Clean Eating – Top 5 Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy Living

Clean eating is all about eating wholesome, real foods which are as close to their natural form as is possible. With so many products being processed these days healthy eating becomes harder and harder especially if you are on a budget. If money is no object you have no need to worry but if you are counting your pennies it might be worth investing in some good kitchen appliances and gadgets which will help you achieve a healthy living lifestyle and in the long run save money.

As Christmas approaches I was thinking about some gift for the house, something usable which will benefit us all and it struck me, I will get a new kitchen gadget to help us eat better for less. During my process of selecting the perfect thing, I’ve decided to share my findings with you all, just in case you might want to use it for some inspiration when it comes to gifts or improved healthy living.

Clean Eating – Top 5 Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy LivingI picked my top 5 gadgets which I believe tick all the boxes when it comes to healthy living and long-time money saving.

Soyabella

I actually own this already and to be honest I have no idea how I survived so long with it. Soyabella is a nut milk maker. It turns raw nuts into a delicious nutritional milk within seconds but this isn’t all… it also makes soya milk and if this isn’t enough for you, you can use it to make soups, porridge and various pastes. Taking into consideration soy or nut milks only a Soyabella can offer a significant saving; you only need a small handful of raw nuts to create 1.3l of nut milk, which costs a fraction of the cost compared to shop bought nut milk.

Dehydrator

This is the one on my “to buy list”. Trying to follow clean eating recommendations means eating the least amount of processed food as possible. Dehydrated fruits and vegetables require no added sugar or salt or preservatives, so they are ideal for making all sorts of healthy snacks. Fresh produce especially out of season can be very pricy, so my idea is to buy them in bulk when in season and dehydrate for later. Dehydrators very in price, you can pick some for as little as £20+ or you can spend £300+, I guess it all depends how “professional” you want your gadget to be. My parents have one of the cheap ones, they use it for fruit, veggies and herbs during summer time and it is coping rather well. Personally I would like to get something more powerful and funky looking 🙂

Intelligent Multicooker

Tefal Cook4Me is an intelligent pressure multicooker; you drop your ingredients in and it will cook them for you. Cook4Me is pre-set with 50 recipes to suit any household, you are obviously not restricted to these choices; you can simply cook whatever you want in it. The main benefits of a multicooker, especially a pressured one is speed, ease of use and safety… no more bubbling dinners on the stove and small hands trying to reach for it, everything is enclosed and safe.

Cold Pressed Juicer

This is the one on top of my “want” list. We have wanted to buy a cold pressed juicer for a long time now simply because it allows you to retain all the vitamins and nutrients. They aren’t cheap (hence why we still don’t own one) but I think in the long run they are well worth the money. After doing some research I am leaning towards buying an Optimum 600, it has a great reviews and it offers all I want it to do.

Yoghurt Maker

We buy a lot of yogurts and I assume most families do, some of them are better than other so I would like to make my own. Again, there are a lot of different makers on the market and deciding on the one to get isn’t an easy choice but I’ve settled on Yolife from Tribest… mostly because of their Soyabella which ended up a being a wonderful machine. Yolife costs just under £50 which isn’t bad. It can make 2.3l of yogurt within 10-12 hours and you can use milk substitutes if you don’t fancy using cow milk. I do like the sound of homemade yogurt so I would love to give it a try.

So this is my list of helpful gadgets for a healthy living.

Have I missed something essential in your opinion?

Clean Eating – Freeze Dried Fruit Snacks

Clean eating is all about eating whole, real foods which are as close to their natural form as possible. Freeze drying offers just that…

Clean eating is all about eating whole, real foods which are as close to their natural form as possible. Freeze drying offers just that… Yes, it would be ideal to have fresh, ripe fruits straight from the tree or bush instead of freeze dried ones but unfortunately for most of us this isn’t an option.

First of all most fruits are seasonal.

Secondly, fruits out of season imported to us from far far away and then kept in storage for months until required aren’t really all that tasty to begin with.

Third… well even if we had an ever growing tree of our favourite fruits in our back garden, eventually you would simply get bored of them.

Freeze dried fruits aren’t new to me. If you follow me on Instagram you might remember my photos of homemade seeds and nut snack bars which I’d made with freeze dried strawberries on top… but freeze dried fruits in snack packs are actually totally new to me.

