Sometimes, it’s the food prep that can spoil even the healthiest of intentions.
Freshly squeezing your own juice? Slicing, chopping and peeling a whole host of veggies? After a long day, all that extra work can feel like a lot of effort and most of us just don’t have the time.
But fear not – there’s hope for your healthy eating regime yet! These clever kitchen gadgets will help speed up prep and take the faff out of dinner time, so the whole family can eat better.
If coming home and ordering an effort-free takeaway keeps foiling your healthy eating plans, this could be the answer
Whether you want to save money and waste, or are simply finding it tricky to keep track of the sugar levels in shop-bought juices, it might be time to start whipping up your own. Cue the juicer: the fastest way to turn whole fruits into pure, freshly squeezed drinks.
Try: George Home 700w Full Fruit Juicer, £39
From homemade soups and smoothies to finely chopped cauliflower rice, a multipurpose food processor can speed up the preparation time for all sorts of recipes. Perfect for whipping up healthy dishes that are on the table in no time at all!
Try: George Home 500W 4 in 1 Food Processor, £25
If you want to take all the fuss out of making delicious smoothies – plus save time on chopping, peeling, de-seeding and de-stemming – a dedicated smoothie maker is the kitchen gadget you need. Throw it all in and blitz.
Try: NutriBullet, £99.96
Make everything from bacon to family burgers healthier by cooking it all on a fat reducing grill. With specially designed sloping grill plates, all the fat and grease released during cooking is drawn away from your food to leave it leaner, healthier and just as tasty!
Try: George Foreman Family 5 Portion Grill, £39.96
If coming home and ordering an effort-free takeaway keeps foiling your healthy eating plans, a slow cooker could be the answer. Armed with the right slow cooker recipes you can come home to a ready-cooked, healthy meal – every day.
Try: Morphy Richards 6.5L Slow Cooker, £25
Nutrients can be lost from vegetables via conventional cooking methods like boiling and roasting. Prevent that goodness from being removed in the cooking process by investing in a steamer. You’ll be able to cut down on the cooking oil used in your dishes too.
Try: George Home 2 Tier Food Steamer, £18
If you want to keep a closer eye on what’s going into your loaf, or fancy baking your own gluten-free bread but are strapped for time, a breadmaker can do all the hard work for you. There’ll be no kneading required (hurrah!) and most models can be put on a time delay so you have freshly ‘baked’ warm bread, as and when you want it.
Try: Russell Hobbs 18036 Breadmaker, £50
Swap fried eggs for perfectly poached versions and make breakfast time far healthier. If you struggle to get them just right (it can be a bit of an art), a poacher with room for cooking several eggs at a time will speed up the process no end.
Try: George Home Non-Stick Egg Poacher, £8
Keep tabs on your calorie count and eliminate all the guesswork from dieting with a scale that can do it all for you. Pop anything on the plate and the scales will help you work out exactly what’s in your meal.
Try: George Home Electric Flat Calories Scale, £10
HAND HELD CHOPPERIf you’ve ever wished that salads, stir-fries and casseroles came with far less prep involved, you need a speedy hand-held chopper. These quickly dice everything from carrots and parsnips to nuts and chicken, so there’ll be no excuse not to load up healthy ingredients with this in the kitchen!
Try: Culinare Food Chopper, £8