As a registered dietitian who specializes in healthy eating and weight management I encounter people all the time whose busy lives are serious barriers to a high quality diet.
One of the greatest things about kitchen innovation, whether it be for expensive large appliances or simpler smaller ones, is that it helps the everyday person tackle some of the challenges they face when it comes to preparing healthy food.
In today’s article, I am going to introduce you to four kitchen appliances in the $60 and under price range that I have either recommended clients consider purchasing, or that I strongly believe would help the average household save time, money and improve the overall quality of their diets.
Let’s take a closer look at what I’ve come up with:
Guess what? Canadians LOVE chips! In fact, we love chips so much that they are actually one of the top sources of calories in the average Canadian’s diet that does not come from food guide foods.
That’s a bit of a problem!
Don’t worry though, there is a healthier, lower calorie solution and that solution is Air Popped Popcorn.
Quick to prepare and coming in at a fraction of the calories, air popped popcorn is the number one chip-replacement that I recommend to my clients, and they tend to love it.
Currently available for just $44.99 on Amazon, the Cuisinart CPM-100C Easypop Hot Air Popcorn maker is a current best seller.
Frozen Dessert Maker
The one thing I encounter time and time again in my clients is the desire for a healthy dessert they can feel good about serving both themselves and their family.
Ice cream just doesn’t cut it anymore, and although most Canadian’s need more fruit in their diets, fruit just isn’t always the most fun or appealing dessert food.
After a little bit of research, I found what appears to be an effective and affordable solution.
Meet the Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker.
A well-reviewed product on Amazon, priced at $59.99 this clever creation turns frozen fruit into a soft serve treat and is certainly something that could have a meaningful role to play in kitchens across the country.
If you’ve spent any time on social media you will probably already know that “spiralizing” is all the rage right now.
And while I am not always a fan of food trends, I will say that these devices have succeeded at making vegetables fun again for a lot of people.
As a dietitian, there is quite literally nothing more important than getting my clients to embrace eating more vegetables and if this device is what it takes to do it, so be it!
I also believe that a spiralizer can make vegetables easier to deal with in some cases, which is helps lift a huge barrier to consumption that I often find in my clients.
The SimpleTaste Spiral Slicer, pictured above, is an Amazon best seller and comes in it at only $28.99.
On the fence about the “spiralizing” trend? Check out all the cool things you can do with one.