Lately I’ve been making quite a few homemade snacks so I had lost touch with what’s new on the shelves in our supermarkets… as it ended up they are now richer (the shelves… not the supermarkets) and contain a great selection of freeze dried fruit snacks.

Freeze drying is a healthy alternative to dry fruits… the freezing process preserves the fruits nutrition and flavours without any additional ingredients like oils, sugars or preservatives so all you have in the pack is 100% natural fruit!

Freeze dried fruits are similar to air dried fruits with one difference… they have a super crunchy texture and you can easily powder them by simply crushing the fruits with your fingers.

Freeze dried fruit can be used in many different ways, usually used as an addition to breakfast cereal, desserts and baked goods but they can also eaten straight from the pack as a snack… and if you fancy an even more “natural” look you can also simply re-hydrate them by adding some water.

The freeze dried fruit snacks from The Snack Organisation are available at Tesco and retail £1 per 18g bag, which is just big enough for a nice fruity snack 🙂

Have you came across freeze dried fruit snacks before?

Which is your favourite and how do you usually eat them?

Can you think yourself slimmer? Part 2

Change your eating habits in just 9 minutes a day – the easy, lasting, natural way: take control of food & sugar, end cravings for sweet snacks, lose weight without willpower, stop constantly feeling hungry, enjoy eating out without guilt, get more energy, enjoy exercise, keep food off your mind, say goodbye to dieting for ever… this is a Slimpod promise…

Change your eating habits in just 9 minutes a day – the easy, lasting, natural way: take control of food & sugar, end cravings for sweet snacks, lose weight without willpower, stop constantly feeling hungry, enjoy eating out without guilt, get more energy, enjoy exercise, keep food off your mind, say goodbye to dieting for ever… this is a Slimpod promise…So why is it so hard for some people to believe in weight loss without a diet?

I truly struggle to grasp why some people aren’t more open minded?

When I talk to people and tell them “No, I do not follow any diet”, they simply can’t understand how on earth I can lose weight without being on one or taking some magic pills or maybe a super strict exercise routine. They want to know my secret but once I actually share it with them they aren’t satisfied, as it is not a diet and in order to lose weight they expect one!

No exercise routine? Oh, this will not work!

No food restriction? No, this will not work!

You can eat what you want and when you want it? This will not work for sure!

Oh how marketing teams across the world have so conditioned our thinking!

Why is it so hard to understand that once you actually start thinking slimmer, as in thinking differently about food, your own needs for it and its value to your body, you will be able to make all the right choices without any restrictions from outside sources?

Slimpod helps you do just that… it helps you re-evaluate how we think about food. It helps you understand (even if it is only at an unconscious level) why some foods are better for us than others… it simply helps you to make the right choices.

I don’t know about you but personally every time historically when I have ever tried one of the “magic” diets out there, the one offering a quick route to sustainable weight loss as long as you follow it rigorously, well after a few days I just hit a wall and the concept of diet was just going out the window. As soon as I was told, or read, that I can’t have let’s say a cake, all I could think of after that moment was cake… this was making my unhappy and grumpy and obviously I wanted this cake even more now… then I had my cake, my diet was “broken” and I was even more depressed that I am not able to follow a simple diet… never again…

I think healthy weight loss can only occur if you are truly yourself, when you and a happy you can actually listen to your body. Your body will tell you what it needs and when it needs it.

So what do you think?

Could you think yourself slimmer?

…and don’t be a nay-sayer as I am living proof it can be done.

Coconut & Lemon Bliss Balls

These tangy bliss balls have just enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. They are refined sugar free and have a higher protein content thanks to the additional whey protein powder making them an ideal little healthy snack.

Lemon & Coconut Bliss Balls These tangy bliss balls have just enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. They are refined sugar free and have a higher protein content thanks to the additional whey protein powder making them an ideal little healthy snack.Ingredients:

  • 100g shredded coconut + some extra for rolling
  • 50g grounded almonds
  • 4tbsp natural honey
  • 2tbsp vanilla whey protein powder (heaped)
  • 2tbsp organic raw cold pressed coconut oil (flat)
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 lemon; zest + juice

Method:

Wash and dry your lemon, then zest and juice it removing any pips 😉

In a food processor place all the ingredients and blend until well combined… if needed use a silicone spatula to scrape the sides.

