If you are serious about Clean Cuisine and you plan to adopt the Clean Cuisine lifestyle when the Challenge is over then there are three kitchen items you will want to purchase.
Clean Cuisine Coveted Cookware
Clean Cuisine Favorite Kitchen Item #1: The Luvele Vibe
The Luvele Vibe Blender System is the one item that will totally change your life (at least in the kitchen anyway!)
If you have been keeping up with Clean Cuisine, then you have noticed that we have mentioned the Luvele Vibe Blender high-speed blender numerous times. There is absolutely no way we could live the Clean Cuisine lifestyle without our Luvele Vibe. Buying this one appliance several years ago totally changed the way Ivy cooked and the way our family eats. Over and over we had heard praises for the Luvele but we are minimalists when it comes to buying things (especially pricey things!) and we just couldn’t imagine that a Luvele could really be that much better than a regular blender.
We were wrong because owning a Luvele Vibe Blender is what enabled us to take our whole foods diet to a whole new level by incorporating far more plant foods into our recipes with ease (the ease part cannot be over emphasized.)
Not only do we use our Luvele every single day, we use it multiple times a day to make nut milks and nut creams, no-sugar added date-sweetened desserts, fresh nut and grain flours, oil-free creamy nut and seed-based salad dressings, No-Milk shakes, SuperGreen smoothies, dairy-free soups, cream and cheese-free dips and spreads, decadent sauces and so much more.
Thanks to the Luvele we no longer use milk, cream or yogurt and we have been able to dramatically reduce our consumption of oil in place of more nutritious “whole” food sources of healthful fat such as nuts, seeds, coconuts and avocados.
We now know from firsthand experience why Luvele so many professional chefs worldwide than any other blender on the market and it is the only high-speed blender we can personally stand behind and say truly does live up to its claims. The commercial quality, ease of use, incredible performance and self-cleaning feature are just a few of the things that put the Luvele in a class of its own.
Luvele Vibe Blender also totally stands behind their products and if you ever have any issues they are happy to quickly replace parts for you. So, we love our Luvele Vibe and you click here to learn for more about Luvele options and to get free shipping on any order.
Clean Cuisine Favorite Kitchen Item #2: Xtrema’s 100% ceramic Cookware
If you are serious about living the Clean Cuisine lifestyle it is important to not only eat clean, but cook clean too. Cooking clean starts with using healthy, non-toxic, “green” cookware.
Many people have no clue that the cookware they use may actually be leaching toxins into their bloodstream. This is particularly problematic for people who are trying to eat well and think healthy cooking means using non-stick cookware. What they don’t realize is that PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid), a carcinogenic man-made chemical, is widely used in the production of many non-stick cookware surfaces. When heated to a high degree or scratched during normal cooking, non-stick cookware can release toxins into the food. The use of non-stick cookware could be a reason PFOA can be found in the bloodstreams of 95% of American men, women and children.
Other non-safe, non-stick cookware is made using PFTE (polytetrafluoroethylene), which deteriorates when cookware is heated to high levels and emits dangerous gases that have been linked to flu-like symptoms in humans. In fact, the Environmental Working Group has petitioned for a rule with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to require all cookware and heated appliances bearing any non-stick coatings to carry a label warning of human health hazards. We personally have banned all non-stick cookware in our household.
Even though it is considered “green” by some, there is also concern about stainless steel cookware. Stainless steel is actually a mixture of several different metals, including nickel, chromium and molybdenum, all of which can trickle into foods. Even though our body requires metals, we are really supposed to get them from our food, not necessarily our cookware. There is concern that metal that comes from cookware has no bioavailability which means that it has no value at the cellular level in the human body and can potentially be harmful.
Just as there are plenty of pseudo health food products on the market, the same goes for wanna-be truly healthy skincare products, hair cleansers , soaps, detergents… and cookware.
Let’s face it: “healthy living” and “green product” lines have become big business. There are many companies today who are jumping on the healthy band wagon and taking advantage of the green movement while not necessarily being intrinsically green. There really should be universal standards that have to be met before you can call your product green. But there aren’t.
For example, putting a non-stick ceramic coating on aluminum cookware does not make the product green because the manufacturing process involved in making metal cookware is extremely toxic to the environment as well as to the factory workers.
Over the years we have tried to use what we thought was the best and safest cookware, including stainless steel, cast iron and even copper. But, after doing some in depth research we have found the healthiest, safest and greenest cookware to be 100% ceramic, lead-free and artisan crafted Xtrema® cookware. This cookware is guaranteed not to leach toxins or metals into your food and the company backs these claims up with lab testing. We have personally reached out to Xtrema cookware to learn about their product and how it is made and we believe this is the safest and best non-toxic cookware on the market.
The only drawback we have found to Xtrema is that it WILL chip and break if you don’t treat it carefully. You can’t just throw the pans around haphazardly like you might do with other cookware. You’ll also notice that Xtrema® cookware is relatively heavy, which is great for cooking-purposes (because your food will cook better and burn less), but if you aren’t used to cooking with heavy cookware this is something you will need to get accustomed to. We encourage you to visit Xtrema® cookware‘s website by clicking the image ad below to learn more.
Also, keep in mind, you do not need to replace every single piece of cookware all at once. Start with the basics like a saucepan and skillet and then build your cookware collection from there. But really, a great saucepan and skillet can take you a very long way in the kitchen!
Clean Cuisine Favorite Kitchen Item #3: Green Food Storage Solution
If you are going to be making our Clean Cuisine recipes you are bound to have leftovers (such as the big batches of vegetable soup we ask you to make each week.) Leftovers are one of our secrets to making Clean Cuisine more convenient and more doable in the real world, because with leftovers you cook once and eat twice, three times or more! We always have cooked beans, cooked whole grains, Clean Cuisine sauces, chili, bean dishes, etc. in our fridge.
But having leftovers means you’ll need to find a good food storage solution. 6 Piece Collapsible Food Storage Containers is our absolute favorite. These storage containers is 100% green and won’t leach, chip, break or stain. They are lightweight yet made for heavy-duty performance. Best of all, they are built to withstand extreme heat and extreme cold—each piece can go directly from oven to freezer! Whether you want to cook in the oven, microwave or toaster oven, you can do it all with these containers.