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When I started my weight loss journey, I knew I had to make cooking fun. I needed kitchen gadgets and tools to help with healthier living. I cleared out my cupboards and drawers and was amazed that I had so many gadgets to help with a healthier lifestyle that I rarely used. Cooking homemade is the first step you need to take in living a healthier lifestyle. Popular foods most buy are corrupted with additives such as artificial sugars, high fructose corn syrup, fat, hydrogenated oils, MSG, cholesterol, food dyes not to mention other ingredients we have no idea how to pronounce. The best thing you can do for you and your family is begin cooking, right in your kitchen. You’ll be amazed how healthy you will begin eating, just by cooking meals by yourself. By cooking at home you’ll be able to reduce salt, add flavor with the numerous fresh herbs and spices we have available and introducing more healthy ingredients-olive oil or coconut oil instead of butter, using cooking spray though be careful and don’t over do it as cooking spray is oil, munching on fruits and veggies and much much more.
11 must-have kitchen gadgets and tools for healthier living
- Steamer. Steaming vegetables is one of the best ways to eat vegetables. Steaming will soften vegetables keeping them flavorful without having to add the fattening butter or sauces we love on them. Once I steam, I throw the veggies in a bowl, mix with my favorite spices and my side is served. I use a very budget-friendly steamer basket, the Norpro 175 Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer that is stainless steel, collapses and is versatile as it fits in small to large pots and cleans with ease.
- Indoor grill. Now that the weather is getting spring-like, I’ll be able to use our outdoor grill, but when weather doesn’t permit a grill is necessary. A grill allows excess fats to drip, so you’re not cooking your meats in their own fat. You can grill seafood, chicken, beef, pork and more on your indoor grill for flavorful meats. I cook indoors with the Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill. Don’t forget the meat thermometer!
- Digital kitchen scale. No matter what you want to say, weighing out your foods is a huge step in losing weight. It is so simple to eat double, triple or more on a serving size, so to be safe always weigh food. I weigh out 3-4 ounces of cooked meats, sides such as potatoes, veggies, yogurt and cereals. They are very accurate, which will help with your weight loss goals. Sure it can be an inconvenience, but it’ll soon become routine, you won’t even think about it. I have been using the same one for year’s now. The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is simple to use, fits in a drawer when not in use, displays ounces, grams, kg and lbs, taking out the guesswork when food labels show any of the weights.
- Slow cooker. They are a must have. When you are busy and do not have time to whip up a meal after work or a long busy day, a slow cooker will save your day. You can even put all the ingredients in the night before, throw it in the fridge and plop it in the base before you head out in the morning. There is no need to say you didn’t have time to cook when you have a slow cooker. You can make EVERYTHING in them. From make-ahead oatmeal, to veggie sides, dinner, soups, stews and more. The Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Oval Slow Cooker is nice sized, easy to use and programmable. To make clean-up a breeze buy slow cooker liners!
- Blender. If you begin to enjoy smoothies a blender is necessary! You’ll be able to whip up fruit and veggie smoothies in a flash, oh and they even work wonderful for a quick soup. There are many singer serve blenders on the market, though I still use a large size. Cleaning up is one of the most fussed about things about blenders, however add a bit of water, a dab on dish soap, blend it up and blender is practically clean.
- The Measure Up Bowl. Since reviewing Measure Up Bowl, I’ve never quit using. These little portion control bowls have measurements right inside the bowl, so there is no need for additional measuring cups when eating cereal, fruit, veggies, soups, pasta, rice and more. They are definitely handy to have around!
- Non-stick pots and pans. Non-stick pans are necessary for lighting cooking, so you don’t have to add loads of butter and oil to what you are cooking. Buying non-stick will prevent food from sticking. I have recently bought a green pan that doesn’t live up to the hype so I’m saving for Cuisinart GreenGourmet line as they say nothing needs to be added to the pan before cooking and do not contain PTFE and PFOA which are major health concerns.
- Oil mister. Though olive oils are healthier than butter and vegetable oils, they are high in calories. Extra virgin is my favorite by far to use due to the many health benefits and flavor however I do not want all those calories. I use the Misto Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer to spray skillets, baking sheets, veggies, bread and more!
- Food Chopper. I’m not big on food processors as they are big and a pain to clean. I also despise chopping vegetables especially with all the homemade cooking I do, the Chef’n VeggiChop Food Chopper has been my absolute lifesaver. This is all man-powered and rather small, so doesn’t take up to much space in the cabinet. Because, this requires no batteries, it is awesome for travel, to chop food up very small to hide veggies for the kids and works like charm! You can use it for breads, nuts, veggies, fruits and more. The more you pull, the more chopped up the veggies become.
- Produce storage containers. Rubbermaid Produce Saver containers are awesome and work – with different sizes for all your needs. I like to precut my fruits for easy snacks without taking the time to cut them every time I want them. These containers have a tray and vent system to extend the life of fruits. Not just fruits because my cucumbers, oni0ns, peppers and tomatoes have stayed fresh. They are must-have to helping with your goals of eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Perfect to throw in grapes, berries or a salad when on-the-go. Plus you’ll save money from fruits staying fresh!
- Fruit Infusion Pitcher. Plain old water is blah. Fruiten up your water intake with a fruit infusion pitcher for healthy flavored water without the added junk any time you wish. I adore my Takeya Fruit Infusion Jug that is BPA-free. Add any fresh fruits and you have delicious fruit infused water. Plain lemons is delicious, however strawberries with kiwi and strawberries with oranges rock! You’ll be amazed at how much more water you’ll consume but adding fruits. Drink an entire pitcher in a day and you have your recommended (8) 8 ounce glasses.
Other items I recommend are a fresh black pepper grinder, garlic press, citrus juicer and salad spinner.
Do you have any must-have kitchen gadgets?