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Amazing Keto Dinner Ideas – A Must Try!

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When you start eating keto, dinner can look like a big, fatty ribeye steak and some non-starchy vegetables.

As exciting as that is, you may want more variety than that.

What if I told you that there was a way you can eat delicious food and lose weight?

And that I’ve got a bunch of lovely, easy dinner ideas right here?

Even better, right?

Let’s get to it!

Keto 101

​Before we go on to the recipes, let’s do a crash course on keto.

(Even if you’ve been doing keto for a while, a refresher never hurt, right?)

The ketogenic diet, more commonly known as the keto diet, is all the rage these days.

But what it is it?

The keto diet is a high fat, low carb diet designed to put your body into ketosis.

Wait. What?

What is ketosis?

​Ketosis is a metabolic process.

Usually, your body burns carbohydrates from the food you eat for energy. But if it does not have enough carbohydrates, the body burns fat instead.

When this happens, your liver turns fat into an acid called ketones. This is what your body will then use as fuel.

Health benefits of keto

​Weight loss is the keto diet’s most popular health benefit. The Internet is full of stories of some pretty dramatic transformations.

Better yet, you lose weight fast. In the initial adjustment phase, you may lose up to seven pounds in the first week!

Caution: 

This initial weight is mostly water weight. (More on that later.)

Even so, that’s a great way to motivate you!

After your initial adjustment and adaptation, you can realistically expect to lose one to two pounds per week while following the keto diet.

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​Epilepsy

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Did you know that the ketogenic diet was initially developed as a way to treat epilepsy?

It's true!

Sometimes, epilepsy does not respond to medication.

For these patients, the classic ketogenic diet is a lifeline. In this case, their physician prescribes a keto diet, and a dietician monitors their results.

Most epilepsy patients on keto are children though some adults may also follow a keto diet to control their seizures.

​Diabetics

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This is very important:

If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor if you want to start keto.

There is a lot of buzz about the keto diet when it comes to diabetes. After all, diabetic diets are often low-carb to begin with.

Proponents love the keto diet and say it keeps their blood sugar under control, particularly for Type 2 diabetics.

According to this 2017 study, Type 2 diabetics can benefit from the keto diet. However, the results only show short term results.

Doctors also caution that there are currently no studies on the long-term effects for people with diabetes.

Furthermore, Type 1 diabetics need to be a bit more cautious as they are more susceptible to diabetic ketoacidosis. DKA is a life-threatening condition where the body makes too many ketones.

​Symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis

  • ​Extreme thirst
  • ​Confusion
  • ​High blood sugar
  • Nausea

Type 1 diabetics are more susceptible to DKA though Type 2 diabetics may also develop it.

Ketosis and DKA are often confused with each other. Ketosis is the regulated production of ketones while DKA is the uncontrolled production.

​​Other medical considerations

While there’s plenty of mainstream buzz about the keto diet, the medical community remains cautious.

An article from UCSF in 2018 cautions that “without peer-reviewed clinical trials, many of the benefits [of the ketogenic diet] remain anecdotal.”

However, the article does also go on to note: “The researchers agree that the diet itself isn’t inherently dangerous.”

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Getting Started with Keto

If you want to get started with a ketogenic diet, there are a few things you need to do.

Talking to your doctor

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If you’re thinking about starting the keto diet, you need to talk to your doctor first.

Even if you do not have pre-existing medical conditions, it’s still a good idea. If nothing else, you can get a baseline of where you’re starting from, healthwise.

​Keeping track of where you have been will show you if this keto diet is working for you.

​Transitioning to the diet

The initial transition to the keto diet may be difficult. But if you stick with it, the rewards are well worth it.

Food changes

For most people, the amount of fat you need to eat is staggering.

You need to know what you can eat as well as what you should not eat. If you rely on eating out, you may need to learn how to sub out keto-friendly choices.

Learning to cook keto-friendly adaptations of your favorite recipes is an excellent way to keep on track!

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Keto flu

Transitioning to keto means reducing your carb intake. And your body will respond by going into a type of “withdrawal” state, dubbed by some as the “Keto flu.”

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Here’s what you can expect:

​Symptoms of the “Keto Flu”

  • ​Sugar cravings
  • ​Dizziness
  • ​Lack of focus
  • ​Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle soreness

But there’s good news!

While it’s a hard thing to go through remember:

This is just temporary. Your body needs time to adjust, that’s all!

​Ways to Get Through the

“Keto Flu”

  • ​Eat more fat
  • ​Stay hydrated
  • ​Get plenty of rest
  • ​Do gentle exercise

Water weight loss

In a Reader’s Digest article, Naresh Rao, DO, warns that the weight loss you will see initially is all water weight.

Losing fat weight comes later after your body is in ketosis.

What Can I Eat?

Keto dinner ideas like asparagus and veal

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When transitioning to a new diet, you have one crucial question:

What can I eat?

On keto, you can eat a lot of different foods. There are so many things to choose from.

But there is one important thing that you’re going to have to give up.

​Say good-bye to carbs.​​​

To stay in ketosis, you must keep your carb count low.

This means giving up starchy and sugary foods like bread, rice, potatoes, and most fruit.

BUT

Even if you need to give up carbs, I’ll bet that there’s something on this food list that will make you dance for joy.

Oils and fats

Since the ketogenic diet is a high-fat diet, it’s no surprise that you can (and need to) eat plenty of fat.

So is butter.

Here are some other great sources of fat on a keto diet:

​Keto-Friendly Fats

  • ​Pastured lard
  • ​Pastured tallow
  • ​Fish oil
  • ​Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Cacao butter

But be careful. Just because it’s fat doesn’t mean it’s keto-friendly.

Not all fats are created equal.

Stay away from processed foods like margarine and fast food. These contain hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

Also, avoid highly processed oils like canola and corn oil.

​​Protein

​Protein is another fundamental building block for the keto diet.

​​​Like with your fats, you’re going to want to try to keep to proteins that come from nature. Try to buy organic and non-factory farm raised whenever possible.

​Keto-friendly Proteins

  • ​Beef
  • ​Pork
  • ​Whey protein
  • ​Gelatin
  • ​Organ meats
  • ​Shellfish
  • Eggs

​Vegetables

When it comes to veggies, you need to be cautious. Starchy vegetables with too many carbs will kick you out of ketosis.

But here are some vegetables you can enjoy on keto:

​Keto-friendly Vegetables

  • ​Zucchini
  • ​Spinach
  • ​Radish
  • ​Cauliflower
  • ​Kale
  • ​Cucumbers

Fruit

If you love fruit, I’m sorry to say that your choices are minimal.

Most fruit has a lot of natural sugar and is bad for ketosis. But there are a few you can eat. Stick with limes, lemons, and berries that are low in fructose.

But wait there's more:

Avocado AND lime are both on the keto-friendly list.

Do you know what that means? Oh yes. IT’S GUACAMOLE TIME.

Nuts, seeds, legumes

Nuts are great little keto-friendly packages. They are high in fat and low in carbs.

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​They make great snacks as well as flavorful additions to meals.

​Keto-friendly nuts

  • ​Almonds
  • ​Cashews
  • ​Walnuts
  • ​Chia seeds
  • ​Flax seeds
  • ​Sesame seeds

​Dairy

​Dairy can add a lot of essential fat to a keto diet.

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Plus:

It’s delicious!

When choosing a dairy product, try to go for organic, grass-fed dairy.

