Everyone enjoys a good homemade meal, but before you can dig in, you have to prepare it first. Cooking can be a hard task, especially if you have vision or hearing loss. However, if you only make a few adjustments to your kitchen and get a few aids, you’ll be preparing delicious meals in no time.
Here’s what you can do to create a functional kitchen for people with vision and hearing loss.
If you want to make cooking and navigating your kitchen even easier, you might consider removing all sharp edges and opt for rounded tables and countertops. These will cause less painful bumps and fewer spills caused by bumping into something.
Also, pay attention to how you orient your pot and pan handles on the stove, since knocking them can cause severe burns. Additionally, make sure you don’t have any wires and cables over the floor because they can be serious trip hazards.
Smooth and shiny surfaces for countertops, flooring and appliances easily reflect light and create glare. Additionally, glass cabinet doors and clear glasses can also cause glare, but more importantly, they are completely invisible which makes them a hazard unless you mark them clearly.
Adjust the lighting
When you have vision loss, every space needs ample and appropriate lighting, especially a kitchen with all those knives and appliances. Increased illumination makes it easier for people with low vision to navigate their kitchen and prepare food.
On the other hand, poor lighting increases the risk of falls, bumps and even more serious accidents. So, your best bet is to invest in good lighting for your kitchen. Fluorescent strip lights with diffusers offer great distribution of light while spotlights direct ample light in all directions.
Also, bringing light closer to the task at hand is a great way to improve visibility. For instance, installing strip lighting under the kitchen cabinets will provide good lighting in the countertop area. You can also install some lighting in your cupboards and on the shelves for easier food identification. If you combine these lighting fixtures with some standard lamps and hanging pendants, you’ll get a well-illuminated space ready for meal prep.
Another way to make food preparation easier for people with vision loss is to create contrasts. Painting doors, cabinets and walls in contrasting colors with respect to the rest of the room will make them stand out more and make the space easier to navigate.
You can opt for neutral colors and go with dark colors against bright colors (black and white contrast, for instance) but combining darker and lighter shades of the same color can also work, it all depends on your vision level and your personal preference. You can also invest in appliances that have contrasting surfaces such as colorful Viking refrigerators that come in icy white, black, gray, red, blue and beige. Additionally, get contrasting cooking utensils, such as chopping boards, bowls and knives, which will also make it much easier to locate and handle them.
When choosing appliances, make sure they have some sort of contrast on controls to make setting the dials and pressing the buttons simpler. You can also use tactile markers, such as bump-ons or Velcro dots, and apply them to the controls.
Adapting the kitchen for hearing loss
People with limited or no hearing can also benefit from some easy kitchen adaptations. The main issue in the kitchen is the fire alarm. However, there are gadgets that will send visual signals instead of audio ones if there is a fire situation in the kitchen.
People who are deafblind can find vibrating pagers that will alert them of any kitchen happenings, from fire alarms to oven timers. All of these easy fixes will make cooking a much easier, safer and less stressful experience for people with hearing loss.
Don’t be afraid to venture into cooking waters. These kitchen safety tips will keep you safe, so all you need is some inspiration and a good appetite.
Have you or someone you know lost some vision?
Had some loss for some time and want to gain more independence?
Whatever your circumstances, you can shop for groceries on your own independently with very little help. Wouldn't that be awesome?
There are many ways to shop for groceries when you have vision loss, all with varying degrees of monetary costs and help involved:
Local Delivery Service
Many cities and even small towns have a delivery service / taxi service that can make small deliveries. I would only recommend this for the occasional item that you need "now" - such as a missing recipe item.
Another similar service that you may want to know about is UberEats for food delivery from restaurants that don't offer delivery.
Walk or take Public Transit
If you live close to a grocery store, consider walking there, you'll get good exercise, orientation and mobility (O&M) practice, and get familiar with your neighborhood.
The same goes for public transit, take a bus tour of your area and find a grocery store that's convenient on your route. Some advice, the best grocery store on your route may not even be the closest one to your home - pick a store that's easy to stop at and has a return route without many "exchanges" or long wait times.
Grocery Store Fulfillment Service
Some grocery stores have shopping fulfillment services - you call or fill out an online form with your shopping list and can just pick it up at the customer service department. Wal-Mart offers this service in some places and will even put the groceries in your car for you. So use a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft, or your taxi and just have them wait while you go in and claim your order. No long hassle of searching for items on rows and rows of shelves.
If your local grocery store doesn't offer a fulfillment service, you can call ahead and request a personal assistant - an employee that will walk with you and either read you prices and items, or fetch them for you. This also saves time hunting around for items when you can't see things well.
