Healthy cooking and eating can be snap if you have the right tools. After years of building my collection of food-related gadgets and tools I have a core set of items I use weekly, if not daily. Not all of these items are for cooking exactly, but they all contribute to my goal of healthier living through eating:
Blender Bottle: I received the Blender Bottle as a gift years ago and it became an almost immediate staple in my eating regimen. The Blender Bottle beats nearly any liquid and powder combo into a smooth consistency. My typical use for this handy tool is mixing up protein shakes. There isn’t a protein powder I have tried that hasn’t been sufficiently whipped by the wire whisk and I love it. The bottle also has a screw on lid which makes it a reliable travel companion.
Vitamix blender: Oh Vitamix how I love thee! My smoothies have never been smoother and so are my soups, sauces and whatever I throw in there. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? I think so. It’s a luxury for sure and my old blender did a reasonable job, but nothing I ever made compared to the texture of how the Vitamix can get it. The key to making this a worthwhile investment, in my opinion, is branching out beyond smoothies. Use it for soup, sauces, nut milk, juice, crushed ice, etc. and it will become a go-to for lots of cooking projects.
Shaker cup: This isn’t so much a cooking tool as it is a part of my health regimen. Much like the Blender Bottle, the shaker cup from Konsyl is helpful in getting things mixed, but I specifically use this cup for psyllium husks and water. I find that this mixes infinitely better than with a spoon. Water + fiber, 5 – 10 second shake and voila – you’re ready to chug.
Salad keeper: When I to get more greens in my diet the first thing I usually think of is salads with romaine, spinach, arugula, etc. My issue is buying a whole bunch of produce and then having it linger and wilt because I lost track of it in the fridge. The handy salad keeper nearly eliminates this issue for me. When I get home from the store I clean, dry, mix whatever greens I bought together and throw them in the salad keeper. That way they are ready to eat as soon as I want them. The container also reminds me that I have greens in the fridge and they seem to last at least a couple days longer when I store them this way.
Food dehydrator: When I am craving lots of protein there is nothing easier to eat than jerky. The problem with store bought jerky is that it’s expensive and often loaded with stuff I don’t want to eat like MSG and nitrates. Making homemade jerky is a snap with a jerky gun and a dehydrator and in less than a day 2.5 pounds of meat becomes one delicious pound of jerky.
Now that you’ve heard about some of my favorites in the kitchen, what are your favorite healthy cooking tools?
About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness consultant and fitness
writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that
she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for
personal training session 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.
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