Healthy Stuff

Kitchen Gadgets under $25 to Help You Stay Fit

I love kitchen gadgets. My bursting cabinets and overflowing pantry can prove it.

The more I try to eat healthy, the more frustrated I get with how time-consuming food prep really is.

Here are some gadgets I’ve been using consistently for 3 years and help me save time and eat healthy on the go.

Egg cooker. 

egg

Hard boiled eggs are a great, quick and easy snack that are high in protein. These babies will fill you up and give you enough energy to get to the next meal. These are especially great for kids- a nice alternative to high-sugar, low nutrient snack foods that my kids usually reach for.

I never could get perfect hard boiled eggs in the oven or stove top, but this little machine cooks them perfectly (and quickly) every single time. Just pop them in, turn it on, and wait for it to beep. It’s fairly small and fits inside a kitchen drawer, too.

Yogurt Maker.

yogurt

I have had this yogurt maker for over 4 years now and it works like a charm. If you love yogurt, you need to know that not all yogurts are created equal. Most of the yogurts you buy at the store are full of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and thickeners. When you make it yourself, you’re getting more of the beneficial bacteria and less of the artificial junk – and it TASTES SO MUCH BETTER!

We go through SO much yogurt at our house. We use it in place of sour cream in many of our meals – quesadillas, tacos, baked potatoes, etc…  My personal favorite is plain greek yogurt topped with whatever fresh fruit I have, a tiny bit of honey, and some Trader Joe’s granola. Holy cow it’s amazing.

This yogurt maker is great because one batch makes 7 individual servings and each person can mix up their own personal yogurt creation. It’s a quick breakfast or snack and it’s full of great health benefits.

Spiralizer

spiralizer

If you’re trying to cut carbs – and let’s be honest , we all should be cutting back on carbs – you’ll need one of these tools in your toolbox.  In my opinion, you don’t need the giant spiralizer with different attachments that takes up your entire pantry. This fits in your drawer and is super easy to use.

Wash a zucchini, twist it through, and voila- there’s your noodles. I prefer not to cook my zucchini noodles because I like them firm and not soggy. If you’re hesitant, try my favorite zoodle recipe Slutty Low Carb Pasta – this will make you fall in love with zoodles fo’ sho.

Of course, the Food Dehydrator is still at the top of my list for a helpful way to make healthy snacks, but a good dehydrator will run $40-$60 so it’s not as affordable as the ones above.

Having good tools really helps me stay committed to a healthy diet. The quicker and easier I can make it- the more likely it will happen.

 

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