I know — it’s not even Halloween yet. But if you’re like me, you’re already thinking about getting a jump-start on the holiday shopping season. Good food is one of life’s great pleasures, and with a little knowledge and the right kitchen gadgets, it doesn’t have to be bad for you. I’ve got some great ideas for kitchen essentials that will keep you cooking healthy and delicious meals all year long.
I recently discovered the Sodastream machine and I absolutely love it! I’m not a big soda drinker, but this is a great way to make fresh, fizzy sparking water, wine spritzers or of fizzy fruit juices. It also helps you save money and you it’s better for the environment because there are no “empty” bottles or cans to discard.
GEORGE FOREMAN EVOLVE GRILL
One of my all-time favorite kitchen appliances is my George Foreman Evolve Grill. It has removable, non-stick plates so you can grill, bake and make mini-burgers, or you can customize the grill further to make omelets or even muffins. It makes a perfect holiday gift.
PORTION CONTROL IN A BOWL
For anyone who has ever been confused about portion sizes, Measure Up bowls are the perfect solution. They have pre-measured portions subtly etched into the interior. So it combines a measuring cup and dining bowl in one. I love these for cereals and pasta… foods where it is so easy to lose control of portion sizes.
A SLOW COOKER
A slow cooker is a terrific gadget that inspires me to make delicious and healthy meals. They’re perfect for making bean-based soups and stews high in cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. They’re also ideal for simmering lean cuts of meat, which are healthier due to their low fat content, but also tougher for the same reason.