​Keto-friendly Dairy

  • ​Butter
  • ​Ghee
  • ​Cream
  • ​Plain yogurt
  • ​Cheese (full-fat)
  • ​Cottage cheese

Be careful: milk is not keto-friendly. Even whole milk is too high in sugar, which can kick you out of ketosis.

​​More keto-friendly foods

Aside from the major food groups, there are a few other keto-friendly foods worth mentioning.

Shirataki noodles are a Japanese noodle made from konjac yams.

They have NO net carbs and are almost calorie free. These miraculous noodles now come in various shapes, making them perfect for all sorts of keto-friendly recipes.

Bone broth is a favorite of keto dieters.

This healthy stock simmers for hours with meaty bones, herbs, and spices. You can use bone broth as a no-calorie savory drink or as a base for your favorite keto-friendly soup.

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Delicious Keto Dinner Ideas

OK, so now that we’ve gone over the basics of keto, let’s get on to the meat.

If you’re tired of the same keto dinner, try some of these incredible dinner ideas from all over the internet.

Steak Fajita Rollups

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Are you a Tex Mex food fanatic? If you’re missing fajitas, try this keto-friendly remake courtesy of Katerina from the Diethood.

This recipe keeps all of the flavors but ditches the tortillas.

No tortillas for your keto diet

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But what will you roll everything up in?

STEAK. You roll it up in STEAK. How can anyone argue with that?

Recipe

  • ​To make these Steak Fajita Rollups, cut some thinly sliced carne asada steak into strips, about 2-inches by 6-inches.
  • ​Season those strips up well with fajita seasoning. Don’t have fajita seasoning? Grab some salt, cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Mix it up and dust it over.
  • ​Slice up some bell peppers and season them with the fajita seasoning. Grill the veggies until they’re just starting to get cooked.
  • Take them off the grill and then roll them in the steak slices, securing with toothpicks. Grill them over medium-high heat and cook two minutes per side or until cooked to your desired doneness.
  • Serve them up with some keto-friendly guacamole for a Tex-Mex inspired keto dinner.

​By the way:

This is a great time to use some butter or coconut oil!

​​​Keto Crack Chicken

Crock pots chicken recipe make keto dinner ideas easy

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​The crazy name for this dish comes from the fact that it’s addictive. After all, it uses chicken, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, and scallion.

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If that ingredient list doesn’t scream delicious, I don’t know what does! This recipe comes from The Keto Queens.

Short on time? You can use pre-cooked OR frozen chicken. You can even make it in a slow cooker or an electric pressure cooker.

Keto-friendly and convenient! Do I have your attention yet?

So you probably want to know how to make this, right?

Here you go:

Recipe

In a slow cooker combine:

  • ​2 pounds cooked chicken, shredded
  • 16 ounces of cream cheese
  • ​1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder, onion powder, dill, red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • Scallion, sliced
  • ​Place in a slower cooker and cook on high for 2 hours. At the end of two hours, stir in 1/2 a cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • ​When you are ready to serve, sprinkle on two slices bacon, chopped.
  • ​One more thing: It’s versatile. Serve it with cauliflower rice or on top of zucchini noodles. The possibilities are endless (and delicious!)

​Killer Lemon Butter Sauce with Fish

Fish with lemon butter sauce is a fast keto dinner idea

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This recipe by Nagi from Recipe Tin Eats is less a recipe and more a technique. And what a technique it is. It takes that golden keto building block of butter and makes it better.

How?

By browning it to bring out its subtle nuttiness.

And then…

You add lemon.

The full recipe is here, but a video is worth a thousand words.

​​​Kimchi and Pork Belly Stir Fry

Kimchi and Pork Belly Stir Fry is perfect for your keto diet meal

You can make many keto friendly Asian dishes. Phengphian Laogumnerd Cuisine [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

​If you’re in the mood for some Korean food, this is a standout among your standard keto dinner ideas!

Korean kimchi is keto friendly meal

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Kimchi is fermented cabbage and is chock full of nutrients. It pairs incredibly well with thinly sliced pork belly.

This recipe is from Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen.

Recipe

  • ​Take approximately a 3/4 pound of thinly sliced pork belly and 1 pound of kimchi, cut into 1-inch slices. Marinate the pork belly in 1 tablespoon each rice wine and soy sauce for about 10 minutes.
  • ​Stir fry the pork belly until brown and then add the kimchi, stir-frying for another minute. Remove from heat and garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.

​Portobello Bun Cheeseburgers

Mushrooms are a tasty addition to keto dinner ideas

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Subbing out something for a bun is a common hack among keto dinner ideas. The most common sub is using out lettuce leaves for the bun.

But this recipe has a great alternative!

Instead of lettuce, sub out portobello mushrooms! GENIUS!

Recipe

​This recipe comes from Sara Blackburn on Perfect Keto.

  • ​1 pound grass-fed beef
  • ​1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • ​generous splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • ​6 portobello mushroom caps
  • ​3 slices cheddar cheese
  • ​Mix your beef and Worcestershire sauce. Then divide your meat into three equal portions and form into burger patties.
  • ​Heat your cooking fat on the grill. Perfect Keto suggests avocado oil but bacon fat, ghee, or coconut oil would work just as well!
  • ​Add your portabello mushroom caps and grill for about four minutes on each side. Set aside for now.
  • Cook up your burger patties to your desired doneness on the same grill, being sure to season each side with salt and pepper.
  • Add your cheese to the burgers. Toss an ice cube onto the hot pan and then cover to help the cheese melt. This will take about a minute.
  • Using one mushroom as a base, slide your finished burger onto it and then top with another mushroom as the top “bun.”

Want to round out this keto dinner?

Try these garnishes:

​Stuffed Avocados with Chicken Bacon Salad

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If keto had a representative fruit, it would probably be an avocado.

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Why?

Because it’s fatty and delicious. It also happens to be an excellent vehicle for salad. In this case, chicken and BACON salad.

And we all know the golden rule:

Add BACON to make anything taste better.

I would try to sell you more on this as one of my favorite keto dinner ideas, but I’m guessing I don’t have to.

This genius recipe is also courtesy of Katerina from the Diethood.

Recipe

  • ​Cut an avocado in half, removing the pit and the flesh. Dice the avocado and save the empty avocado halves to serve in.
  • ​Be sure to drizzle some lemon juice over the avocado dices and halves to keep them from browning. Mix diced cooked chicken, diced avocado, and add some crumbled bacon.
  • Mix a quick dressing of lemon, garlic, olive oil, dried oregano, and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the lemon dressing over your chicken, avocado, and bacon. Toss gently to combine.
  • Serve up in your reserved avocado halves and enjoy!

​Low-Carb Shrimp Pad Thai

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Just because you’re doing keto doesn’t mean you have to give up noodles.

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If you love pad thai, you’re going to love this next keto dinner idea:

Low-Carb Shrimp Pad Thai.

The original version of this recipe from Bulletproof uses shirataki noodles. This adapted recipe uses zucchini noodles which may be easier to get hold of.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ​16 ounces zucchini “noodles”
  • ​18 shrimp, medium sized (peeled, deveined)
  • ​2 eggs
  • ​salt

Sauce:

  • ​3/4 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ​1 teaspoon keto-friendly fish sauce
  • ​1 teaspoon nut butter
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

​Garnish:

  • ​1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ​2 green onions, chopped
  • ​Mix your sauce ingredients until thoroughly combined and then set aside. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Stir fry in a little bit of coconut oil. Set aside for now.
  • ​Beat and season eggs with a little bit of salt. Add some oil to your pan and scramble the eggs. Add in the zucchini noodles, shrimp, and sauce mixture to the eggs. Stir fry until warmed through.
  • ​To serve, drizzle some fresh lime juice and garnish with the chopped green onions and cilantro.

