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4 Kitchen Gadgets to Make Cooking Healthy Easier & Faster

You are a lean, mean, fat burning machine – or perhaps your goal is to become one. Either way, you likely get plenty of exercise and try to be conscious about what you eat. Eating right can be a challenge, however. Why?

Healthy eating’s arch enemies are advertising and convenience food. You may be feeling good and enjoying your diet plan, but when a television commercial depicts gooey, melted cheese or rich, luscious sweets, do you lose your resolve? No only are these treats tempting, but they are also convenient. In this fast-paced world, a quick stop at a drive through or a few minutes in the microwave may seem a pleasant option. What can you do to fight back?

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Modern technology has bequeathed us a number of elegantly simple cooking and meal prep solutions that help make healthy cooking flavorful, simple, and accessible. What are these gadgets, and how do they work? The following list examines five products every healthy kitchen should have.

Air Fryers

Everyone loves fried food. It’s the bane of every dieter. With the help of an air fryer, you can enjoy the unique flavor of fried food without the added fat.

Air fryers have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Small enough to fit on your counter-top, this small convection oven crisps food to a gold brown while leaving it soft and moist on the inside.

How it works

Air fryers utilize convection technology to cook foods quickly. Air inside the fryer is heated and then circulated by fans.

How much does it cost?

Air fryers can be purchased across a large price spectrum. The largest name brand models weigh in at over $300.00, while a small, simple model from a lesser known brand may cost as little as $50.00.

What brand should I buy?

Philips is often considered to be the leading brand in the industry, and the Philips XL air fryer is its flagship model. Other popular brands include Stove & Brick, GoWise, and NuWave.

What are the benefits?

Would you like to indulge in the foods you crave without interrupting your fitness goals? That’s where your air fryer comes in. With an air fryer, you can treat yourself to crisp sweet potato fries, low carb miniature pizzas, crispy “fried” vegetables, and even juicy steak, right in your own kitchen. Air fryers mimic the flavor of fried foods using a tablespoon of oil, or less.

Air fryers also make healthy home cooking convenient. Toss the food in oil (if desired), place in the fryer basket, and insert in to the machine. Set your cook time and temperature, and you’re good to go. Convection technology aids the food in cooking faster than in a conventional oven, saving you precious time. The basket and tray are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

You may even be able to get your kids to eat their vegetables by “frying” them into delightful crispy snacks.

So, which air fryer is the right fit for your lifestyle? Do you need to cook only for yourself or for a full house? For an air fryer on a budget of $100.00 or less, check out this list?

You may also enjoy this air fryer buying guide to help you get the most bang for your buck.

Instant pot (Pressure Cooker)

The instant pot is a “7 in 1” cooking appliance that first hit markets in 2010. It performs the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, steamer, yogurt maker, saute pan, and food warmer. Some newer models have added three new functions to the mix – cake baker, sterilizer, and egg cooker.

How it works

Under ordinary conditions, water boils at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Food cooked in boiling water can’t reach higher temperatures, as excess heat is released as steam. Pressure cookers trap this steam, and the increased pressure actually raises the boiling point of the water. Most pressure cookers can reach temperatures of 120 degrees, and imitate the technique of braising.

How much does it cost?

The instant pot ranges in price from less than $100.00 to over $400.00.

What brand should I buy?

Common brands include Instant Pot, GoWise, and the Fagor (Stovetop).

What are the benefits?

Pressure cooking can cook foods four times faster than ordinary boiling. After a long day of work, the instant pot can thus save you a lot of time. Research also suggests that the higher temperatures of the pressure cooker may help eliminate harmful microorganisms in food, helping keep your family healthy. The instant pot’s multiple functions can also save you counter space, as it eliminates the need for a slow cooker, rice cooker, and other culinary devices.

Crock Pot

The crock pot is the classic and quintessential slow cooker. Imagine coming home from a hard day’s work to a steaming hot, fully prepared meal. That’s the kind of service that the crock pot offers.

How it works

Meats, vegetables, and other dishes remain juicy and tender when cooked for longer periods at lower temperatures. The crock pot makes this possible even when you are away from home. It is designed to be a safe alternative to stove top or oven cooking. Prepare the dish, place it in the crock pot, and set the temperature. Many items can cook on low for up to eight hours, or on high up to six hours.

How much does it cost?

Crock pots sell for as little as $20.00 and as much as $200.00.

What brand should I buy?

Crock Pot is the leading brand.

What are the benefits?

When you know there’s a hot meal waiting for you at home, you’re less likely to opt for unhealthy takeout. Fall-off-the-bone meats such as ribs or chicken will rival any restaurant’s.

Food Steamer

From rice to vegetables, steaming is a quick and easy cooking solution.

How it works

Food is suspended above boiling water, cooked quickly by rising steam.

How much does it cost?

Steamer baskets made to fit over cooking pots cost as little as $10.00. Dedicated appliances range from $20.00 to over $100.00.

What brand should I buy?

Oster, Hamilton Beach, and Cuisinart offer popular models.

What are the benefits?

Steam cooking is considered one of the healthiest for preserving food’s nutritional value. Unlike boiling, little of the food’s value is lost to the cooking water. Steaming is also a quick and effective cooking method, saving you time. Steaming also eliminates the need for cooking oils.

Bonus: Meal Prep Containers

So, you’ve got the devices you need to cook healthy meals, but how can you make them convenient for an on-the-go lifestyle?

Consider the following products:

Meal prep containers are designed to store your food and make it easy to carry with you. Many are of the classic clam shell design, like a take-out box, with compartments for different foods. Using these containers, you can prep your meals days in advance. With fresh, delicious food so close at hand, you’ll think twice before you grab that drive-through hamburger.

Some meal containers are designed specifically for transporting salads, such as Rubbermaid’s Lunch Blox. This style of container keeps your greenery, toppings, and dressing separate until you’re ready to eat – no more soggy salads!

We’ve examined a number of kitchen products designed to help make healthy cooking easy and convenient. If you have any questions, or your own experience with any of these or other kitchen appliances to share, we’d love to hear it! Just send us an email.

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