Affordable Must Have Kitchen Gadgets for Clean Eating

Clean eating is a trend that is finding its way into many households. There are several must have kitchen gadgets with stainless steel components that go right along with this trend and every serious health conscious cook should own.

What Is Clean Eating

Clean eating is just the latest buzz word for eating healthy, with maybe a few twists. The concept centers on eating whole foods like whole grains, vegetables and fruit and also plant-based protein like nuts and seeds. When you eat this way, you are eating natural foods that aren’t processed. Natural foods arrive in stores in their natural form—not packaged. When you eat natural foods, you avoid additives and preservatives, chemicals that can have a negative effect on your health.

So, this is definitely a healthier way to eat. The downside is that it is a more time-consuming manner of preparation, primarily home cooking. Since home cooking certainly requires more effort than picking up a pre-packaged meal, using simple kitchenware gadgets comes in very handy. Any tool that makes this process easier should be in every clean eating household. All of the items on this site would make great gifts for mothers and other cooks at Christmas, Mother’s Day, birthdays and all gift giving occasions. Why not bookmark this page for future reference when you need to buy a gift.

Kitchen Gadgets For Clean Eating

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BLENDERS

A blender is a must have tool for serious clean eating families.  It is similar to a food processor but has its own distinctive functions.  Blenders are made to mix or blend soft foods and liquids. Smoothies are a perfect example. Some blenders that have lots of power are able to crush ice and frozen fruits. A solid, durable blender can handle many of the tasks involved in preparing food.  Food processors are primarily meant to chop, slice, grate and shred so they are more appropriate for solid foods.

Vitamix 5300

If you are interested in a power horse, commercial blender that does an excellent job of blending food to an even consistency, this is it. Vitamix sets the standards for all that you want in a blender.  It has 4 inch stainless steel blades and a large cup capacity of 64 oz, perfect for families. Its power lies with a 2.2 hp motor. It even crushes ices effortless. You can be sure your foods will blend perfectly.

Smoothies are the first thing you think of when using a blender, but this model can also create perfect, steaming hot soups. With such grand features it isn’t cheap.  However, owners consider it well worth the price.  Most inexpensive blenders don’t last very long and you end up replacing them frequently. So over the long run, it is more affordable. The Vitamix comes with a full 7 year warranty covering all parts. The company even pays shipping costs to send it to them.

If you’d like to start off with a less expensive option this is a good choice.

Ninja Professional Blender (BL660)

While not as powerful as the Vitamix, it still packs 1100 watts into its 72 0z capacity. The Ninja uses stacked blade technology extending the blades vertically to blend all of the ingredients thoroughly. The included single serve cup is a welcome addition when you want to prepare just one serving. It’s also a great buy as it makes purchasing an additional smaller blender unnecessary.  Its cups are made of BPA free plastic, a healthier alternative to regular plastics and it comes with a 3 year warranty.

FOOD PROCESSORS

Food processors are real time savers for preparing foods. Since vegetables are a big part of this eating plan, they make chopping your vegetables a breeze.

Hamilton Beach 70740 8-Cup Food Processor

This is a lightweight machine of just 450 watts that not only chops your veggies but it can also make nut butters from your nuts and salsa from tomatoes. The blade is made of stainless steel, always a desirable metal, and there are two speeds plus a pulse setting for adjusting according to the ingredient you are using.  It has two blades—the basic “S” blade and a shredding disc.  It can hold 8 cups of food at once and is only 13.6 inches high making it small enough to fit in most cabinets.

MANDOLINE SLICERS

These slicers are perfect when you want your food sliced rather than chopped. Some of these slicers can create fancy cuts like julienne and waffle.

Chef’s Inspirations Stainless Steel Mandoline Food Slicer

Creating cuts in five different thickness is quick and easy with this slicer. Blades can be stored in the blade caddy to protect them when not in use. Set comes with a standard 1 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee.