​​​​BBQ Pulled Beef

Beef. It’s what’s for your (keto) dinner.

This pulled beef recipe from Perfect Keto can be served on a keto-friendly bun as a sandwich or just as is with some coleslaw.

Either way, it’s bound to be delicious.

Recipe

​For the roast:

  • ​3-pound boneless chuck roast
  • ​1 tablespoon paprika
  • ​1 teaspoon each onion powder and black pepper
  • ​2 teaspoon garlic powder and salt

​For the sauce:

  • ​1/2 cup bone broth
  • ​2 tablespoons each coconut aminos and tomato paste
  • ​1/4 cup melted butter
  • ​1/4 cup apple cider
  • ​Mix the paprika, onion powder, black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Mix the sauce ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  • ​Dust the chuck roast liberally with this dry rub. Place in slow cooker and add sauce. Cook on low in the slow cooker for 10 to 12 hours.
  • ​When done, remove the beef and shred. Turn the slow cooker up to high and let the sauce reduce and thicken. Return the shredded beef to the pot and coat with sauce before serving.

Room for Dessert

Choosing to follow a keto diet doesn’t have to mean eating the same keto dinner ideas every night.

It means exactly the opposite!

There are a million and one different combinations you can enjoy.

These keto dinner ideas are just the beginning. Do you have any other keto recipes you would like to share?

Let us know in the comments!

Best Foods to Eat to Lose Weight: Foods that Will Help You in Weight Loss

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You don’t have to be a nutrition guru to understand that some things are crucial when it comes to the management of your weight, health, and overall wellbeing. It is important to figure out the best foods to eat to lose weight. Weight loss, a good meal plan, and exercise go hand in hand.

During this journey, you need to keep in mind that you want to develop a lifestyle change that will help maintain your weight in a healthy range. Therefore, going on a short-term diet, then going off, is not the answer to your long-term weight loss goals.

When it comes to deciding on a weight loss method, keep in mind the people who have succeeded. Weight management experts call these types of people "successful losers." What are the key behaviors of successful losers?

  • Exercising regularly
  • Regularly weighing themselves
  • Eating regular meals, including breakfast
  • Reduced calorie and fat intake
  • Not letting small slips turn into large weight relapses

Understanding Nutrition

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There are several things to watch during weight loss, and while nutrition is a vital tool you can use to kickstart your weight loss dreams, you need a lifestyle change altogether. You can achieve weight loss by either eating fewer calories or by burning more calories through physical activity, but preferably both.

What does a healthy weight loss plan entail?

  • Behavioral change to help you stay on track and achieve your goals
  • A weight loss goal that is achievable and realistic
  • Regular exercise
  • Reduced calorie intake through a nutritionally balanced diet

What do I need to keep in mind?

  • A small effort towards weight loss leads to positive health benefits
  • Nutrition matters
  • Discuss your weight loss journey with your physician before you start
  • Your calories matter
  • Portion ratios count
  • Develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime

The more weight you’ve got, the quicker you will lose it. Things will probably happen faster for you if it’s your first time on a diet. In the first few days of your new plan, you might feel a bit strange, but don’t panic. Your body has been used to burning carbs, so it will take a little bit more time to get used to burning fat.

Supplementing Your Diet with Exercise

exercise

Is it possible to lose weight on a diet alone? Yes, but exercise is also an important component when it comes to weight loss. Without exercise, only a portion of the weight you lose is from fat. However, the main objective in weight loss is to strip away fat without losing muscle and bone density.

Physical activity and choosing the best foods to eat to lose weight are pillars of healthy living. They go together like cardio and strength training or blueberries and oats. Eating healthy and working out right will lead to a happier healthier you. However, before you begin this journey, you need to understand what a proper diet entails.

As a rule of thumb, your weight loss plan needs to be 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. According to a recent analysis  done on 700 different weight loss studies, participants lose weight quickly when they adopt smart eating habits.

You need to understand that the other half of your calorie equation is the number of calories that you use. You have control over your physical activity, which includes both daily activities like walking and gardening and planned physical exercise. However, you should start slowly.

If your health is fragile and you are not sure if you are fit to exercise, talk to your doctor before you start this journey. When you eventually begin your weight loss program, make small reasonable goals and stick to them long term, just like you need to do with dietary changes. Keep in mind that every little bit counts.

Remember, while diet and exercise are both important for your long-term weight loss goals, you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.

Things to Avoid During Weight Loss

fatty foods

The best foods to eat to lose weight will not guarantee weight loss without a solid plan. According to experts, even when you are on a diet, you might be eating a lot more calories than you think. There is always a disconnect between what we know we should do to lose weight, and what we do when it comes to losing weight.

For starters, you need to stop obsessing about the best foods to eat to lose weight, instead look at all those everyday habits that can cause weight gain. A diet can create an obsession with food, a "throw-in-the-towel-because-diets-don’t-work" mentality, and even heighten cravings.

You might not realize just how quickly your calories can rise. Did you know that an extra tablespoon of butter in pasta will add 100 calories, an extra spoon of your favorite salad dressing at dinner will add about 70 calories, and having an extra serving of chips at lunch adds around 160 calories?

Starting your day with a high-calorie coffee drink, eating while cooking, or finishing up your child’s plate at dinner could ultimately sabotage your weight loss efforts. Therefore, being mindful of your diet mistakes can increase your weight loss.

Diet mistakes you need to avoid

  • Skipping meals
  • Taking too many liquid calories
  • Eating oversized portions
  • Choosing unhealthy add-ons
  • Mindless eating

The worst foods that will sabotage your weight loss plan are highly processed junk foods. These foods contain loads of added sugar, added fats, or refined wheat. If you are unsure if the food you are eating is healthy or not, check the label. Also, make sure you watch out for misleading health claims and different names companies use for sugar.

Consider the right servings. Some healthy foods such as nuts, dried fruits, and cheese are very high in calories, and it is easy to eat too much.

The Best Foods to Eat to Lose Weight

It's important to understand that not all calories are equal. Different foods are processed differently and can have vastly different effects on our hormones, hunger, and the number of calories that you burn. Here are the ten best foods to eat to lose weight.

Leafy greens


Leafy greens

Leafy green foods include spinach, kale, swiss chard, and a few others. They are low in carbohydrates and calories, making them one of the best foods to eat to lose weight. They are also rich in fiber.

Including leafy greens in your weight loss diet is a great way to increase the volume of your meals, without increasing the calories. Leafy greens are also incredibly nutritious and very high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants -- including calcium that can aid fat burning.

Salmon


Salmon

Salmon is a rich source of high-quality protein that provides plenty of good fats such as omega-3 fatty acids. Including salmon in your diet is a versatile and delicious way to get your recommended servings of heart-healthy fish.

Berries


Berries

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries are an ideal weight loss food because they are low in calories, add tons of flavor, and pack a nutrient-dense punch to otherwise lackluster meals. Since they are rich in fiber and antioxidants, berries make some of the best foods to eat to lose weight. While fruits often get a bad reputation for weight loss due to natural sugars, they help relieve the monotony of a diet program.

