The American Heart Association recently published a list of Top 10 Healthy Cooking Tips, ten simple ways to lighten your diet by changing the way you prepare your food. In order to begin taking steps towards a healthier diet, Viewpoints is here to make sure your kitchen is equipped with well-reviewed products to help you seamlessly implement the AHA’s healthy eating recommendations.
Most of these tips can be easily incorporated into your everyday cooking routine with the help of a few key kitchen tools and appliances. Many of these gadgets are easy on your budget too, so you don’t have to be a Hollywood celebrity with a gourmet kitchen and a personal chef…you get the idea.
No more excuses? Let’s get started.
Quick steam your vegetables to preserve nutrients with this little device. Priced at under $30, this economical small kitchen appliance scores a 92/100 and will also stew, roast, and boil your fruits, vegetables, meats and more.
“This little unit, the Presto Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker/Steamer can do pretty much anything. You can use it as a deep fryer, a steamer or even cook rice, pasta, soups and stews in it.” –Keepee, Reviewer since 2009
Freezing healthy dishes for ready-made weeknight meals is a great thing to do but not always feasible for a few reasons. Storage space what’s holding you back ? Check out this Frigidaire Upright Freezer, which scores a 95/100. Looking for a smaller option? Holiday 5.0 cu. ft. Deep Freezer will fit almost anywhere to give you more space for make-ahead meals.
Yogurt smoothie, protein shake or low calorie salad dressing – make them yourself with this little device. This portable mixer (great for the office) is under $10 and has caught the attention of health-food junkies everywhere. Scoring a 100/100, you can be sure the next shake you mix will be lump free. Reviewers rave that it’s an inexpensive, easy multi-purpose product.
For 100% juice you can make yourself and add those hard to chew veggies to, try the Champion Household Juicer. This moderately priced juicer ($90) scores a 89/100 is getting great reviews.
“Juicing is a very healthy way to add foods to your diet that you normally avoid or don’t cook. It is hard for me to get my leafy greens in because I am not much of a salad eater but juicing makes it a cinch. If you use apples/pears and carrots as your base for all sweet drinks, you cannot go wrong.” –niknak, Reviewer since 2008
Control what’s in your carbs by making your own low-calorie, preservative-free whole grain bread with this bread maker. With it you can get into the habit of health like this reviewer:
“My husband makes whole wheat bread in this machine once a week and has done so for 5-6 years… The bread cooks in a few hours. We usually make it on a Sunday afternoon or let it cook over night. Even if the bread sits in there after cooking, it doesn’t dry out overnight which is nice.” –bchoate2, Reviewer since 2011
The road to a healthier diet doesn’t have to be difficult, but it’s a trial and error process. You have to be willing to try new recipes and re-learn how to cook your old favorites in a healthier way, and these top-rated kitchen products and appliances are the easiest way to do that.