When making your Christmas list this holiday season, don’t forget to add some healthy kitchen gadgets. Don’t know what to ask for? Use this list as a guide. Even if you don’t have the culinary savvy of Julia Child or Emeril Lagasse, you’ll be able to use the following gadgets with ease. And the best part is they’ll help you eat healthier well into the new year.
1. Jack LaLanne Juicer
If you want to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, juicing is a great way to do so. What makes this particular juicer special is that you can stick the whole fruit or vegetable into the juicer, without having to peel or slice it.
Store-bought juices contain a lot of sugar, so making your own is a healthy alternative, especially if you’re diabetic or need to watch your sugar intake. You can also sneak a few vegetables into your drink – and thereby your diet – since their flavors will be masked by the fruit. This juicer also comes with a manual that will show you how to use the leftover pulp so you don’t have to waste a single drop.
You probably know that frozen yogurt is healthier than full-fat ice cream, but do you know how to make it? Do you even have the time? With the Yonanas frozen yogurt-maker, all you need is a frozen banana and a few minutes. Just insert a peeled frozen banana into the machine, push it down with the given plunger and you have frozen yogurt. Plus, Yonanas isn’t limited to just bananas; you can add other types of fruit and nuts to the mix. This is the perfect gift for a vegan or vegetarian since milk is not a necessary ingredient.
3. Good Grips Strawberry Huller
Cutting the tops off of every last strawberry in the bunch can be tedious and wasteful, especially if you cut too much off. Make this process easier with the Good Grips Strawberry Huller. Just pierce the top of the berry, twist and pull. Now you can savor every last bit of berry and its immune-boosting vitamin C.
4. Easy Slicing Pineapple Slicer
When it comes to fruit, fresh always seems a lot better than canned. But, when it comes to pineapple, canned is so much easier to deal. How do you peel away that spiky skin? How do you remove the core without destroying the fruit? A pineapple slicer answers both of those questions because it peels, cores and slices the fruit in less than a minute. With a twist, pull and slice, you’ll have fresh, juicy, vitamin-packed pineapple.
5. Herb Pot
There’s no better herb than a fresh herb. It has more flavor and is better for you than the dried-out stems in a jar. Not everyone has the room or time to maintain a full-fledged herb garden, but with an herb pot, you can grow your favorite fresh herbs right on your kitchen counter. Herb pots come in a variety of shapes and styles and most of them come with herb packets to get you started.
6. Herb Mill
After your herbs are full-grown, grind them up in an herb mill. This gadget is handy for chopping up a large amount of herbs for salad dressings, sauces, soups and more. The mill doesn’t bruise or tear the herbs, so they’ll be fresh and flavorful until the next meal is ready to be made.
7. Garlic Card Grater
This grater is unique as it uses embossed letters instead of sharp razors to grate. According to Prevention, you’ll get 25 percent more garlic out of a clove with this grater than if you chop it by hand. That means getting 25 percent more of garlic’s healthy compound allicin, which lowers cholesterol and fights cancer.
8. Williams-Sonoma Oil Mister
If you’re constantly using non-stick aerosol spray to degrease your pots and pans, ask Santa for a Williams-Sonoma Oil Mister. It gives you better control over how much oil you’re using, and it cuts out all of the chemicals and preservatives that the aerosol can contains. The Williams-Sonoma Oil Mister is also unique because it’s equipped with a filter that allows you to flavor your oil with herbs, spices, cheese or garlic without clogging the nozzle.
9. Microwave Splatter Screen
Stop sauce splatters and other microwave messes with a microwave splatter screen. It’s a mesh covering that fits over plates or bowls and catches any splashes or splutters that arise during cooking. It’s an easy way to help keep your microwave free of caked-on food, which can breed bacteria if not properly cleaned. So using a microwave splatter cover can reduce your mess and make your microwave a safe place to cook in.
10. Digital Thermometer
Eating raw or undercooked meat can cause serious health problems including food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses. Ensure that your holiday ham or roast is perfectly cooked with a digital thermometer. You’ll never have to guess if your meat is the proper temperature again.