Cucumbers


cucumber

Since cucumbers are low in calories, loaded with water, and contain hearty fiber in the peel, they can help with weight loss. Eating cucumbers every day as a snack can help keep you feeling full, ultimately making you less likely to eat foods that will cause the number on the scale to go up.

Cruciferous vegetables


Cruciferous vegetables

Examples of cruciferous vegetables include cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts. Just like any other type of vegetable, they are high in fiber, making them another one of the best foods to eat to lose weight. Apart from containing a decent amount of protein, they tend to be incredibly filling.

Cruciferous vegetables are not as nearly as high in proteins as legumes or animal products but are still high when you compare them to most other vegetables.

Boiled potatoes


Boiled potatoes

White potatoes aren’t the most favorable food around for some reason. However, they have several healthy properties that make them important both for optimal health and weight loss. They contain a variety of nutrients that are important to your health. Potatoes contain a little bit of everything your body needs to stay healthy.

Potatoes are particularly high in potassium, which plays an important role in blood pressure control. There have even been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes for an extended period.

Tuna


tuna

Fish offer the best healthy protein, making them one of the best foods to eat to lose weight. Tuna, just like salmon and sardines, have important omega-3 fatty acids and lean protein, helping fill your carb cravings.

Beans and legumes


Beans

Some beans and legumes are beneficial to your weight loss plan. They include lentils, kidney beans, black beans among others. Leguminous plants are rich in protein and fiber, which are two nutrients that are known to lead to satiety.

Legumes also contain some resistant starch. A lot of people have problems tolerating legumes. Therefore, it's important to prepare for them properly before including them in your diet plan. Beans and legumes are a positive addition to a weight loss diet. They are both high in protein and fiber, contributing to the feeling of fullness and lower calorie intake.

Soups


SOUP

Soups give the feeling of fullness, reducing the number of calories we eat. Foods that have low energy density are those that contain lots of water such as fruits and vegetables.

However, you can also add water to your food, making soup. According to scientific studies, eating the exact type of food in the form of soup makes people feel more satiated, leading them to eat significantly fewer calories. Just make sure you do not add too much fat to your soup since it can increase your calorie intake.

Avocados


avocado

Avocados are considered superfoods. It's almost impossible to find any negative nutritional effect from them. They are rich in magnesium, monosaturated fats, potassium, vitamin C and E, and folate. These nutrients promote heart health, good vision, and reduce the risk of certain cancers.

Whole grains


Whole grains

While cereals have received a bad reputation in recent years, some types are healthy. Whole grains have fiber and contain a decent amount of protein. They include brown rice, oats, and quinoa.

It's important to understand that refined grains are not a healthy choice. Sometimes, food that has whole grains listed on the label are highly processed junk foods that are both fattening and harmful. If you are on a low carb diet, you need to avoid whole grains since they are high in carbs.

Peppers


Peppers

Peppers, particularly green peppers, have large amounts of Vitamin C, which is a potent fat releaser. According to research, people with low Vitamin C hold more fat, making peppers one of the best foods to eat to lose weight.

They contain capsaicin that is known to decrease the appetite and increase fat burning. Eating spicy foods that have chili peppers can reduce appetite temporarily, increasing fat burning. It's important to note that tolerance builds up when the intake is regular.

Chia seeds


Chia seeds

These are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Chia seeds contain about 12 grams of carbohydrates per ounce, which is high. However, 11 of these grams are fiber. Chia seeds are perhaps one of the best sources of fiber.

Grapefruit


grapefruit

The effects of grapefruit on weight loss are so incredible that dozens of studies are available on their benefits. It’s also believed that the grapefruit has reduced insulin resistance, a metabolic abnormality implicated in many chronic ailments. Therefore, eating grapefruit an hour before daily meals helps you feel more satiated, reducing your calorie intake.

Coconut oils


coconut oil

​​​Not all fats are equal. Coconut oil is high in fatty acids of a medium length, known as medium-chain triglycerides. These types of fatty acids boost satiety better than any other form of fats, increasing the number of calories you burn.

According to two separate studies, done on both men and women, coconut oil reduced belly fat. Extra virgin olive oil is also a worthy mention, and its probably one of the healthiest fats on the planet.

Start Losing Weight Today

Finding the best foods to eat to lose weight is easy. They are mainly whole foods such as lean meat, fruits, fish, nuts, legumes, and seeds. Certain processed foods such as extra-virgin oil, oatmeal, and probiotic-yogurt are excellent choices as well.

With moderation, regular exercise, and a talk with your physician to ensure eating these healthy foods is OK for your body, you should pave the way to a healthy life and a lower number on the scale.

Cast Iron Cookware: Everything You Need to Know

cast iron cookware

Cast iron cookware has been in western homes since the 14th century A.D. because they can make meals large enough for the entire family. Since then, they have been a staple in family cooking both indoors and outdoors.

Whether you’re in the market for your first cast iron skillet or looking to upgrade your current pan, learning more about cast iron cookware will convince you how much you need cast iron in your life -- and kitchen.

Cast Iron vs. Non-Stick

Polytetrafluoroethylene (also known as PTFE) is the substance which gives non-stick pans their slippery properties. When heated at temperatures upwards of 500 degrees, they release perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which can be harmful to your health. Thus, it is essential to keep an eye on your pan so that it does not overheat. Always run your overhead fan and replace any pans which are flaking or chipping.

According to research, cast iron cookware doesn't cause any health issues. They are incredibly durable so long as you keep them dry and season them often. You can use them on the stove top, in the oven, and even on the campfire. However, cast iron cookware takes longer to heat up than non-stick pans, and you cannot wash cast iron with soap and water.

How to Season Cast Iron Cookware

If you are not aware what seasoning is, we assure you that it has nothing to do with how your meal will taste! Seasoning is the act of melting a thin layer of fat onto the cast iron cookware. This fat bonds with the iron and creates a layer which emulates non-stick pans. This will keep your food from sticking, and it will keep your cookware rust-free. However, there is a lot of information on the web on which oil is best to season with and how hot your oven needs to be for your seasoning layer to stick.

There are particular fats and oils that chefs swear will keep your pan working beautifully for many, many years. While some suggest flaxseed oil is their go-to, others claim coconut oil or lard will do the trick just fine. In reality, any shortening or cooking oil will season your cast iron cookware, but there is a specific way to ensure the coating fuses with the cookware.

This process is best if you have brand new cast iron cookware and want to give it an initial layer of seasoning. First off, clean your pans thoroughly. Then spread a small amount of your preferred shortening into the pan over the entire pan (exterior, handle, etc.). Buff well and make sure the pan is no longer oily.

Then, place it face-down in a 450-degree oven for about 30 minutes. Ensure your oven has proper ventilation, as it may smoke slightly. After thirty minutes, take the pan out and re-oil it again using extra caution as the pot is now very hot. Place it back into the oven for another 30 minutes. Repeat two or three times and let the pan cool down before using it to cook.

How to Clean Cast Iron Properly

Cleaning your cast iron cookware is easy -- once you get the hang of it. You should not wash your cast iron cookware in the dishwasher, and you should avoid the use of soap and steel wool. Using these methods will remove the pan's hard-earned seasoning layer and may even cause the pan to rust.

Once you've finished cooking, take the pan off the heat and pour in some water. With a soft sponge and tongs, gently rub away the dirt while the pan is still hot. If the pan is too hot to touch, use gloves and tongs to make cleaning easier.

