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?

My Top 3 Kitchen Must Haves

I don’t know how about you but every month we collect more and more kitchen gadgets… they are all useful… to a point, I guess, but we are simply running out of space in the kitchen to store them. With so many new products on the market it is impossible to have them all. Mark is nagging me again to “clean up” some of the less used items… invariable making space for new gadgets to arrive soon 😉

This got me thinking… if I were to get rid of all the less essential kitchen products and were allowed to keep only three things which would three would it be?

Well… my kitchen would have knives, chopping boards and a kitchen timer!

My Top 3 Kitchen Must HavesKnives – they take the number one spot on my kitchen must haves list.

I can’t imagine doing any cooking without a good knife. I am not sure how my gran did it but she used to have one sharp knife… one knife in the entire kitchen and believe me she cooked a lot.

Mark is a little bit knives obsessed, we even had to find a dedicated large kitchen drawer to accommodate all his sharp, proper (how he likes to call them) knives. A good knife can make any cooking related task so much easier… peeling, chopping or slicing when paired with a good, sharp knife isn’t all that scary.

Lately we were given a set of Precision Chef Knives from Edge of Belgravia. Well, each of these knives not only look like a hundred bucks they also perform as one. Despite being stainless steel they feel quite light, almost like a ceramic knife; this said they do offer perfect balance and being super sharp outstanding performance. Highly recommended if you are on the market for new knives.

Chopping boards – this is my must have number two.

I know some people could easily function without a chopping board or boards like in my case, but I can’t.

I used to favour heavy wooden chopping boards until one day when I prepared myself a fruit smoothie with hint of garlic and onion leftover from the night before… well, the board was washed properly of this I am sure but some of the flavours must have imbedded into the knife marks in the board and then stuck to my fruit once I was chopping them up. Since that day we have replaced all the wooden boards with thin plastic ones… I think we got them from Ikea; fairly cheap ones but they come in a selection of colours so it was easy enough to assign a specific colour to a specific type of food that you will be chopping on it. I do like them; they are light and bendy so moving prepared ingredients from a work top to a pot isn’t a big deal and as they are cheap you can replace them more often without breaking your bank balance.

Kitchen timer – third and last spot on my kitchen must haves list.

Well, I know that there are a lot of other useful items I could pick but I am unable to cook without it.

Sometimes I have 1000s of thoughts in my head all at once and the attention span of a toddler so you see without a reminder in the form of a loud buzzing noise I would never remember to remove things from the oven until they are very well done (sacrificial burnt offerings as Mark likes to call them) and most likely uneatable or until the fire alarm reminds me it is time to stop cooking the eggs which were done well before the entirety of the water has evaporated into the air.

My kitchen timer isn’t super lush, I think I picked it up on the cheap from a TKMaxx but it does the job well and that is all that counts.

My fourth would be a temperature reader with a probe but as I only allowed myself three things for this list I can’t have it, bah.

So, these are my top three kitchen must haves.

Which three kitchen essentials would you put on your list?