Cook Healthier With These 9 Kitchen Gadgets
Breville Avance Steamer
Breville’s steamer can simultaneously steam three dishes on three tiers, and comes to temperature in just 30 seconds. Unlike boiling, which washes away vitamins, steaming keeps them intact. Plus it makes rice!
KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender
With “Intelli-Speed Motor Control,” this blender can sense what’s inside it and run at the optimum speed to process it thoroughly. Equally nice is the fact that it comes in 14 colors, from metallic chrome to wild “crystal blue,” both of which make smoothies that much more enticing.
Bite Food Scale
This Bluetooth-enabled scale communicates with your smart devices so you can get precise nutritional info on nearly anything you place on it. Quarter-pound of turkey? Half a wheel of cheese? Bam! You can find out how many calories are in it. Bite also has recipes, and can log your calorie intake down to the exact number.
Tea is full of antioxidants, lower in caffeine than most coffee, and can be a great way to avoid caloric beverages. But brewing at the wrong temperature can destroy tea’s best qualities. This little teapot not only looks good with its stainless-and-glass carafe, but comes with six presets to brew each variety at its optimum temp.
Smart Stick Hand Blender
If you’ve ever put off making a smoothie or a soup because you didn’t want to clean a blender, meet the immersion blender. Cuisinart’s Smart Stick is a favorite not only because it can easily purée with very little clean-up, but also because it comes in fabulous colors.
Breville Juice Fountain
No one wants to sit down and chew through six pounds of kale, spinach or collard greens (unless you’re a bunny). But you can easily down more greens by juicing them. Breville’s machine can handle most fruits and veggies whole, leaving no excuse for not getting your greens.
Most of us would drink more water if we always had the fizzy kind on hand, but stocking up on Perrier is expensive. Sodastream can keep you bubbly for just a few dollars a month, and you can flavor it with the natural fruit of your choice — making sugary sodas a thing of the past.
Yonanas Ice Cream Maker
If you’re the type who can sit down and polish off a pint before you realize what happened (and who isn’t?), here’s an alternative. Yonanas squashes frozen bananas into soft serve, and you can even flavor it with fresh fruit or chocolate.
Paderno Vegetable Spiralizer
Pasta is great, but too much is not a good thing. A spiralizer can turn veggies into a curly “noodles,” ready for sauce. Though there are cheaper versions, Paderno’s spiral slicer with its interchangeable blades has consistently been a top pick among cooks, who say it’s unmatched for control and precision.