Should you find, pieces of food stuck to the bottom, dump the water and add sea salt to the bottom of the pan. Add a small amount of water and use a scrubbing pad (or wooden spoon) to remove the bits gently. Don't be afraid to use a scrubbing brush to get out tough food stains.

Rinse the salt and water, then place the pan over high heat to quickly evaporate any remaining water. It may be necessary to re-season your pan after a tough cleaning to keep it rust-free.

Choosing Your Cast Iron Cookware

If you’ve somehow inherited grandma’s antique cast iron cookware, treat it as though it were gold! Chances are it is well-seasoned from decades of use and will last you many, many more years. However, if you’re in the market to purchase a brand new one, here are some makes to consider.

How We Reviewed

We’ve looked far and wide on the vast plains of the world wide web to bring you four brands of cast iron cookware you should consider purchasing. We examined the specifications of each brand. Also, we looked closely at customer feedback, and we used the experiences of real users as a basis for our reviews.


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Lodge Oversized Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet - 17 Inch Cast Iron Frying...
  • 17 INCH CAST IRON SKILLET. This seasoned cast iron skillet is ready to use and extremely versatile with a diameter of 17...
  • SEASONED COOKWARE. A good seasoning makes all the difference. Lodge seasons its cookware with 100% vegetable oil; no...
  • MADE IN THE USA. Lodge has been making cast iron cookware in South Pittsburg, Tennessee (pop. 3,300) since 1896. With...

Joseph Lodge founded the Lodge company in 1910. More than a century later, Lodge cast iron cookware is still going strong while run by the same family. Lodge has expanded their collection to also include stone wear, carbon steel, and enamel dutch ovens. But for this review, we’ll be taking a closer look at their cast iron cookware, particularly their cast iron skillets. Sizes range from the tiny 3.5-inch cast iron mini-skillet to the sizeable 17-inch iron skillet that is large enough to feed a growing family.

They season the 17-inch skillet with 100 percent vegetable oil with no synthetic coatings or chemicals. Manufacturing takes place in the United States, and you can use it to make practically anything from breakfast to dinner meals.

It is available on Amazon or the manufacturer's website and ranges in price from $69 to $112. Reviewers rave about having a skillet that can make large, four-people meals in one pan and also enjoy the fact that they can pick this heavy pan up using its sturdy twin handles.

The only downfall has been with small dents or scratches that probably occurred during the shipping process. Otherwise, seasoning is the single extra step you’ll have to be wary of when buying this Lodge skillet. It is rated a fantastic 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.



Le Creuset Cast Iron Signature Square Skillet Grill, 10 1/4",...
  • Square grill pan made of even-heating enameled cast iron
  • The superior heat distribution and retention of le cresset enameled cast iron
  • Ridges impart tasty grill marks on food and allow for lower-fat cooking

One of the most well-known and beautiful cast iron cookware brands is Le Creuset. This brand offers enameled cast iron pans which differ from traditional cast iron cookware in a few respects. Enamelled cast iron pans are available in a wide variety of colors and will not rust like cast iron cookware.

However, due to their coating, they can crack due to thermal shock -- meaning if you put a boiling hot pan into cold water, the exterior may chip. Cast iron cookware without enamel is practically bulletproof and can cook over direct heat (i.e., fire).

Le Creuset offers plenty of models, but we'll hone in on one in particular: the square skillet grill in blue. This pan's ridges are perfect for searing fatty foods as the fat will melt and drain away from the meat. Plus, the two spouts at each end makes pouring out the fats easy and mess-free.

There is also a short handle across from the long handle to move the pan from one place to another without straining. While there are not many reviews on Amazon (a mere 11), most speak very highly of Le Creuset's cookware, and it is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.

This skillet costs $175 to $230 and is available from Le Creuset's website as well as online retailers such as Amazon. These pans are generally more expensive than everyday cast iron cookware but will last you just as long with the right care.



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T-fal E83407 Pre-Seasoned Nonstick Durable Cast Iron Skillet/Fry pan...
  • Dress up grilled steak; fish and veggies with authentic restaurant stripes which is perfect for browning; searing;...
  • Large; extra-long handle with Easy-to-grip side helper handles and signature thumb rest for easy handling
  • Comes pre-seasoned for first use and includes step by step instructions for seasoning case

T-Fal (Tefal in Europe) is most famous for their non-stick cookware. However, they do have a few cast iron pieces sold in brick-and-mortar stores such as Walmart, Target, and Sears. They are also available for purchase online on Amazon. Depending on the size of the pan, T-Fal cast iron cookware ranges in price from $10 to $50.

T-Fal cast iron pans come pre-seasoned and come with instructions for seasoning after its initial use. Like most cast iron pans, it has a short handle directly across from the long one. It also has dual spouts to drain anything from fat to oil after cooking.

There are close to 6,000 reviews on Amazon about the product. However, it is important to note that these reviews are about all four pans: cast-iron nonstick in 10.25-inch and 12-inch as well as their non-stick pan in 8-inch sizes and 12.5 inches.

Overall, these pans have a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Buyers who reviewed the cast iron T-fal cast iron cookware, in particular, praise them on their durability and heat retention.



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Victoria SKL-313 Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Round Paella Pan with...
  • Large cast iron skillet with curved dual handles for better leverage and easier handling. Helper handles are bigger than...
  • Pre-seasoned 13 inch cast iron skillet is ready-to-use. Victoria cast iron cookware seasoned at high temperatures using...
  • Cast iron pan with intricately designed pour spouts with drip-catchers for easy cleanup. Bottom and rim of the pan are...

Victoria is based in Colombia and has been a leader in cast iron cookware since 1939. They make cast iron skillets, griddles, dutch ovens, and even tortilla presses. Their cast iron pans are regarded as one of the best pots available in today's market according to several websites.

We've focused on one of their most popular pans: the 13-inch cast iron skillet (also known as the SKL-313). This high-quality cast iron pan does not have a long handle but instead has two short handles and two spouts. The spouts make it easy to remove any grease or water before serving right to the table.

The pan consists of recycled cast iron which is melted and cast to form the pan. Then, they season the pot using 100 percent non-GMO flax seed oil. This Victoria pan's handles are also wider and longer than average, plus they have a set of holes in the handles wide enough to hang on hooks.

Customers have compared Victoria to Lodge and have stated that Victoria cast iron cookware features a more ergonomic handle and weighs slightly less despite having the same diameter. However, Lodge cast iron pans can retain heat longer and manufacturing takes place in the United States.

Victoria cookware can be purchased in-store or using online retailers such as Amazon, where the product is rated a whopping 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Comparison Table

Product

Image

Details

Price & Rating

Lodge Oversized Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet - 17 Inch Cast Iron Frying...

Size

17"


Item Dimensions

​-

Material Type
Cast Iron

Le Creuset Cast Iron Signature Square Skillet Grill, 10 1/4',...

Size

-


Item Dimensions

11.8 x 17 x 2 in

Material Type
Cast Iron

T-fal E83407 Pre-Seasoned Nonstick Durable Cast Iron Skillet/Fry pan...

Size

12-Inch


Item Dimensions

19.7 x 13 x 2.5 in

Material Type
Cast Iron

Victoria SKL-313 Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Round Paella Pan with...