Shop in Bulk
Shop in bulk when you have a ride with a friend or relative. Grab all the big bulk items like toilet paper, paper towels, canned food, pantry items like flour, sugar, coffee, etc. This way you won't have to struggle with getting these heavy or awkward-sized groceries home on your own - whether you're walking, taking the bus, or ride-share.
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Use Amazon Fresh
Another new service you may want to check out is Amazon Fresh. A produce and grocery service offered by Amazon.com. They offer an unlimited service for only $14.99 a month and the food is delivered right to your door!
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For some extra savings, use these promotional codes when you shop on Amazon:
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So, there's many ways to shop when you have vision loss and without losing your sense of independence as well.
What other ways do you do for shopping? Share your experiences!
Many people want to lose weight, yet they don’t know how to do it effectively. Some have engaged themselves with different kinds of indoor cycling, exercises and foods; some were helpful, while some didn’t achieve any result.
In this short article, we are going to reflect best 8 super foods that will do the magic for you. Dieting can help you lose weight than aerobic exercises. These foods have been tested and trusted over the years
You may have eaten pickled vegetables before or you may not even know about it, but the truth remains that they will really be helpful to you. They are made with vinegar, they contain no calories- this is one of the reasons why they are good for you.
During the fermentation process, pickled vegetables release lactic acid, and this produces enzymes which go a long way to enhance your healthy lifestyle
You can never go wrong by taking edamame noodles because they contain about 17 grams of protein. Relatively, they are very low in carbohydrates.
This is part of the reason why a good number of people are using it while taking their favorite sauce.
Oat bran is highly beneficial to your health - it aids in digestion, burns calories, has more thiamine, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, calcium, protein, riboflavin than regular oats.
Try taking oat bran in the morning before you begin your daily tasks, and you will be amazed at the volume of calories it will burn.
Black beans are packed with foliate, fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6. Their benefits are multiple, they aid in digestive and heart health.
If you pair it with lean protein, you will discover that it will satiate you for hours.
Eating low-calorie desserts will help you to burn calories and lose weight faster.
They are nutritious and have in recent times become popular as great foods; they lower your stress level, enhance your motivation and stimulate the release of a molecule in your brain.
Hemp Seeds, Chia seeds
Hemp seeds contain many healthy nutrients such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, fiber, protein, omega 3 etc. Hemp seeds have the capacity to lower your blood pressure.
On the other hand, chia seeds have the capacity to jumpstart your weight loss just like hemp seeds. They have gained popularity over the years as veritable sources of iron, magnesium, calcium, protein, fiber and omega 3.
You can eat them plain as they are like hemp seeds; however, keep in mind that they absorb more water, unlike hemp seeds. If you are dehydrated, they may make you experience some stomach cramping. You will experience a high level of satisfaction after eating them.
This is a suitable alternative to coffee, which contains a wide range of antioxidants. It can aid you in minimizing free radicals.
Green tea is a great energy booster; you can have it anytime preferably during your breakfast.
Brussels sprouts contain a high amount of Vitamin C, and this aids your skin health, vision, and Vitamin K, which enhances your bone.
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Last Christmas, I got an air fryer from my folks and have loved it since.
An air fryer is a kitchen appliance that “fries” food but with little or no oil used at all. It does this by circulating hot air around the food. It’s like a tabletop convection oven. Most models come with a basket that looks like a deep fryer basket, but without needing all the heavy oil.
My air fryer is an Actifryer from T-fal, it’s rated #3 on YourBestPicks.com. Check out the link for all the pros and cons of each air fryer brand.
Like I said, most air fryers come with a basket, but mine doesn’t. the Actifryer comes with a paddle that slowly stirs the food around. A great advantage over the other models as those require you to stop midway and stir or shake the food midway through cooking. With the paddle, the food gets stirred and flipped over for nice even browning and crispiness.
T-fal has two models, the larger model not only can hold more food, but comes with a grill plate to grill food as well. I’ve got the classic model which suits our family of 4 just fine.
You can cook a wide variety of food – vegetables, meats, fish, seafood, snacks and even desserts. I believe the food is tastier and it sure is healthier than “traditional” frying.
Here’s our favorite French Fries recipe:
Homemade French Fries
*Courtesy of the T-fal Actifryer Cookbook (included with Purchase)
Feeds about 4 People
Prep Time – 15 minutes
Cook Time – 40 minutes
2 lbs. Potatoes
1 spoon of oil (Spoon is included with Actifryer – equivalent to 1 TB)
My special trick of soaking the fries in cold water for several minutes seeps out the starchiness of the potatoes and you end up with soft fluffy centers while retaining a crispy exterior.
For other awesome T-fal Actifryer recipes check out The Skinny Actifryer Cookbook from Amazon.
