Are your cupboards full of cooking gadgets you never use? Hands up if you have a pasta maker getting dusty in the back of the shed? Clients in clinic often ask me what they really need to make healthy eating a breeze, so here are my favourite must-have kitchen gadgets that you’ll actually use! And just in time to ask Santa…
THE STICK BLENDER
Makes light work of chopping, pureeing, blitzing and whisking. These usually come with a range of versatile accessories, like mini chopping bowls and whisks. Just the job for blending soup or chopping up nuts. My favourite is the Braun MultiQuick 3 Hand blender. It features an anti-splash design to ensure a spotless kitchen and an extra milling blade which blends whole foods in seconds, meaning you save time pre-cutting.
If you are a fan of juicing (a great way to get your 7-a-day in one hit!) you really need a slow juicer – sometimes called a masticating juicer – because it creates less friction/ heat as it deals with the fruit and veg, therefore retaining more of the nutrients. Prices for this type of juicer vary enormously, but many come out of the same factory in Korea, so you’ll still get something that more than adequately does the job for a fraction of the price of the top dollar ones. This one from Aicok is currently on sale, has a quiet motor, and comes with a juice jug and cleaning brush.
There are a number of these compact, counter-top appliances that will whizz you up a decent smoothie and, if you’re the kind of person who struggles to get the recommended 7-10 portions in each day, you should definitely consider one. Regardless of which one you choose, you want to pick one with a 600+Watt motor to ensure that nuts and seeds are efficiently blended. This one is still my favourite and best of all, it’s really easy to use and to keep clean.
This thing will enable you to make courgetti (courgette spaghetti) and boodles (butternut squash noodles) effortlessly. This is good news as if you’re trying to keep the weight off, these foods will make it easy to cut out the starchy carb content in your meals which turn to sugars all too easily. This one has 5 blades so it can turn its hand to pretty much any cutting task.
Slow cooks meats, makes one pot wonders, curries and winter-warming stews. It makes meals quick, easy and healthy. This one is great value and for you meat eaters out there, it comes with a separate inner pot that comes out so you can sear the meat in to start you off, then pop into the slow cooker to do the rest. The cooking pot is also dishwasher safe.
Sprouts are the real stars of the vegetable world. Sprouted beans and seeds contain many more nutrients and enzymes than non-sprouted varieties. The vitamin content of some seeds, grains, beans or nuts increases by up to 20 times the original value within only a few days of sprouting! Research shows that during sprouting, beansprouts increase in vitamin B1 by up to 285%, vitamin B2 by 515% and niacin (for heart, brain and skin health) by up to 256%. This one is a great introductory product if you’re new to sprouting….
….or for the more accomplished sprouter, you can’t go wrong with the 3-tier Germinator…
There are many health benefits to drinking coffee but that’s not the only reason to get yourself a coffee grinder – it’s perfect for grinding seeds and spices for sprinkling on salads, porridge, soups, yoghurt, and so on. This one from Chef’s Inspirations is a good value electrical grinder that will whizz up your nuts, seeds and spices in a flash plus it’s easy to clean.
If you’d like any further advice on how any of these gadgets can help with your wellbeing, please get in touch via the contact page, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.