Size

13"


Item Dimensions

​14 x 15 x 2.3 in

Material Type
stainless steel

Final Thoughts

If durability is what you're after, any cast iron pot or pan will serve you loyally for years. Choosing between an enamel or plain cast iron depends on your budget as well as personal preference in regards to aesthetics. However, they both retain heat wonderfully and will cook family meals wonderfully.

If you have a personal story to tell about your decades-old cast iron cookware, share it with us the comments below!

What is the Best Pot and Pan Set For Your Organic Lifestyle?

best pot and pan set

Have you ever looked around your kitchen and thought to yourself “I need new cookware?” Choosing the best pot and pan set for your home can be daunting. Do you go by price? Does a celebrity endorsement signify a superior product? A good pot and pan set can mean the difference between eating works of art cooked up in your kitchen, or appearing on an episode of “Nailed It.”

One thing to know about me is that I am a minimalist by heart. This means I only keep things which bring value to my life. For us here at To Our Table, the best pot and pan set is whatever can cook food the way we want it prepared, and looks sharp in the kitchen, too. We appreciate cookware which uniformly disperses heat, is non-stick and can take a beating for years.

The Best Pot and Pan Set for You

You might be wondering what kind of pot and pan set you should be looking for. If you’re like us, go for something that will bring value. It doesn’t have to be flashy, but it does have to cook food well and last a long time under the type of wear and tear you'll dish out. Perhaps you prefer something a little more ornate? If that’s the case, look for the style which matches your vision of your kitchen. In all cases, remember that the best pot and pan set will work every time, for years to come.

What kind of pots and pans are we talking about?

What are these pots and pans used for?

Where can you buy this cookware?

How much does it cost?

How We Reviewed

So now your head is spinning as you contemplate a million different pot and pan sets. Because there are so many pots and pans you can choose from; it is daunting to figure out where to start. This is where most people make a mistake: they give up, go to Walmart, find something that looks good on the box, and then spend $100 on cookware they really should have avoided. Above all, don’t be that person.

To compare the best pot and pan sets to each other, we chose the ten best brands we know. First, we went to each company’s site to learn a little about them.

Next, we looked at Amazon customer reviews. Because we trust reviews written by real people, we read through a lot of them. Consequently, this gave us a good idea of how well these pots and pans hold up in the real world.

10 Best Pot and Pan Sets

With this in mind, the 10 best pot and pan sets listed below are the ones you should be considering. Of course, you can probably find fantastic quality in boutique stores in big cities, but not everybody has access to them. Rather, these are cookware sets you can buy online or in any strip mall. Also note that you can often buy the individual pots and pans instead of the entire collection, although you will have a mismatched kitchen.

Also, you should know that we've listed these pots and pans in no particular order.


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Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
  • Polished cooking surface does not discolor, react with food or alter flavors.
  • Cookware also features cool grip handles secured with stainless steel rivets and self-basting, tight fitting lids,...
  • Oven safe up to 550F, Rims are tapered for drip-free pouring.

First up is the pot and pan set from Cuisinart. The company began in 1971 and showcased the world’s first home food processor at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1973. The Cuisinart MCP-12N Stainless Steel Cookware Set (from here on simply called “Cuisinart”) has polished stainless steel which doesn’t discolor or react with food. This is great for organic cooking. A triple-ply construction ensures there are no hot spots and that heat is spread evenly across the surface. It costs between $200 and $300. Customers on Amazon rated it 4.3 out of 5 stars.



Copper Non-stick 10-piece Cookware Set – Multi-purpose Round...
  • MULTI-PURPOSE VARISIZED STOCKPOTS AND PANS - Varisized utensils for different recipes. Convenient for frying, stewing,...
  • HEAT DISTRIBUTION - The cookware set adopts aluminum to provide quick and even heat distribution.
  • ULTRA-SAFE HEAT RESISTANCE - The cookware set is oven-safe to 550℉ and the glass lids to 350℉. The stainless steel...

Next, we have a cool copper set from Japanese company Shineuri. Because the company doesn’t have a website, it makes us a little apprehensive. Also, the copper-colored pots and pans consist of aluminum. They are heat resistant up to 500-degrees and coated with a non-stick chemical. They cost between $60 and $80. Customers on Amazon rated them 4.5 out of 5 stars.



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Lodge Wildlife Series - Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware with Wildlife...
  • 5 PIECE WILDLIFE SERIES CAST IRON SET. Lodge is proud to introduce their new line of wildlife themed cast iron cookware,...
  • ALL THE ESSENTIALS. The Lodge Wildlife Series 5 Piece Set contains all the essentials for the stovetop or campsite. Set...
  • GREAT FOR COLLECTORS. This iconic wildlife themed set will add a classic touch of American heritage to your cast iron...

Next is Lodge Manufacturing, and their awesome cast-iron pot and pan set. Lodge is an American company based in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee. They produce everything in the US. This cast-iron set is made non-stick by infusing it with vegetable oil. The pans and skillets are heavy and have wildlife scenes engraved on the bottoms. This set costs between $120 and $200. Customers on Amazon rated it 4.7 out of 5 stars.



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Paula Deen Riverbend Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Gulf...
  • Dishwasher-safe aluminum nonstick cookware heats quickly and evenly for efficient cooking performance; includes two...
  • Interiors feature top-quality nonstick so cooking won't bind and cleanup is a cinch
  • Colorful speckled porcelain exteriors Blue by classic enamelware add a warm, cozy touch and are stain resistant

Next is the cookware set by celebrity chef Paula Deen. We don’t mind celebrity-endorsed products. That's because most celebrities won’t put their name on an inferior product, but your mileage may vary. Paula Deen cookware is for a cozy family home. Also, the pots and pans heat quickly and evenly. The glass lids are shatter-resistant, and they all come with a limited lifetime warranty. This set costs between $100 and $175. Customers on Amazon rated it 4.2 out of 5 stars.



The Pioneer Woman Copper Charm 10-Piece Stainless Steel Copper Bottom...
  • With this set, you do not need to use very high heat. For best use and care, we suggest heating the pan for a few...
  • When hand washing your set, dry your set and do not let the copper bottom air dry as this will cause your copper to get...
  • For water spots that appear, please note this is actually caused by the minerals in the water, not the water itself. As...

Next up is Pioneer Woman-branded cookware. Pioneer Woman is a viral home lifestyle blog that evolved into an entire brand. After minimalism, we love the country lifestyle, and Pioneer Woman puts that into all her products. First, Her cookware set is real copper, so you’ll need to cook on high heat and use a professional cleaning agent to stop tarnishing over time. Next, these pots and pans are non-stick, so use butter when you cook. Finally, this set costs between $130 and $180. Customers rated it 4 out of 5 stars.



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T-fal Hard Anodized Cookware Set, Nonstick Pots and Pans Set, 14...
  • SET INCLUDES: 8-inch and 10.25-inch fry pans; an 11.5-inch fry pan with lid; a 10.25-inch square griddle; 1-quart,...
  • DISHWASHER SAFE: Easy to clean and dishwasher safe cookware set. Hard anodized aluminum construction for durability and...
  • USE AND CARE: Safe for all cooking methods except induction. PFOA, Lead, and Cadmium-free

Now we look at a staple of almost every cookware section in any department store. T-Fal is a French brand (Tefal in Europe) which is a combination of Teflon and aluminum. The Teflon, when cared for correctly, keeps your food from contacting the aluminum. These pots and pans include T-fal’s iconic “Thermo-spot” indicator which tells you when the pan has heated up. This set uses a prometal non-stick solution which won’t interfere with your food’s flavor like some chemicals will. Anti-warp materials keep the pots and pans from warping over repeated use. They cost between $130 and $160. Customers on Amazon rated this set 4.4 out of 5 stars.