Advantage for Blind and Low Vision Users
Another advantage I’ve discovered with using an air fryer is that it’s GREAT for a low vision user like myself!
As much as I love my cast iron pans (Southern girl going on 11 years here), I find it hard to fry when I can’t see that well.
There’s the danger of:
The advantages for blind and low vision cooks are:
How awesome is that? I love the peace of mind I get with my air fryer!
Also, cleanup is a snap! Just load the pieces into the dishwasher. Done!
Disadvantages of an Air Fryer
This is what some websites listed as disadvantages:
Let me dispute those for you:
So, can you tell I love my air fryer? So excuse me while I try out a Cinnamon Apple recipe.
Today is #NationalPeanutButterLoversDay!
Our family loves Peanut Butter, we also love granola bars and go through them a lot. Even when we buy the no-name brand, the spending adds up.
So I found this great and easy recipe on Pinterest that only uses 3 ingredients! Thanks to Listotic
The first reason why I love these are because it only uses 3 ingredients that you pretty much already have in your pantry!
It's a pet peeve of mine when cooking shows or recipes declare an easy recipe for a mother to make and it uses some exotic or expensive ingredient or a specialty pan! Who the hell keeps Champagne vinegar on hand or a chestnut roasting pan on hand??
"Now grab your chestnut roasting pan"
"Oh sure, let me check my pantry...NO!"
(credit goes to John Pinette - I miss his comedy)
The second reason is that it's so easy the kids can make it themselves!
So here's the recipe:
Easy Peanut Butter Bars
Copied from Listotic with my adjustments in brackets
1 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Honey
3 Cups Oatmeal (I used 2 1/2 Cups)
- Line a 9x9 cake pan with non stick foil, or regular foil with non-stick spray. (I used a 9x13 cake pan and lined it with wax paper - again I don't horde a large number of pans or specialty products.)
- Melt the Peanut Butter and honey together, either on a stovetop or microwave (1 1/2 - 2 mins), until blended and smooth enough to mix.
- Mix in the Oatmeal, start with 2 Cups and add the rest slowly because you may not need it all. (I only used 2 1/2 Cups)
- Spread out in the pan and store in the fridge for a few hours until its set enough to cut into squares.
- Store in the fridge to keep them firm, or leave out to be soft and gooey.
And that's it! Nice and simple! Everyone here loved them and the teenagers can make it themselves easily for a snack or breakfast bars to go.
So Happy Peanut Butter Lover's Day!!
With our lives becoming faster and intense, our mental as well as physical fitness are a priority. After all we have been hearing from ages now that “Health is wealth”; this proverb is most apt in today’s hectic lives. And if this is the concern, then there is a growing need to consume the cold pressed almond milk as one of the regular ingredients of our current diet. If you want to follow a strict vegan diet, and still if you want to go for a massive weight loss, then the cold pressed almond milk is just the right alternative to all your nutrition woes.
Consume A Bottle Of Almond Milk Everyday To Stay Fit And Healthy:
Recently there has been an introduction of cold pressed almond milk in the market, and it is for all good. We are not careful about what we take in and even if we have it is sometimes hard for us to get the combination of food on our plate that can help with all the nutritional requirements on a daily basis.
The cold pressed almond milk is made from nut milk, which is a source of healthy fats, magnesium, and vitamin E. Most of these bottled products like juices and milk contain preservatives to increase the shelf life of the product which is harmful to our bodies, but this cold pressed milk is by applying very high pressure and it has a shelf life greater than non-pressed milk but less than preservatives added ones.
The best part is that, if you are too keen on reducing weight, then you must consume this almond milk or its flavored versions, as this contains only 100 calories, as opposed to the ordinary whole milk products containing more than 248 calories or even more.
The Cold Pressed Almond Milk Is Healthy For Heart, Teeth And Bones:
In cold pressed almond milk the nutrients are not broken so as to keep all the nutrients and enzymes intact.
It Has A Longer Shelf Life And Better Flavor All Throughout The Period Of Refrigeration:
The shelf life of cold pressed almond milk extends from 72 hours up to 49 days depending on the brand and micro detailed process used. The only disadvantage of these pressed milks is its comparative high cost as compared to normal milks.
Normal almond milks in bottle also contain a thickener known as carrageenan which is used for avoiding separation of ingredients from one another, but it can cause intestinal ulcers, inflammation and may also be a cause of cancer. Making almond milks using HPP Technology does not require such kinds of chemicals and are definitely the healthier option to go for. Moreover, the cold pressed almond milk is also good for skin and hair, and it reduces chances of skin inflammation. Since it does not contain added sugar, it can easily be used by people who are diabetic.