Spiralizers

These are trendy gadgets that turn your vegetables into very thin spaghetti-like noodles, spirals or ribbon curls. They are great for things like substituting zucchini or similar vegetables for regular spaghetti.

Paderno Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer

The Paderno comes with three blades—shredder, chipper and straight. You can quickly create fancy curls and thin strips with the turn of a handle. It’s made of BPA free plastic and has a built in storage area for extra blades.

KNIVES

Obviously there are some cooks who prefer to chop the old-fashioned, manual way.  Those who have a complete mastery of using professional knives can cut their foods in far less time than it takes to whip out a kitchen gadget.

Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge Chef’s Knife

This 8 inch chef’s knife has thousands of positive reviews online.  Whether you are chopping, mincing, dicing or slicing, the carbon steel blades of this knife performs the job very well and at a modest price.  It’s designed to be very comfortable with a firm grasp. The knife is crafted in Switzerland which has a stellar reputation for knives of all sorts.

CUTTING BOARDS

A cutting board is needed for manually chopping foods. You choice should center on two main issues.  First, the type of material used in the board needs to be suitable for a knife’s blades.  Some materials can be very harsh and they can quickly become dull. The second concern is that bacteria can form on the boards and harbor germs that become a health hazard.

Plastic boards, though easy to clean, can harbor these germs in the uneven surface of the board. Glass boards, also easy to care for, should be avoided, too, as they can damage a knife’s blades. Wood cutting boards are the better of those two options as they are gentler on the knife.

However, bamboo is the most desirable type of cutting board material to own. Although generally thought of as being wood, this material is actually a tough, tree-like grass. Bamboo’s toughness helps prevent marks left from cutting to form on the boards and, thus, making it hard for bacteria to get into those marks. Bamboo is the preferred choice of many chefs.

Organic Bamboo Wood Chopping Board

This best-selling bamboo cutting board is billed as organic.  What this means is that the soil from which the bamboo grows is not treated with pesticides. A few tiny splinters may pop up after  washing it the first time, but sanding with a very fine grain sandpaper and oiling solves the problem.

JUICERS

There is nothing comparable to juice that is freshly squeezed. The taste is delicious plus you retain valuable nutrient by drinking immediately rather than losing some of the vitamins due to storage.

For serious juicing, a blender does not work well. A dedicated juicer’s function is to extract the juice from the fruit or vegetable and separating the pulp.  A blender will not do this as well.

Breville JE98XL Juice Extractor

This is my favorite juicer. I’ve had mine for two years and it is still going strong. It packs 850 watts and does a very good job of separating the juice from the pulp. Incidentally, you can collect the pulp for use as thickeners in soups, smoothies, etc.

FRUIT INFUSED WATER BOTTLE

Get fruit flavored water without the added sugar and possible preservatives. They are simple to use and portable. Just add your favorite fruit for a healthy, refreshing drink. Using these bottles make drinking water enjoyable. They are a very healthy alternative to sodas and an easy way to stay hydrated throughout the day, all without empty calories.

Infusion Pro Premium Fruit Infused Water Bottle

These come in a set of 2 24 oz size bottles. The lip is   also includes one insulated sleeve to keep your water cool.

MIXING BOWLS

Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without adding mixing bowls. These everyday unassuming tools are found in just about every kitchen. Those made of stainless steel are healthy for use and durable.  You can expect these bowls to last a very long time.

VonShef 5 Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl Set with Lids and Grater Attachments

You really get a good deal with this set. Not only is it stainless steel, but the bowls come with lids plus unique grater attachments.  The attachments enable you to grate cheese, onions and similar foods right into the bowl without needing a separate grater. The sizes of the bowls are: 1 quart, 1 3/4 quart, 2 1/4 quart, 3 quart and 4 quart.

Foods You Should Eat To Be Healthy

This video from the USDA (US Dept. of Agriculture) explains healthy eating based on the Food Pyramid system which groups foods according to their importance in your diet.

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