Copper Chef Elite 9 Piece Round Cookware Set -As Seen on TV! Heavy...
  • MULTIPLE USES - EFFORTLESS COOKING: Our extremely versatile 9-pc. Copper Cookware Set is essential set for every...
  • CLEAN UP EASILY & COOK HEALTHIER FOR YOUR FAMILY We used the latest in non-stick technology when we created Cerami-Tech...
  • THE SECRET TO EVENLY COOKED FOOD: Our Induction Plates are constructed of heavy duty stainless steel and built right...

Copper Chef is a New Jersey-based company from celebrity chef Eric Theiss, who also publishes cookbooks. This set has from copper-infused aluminum. Everything consists of chemical-free “Cerami-Tech” non-stick materials, and the company claims even burnt cheese peels right off. Induction plates within the bottom of every pot and pan ensure even heat distribution, and you can bake or fry with every single pot and pan in this set. It costs between $150 and $225. Customers on Amazon rated it 4.2 out of 5 stars. This is a hot pot and pan set!



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Calphalon 1943337 Classic Cookware Set 12-pc Grey
  • Hand wash only
  • Dual-layer nonstick for easy food release, and quick cleanup
  • Convenient measuring marks, pour spouts & straining lids

Next is a cookware set from Calphalon. The company, based in Ohio, has been around since 1963. The pots and pans are non-stick, although there is no indication what kind of materials are used to achieve this. This set comes with shatter-resistant glass lids. They are made of aluminum while the handles are stainless steel. The set costs between $112 and $200 and Amazon customers rated it 4.2 out of 5 stars.



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Deik Cookware Set, Kitchenware Set, MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel...
  • 12-Piece Cookware Set(18/10 stainless steel): The cookware set includes 6-qt. covered stock pot, 3-qt. Covered saute...
  • Built to Last: Classic Cookware set features premium grade 18/10 stainless steel, mirror polished cooking surface that...
  • Convenient Design: Tight-fitting tempered glass lids with stainless steel rims seal in food's natural juices and...

Now we’ll look at the cookware set from DEIK, a Bulgarian brand that sells throughout Europe and North America. Although they produce pots and pans, DEIK is famous for cutlery and vacuums. DEIK has been around since 1926 and is a household name in the eastern and southern parts of the EU. This cookware set is stainless steel. There is a mirror-like polish on every pot and pan which does not tarnish over time. Every item also has accurate measurement notches engrave on the inside for helpful cooking. You can buy this set for between $160 and $220. Amazon customers rated it 5.0 out of 5 stars, although there were only two reviews.



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Vremi 8 Piece Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set - Induction Stovetop...
  • COOKWARE MADE for SERVING - This 8 piece ceramic cookware set includes 2 dutch oven pots, 1 casserole pot with lids and...
  • CERAMIC COATING for EVEN HEATING - This pot and pan set is made of a durable and non-toxic die-cast aluminum body with a...
  • MODERN with STEAM RELEASE DESIGN - Features bakelite ergonomic wood tone handles for easy tossing and turning and lids...

Last on this list is a Vremi pot and pan set. Vremi is a New York City brand that makes kitchenware for young and hip urbanites. If you can picture Zooey Deschanel in her condo kitchen, you can picture Vremi products all around her. This Vremi cookware set has an even coating of ceramic for even cooking. Also, it has a die-cast body and ergo dynamic wooden handles. The insides have a marble-based coating for BPA-free non-stick functionality. This set costs between $110 and $150 and comes in a variety of colors. Customers on Amazon rated it 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Comparison Table

Product

Image

Details

Price & Rating

Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

Size

12-Piece Set


Number of Pieces

1


Item Dimensions

24.2 x 14.2 x 10.7 in

Material Type
Stainless Steel

Copper Non-stick 10-piece Cookware Set – Multi-purpose Round...

Size

22.25*12*10.75


Number of Pieces

10


Item Dimensions

22.25 x 12 x 10.75 in

Material Type
Copper

Lodge Wildlife Series - Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware with Wildlife...

Size

5 Piece Complete Set


Number of Pieces

-


Item Dimensions

-

Material Type
-

Paula Deen Riverbend Aluminum Nonstick Cookware Set, 12-Piece, Gulf...

Size

None


Number of Pieces

1


Item Dimensions

21.87 x 12 x 15 in

Material Type
Aluminum

The Pioneer Woman Copper Charm 10-Piece Stainless Steel Copper Bottom...

Size

26.60 x 14.60 x 10.80 Inches


Number of Pieces

10


Item Dimensions

26.6 x 14.6 x 10.8 in

Material Type
Stainless Steel

T-fal Hard Anodized Cookware Set, Nonstick Pots and Pans Set, 14...

Size

14-Piece


Number of Pieces

1


Item Dimensions

21.84 x 13.84 x 14.24 in

Material Type
Aluminum

Copper Chef Elite 9 Piece Round Cookware Set -As Seen on TV! Heavy...

Size

-


Number of Pieces

-


Item Dimensions

-

Material Type
-

Calphalon 1943337 Classic Cookware Set 12-pc Grey

Size

12-pc


Number of Pieces

12


Item Dimensions

23.25 x 17 x 11 in

Material Type
Steel

Deik Cookware Set, Kitchenware Set, MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel...

Size

12-pc


Number of Pieces

12


Item Dimensions

-

Material Type
stainless steel

Vremi 8 Piece Ceramic Nonstick Cookware Set - Induction Stovetop...

Size

8 Piece


Number of Pieces

8


Item Dimensions

23.6 x 7.87 x 15 in

Material Type
Aluminum

Which Is the Best Pot and Pan Set?

The best pot and pan set is highly subjective. As we said earlier, your individual needs and tastes will heavily influence what you consider to be the best pot and pan set. That being said, there are some universal truths to choosing a good cookware collection. First, it needs to be functional. This means it should cook your food evenly and accurately without changing the flavors. Second, it needs to be safe and chemical-free. Third, it needs to stand up to everyday use for years. If you can find a pot and pan set that will last you for the rest of your life, then count yourself lucky.

So, what is not the best pot and pan set is Shineuri. The set uses cheap aluminum and who knows what chemicals are sprayed on to achieve non-stick status? And while we love Pioneer Woman, this set was rated so poorly by Amazon customers, who wrote that they had real problems with it, that we would not buy it. The Lodge cast iron set is extremely niche. If the cottage look is what you’re going for, then you might enjoy this high-quality pot and pan set. However, most households should probably pass it by.

That leaves us with the best pots and pans for you. The highest quality sets are Cuisinart, Paula Deen, Copper Chef, DEIK, and Vremi. You can’t go wrong with any of these. If the young urban look isn’t for you, then you can ignore Vremi. Our personal favorite is Copper Chef. But for family cooking, Paula Deen would be our choice. These five come down to your preference of style and your intended use.

What Are Easy Diets to Follow While Eating Organic Meals?

Organic Food

Organic food has become popular in most households. However, navigating through the many claims of organic food benefits and claims can be confusing. In addition, adhering to organic diets is difficult. Organic foods are highly nutritious and improve overall health. This is why organic diets are highly recommended. This article highlights what organic food is and whether you need it, as well as some easy diets to follow while eating organic.

