When thinking of health and fitness, many things come to mind. Regular exercise, healthy eating, avoiding too much alcohol, getting plenty of sleep – these are just a few of the things you probably focus on. However, did you know that the right kitchen designs can actually foster healthier heating and better fitness? The same is true for bathroom designs – using the right fixtures, layout, and design can make it easier to get healthy and stay fit. What should you know about health-focused kitchen designs? (See also: Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Appliances)
1. Focus on the Spice Rack
One of the most interesting ways to design a more health-focused kitchen is to make it simple and easy to get to your spices. Seasonings allow you to increase the flavor of your foods without adding salt and other unnecessary, or potentially harmful ingredients. Many spices also bring their own health benefits to the table (pun intended). For instance, turmeric is renowned for its joint health benefits. Cinnamon can be used to treat blood pressure issues. Kitchen designs that put your spice rack front and center allow you to build healthier meals more easily. While you’re at it, make sure that you delve into the health benefits of various spices and seasonings so you can build your collection correctly.
2. Easy Access to Your Cookbooks
Where do you store your cookbooks? Chances are good that they’re tucked away in a home office, or maybe they’re stored in a cabinet somewhere. The problem here is this – out of sight, out of mind. You might have any number of healthful, delicious recipes at your disposal, but if you cannot easily access your cookbooks, or even see them remember that you have them, you’ll fall back on the same handful of recipes. This gets old fast and encourages you to eat unhealthy options simply out of boredom. Kitchen designs that incorporate space for your cookbooks ensure that you always have inspiration for delicious, healthful meals. Of course, it also helps if you have a selection of cookbooks filled with healthful, delicious recipes. There are thousands of options out there, from smoothie cookbooks to full-blown vegan cookbooks.
3. Green Materials
Kitchen designs should not just focus on ease of use, or ease of access. They also need to focus on eliminating potential toxins from the kitchen. Many standard cabinets off-gas for years after installation, emitting chemicals like formaldehyde into the room in your home where you prepare the food that nourishes your family. Kitchen designs that focus on using green materials for cabinets and countertops ensure that off-gassing is not a problem.
Look for cabinets that come with low-VOC finishes to protect the underlying material while ensuring that spills and food spatter can easily be wiped off. However, it goes farther than just material choices. Look for a custom kitchen designer that uses solar power in the workshop to help reduce their carbon footprint and limit their impact on the environment.
4. Create Your Own Smoothie Bar
Do you love smoothies? They are delicious and nutritious, but they can be costly if you’re buying them from a regular smoothie bar. The good news is that you can easily build your own at home. If you’ll be redesigning your kitchen or you’re building a new home, go ahead and plan for a smoothie bar where you can store things like flaked coconut, macadamia nuts, fresh berries and the like easily.
5. Build with Music in Mind
Recent studies have found that soft music listened to while cooking and eating can have an impact on your health. In fact, it can help you feel more relaxed, which can discourage overeating. So, kitchen designs that help you bring music into the room can be very good things. This could be something as simple as leaving room for a radio, or something as complex as building in space for you to install a smart speaker.
As you can see, there are plenty of kitchen designs that foster better health and fitness. The trick is working with the right company. Ecocabinets kitchen designs focus on using green materials in kitchens and bathrooms to help Perth area customers live the healthy, fit life they deserve. We invite you to learn more about our capabilities.
About The Author:
James Campbell is a professional web developer, digital marketer, and director of Net Search based in Perth, Western Australia. He’s a blogger in his spare time with over 8 years of experience in the industry. He has written blogs on a variety of topics ranging from gardening to smart home technology. When not writing he enjoys web development and gaming.