Tips to clean your kitchen to keep your family healthy

The kitchen in a family’s home is so much more than a kitchen. Sure, it’s where you keep and prepare food, but it’s also a high-traffic area that everyone goes in and out of multiple times a day for multiple reasons. It’s where meals, conversation, homework, bonding, bickering, and so much more happen. It’s also a place that can get really dirty, really fast because of all that traffic and it’s incredibly important to keep your kitchen clean in order to help keep your family healthy.

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Any germs or pathogens in your kitchen can easily make their way into the food your family eats or simply be spread by touching a contaminated surface. This can end up causing an illness that then spreads to the rest of the family. Nobody wants that, which is why cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen regularly to get rid of germs is something we should all be doing. We’re not suggesting you keep your kitchen hermetically sealed and ban everyone from entering it. What we are suggesting is adopting a few cleaning habits that will help keep your family healthy.

We’ve got kitchen cleaning tips that you and your entire household–yes, everyone can help, this doesn’t have to be all on you–can incorporate into the daily routines that will help you keep germs away. Keep in mind that these cleaning tips are something you want to start doing before anyone ever gets sick because if someone in your family is already sick, your disinfecting measures need to be adjusted to an even higher level. As we all know, it’s easier to keep a healthy family in good health than it is to try and stop the spread of an illness within the family once a family member has gotten sick.

Let’s start off by reviewing the proper way to wash your hands.

So much of staying healthy and keeping others healthy involves keeping germs off your hands, which is why we all want to be washing our hands correctly and teaching our children how to wash them correctly. Remember that a good handwashing should last at least 20 seconds and include cleaning under your fingernails. This video by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks down the process for you and yours.

What should you use to clean?

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Use sprays or wipes that say they kill 99.9% of germs. If you can’t find or don’t have those kinds of cleaners, don’t worry. You can use good ol’ soap and water. Mix a small amount of dish soap with about 1 cup of water, spray on surfaces, then scrub the germs away.

Read the instructions on your cleaning products.

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True Food Kitchen brings healthy menu to Easton

Gary Seman Jr.
 |  For The Columbus Dispatch

The proliferation of upscale healthy food restaurants shows that a good portion of the dining public won’t hold its nose at plant-based dishes and is even willing to pay top dollar for them.

True Food Kitchen, the latest to join the central Ohio sphere of natural-foods’ restaurants, offers a balance of “healthy and delicious,” said Christine Barone, CEO of the Phoenix-based restaurant chain.

“It has to start with delicious because food is one of life’s greatest pleasures,” Barone said. “It has to be a sense of discovery and a real experience.”

True Food Kitchen, 4052 Worth Ave. in Easton Town Center, has a sleek, modern look, with a verdant color scheme, spacious dining room, light wood paneling stacked up to the towering ceiling, and mix of low- and high-top tables. A retractable wall opens to the year-round patio.

Columbus is the 35th location of True Food Kitchen, whose founder is Dr. Andrew Weil, a diet guru and specialist of “integrative medicine,” the restaurant’s website said.

Founded in 2008, it was serious about sourcing good ingredients, Barone said.

“I think at the beginning it was kind of niche,” she said. “Organic kale was hard to find.”

Although “organic” is not the byword at True Food Kitchen; its menu is influenced by sustainability and the Environmental Working Group – a nonprofit group that publishes reports on more naturally grown food, and those that are cultivated with the use of pesticides – among other initiatives, Barone said.

The menu, while not fully vegetarian or vegan, is veggie-centric with dishes such as jackfruit lettuce wraps, ancient-grains bowl and charred cauliflower.

The menu changes seasonally and the sauces and dressings are made in-house, Barone said.

Of the meat dishes, the kitchen features lasagna Bolognese with fennel chicken sausage, grass-fed beef burger, turkey burger and shrimp tacos.

Most dishes are in the $9 to $13 range.

The “scratch” bar uses freshly squeezed juices in its cocktails.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 614-269-8910.

Familiar fare

Lorenzo’s Grill, which has emerged from a Dan’s Deli food truck and brick-and-mortar restaurant of the same name, is opening in the next few days at 2550 Corporate Exchange Drive near Westerville.

Owner Lorenzo Germany said the restaurant is open to the general public for breakfast and lunch, with grab-and-go dinners available for those in a hurry.

Germany said he specializes in familiar breakfast-and-lunch items – pancakes, bacon and eggs, burgers, gyros, stir-fry and occasional Italian dishes.