What Is Organic Food?

The term “organic” refers to the manner in which agricultural products are grown and processed. Even though the regulations vary from nation to nation, organic crops in the US must be grown without the use of petroleum-based fertilizers, bio-engineered genes, synthetic pesticides, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. In addition, organic livestock raised for dairy products, meat, and eggs should have access to the outdoors and organic feed. Organic livestock is not given growth hormones, antibiotics, or any animal by-products.

Organic Produce

Fresh Vegetables for Organic Food

Organic food differs from conventionally grown or non-organic produce. For instance, while organic produce entails the use of natural fertilizers, such as compost or manure, non-organic produce is grown with chemical or synthetic fertilizers. In organic produce, weeds are controlled naturally using tilling, mulching, hand weeding, and crop rotation while in non-organic produce, weeds are controlled using chemical herbicides.

In non-organic produce, pests are controlled using synthetic pesticides while in organic produce pests are controlled using natural methods, including insects, birds, traps, and naturally derived pesticides.

Organic Eggs, Dairy, and Meat

Organic Eggs, Dairy, and Meat

Organic eggs, dairy, and meat are produced differently from conventional means. Organically raised livestock are given all organic, GMO- and hormone-free feed. Conventionally raised livestock are typically given growth hormone and non-organic, GMO feed. Conventionally raised livestock are given medications and antibiotics to prevent diseases, unlike organically raised livestock where diseases are prevented using natural methods, such as rotational grazing, clean housing, and a healthy diet. Last, organically raised livestock should have access to the outdoors, unlike conventionally raised livestock.

Do I Need Organic Food?

How your food is raised or grown is correlated to your emotional and mental health as well as the prosperity of our environment. Organic foods are typically more beneficial in terms of nutrients. They have more antioxidants compared to conventionally grown food. Organic food is beneficial for people with allergies to preservatives, foods, or chemicals. Sensitivity symptoms often lessen or go away when consuming organic food.

The following are good reasons to eat organic foods:

Fewer Pesticides

Organic food is raised or grown naturally and does most contain herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides used in conventional agriculture. If any pesticides are used, they are primarily natural, unlike the synthetic pesticides used in conventional farming. Natural pesticides are less toxic.

Better for the Environment

Organic agriculture reduces pollution, soil erosion, and conserves water. Besides, it improves soil fertility and uses less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better to nearby animals, birds, and people living close to farms. Conventional foods will pollute the environment with the pesticides or herbicides used, which makes this an unsustainable farming method.

Organic Food Is GMO-Free

GMOs are plants whose DNA has been altered in unnatural ways that cannot occur in traditional cross-breeding or in nature. The alteration makes the plants resistant to pesticides or herbicides or causes them to produce an insecticide. For instance, much of sweet corn consumed in the US is genetically altered to be resistant to Roundup herbicide and to produce its own insecticide, known as BT Toxin.

GMOs are common in US crops, including alfalfa, soybeans, papaya, canola, zucchini, and squash. They are also found in many breakfast cereals and most of the processed food the average person eats. If you see the ingredients soy lecithin or corn syrup on food packaging, there is a high chance that it contains GMOs. This is why it's best to go for organic food.

Organic Milk and Meat Are Richer in Nutrients

Studies have established that the level of certain nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, are 50% higher in organic milk and meat than in conventional ones. Organic foods also contain antioxidants, which are better at improving overall health and improving the immune system. Conventional foods have fewer nutrients, which is why it's better to choose organic food.

Organically Raised Animals Are Healthier

Organically Raised Animals Are Healthier

Organically raised animals are not given growth hormones, antibiotics, or animal byproducts. Feeding livestock with by-products increases their risk of developing mad cow disease (BSE), and using antibiotics creates antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. However, if the animals are raised organically, they are given more space to move around, which improves their overall health.

Organic Food Is Fresher

Organic Food Is Fresher

Since organic food does not contain preservatives that make it last longer, it is always fresh. Organic food is typically harvested when ripe and is, therefore, fresher compared to conventional foods. Essentially, organic food is usually produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.

Organic Food Helps Mitigate Health Risks

It is likely that you have accumulated a build-up of pesticide exposure due to many years of exposure from eating conventional foods. This could lead to health issues, such as birth defects, headaches, and added strain to your immune system. Some studies have shown that the use of pesticides, especially in conventional farming and even at low doses, increases the risks of developing certain cancers, like lymphoma, leukemia, breast cancer, brain tumors, and prostate cancer.

Easy Diets to Follow While Eating Organic

If you want to stick with a new way of eating, you should know some easy diets to follow. This helps you to maintain the cycle of eating organic foods while keeping conventional foods at bay. The following are easy diets to follow while eating organic.

Fruits and Vegetables for Easy Diets

Mediterranean Diet

This is one of the best easy diets to follow. The diet gives emphasis to vegetables, fruits, fish, and olive oil. The diet offers a host of health benefits, which include heart and brain health, weight loss, diabetes prevention and control, and cancer prevention. The Mediterranean pyramid should get you started. It emphasizes eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, olive oil, legumes, herbs and spices, and fish several times a week. You can top it all off with a splash of red wine. This is a great diet for weight loss and staying healthy.

The Flexitarian Diet

This is another great option for easy diets to follow that promotes eating organic. This diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and plant-based proteins. It comes from two words: flexible and vegetarian. This diet is best for losing weight, being healthier, preventing diseases, and probably adding a few years to your life. Eating more plants and less meat helps you improve overall health, lose weight, lower your rate of heart disease, and reduce the risk of developing cancer and diabetes. Plant proteins include beans and peas.

Weight Watchers Diet

This is another of the easy diets to follow that goes well with organic foods. It is best for fast weight loss, and experts say it is a smart and effective diet. You have over 200 foods to choose from including corn, eggs, seafood, turkey breast or skinless chicken, beans, peas, non-fat plain yogurt, tofu, and lentils. These foods are vital in laying a foundation for a healthier pattern of eating. Besides, you will not go hungry as it includes three meals daily.

DASH Diet

This is one of our favorite easy diets to follow because of the dietary approach to stop hypertension. It is promoted by the Lung, National Herat, and Blood Institute. The Dash diet helps fight high blood pressure and is known for its nutritional completeness, safety, and ability to prevent and control diabetes. It emphasizes foods like fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy, which have high nutrients known for deflating blood pressure, like potassium, protein, calcium, and fiber.

MIND Diet

The last of the easy diets to follow is the MIND diet. It helps prevent mental decline and, overall, is a healthy and sensible plan that's backed by science. It combines two proven diets, the Mediterranean and the DASH, and settles on foods in each that positively affect brain health, which lowers your risk of mental decline. It can also prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The organic food staples include nuts, berries, and leafy greens. These are important in halting the risk of progressive brain disorder.

Conclusion

You should try some of these easy diets to follow that are mainly organic for better health. Organic foods are more beneficial in terms of nutrients as they possess more antioxidants compared to conventionally grown food. For those with allergies to preservatives, foods, or chemicals, we recommend switching to organic food. Organic foods have fewer pesticides, are better for the environment, and can mitigate health risks. They are also GMO-free, richer in nutrients, and fresher.

Some easy diets to follow that promote organic foods include Mediterranean diet, the flexitarian diet, the Weight Watchers diet, the DASH diet, and the MIND diet. We hope that this article has helped you understand organic food, whether you need it, and easy diets to follow while eating organic.