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Looks at healthy kitchen appliances for both raw and cooked foods giving a description of each and ideas on how to use them to create healthy meals

It is all good and well starting on a healthy eating path, but if your kitchen appliances are not meeting the grade, healthy food preparation is going to prove rather difficult. The initial investment in a kitchen equipped for health food prep will pay off at the end of the day.

Cooked Food Essentials

Besides the obvious addition of an oven and stove top to your kitchen, the following appliances can help you cook delicious, nutritious and low fat foods.

Steamer

While food is always more nutritious when its raw, cooked foods are often favored. Boiling foods is not as good as steaming them as it results in more nutrient losses. Frying and deep-frying are also not he best ways to cook our foods. Steaming is ideal because it uses less water and can cook foods without the use of cooking oils. There are many types of steamers on the market. Bamboo steamers that fit on top of pots are an effective and cheap option. Stand-alone plug in the wall steamers are also an option.

Most steamers will two to three have layers for food, enabling you to separate foods that you don’t want touching. For example ne layer might contain fish, the other potatoes and the other green vegetables.

Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are often referred to as the “set it and forget it” cooking appliances. They are great for people who love hot cooked foods but who don’t have time to sit over the stove for hours. Generally, the food you want to cook, be it vegetables or meats or a mixture is added to the slow cooker and cooked on slow heat all day. Some cookers will cook the food on a higher heat and then automatically reduce to warm so that it is ready and warm when you get home.

Griddle

A griddle or plug in grill is a fantastic and fast way to grill meat, chicken and fish in a healthy and fast way. It consists of a grill that heats up with a hinge that allows an upper plate to sit lightly on top of the food. Choose a griddle that allows excess oil to drip down from the meat into a tray. Once you are done grilling your steak, simply discard the oil and rinse off the griddle plates and you’re ready for the next meal.

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