Every January dawns with grand ideas on how to make this year the year of the new, improved you. Some people take out gym memberships, others invest in a home gym, some take up running or yoga and some volunteer or start a new hobby. Whatever way you decide to create the new you, we think new gadgets for your kitchen is a great place to start!
Blenders are a must have in the kitchen, whether you want healthy smoothies to start your day or ice cream shakes for a weekend treat. Bullet blenders are designed for the nutritious, antioxidant seekers among us, with multipurpose blades designed to crush the most super of foods for maximum vitamin extraction. If you freeze some of the fruit for your breakfast smoothie, you can have the ice cream sensation without the calories!
Blenders aren’t just designed for smoothies, they can be used for soups too. You don’t have to have the full jug blender or food processor; a simple handheld stick blender also works a treat. For soups, it’s brilliant because you can just blend the soup in the pan it was cooked in. No extra washing up required! These are great for keeping your new year resolutions because they let you whip up your favourite soup in minutes. And for those who want a meatier supper, slow cookers will have a tasty stew ready when you get home from work. You just need to chop the meat and veg, add seasoning and water and flick the on switch in the morning. There’s just no need to call for a calorie-filled takeout when you make a nutritious meal quicker.
Yes, it is possible with air fryers. These ingenious fryers circulate superheated air around the food, which converts the small amount of oil you must add into a fine mist. This coats the food and the end result is chips or chicken or whatever you fancy that tastes like it was cooked in a traditional deep fat fryer. And if low calorie isn’t bonus enough, they’re easy to clean too.
A safe way to keep eating healthily is to cook in large batches and freeze portions so you have a readymade, home cooked meal without the daily hassle. Look up some recipes, get the ingredients and gadgets in your kitchen that you’ll need for long term healthy cooking, and you’ll keep that good food resolution. And enjoy doing it.
Happy New Year, and here's to a happy new you too!