8 Kitchen Tools to Help Families be Healthier!

June 18, 2012
Categories: Dinner, Gifts

As seen on Fox 5 San Diego, on June 18.

Today’s families are so busy, finding the time to be healthy is not always easy!  Add a picky eater into the mix, and it makes it even more complicated!  These 8 tools can make being healthy more convenient, fun and easy.   I think of tools like these as investments in my families’ health.  And although you might not be able to invest in all of them at once, create a wish list and start to budget for the tools you will use the most.

  • Vitamix – this is my #1 top favorite tool for busy families – especially those with picky eaters.  This tool can make smoothies, soups, and so much else!  The cool thing about the Vitamix, is the powerful motor – it get rids of all texture.  You can sneak all kinds of healthy foods into smoothies using the Vitamix.  I burned out 2 blender motors before I bought my Vitamix – now I can’t believe I ever went without! I use mine several times a day, and my kids have a smoothie most mornings.  Use code 06-006248 to get free shipping on your Vitamix order!
  • Hurom Juicer – this is my newest addition to the arsenal of healthy tools!  The Hurom is a slow masticating juicer which works like a mortar and pestle, so it extracts more juice, preserves more of the enzymes and antioxidants.  Juicing is so fun for the kids to get into. they can get creative and try different combinations, find some recipes here.  Put the pulp into the compost, or some people like to add it to recipes to boost the fiber. Fresh juice is so much better for you than the pasturized kind in a box, or frozen concentrate – and you can sneak in veggies into your juice.  So yummy!
  • Excaliber Dehydrator – This is one tool that has been on my list for a long time.  It is an essential for a raw foodie – because in order for a food to be raw, it can’t be heated to above 118 degrees. When food is heated above that temperature, it can degrade the natural enzymes of foods.  This is great for drying and preserving fruits, veggies, herbs, and you can even make your own beef jerky!  You can make bread in it, you can even revive stale crackers!!  I have been experimenting with it all weekend, and I made dried strawberries, bananas, I even made crunchy cinnamony chick peas – yum!  You just sprinkle cinnamon, sugar and sea salt on chick peas, and dehydrate on 135 for about 9 hours.  It is great for making on the go snacks.   You can get creative, or find some recipes here.
  • Micromarinator – this is a really cool kitchen gadget.  It allows you to marinate meat like it was marinated for 3 hours, in about 3 minutes.   Marinating meat not only adds flavor and keeps meat moister – but it also helps to make it healthier!!  The antioxidants in marinades can lower the free radical damage you can get from grilling.
  • Zoku popsicle maker – we love our Zoku – because it makes popsicles in less than 8 minutes!  And we control what goes into them!  All you do is pour some juice, leftover smoothie, or whatever you like into the Zoku, and then in 8 mins you have a popsicle!  My kids love popsicles in the Summer, but many contain high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors.  With the Zoku – you can make them with healthy ingredients!  Get creative and make up your own, or you can find recipes in their blog online, or in their cool recipebook.
  • Whirly Pop – it is fun to have a family movie night, and lots of people in San Diego have them outside!  There is nothing better than popcorn for your movie.  But I always tell people to skip the microwave popcorn – those bags contain carcinogens.  Use the Whirlypop on the stovetop – I like to make it with coconut oil, it is much better for you, and fun for the kids!  My kids love popcorn for an afterschool snack.    Available at Sur La Table, and also find popcorn recipes online.
  • Crock pot – this is a great tool for busy families that have activities that end close to dinner. Rather than driving through the drive-through, you can set up the crock pot in the morning, and it cooks all day long.  And it is ready for you when you get home!  And it makes the whole house smell yummy too.  We love to make healthy & hearty chili in ours, and pulled pork too. And you usually get at least 2 meals out of it!  Many people already have one collecting dust in the pantry – get it out and whip up a batch of chili!
  • The Baby Bullet – if you have a new baby in the house, this is the perfect tool to make homemade baby food.  Making your own baby food can save money, and you also can control exactly what goes into it, and how chunky you want to make it.  And the funny thing is – I have an 8 and 10 year old, and still use mine all the time – it is a great food processor, I love the 2 sizes.

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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