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Introducing Healthy Kitchen Hacks

Introducing Healthy Kitchen Hacks

Healthy Kitchen Hacks is a new weekly series on Teaspoon of Spice. We’ll share fellow bloggers’ and our own favorite cooking shortcuts, kitchen tricks and “aha” ideas for making healthy meals a snap.

Weekly posts from of our & our favorite bloggers' shortcuts and tricks to healthy cooking.

Every day, Serena and I see great tips and tricks from fellow healthy lifestyle and food bloggers – and we’ve been wanting a way to share them with all of you. While we most of the time always love cooking and being in the kitchen, we also love a good culinary shortcut or cooking trick.

And so the birth of this weekly series.

Every Wednesday, we’ll post a roundup of a few healthy tips that caught our eye or that we tried out and now swear by. (We wanted to kick this off the first week of January but I had an epic laptop crash (Merry Christmas)….

But, now, here we are with our first Healthy Kitchen Hacks post…ever!

AND we’d love to hear from you, too! If you have any kitchen hack/tip/trick you’d like us to feature (whether you are a blogger with posts or a reader with some great ideas), drop us line at [email protected] or [email protected]. We’ll try out your advice in the kitchen and then feature the best advice in a Healthy Kitchen Hacks post.

Healthy Kitchen Hacks #1 |

So, here are the 5 Healthy Kitchen Hacks I’ve been digging lately….

1) How to Clean Reusable Bags
via Robin @Dallas News Blog

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How To Clean Reusable Bags

This post – 5 Reasons To Clean Reusable Bags – includes an infographic from the American Cleaning Institute on how to clean all types of reusable bags. I didn’t need convincing – just a kick in the butt to do so  – and I have washed all of mine since that post.

Which was a month ago. So, time for a rewash.

2) How To Make Freezer Apple Pie Filling
via Missy @ Graceful Little Honeybee

#HealthyKitchenHacks: Freezer Apple Pie Filling

This Freezer Apple Pie Filling post caught my eye when I was drowning in apples from my CSA. My 7 year old daughter eats an apple daily but we still had a bunch on hand. Using this hack, I cut the sugar from 1 cup to 1/2 cup and used whole wheat pastry flour.

This bag now sits my freezer for when I’m craving apple pie. Which now that I’m writing about it, I will be making one next week…

3) How to Cut Back the Sugar in Chocolate Milk
via Sally @Real Mom Nutrition

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How to Cut Sugar Easily Out of Kid's Diet

If you don’t follow Sally, do so immediately – her posts are full of practical, “keeping it real” food/cooking strategies for feeding your family nutritiously. This tip came from her 5 Easy Ways To Cut Sugar In Your Child’s Diet post. Simply mix 1/2 chocolate milk with 1/2 plain white – how easy is that? We’ve been doing this for my daughter for her morning chocolate milk steamers (made in my can’t-live-without Nespresso Aeroccino Frother.)

4) How To Clean Your Microwave Naturally with a Lemon
via @TheKitchn

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How to Clean Your Microwave with a Lemon

I tried this and it works! All you need is a bowl, a lemon, water and 10 minutes–> The Kitchn shows you how.

5) How To Cut Spaghetti Squash (without chopping off a finger.)

#HealthyKitchenHacks: How to Easily Cut Spaghetti Squash

Serena shares the easy way to hack through a spaghetti squash (or any winter squash for that matter – she got her inspiration from Regan’s Healthy Aperture video.) It works!

Would you try any of these hacks? Do you have any healthy “kitchen hack” ideas to share? We’d love to hear them and perhaps even feature them in a post!


Monday 13th of July 2015

Really great hacks! :) I love the idea for cleaning my microwave with lemon. :)

Beth Hockins

Thursday 2nd of April 2015

No matter how badly your oven is in need of a cleaning, this mixture will do the trick. You just have to combine 5 tablespoons of baking soda, 4 tablespoons of white vinegar and 5 drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid in a bowl. The mixture should make a rather thick paste. Now take a sponge and spread the mixture over your oven. Leave it to sit for at least 15 minutes – note that you can leave it a bit longer if needed. Then just take a sponge and scrub the grease away. You can scrub with a lemon cut in half with a bit of coarse salt which will take less elbow grease.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 2nd of April 2015

Beth - thanks for sharing this detailed tip - much appreciated! I've done the oven cleaning thing with just baking soda and vinegar before but really had to scrub. Looks like I need to add Dawn the next time.

Heather Mason

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

love the microwave trick, I'm going to try it when I get home! This is a great series, excited to see what other kitchen hacks you will come up with!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Tuesday 3rd of February 2015

THanks much - let me know if it works for you!

Jenny Shea Rawn

Thursday 29th of January 2015

What a great new series! Can't wait to stop by on Wednesdays. Love the first one - reusable bags always give me the heebie jeebies, so I am washing them constantly!

Jennifer @NourishedSimply

Wednesday 28th of January 2015

I love these tips! Cutting squash is always scary, even smaller ones.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 29th of January 2015

I know - cutting squash and using the mandolin are probably my two most fearful prep jobs!

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