Lemon & Coconut Bliss Balls These tangy bliss balls have just enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. They are refined sugar free and have a higher protein content thanks to the additional whey protein powder making them an ideal little healthy snack.Roll into small balls – you should have enough mixture to create 24 double bite sized bliss balls – then roll in some extra shredded coconut to give them a nice finished look.

Place on a plate, cover with foil and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Keep refrigerated and enjoy as required 🙂

Lemon & Coconut Bliss Balls These tangy bliss balls have just enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. They are refined sugar free and have a higher protein content thanks to the additional whey protein powder making them an ideal little healthy snack.If you aren’t a big fan of lemons, why not try them with oranges instead… I didn’t try it yet but I bet they will be delicious too… just don’t add the entire juice or your mixture might be too loose and it will not “glue” as intended.

Since I started my journey with Thinking Slimmer and slimpod I have lost all my chocolate cravings but I still get the urge to have something sweet from time to time. Despite having some sort of chocolate products in the house they aren’t appealing to me any more… frankly I would rather be standing in the kitchen for half an hour creating a new batch of bliss balls than have a piece of chocolate. It’s funny how people can change, hey? A few month ago, I couldn’t be bothered with making “healthy” snacks; when I wanted something sweet, I wanted it now and this instance… now… I am more than happy to wait until something yummy and tasty and healthy is ready…

Coconut & Lemon Bliss Balls These tangy bliss balls have just enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. They are refined sugar free and have a higher protein content thanks to the additional whey protein powder making them an ideal little healthy snack.How about you?

What do you do when the need for sweet strikes you?

These tangy bliss balls have just enough sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. They are refined sugar free and have a higher protein content thanks to the additional whey protein powder making them an ideal little healthy snack.

Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls

These sugar free Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls are smooth in texture and offer a much more defined flavour…an ideal chocolate replacement but much healthier and not as sweet. The coffee flavour really comes through so if you are a coffee lover they might be perfect for you.These Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls are smooth in texture and offer a much more defined flavour… an ideal chocolate replacement but much healthier and not as sweet.

The coffee flavour really comes through so if you are a coffee lover they might be perfect for you.

Oh and you can also consume them much quicker than my earlier Nut, Seeds & Fruit Bliss Balls as the texture isn’t as coarse and so they do not require as much chewing 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 100g dates
  • 150g pecans
  • 75g ground almonds (+ some more for rolling)
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder (flat)
  • 1tbsp raw honey (heaped)
  • 50ml good quality very strong espresso coffee

These Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls are smooth in texture and offer a much more defined flavour… an ideal chocolate replacement but much healthier and not as sweet. The coffee flavour really comes through so if you are a coffee lover they might be perfect for you.Method:

De-stone your dates and put them into soak. This time instead of water, soak them in some good quality very strong coffee, 30 minutes to 1 hour should do the trick.

Once their time is up, drain the excess liquid off but do not squeeze the dates dry; you want them moist, so let them retain all of their liquid. Roughly chop them up and set aside.

Place the pecans in a food processor and pulse mix until they are fairly powdery and there isn’t any big chunks left.

Add the ground almonds, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla essence and chopped dates and blitz until you have a smooth mixture.

The final texture of your mixture will depend on how moist your dates were. If the mixture, doesn’t stick add a little bit more honey or a spoonful of coffee; if your mixture is too wet, add some more ground almonds.

Now, it is time to form some balls. Scoop a small amount into your palm and form a small mouth sized ball… repeat until all the mixture is gone.

Finally roll your balls in some ground almond. There are a couple of reasons for this:

  1. they will look more appealing
  2. they will be less sticky

Keep in the refrigerator and enjoy at your own leisure.

I’ve shared these bliss balls on Instagram a few days ago (yes, they supposed to be walnuts but when it came to making it again, I’ve run out of walnuts) and I was told they look like rum truffles… well this got me to thinking… can I make rum truffle style bliss balls? I haven’t tried it yet but they are on my To Do list and if they work, you will hear about them soon.

Do you have any favourite flavours you would like to see inside a bliss ball?

These Dates, Pecans and Coffee Bliss Balls are smooth in texture and offer a much more defined flavour… an ideal chocolate replacement but much healthier and not as sweet.