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A tupperware lunch'n things container with sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, naan bread, and strawberries

I eat the cucumbers and carrots during the day for snacks, the strawberries are my 3 pm snack (with some form of protein) and the whole wheat Naan bread is my carbs to go with my lunch salad.

 

As a hypoglycemic, I’m always looking for new ways to carry all of my food for the day. I’m a big fan of the Tupperware’s Lunch’n Things container because of its multiple compartments (sadly they only sell it through their fundraising catalogs).

I was in our shared work kitchen and two guys I work with walked-through while I was eating a snack out of it.

“SO HEALTHY,” said one of them (emphasis his)

“It’s like a bento box of antioxidants,” said the other (who, unsurprisingly, works in marketing)

I have to admit, that’s kinda catchy…

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As a hypoglycemic, I spend a lot of time preparing foods in the kitchen. This series will go through some useful tools that I use in ways you may or may not of thought of.

Three silicone baking dishes, red, all nested in each other.

From Flickr: piepjemiffy

Useful tool: Silicone baking dish


I originally bought a 9 x 9 one of these for preparing baked goods. But I quickly figured out that things seem to bake much faster on this pan. Bad for baking goodies (it kept overcooking them), but MUCH faster when I need a quick meal.

My pan is ugly to say the least. First, it’s a dorky heart. Second, I used non-stick spray on it, which is apparently a no-no and turned patches of it brown. But, if I need to cook chicken or heat up an egg roll (a guilty pleasure of mine) fast, this pan is my go-to.

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As a hypoglycemic, I spend a lot of time preparing foods in the kitchen. This series will go through some useful tools that I use in ways you may or may not of thought of.

A plastic pitcher for drinks

From Flickr: Michael Nugent

Useful tool: Pitcher

When I was young, we made a lot of muffins and it was ridiculously difficult for me (especially as a kid) to get the liquid batter from the bowl to the muffin holes without spilling a lot of it. So, now, if I have a recipe that has a lot of liquid ingredients, I either mix them in the blender, or mix them in a pitcher and just pour them in pan.  It’s much faster and cleaner. For thicker batters, I use an ice cream scoop.

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As a hypoglycemic, I spend a lot of time preparing foods in the kitchen. This series will go through some useful tools that I use in ways you may or may not of thought of.

KitchenAid 5 speed blender in red

I have this KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender and it works really well.

Useful tool: Blender

Most people use the blender for smoothies and things like that, but I also use mine to mix loose liquids. I have a hand mixer, but the blender is always on the counter, so it’s right there. And, it’s so easy! Throw the liquid ingredients in, turn  it on, and your mixing is done! I also use it if I need to chop nuts quickly.

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As a hypoglycemic, I spend a lot of time preparing foods in the kitchen. This series will go through some useful tools that I use in ways you may or may not of thought of.

ice cream scoop

From Flickr: Sarah G…

Useful tool: Ice cream scoop
Obviously (and sadly), I’m not using the ice cream scoop for ice cream. Instead, I’ve found this to be a really helpful tool when I’m portioning thick batters. It also is convenient way to try to keep all of my muffins, cookies, etc. about the same size.

For example, these High-Fiber Blueberry Bran Muffins are great, but the dough is incredibly thick and sticky. You can’t just pour it into the muffin pan. It’s got to be done some other manual way. So, I use non-stick spray to spray the ice cream scoop and then use that to scoop the batter into the muffin pan. It is much easier and a lot less messy.

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