Hey guuyyys and welcome to my new 2-part post about clean water for your kitchen plus a refreshing and healthy spring salad recipe that I created a couple of days ago.
In the first half of the post I’m going to ramble a bit about how important it is to use clean tap water for cooking and how you can get an unlimited supply of it. In the second half of the post I’m going to present to you my new recipe for a healthy spring salad, which is so refreshing and delicious and can be done in under 10 minutes; easy as pie!
Part 1: Clean Water For Your Kitchen
Living in Canada, I somehow always expected that our public drinking water would be superb. Very recently though, I found out that it’s not. It REALLY isn’t. Agricultural fertilizers and heavy metals in our tap water; how is that even possible? Pesticides and herbicides; I thought that stuff was “only” in our food. You’ve got to be kidding me!
The only good thing about this is that we’re not living in the “best-in-the-world” country south from us, where the situation is clearly far worse (I told you that I was going to ramble)…
Okay, let’s be real here for a second. What’s the state of the affairs?
- Pesticides that were banned in Europe were found in Toronto’s tap water.
- Every year, 300,000+ Canadians contract a stomach bug by consuming municipal tap water.
- A few years back, thousands of Canadians were warned to not drink their tap water. 2 reasons for this were that it may have been contaminated with E. coli and inadequately disinfected.
To be honest with you, I don’t like the sound of this. When did our precious Canadian tap water get so bad? Did I miss a meeting? The situation seems to be out of hand and it’s getting worse each week. What is our government doing about this? Not much as far as I can tell.
Anyway, it is what it is and as long as it doesn’t change, you have to get active yourself. If you want to protect your family from dirty drinking water like I do, I recommend you to do the following: Filter your tap water. It’s the only solution.
You could buy bottled water for drinking, but then there still is the problem that you also need a lot of water for cooking. Otherwise, what water are you going to be using to boil your potatoes or your whole-grain rice? It doesn’t stop there. How are you going to wash your carrots and apples and pears and beans and peas? You would have to place a big water tank right in the middle of your kitchen, if you don’t want to be using water from your tap.
But I’m getting a bit lost here; sorry! To get back on track, I want to talk about the only solution for this imminent problem, which I already mentioned and which is filtering your tap water yourself. If you do this right, you won’t have to worry about E. coli, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers anymore. The approach is pretty straightforward, because there is only one type of water filter that can eliminate all these dangerous substances in our water. They are called “Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems”.
You can be rest assured, the most complicated thing about them is their overlong name. You can find them literally everywhere online, they are affordable for the average Joe and if you have a husband who’s fingers are not all thumbs, he will be able to attach it to your home’s water system in less than a day!
I’m already about 650 words into this post, so to keep things short, I’m not going to write about what exact filter systems I like, how much they cost and where you can by the. What I’m going to do instead is give you this list of resources that’ll allow you to do your own research on the topic.
- Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines
- Huffington Post Article On Canadian Water
- Reverse Osmosis Systems Thoroughly Reviewed
- Different Filter Types For Home Water Treatment
Please understand that this is not a buy-and-forget-about-it issue. This is about your health. If you don’t want to be using polluted tap water in your kitchen anymore, you have to sacrifice next Saturday or Sunday or another day off and read up on this stuff. When you are done, you should be able to answer the following questions:
- What contaminants do you want to remove from your tap water?
- What is the best reverse osmosis water filter system for the job, what does it cost and where can you buy it?
- Is it possible to self-install the system in your kitchen?
I think we can agree that improving the quality of your tap water by means of a filter is no rocket science.
Okay, enough on tap water. Now it’s time for the fun part!
Part 2: Healthy Spring Salad
I had the idea for this refreshing and healthy salad when I came back from the gym earlier this week and didn’t feel like eating a lot of calories. I mean, I just burned some of my belly fat, so why put it right back on?
I had some salad, spinach and cucumber left in the fridge as well as 1 avocado that was almost overripe, so I added everything together and put a nice dressing with extra virgin olive oil, some seeds and fresh herbs on top. Viola.
Healthy Spring Salad
- Crispy green lettuce
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- Lemon balm
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or other oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Cut the lettuce, spinach and cucumber and add into bowl. Cut avocado in half and spoon out. Cut into tiny cubes and add to bowl.
Chop fresh herbs and mix with seeds and your oil of choice. Add dressing into bowl.
My name is Jennifer and I am the head cook here at It Ain’t Meat, Babe. I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, but did a lot of traveling in my early life. I developed a passion for cooking a couple of years ago when I started to get more into healthy nutrition due to suffering from chronic, antibiotic-induced gut inflammation. Shortly after my diagnose, I decided to try cutting meat entirely out of my diet – and succeeded. I’ve been living without it ever since. And I’m the biggest fan of OZ (Australia)!