Eating healthier is an ongoing journey for me. I’m consistently thinking of ways to incorporate fresher foods and eating healthier. As a gadget guy who is also a foodie, these kitchen gadgets are what I rely on to help me stay healthy in the kitchen.
A cast iron grill/griddle pan
While the grill/griddle pan isn’t exactly a new idea to me, I only purchased one a couple of months ago. Mine is cast iron, which means it will likely last forever if I take care of it and season it properly.
Grill pans are great because they allow you to grill meat or veggies (among other things) with less fat. Let’s say you want to have burgers at home and can’t get to an actual grill…you may not want to pan fry them. What if you could grill inside and get some great flavor without a ton of unnecessary oil? That’s why these pans are great. Be warned that you’re likely to create some smoke though so be mindful for your smoke detectors. I once set mine off three times preparing one dinner and nothing was actually on fire. Go figure.
A blender for post work-out smoothies and blended veggies
Blenders are also great kitchen gadgets to have because they are so versatile. I’ve never been a big smoothie person but have gotten into into them more after being gifted a blender. Now, I love it. I’m always trying to think of new recipes to get in extra fruits or veggies. It’s always a fun experiment of sorts.
Not only can you make post workout smoothies like I do, but you can also create velvety-textured soups in them and blend sauces. You can also make blended cocktails for those lively house parties. Blenders are a highly versatile kitchen gadget.
Juicer to create simple juice recipes on the go
I’ve wanted a juicer for a long time but was worried about being able to afford one for casual use without breaking the bank. Thankfully, I stumbled across this account and after many months they posted a deal for a juicer for under $50. DEAL.
For me, having a juicer is about creating healthy blends and giving myself another opportunity to enjoy more fruit and vegetables. And, as we all know, every little bit helps – even a simple celery juice!
A veggie peeler
You’d be surprised the difference a good peeler can make when you cook or prepare food regularly. I grew up peeling potatoes with small knives but man, using a peeler is so much more efficient. And once you find the right one, you’ll recognize how helpful they are. My peeler has been clutch in helping me get the most out of my juicer (and has even helped me get closer to embracing cucumbers).
I only recently bought a vegetable brush, which to me was a very grown up moment. Of course you can simply rinse off fresh-produce but sometimes you need a little extra help to remove dirt and debris, especially when you’re getting your produce right from a farm/farmer’s market. My vegetable brush (like this one) has been crucial in helping me embrace more whole foods and feeling like I’m doing it in an even healthier way.
These are just some of my favorite kitchen gadgets for wellness. What gadgets do you use most often in the kitchen to keep you healthy?
Jor-El is Co-founder of Viva Wellness and a foodie and film buff. He most often writes about mental health, relationships, food and mindfulness. When he’s not busy working, he typically can be found lounging or walking around NYC with his pup Nomi.