Five Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy Eating (Plus Recipes!)
  • June 29, 2017
  • Whether you’re a seasoned chef or just getting started in your cooking endeavors, there are a few kitchen gadgets you’ll want to keep handy in your quest for healthy eating. These tools make it easy to whip up a tasty, nutrient-packed meal or snack in a few easy steps.

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    Spiralizer

    Increase your veggie intake by swapping sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli and other vegetables for your normal bowl of pasta. The various spiralizers on the market turn vegetables into noodles with the twist of a handle, a process that never fails to amaze me. I love this one from Paderno, which sells for under $30.

    Ready to cook? Try one of these hearty, veggie-forward meals:

     

    Food Processor

    The veggies-for-carbs trend extends beyond veggie noodles – now there’s cauliflower and broccoli rice as well! Throw those cruciferous vegetables into a food processor to quickly and easily make a base for a Fully Loaded Burrito Bowl or Cauliflower Pizza Crust.

    Food processors are also excellent chickpea mashers for recipes like Scrambled Chickpea and Spinach Pitas and homemade hummus. Plus, you can make a killer one-ingredient nut butter that will far surpass that sugary peanut butter of your youth.

     

    Blender

    Whether your budget is $20 or $500, there’s a blender for you on the market. I’m partial to the Magic Bullet for its small size (perfect for kitchens short on storage space), convenience and single-serving proportions. It’s never been easier to whip up a smoothie in your own home.

    Create your perfect blend with these tips or try one of the recommendations from the smoothie-loving aSweatLife team:

     

    Lemon and Lime Squeezer

    Until a wedding guest gave this dual citrus squeezer as a gift, I had no idea what I was missing by using those plastic, fruit-shaped bottles of lemon and lime juice for recipes. Turns out the store-bought pre-squeezed juice doesn’t hold a candle to the real thing. Amp up the flavor in your favorite healthy dishes with a squeeze from this industrial-strength citrus compressor. Try fresh lemon with poached salmon, in Braised Coconut Spinach and Chickpeas with Lemon or in Spinach Shakshuka. Let limes steal the show in Avocado-Basil Zucchini Noodles with Chile-Lime Shrimp & Corn or mix lime juice with black beans in a Huevos Rancheros Salad.

     

    Mesh strainer

    True or false: Rinsing quinoa before cooking enhances its nutritional value.

    False. A big fat false, in fact, which is embarrassing since I told my friends otherwise when I was planning this post. While I’m not sure where I got the idea that rinsing quinoa makes it healthier, it is true that putting quinoa through a quick water bath helps strip away the seed’s natural coating. This coating, called saponin, can make quinoa taste bitter or soapy.

    In any case, quinoa is good for you, and the less bitter/soapy it tastes, the more likely you may be to eat it. So with that in mind, pick up a mesh strainer (which can also be used to wash berries) and try one of these yummy quinoa recipes:

     

    About Kelsey Schagemann

    Kelsey’s fitness journey started at age 14 when she moved from St. Louis, Mo., to Portland, Ore., also known as Nike headquarters and the home state of Steve Prefontaine. She was one of only two eighth grade girls on the cross country team and didn’t particularly like running in the rain, but she doggedly stuck with it. Running became Kelsey’s exercise of choice for the next several years as she logged countless miles on her high school and college cross country and track teams. Nowadays, you’re much more likely to find Kelsey in the spin studio (absolutely her favorite workout), lifting weights, perfecting tree pose or biking to/from DePaul University in Chicago, where she’s an associate editor. When she’s not working out, Kelsey is often trying new recipes, keeping the library in business, supporting her husband’s team (go Illini basketball!) and writing for publications such as Refinery29, A Practical Wedding, Melo, Fiterazzi, PR Week, and, of course, aSweatLife. Kelsey holds a BA in English from Kenyon College and an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago.