Some of My Favorite Things for the Kitchen
My favorite place in the house is the kitchen and I love my gadgets! These are some of my favorite must have kitchen tools for your healthy, clean eating lifestyle.
Nesco Dehydrator with Jerky Gun– This is the dehydrator that I use. I love that it comes with the jerky gun. I make amazing chicken jerky that is a great addition to breakfast or for a snack. This dehydrator does not have a timer so when I do something that must be timed I have to make sure to set a timer. Most fruits and vegetables stay in the dehydrator for 12-24 hours so I find it easy to just put it on and let it go overnight.
Presto Dehydrator with Timer – If you prefer a dehydrator with a timer then this one is for you. It also collapses for easy storage. I have clients who use this one and love it also. You will need to buy the jerky maker separate with this one though.
Jerky Maker – If you get a dehydrator you will want to try to make some jerky. The Nesco comes with the jerky gun but if you get the Presto you probably want to add in a gun. This one gives you several options.
A kitchen without a high-speed blender is not a kitchen! Vitamix is a brand that I use and trust. I waited years because I thought they were too expensive but once I had one I wished I hadn’t waited so long. It’s amazing what you can do – make shakes, soup, ice cream, chop, blend, mix, make peanut butters, flours, etc. The hardest decision is deciding which color to buy!
Vitamix 5300 Black -This 5300 series is all you need to do everything!
Vitamix 5300 Red – If you want a touch of color this is a brilliant red and looks great!
Crock Pot – If you are not using a Crock Pot then you need to start. Having dinner ready when you get home from work is amazing. Save time, cook healthy and avoid eating out or eating late. Check out my many slow cooker recipes.
Instapot – This amazing pot will not only cook your meals in just minutes but it also acts as a slow cooker, warmer, steamer, rice cooker and is perfect to saute your meal first. Everything happens in this one pot and it’s quick (thus the name). My clients rave about their Instapot and how being able to throw an entire meal in for the family and be eating in 20 minutes has really saved them from eating out or grabbing processed foods on the go. This is a must for busy families who want to eat healthy.
Kitchen Food Scale – Although you can learn to eyeball your food portions, this inexpensive scale can be a great learning tool to get you started. People really don’t realize how much they eat unless they start to pay attention to quantities. Small, accurate and simple to use, this scale will help you be precise with your clean eating plan.
Hamilton Beach Juicer – This is the juicer I use and I love it. So simple to use and easy to clean. Juicing is a great way to help anyone who has gut issues. So if someone you know suffers from IBS, indigestion, autoimmune disease or just doesn’t get their nutrition they need to stay healthy, juicing can be a great way to ensure you get rapid absorption nutrients. Great for kids who won’t eat their vegetables too!
Yonanas 902 Classic Soft Serve Maker – Easily create yummy tasting treats by adding any combination of chocolate, or fruits like over-ripe bananas, berries, or mango to the chute for a smooth “ice-cream” like taste. This will not only save you money on ice cream but be a healthy alternative for the entire family. Comes with a recipe book for several delicious ideas. This is a must if you have small children or are often throwing out overripe bananas.
GoWise Air Fryer – Now you can have your fried chicken and eat it too without ruining your clean eating plan. Imagine serving up crispy, fried food without all the calories of traditionally deep fried foods. This little handy kitchen item uses little to no oil to make anything from fried chicken, french fries, pizza, steak and so much more.
Kitchen Aid Spiralizer Attachment – If you are looking for healthy alternatives to pasta and you already own a Kitchen Aid Mixer then this attachment is perfect for your family. Slips on easily with several choices for peeling and spiralizing vegetables.
Hand Held Spiralizer – If you don’t have a Kitchen Aid or want a less expensive choice this one works great.
Hands Free Mandolin – If you don’t have one of these you are missing out. I LOVE my mandolin for making sweet potato or zucchini chips or just for slicing tomatoes. The hands free model is a must to protect your fingers from getting sliced.
Silcone Muffin Cups – Everyone who likes to bake needs to have these and this comes with a set of 2 so they can double up on batches of their favorite muffins. No more messy sprays or scrubbing the coating off pans. High quality 100% food grade silicone and are FDA approved and BPA free; microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe and heat resistant to 450F, they are made to last a lifetime.
Cuisinart Central Egg Cooker – If you like to make hard-boiled eggs to have on hand like I do then you MUST have one of these in your kitchen. I absolutely love this and use it every single week. I put the eggs in the cooker and turn it on. It takes about 10 minutes for a hard-boiled egg and has a good loud alarm when they are done. These eggs come out perfect every single time and peel easily. I’ve tried baking eggs and boiling eggs but I could never figure out how to make an egg that would easily peel until I got this for Christmas one year. I highly recommend it for every kitchen.
Salad Chopper – This is the very best purchase I have made this year. The best thing since sliced bread! This little gadget will change the way you eat salad and make every salad into a gourmet meal. Simply rock the handle back and forth to chop your salad up very fine. All the flavors of the add ons will blend together to make an amazing salad. A must have tool for anyone trying to eat clean, enjoys salads or just wants to dress up a boring side dish.
Lemon Squeezer – You can spend a lot more on a lemon squeezer but I bought this one and it works great. I love it! Since I like to have fresh lemon water every morning and also throughout the day it makes the task of squeezing a bunch of lemons take only minutes.
PowerLix Milk Frother – If you like frothed milk this little gem is perfect! I had another brand that worked well also but it didn’t have a stand and it broke because its a bit delicate. This allows me to keep it standing upright on the counter and allows it to dry like that and is available when I want to froth my milk for my coffee or even for my Tumeric Milk recipe.