Cooking at home is a healthier alternative to fast food and allows you to control the menu. As you start learning how to cook clean, homemade meals, you’ll find that different recipes call for different kitchen gadgets. There are hundreds of tools and utensils out there, some more useful than others. Here’s a look at the top five kitchen gadgets you should always keep in your kitchen.
Weight loss is all about portion control. You’ll find that many healthy recipes call for very specific amounts of food, often in pounds or ounces. In many cases, the only way to accurately check these amounts is with a food scale. Accurately measuring out your recipe ingredients will ensure that you consume the right amount of calories. These scales are very affordable and small enough to fit into a drawer when not using them.
A blender is a must for anyone who wants to lose weight. You can make everything from delicious fruit smoothies and protein shakes to soups and dip and much more. Most blender recipes are so quick and easy that you’ll have no problem making a full portion to take with you on the go. And, since fruit is high in fiber, swapping out carb-stuffed breakfast meals with a simple smoothie can help you drop the pounds.
A food processor is ideal for anyone trying to lose weight. It can chop, mince, grind, blend and so much more. Using a food processor makes it easier and faster to make many of the healthy foods you love, such as homemade hummus, peanut butter, soups, pestos, and salsas. While a food processor will easily fit in your kitchen cupboard, you may find yourself using it so often that you just leave it on the counter.
Your local farmer’s market is a great place to purchase all your fruits and vegetables. Of course, we all know how quickly they start to rot. If you want them to last longer, a food dehydrator can help. The dehydrator removes most of the water content in the food. Dehydrator fruits, vegetables, and nuts are a great addition to trail mix, granola, and many other recipes. They’re also great to snack on between meals to keep your diet on track.
Too busy to cook your meals at home? A crock pot is the way to go. You can prepare all the ingredients for your meal the night before and pop it in the crock pot on low before you head to work. Then, when you get home, you’ll have a steaming meal ready for eating. Crock pots are also great on the nutrition side of things because they cook foods with lower heat, which means less nutrients are lost. Because they are sealed, any nutrients that do seep out of foods are trapped inside the broth or juices, so be sure to add plenty of that into your meals.
Eating healthy is a great first step to losing weight. Being active is the next. A personal trainer can help you create a customized workout plan to help you get fit. Amarillo personal trainer Ralph Roberts has years of experience helping clients meet their weight loss and fitness goals. Contact him today.
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