The 10 best kitchen buys for healthy cooks
Love making healthy recipes? Read our buyer's guide to the top gadgets and kit for eating well, including the best blenders, peelers, steamers and more.
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Embarking on a healthier diet can feel daunting, but preparation is key. Equip your kitchen with a few basic gadgets and utensils to make healthy eating easier.
Here, we share some of our favourite kitchen buys and healthy cookware which make creating nutritious recipes a doddle, including a good quality vegetable peeler, steamer basket, budget-friendly blender set and meal prep storage solutions.
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The best kitchen buys for healthy eating
ProCook Cast Iron Square Griddle (26cm)
Cooking meat on a griddle pan with deep grooves, like this one, is healthier because it allows the fat to run off it. Plus, griddling meat, fish and veg results in charring which imparts extra flavour, without having to use fat.
OXO Good Grips Y peeler
A good quality julienne peeler can make light work of preparing salads, slaws and stir-fries. Just peel veg straight into your dish with this comfortably-handled, sturdy Y shaped peeler. It’s also great for peeling veg into ribbon-like strands to use in place of (or alongside) pasta in dishes like our duck ragu with pappardelle & swede or celeriac ribbons tossed with chard, garlic & pumpkin seeds.
Judge stainless steel basket steamer
Steaming vegetables is one of the best ways to maximise their nutrients. We love this flexible steamer basket, which can be used to steam veg in any lidded 18-27 cm pan – great for those with limited kitchen storage space.
Salter 3-in-1 blender set
This budget-friendly blender set makes healthy eating a breeze – whip up protein-packed omelettes with the whisk attachment, blitz veggie soups with the stick blender and finely chop veg and herbs with the mini chopper.
OXO Good Grips salad spinner
Forget limp, soggy salad leaves. Wash and spin-dry greens, herbs and salad leaves with one of these easy, and very and satisfying-to-use, salad spinners.
Russbe reusable freezer bags
Paper Craze weekly planner
Manage your budget as well as your diet by plotting meals with this handy weekly planner, complete with inspirational fruit & veg designs.
Lakeland Touchscreen Soup Maker
We’ve spotted a recent surge in the popularity of this kitchen item, with internet searches for soup makers and soup maker recipes up by 150% in the past year. This multi-function, touch-screen machine was one of the best in our soup maker review and makes smooth soup in just 30 mins (with no pre-cooking).
Sistema Brilliance 920ml container
Our favourite all-rounder in our recent review of the best meal prep containers, this leak-proof, microwave and freezer-safe transparent box is great for storing and transporting healthy batched cooked meals.
Healthy recipes and tips
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