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Aug 24, 2017 OHIOHEALTH
8 Kitchen Gadgets that Make It Easier to Eat Healthier

You’ve vowed to eat healthier by eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. But the reality of peeling, cutting, chopping and cooking the good stuff can whittle away at your resolve with every minute you spend in the kitchen prepping. Not for long. These kitchen gadgets help make healthy food prep easy and fast and banish the excuses!

1. Kale destemmer

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse that’s rich in Vitamins A, C, K, Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, along with minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It’s also easy and cheap to buy, and if washed and stored right, keeps up to two weeks in the refrigerator. A destemmer makes it easy to get rid of kale’s one downside — its hard, bitter stems — and prepare bunches of the goodness in one short prep session.

2. Mason jars

Mason jars aren’t just for canning. They make meal prep for the week simple, whether it’s salads for lunch or overnight oats for grabbing breakfast on the go. A jar-filled fridge is great insurance for a week of good eating.

3. Slow cooker

An oldie but a goodie, a slow cooker makes coming home after a long day at work even more sweet. Take a few minutes in the morning to load it up with a healthy recipe and voila, dinner’s waiting to dish up when you walk in the door.

4. Hand blender

A hand blender double teams with your slow cooker to make it easy to whip up a pot of thick, creamy soup. Use the hand blender right in the cooker to blend the healthy, hearty vegetables you’ve simmered all day.

5. Silicone Baking Mat and muffin pans

Silicone baking tools take no stick and no fuss to the next level by eliminating non-stick spray, paper liners and parchment. Whether you’re making a one-pan meal or filling the freezer with a couple of weeks’ worth of breakfast egg muffins, these non-toxic and dishwasher-safe tools save time, money and calories.

6. Spiralizer

Make your veggie drawer go spiral and treat yourself to the newest culinary rage — spiralized vegetables. Give veggies a new twist and turn them into healthy, fiber-filling noodles, salad toppings and more.

7. Pineapple corer and slicer

If you love the natural sweetness of fresh pineapple but hate the workout it takes to get to the good stuff, this corer-slicer is a dream come true. With a few twists and a pull, you get cored and sliced yumminess, ready to eat.

8. Glass salad dressing shaker maker

Store-bought salad dressings and marinades are high-fat, preservative-laden shysters that can undermine your best efforts to eat clean and healthy. This all-in-one mixer, shaker and serving bottle makes it easy to make your own, with fresh, natural ingredients, and keep it on hand.

Itching to use these gadgets? Check out our recipes!

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