“Everything is familiar,” he said. “As a matter of fact, the dishes I have and specials I have come from random conversations with customers.”

Most items are $5 to $10.

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5 Tools To Have In Your Kitchen For A Healthy Environment

The products we use in our kitchen can have a great impact on the environment. From the towels we choose, to the plates and dinnerware, all contribute to the environmental health. This is why it’s essential to pick each product carefully and to be aware of their long-term impact.

But what should you choose to make sure you are buying and using the right items? Eco-friendly kitchen products are a smart move in this case.

These products are generally made from recycled, biodegradable or even organic materials. Their production, as well as their usage, causes little to no harm to the environment. What’s more, they come as a great alternative to kitchen products made from plastic, for example.

Here are 5 great examples of eco-friendly kitchen products for some inspiration.

Bamboo plates

Bamboo plates are a great type of dinnerware. They have a unique look and can be used for different occasions. If you are having a party, you have invited some friends over or for everyday dinner, they are a smart choice.

Also, you have two options to choose from: regular and disposable bamboo plates.

Benefits of using bamboo

Bamboo is one of the most popular eco-friendly materials. It’s used for the production of different products. What’s great about this material is that it’s a type of grass, not wood. It can grow really fast, reaching up to 100 cm in 24 hours, and can be harvested every 4-5 years. After that, it can grow back easily without being replanted.

Bamboo represents a great alternative to materials like wood and plastic. The production of bamboo products requires less manufacturing energy and is less toxic to the environment.

Let’s take a look at the following example. Disposable bamboo plates are biodegradable and can break down in 4-6 months in carbon dioxide, water, and biomass. Plastic, on the other hand, takes between 15 and 1000 years to decompose and even after that, it leaves behind toxic particles and substances.

Bamboo cutting boards

One of the most important aspects of a cutting board is its resistance. When cutting something hard or using a strong knife, there are chances we may leave small holes in it. These are the perfect places for food and bacteria to accumulate.

Bamboo is known for being quite a dense material and it can resist to strong knives. This makes it not only a great material for our health, but also a durable one. Bamboo cutting boards don’t absorb liquids and this can prevent them from cracking and warping.

Cotton kitchen towels

Towels are an important element in the kitchen. Cooking can mean a lot of mess and you may need something nearby to clean it quickly. Cotton kitchen towels are one of the eco-friendly options in this case.

Benefits of using cotton

Cotton kitchen towels are the eco-friendly alternative to paper towels. They can be used multiple times and can be easily washed.

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Identifying Healthy Plants for Purchase in Your Garden Center

A trip to your local gardening center can be exciting and overwhelming all at once. There are so many beautiful plants, trees, and shrubs from which to choose. Make sure all of the plants you pick out are strong enough to survive in your garden and your Landscape Design. Here are the things you should look out for when you're shopping for plants to make sure you're bringing home robust, healthy plants to add to your garden.

There are two main areas you want to look at when determining the relative health of a plant. The first is the foliage of the plant. You want the foliage to be thick and bushy rather than thinned out and sparse. The leaves should all be a vibrant green unless the plant species have leaves of different colors. Plants that look thin have probably not been cared for very well, and you will have a hard time reviving them when you take them home to your garden.

The other thing you want to check out on a plant is the roots. The roots are incredibly important to a plant because they are how your plant will get the food and water it needs to survive. A weak root system will starve your plant of the nutrients it needs. The roots will naturally be buried beneath the soil when you're checking out your plants at the gardening center, so you'll have to do a little digging around. The easiest way to do this is to tip the plant pot to one side and then the other, scooping away dirt and checking out the roots on each side. A healthy plant will have roots that are spread out and not overpowering the soil. An unhealthy plant will have roots that are wrapped around each other and wrapped around the outside of the soil ball. They will give the appearance that there is not enough soil in the pot. Don't ever purchase a plant with this kind of root system. The roots are already strangling the plant, and you won't be able to fix that by planting it in your garden. Some garden centers will tell you that the roots have that appearance because of a small pot and that the roots will "spread out" when they have more space in the garden. Their suggestion is not right. Once wrapped, the roots will stay that way, so give these plants a little root pruning with a sharp knife.

There are other signs to look for that indicates that a plant is unhealthy, and most of them have to do with the leaves. For instance, brown leaves that crunchy and brittle are a sign that a plant has not been receiving enough water. Yellow, waxy leaves may suggest that a plant has been receiving too much water. Leaves that look thin and bleached out indicate that a plant has a spider mite problem. If the edges of the leaves are very uneven, insects have been munching away …

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