Here’s one of my favorite sayings that can be difficult to accept but is a golden nugget of truth,

You really need to have the consistency and balance of eating nutritiously in addition to working out, so why not set yourself up with the best tools for success?

There are a few kitchen essentials that help me make the best choices I can when it comes to eating. These tools help me save time, make the most of the money I spend on groceries, and allow me to fuel my body with the good stuff it needs. Some of these are an investment but as I discussed in this past blog post, your health is the best investment you can make.

Here are my 5 fave kitchen tools:

1.Blender – having a good blender allows you to make smoothies, soups, juices, mixes for baking…it’s practically limitless! There is so much that can be done with a blender and it opens the door for so many recipes. Just like everything, there’s a range of options. I have a NutriBullet (thanks to my little sis) and it works great but I hear tons of good things about the Vitamix, too!

2.Mini Food Processor – I got a mini food processor from my mother-in-law a few years ago and it gets used almost every single day! The main things I make in it are salad dressings and sauces, like pestos. In fact, I don’t think I’ve bought salad dressing since I’ve had the MFP which means money saved, calories saved, and more nutritious, homemade foods. Total win. I have this one and it’s been going strong since 2012! There’s also the KitchenAid and Black & Decker.

3.Toaster Oven –to be honest, I’ve never quite been into the vertical toasters that just toast bread slices. Why not get a gadget that allows you to toast not only bread slices but basically anything else that can fit inside it? A toaster oven lets you melt something on top of your food, reheat leftovers, and can thaw frozen foods like Ezekiel toast. Again, gotta love the options! I adore my Hamilton Beach that my parents got for me years ago but other quality brands include Breville and Bella.

4.Good Knives – oh the sweet beauty of having sharp, high quality knives. There’s nothing like it and you’ll be hooked after first slice! A good set of knives means you can chop, dice, and slice anything easily and the variety means you will have the right knife for the right food. No more smashed tomatoes now that you have a sharp serrated knife! I adore our Henckel knives (thanks to my aunt, uncle, and their family) but here are some other options like Sabatier and Wusthof.

5.Food Processor –you can do just about anything with a food processor! I love using mine to combine ingredients for homemade dips like hummus, soups, baking, grinding meat, making flour….it’s so useful! The blade has some serious power so feel free to throw in some tough, dense stuff. I have a Cuisinart (shoutout to my brother-in-law’s family) but there are many different kinds on the market, like Breville and KitchenAid.

You might be thinking ok, she’s suggested a blender, mini food processor, and now a full sized food processor? What? You can do quite a few things with each of these gadgets, but they really all earn their own spots because some of them are more equipped for more tasks than others. Also keep in mind that there are sometimes different versions of gadgets under the same brand, so shop around for what works best for you.

One last tip – be very careful when using and washing these gadgets, especially the sharp ones!  Handle with care 🙂

What are your favorite kitchen tools?

Laissez les bons temps roulez et bonne santé,

Claire

{Renewal.Balance.Power}

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PS By the way always check with your primary healthcare provider to make sure that any of the above suggestions don’t interfere negatively with your healthcare program!