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Essential Healthy Cooking Gadgets/Tools for a Healthier You

Updated on March 31, 2015
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A certified health and wellness coach, I love discussing food, health benefits and how to keep weight in check.

Healthy Kitchen Tools

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Are you tired of eating out? Or are you wary of what’s in the fast food you just ate? Eating out may be expedient but if you were to pause and calculate the amount of calories and trans fat, food additives and preservatives used to produce those tasty morsels, you may think twice. At least about eating out once too often—not to mention, the price it would exact on your wallet. Health experts agree that healthy eating is very important to the overall health of your body and what better way to do that than preparing your own meals? Preparing your own meals make you master of your own dietary destiny. You control what goes in your food and that makes you very powerful, in the kitchen, at least. Whether you’re cooking to control your weight, to meet some dietary needs or to follow your doctor’s advice—you own it when you make your own food.

But what is a cook without his cooking tools? The rhetorical question doesn’t need answering—cooking tools are essential and investing in kitchen aids or appliances to make your food preparation easier is the ultimate way to go. Here some essential healthy cooking tools:


Nutri-weight Dietary Computer Scale

How do you like a smart scale that tells you everything you need to know about the food you’re about to eat? A nutri-weight dietary computer scale can do that—weighs the food, calculate the amount of calories in the food, shows a breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, total fat, total fiber as well as sodium, cholesterol and the glycemic index of the food. How about that? It even tracks your food intake and allows you to review the progress over time. No second guessing—what you see is what you get. This dietary computer scale is especially essential for weight-watchers or those on a restrictive diet.

Knives

Try cutting meat with a blunt knife. The simple act of cutting can make your brow perspire as your knife fights to work its way through. Instead of a clean cut, you may have a bloody mess. Why make a task out of this? Invest in some sharp knives to make your food preparation easy and enjoyable. A butcher block of knives is nice but essentially, you only need three types: a serrated knife, a 9 to 10 inch chef’s knife and a paring knife. These are the basics but you can get fancy and buy a range of them. Investing in a set of good knives is like investing in a good education—they will yield their returns for a long time. A helpful tip to remember—never buy a knife without holding it first. It has to feel natural and comfortable in your hand.


Measuring Spoons and Cups

A lot of cooking calls for measuring—a cup here, a teaspoon there, a tablespoon or two. While cooking can tolerate less exact science, baking often calls for exact measurement that is best when adhered to. Look for a set of measuring spoons and at least two sets of measuring cups. One set for measuring liquids and another for measuring dry ingredients.

If you’re looking for modern twist to traditional measuring spoon or cup, why not try NuScup—this gadget has a movable bottom that adjusts to the measurement required, so you don’t have to mess with a separate cup or spoon. It comes in two sizes and you don’t have to worry about storage space either. It has a magnet bottom and you can conveniently stick it to the fridge, microwave or whenever it’s convenient.


Cutting Boards

No kitchen is complete without cutting boards. Cutting boards can accumulate lots of cracks and crevices with use and these crevices are good hiding places for bacteria. One of them include salmonella, one of the common food-borne bacteria that can cause health risks. Choosing a good cutting board is therefore crucial to the overall scheme of health. Plastic and glass cutting boards are twice as likely to harbor bacteria than wood cutting boards, according to Organic Authority. Check out some fun cutting boards.

Steamer

Want to cut down on unnecessary fats? What about preserving nutrients in the foods you eat? A steamer lets you do that—steaming your food is a good way to retaining nutrients as boiling or prolonged cooking can destroy nutrients. No oil is required if you so prefer. No fuss, just boil water and steam any type of food item on rack or container placed on steaming rack. Different types of steamer cater to the whim of the buyer—bamboo steamer, electric or just buy a steaming rack. There are even microwave steamers, which can certainly speed up the cooking process. Check out the 2-tier microwave steamer.


Blender or Food Processor

Thanks to modern technology, you don’t have to slave all day in the kitchen to juice, chop, grate or blend any number of ingredients. Want a smoothie? Utilize a blender? Need a delectable sauce to go with the entrée? Why, the blender is at your service. The recipe calls for a puree of herbs or spices? Yes, the blender can do that too. Not only does it help you cut down on preparation time, making your own smoothie or sauce is the way to maximize nutritional benefits because you get to control what goes in the blender. Smart, fresh and nutritional are the hallmarks of blender use.

Other Kitchen Aids to Consider:

Because my list is by no means exhaustive, I’ve include some other kitchen gadgets for the health conscious:

12 Top Healthy Cooking Gadgets

10 Gadgets to make Healthy Eating Easier

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  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

    anglnwu 

    8 years ago

    jayb, always good to hear from you. Thanks for the positive feedback and I hope all is well with you:))

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    jayb23 

    8 years ago from India

    Extremely informative hub anglnwu. Liked it and bookmarking it. Will also be sharing with my female readers. Keep up the good work.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

    anglnwu 

    8 years ago

    Good to see you again, Prasetio. Thanks for your encouraging comments.

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    prasetio30 

    8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Nice information from you. I love your tips above about cooking gadget. Well done, my friend. Rated up!

    Prasetio

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

    anglnwu 

    8 years ago

    Haha again, thanks for pointing that out. Now, I'm beginning to see that connection. My friend's husband is bald as bald can be and he's super nice to her. Yours just seem like a gentle giant--good pick, Om.

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    That's funny! In Thai culture, we have this saying (or more like a joke) that bald men are sensitive! I know you didn't say he's sensitive because of his baldness. But still, it's funny to hear. And yes, he's a wonderful guy. :)

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

    anglnwu 

    8 years ago

    Haha, Lady E, good advice. Thanks for dropping by.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

    anglnwu 

    8 years ago

    Lol, Om, should I send out a blimp with that message to your bf? I'm thinking he's a sensitive guy--I've seen his pic and he seems like a wonderful guy. Thanks again for your support.

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    Elena 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Great Advice - I hope all the Bachelors are taking note too. :)

  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    I would love to have a nutritional scale! What an awesome kitchen device. I'll put it on my wish list, and also bring it up every now and then to my bf until he gets the hint! LOL Rated up and useful. :)

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR

    anglnwu 

    8 years ago

    Thanks, farhzachzia, for your beautiful compliment. Glad you stopped by.

    Jill, you're quite an accomplished cook--you've almost everything a kitchen needs. Always good to hear from you and thanks for voting it up.

    Movie Master, thanks for commenting. Yes, a food processor is a must.

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    Movie Master 

    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi anginwu, lots of useful information here, I need to get a food processor for starters!

  • jill of alltrades profile image

    jill of alltrades 

    8 years ago from Philippines

    Hi Anglnwu,

    This is so useful! I am happy that I have most of them except the computer scale.

    Voted up and useful!

    Thanks for sharing my friend!

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    farahzachzia 

    8 years ago from Indonesia

    Informative, and useful. Voted up. I always like they you writing :)

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