it with.
While a sharpening rod dulls and a plastic set breaks, a whetstone sticks with you for as long as your blade does. The combination of these two things will help you with portion control, weights, and preparing meats.
Herbs and Spices
If you are planning on relying on the same protein in your diet plan on a cycle, then herbs and spices are your best friend. Eating eggs for breakfast is a good way to sneak in that extra protein, but without seasoning, those eggs get boring, quickly.
Herbs and spices also contain micronutrients that you don’t get from supplements. Studies show that average values for calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium, and potassium. The gram-per-nutrient ratio is similar to legumes. Add them often and plentifully.
The Blender Bottle
A shaker bottle is perfect for blending the shake mix into the liquid. Just add your powders, sprinkle in seeds for extra nutrition, and shake that little metal whisk until it tastes good. Make healthy drinks limited only by your imagination and take them on the go. These are ideal for pre-workout and post-workout.
The Newest Nutrition Blender
By now, the Nutri-Bullet is almost a household name. It is not the only good blender product out there, either. Juicers are especially handy since they can help you squeeze in those 5-a-day fruits and vegetables while you are going about your day.
Combine different foods to make the most of these fruity drinks. Berries are particularly high in antioxidants, so use them fruitfully…
When you are working on bodybuilding or trying to enhance your muscle mass, getting the correct blend of vitamins, minerals, and portion sizes, are important factors in staying in peak condition. Measuring spoons will help you portion out the powders while measuring cups will help you with the oats.
A Rice Cooker
Low-calorie, high-carb diets require rice. There is no better carb-filled food except, perhaps, the humble potato. Being able to cook rice to perfection is a tough skill to master. Rice cookers allow automatic fine-tuning to your rice cooking process.
Set it up in the morning, leave it on while you go to work, and come back to perfect rice, timed to be ready when you arrive home. 100g of well-cooked rice contains 28.7g of carbohydrates versus the potato’s 17g.
Journaling is a great way to stay on top of your mental health, your physical health, and your nutritional health. Jotting notes on how long you worked a certain machine next to what you need to eat to make that back can be a superior aid in keeping track of your diet.
There is always the temptation to cut too much or restrict your food intake beyond your nutritional needs when you are starting out as an athlete. Keep a food journal and don’t fall into the trap of undereating.
Other Nutrition-Focused Tools for the Fit
The two obvious things we left out are a good sustainably produced water bottle alongside a food scale set. Weigh out your portions to make sure you are eating enough. Have a good look into nutrition focused recipe apps. These can give you brilliant ideas on what to plan for meals. Also, getting reusable Tupperware tubs to prepare portions in advance could change your life for the better.
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