Any successful weight loser will tell you that getting cozy in the kitchen is a key tool to successful weight loss. As fun as eating out can be, dining on the town brings lots of hidden calories and irresistible temptations (butter-topped bread basket anyone?). When it comes to getting healthy in the kitchen, it’s critical to have the right kitchen tools. These five must-have accessories are essential for every healthy home-cook, Giada de Laurentiis or not.
Immersion Blender: For soups and smoothies, there’s no kitchen tool more useful than an immersion blender. You can use this baby right in the pot or glass to puree low-cal bean and veggie soups or a morning fruit shake.
One to Buy: Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender
Veggie Steamer: For oil-free and nutrient dense veggies, a steamer is a must-have accessory. It can be used for everything from fish and Asian buns to broccoli and carrots.
One to Buy: Amco Collapsible Stainless Steel Steamer
Oil Spritzer: Save dozens of calories and fat grams by spraying oil instead of pouring it. An oil spritzer is great for salads, baking and pan-frying.
One to Buy: Misto M100S Gourmet Brushed Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer
Cast Iron Skillet: With all the controversy surrounding non-stick skillets, a cast iron skillet is a great alternative. Over time, cast iron skillets become as effective as a Teflon-coated pan without the potentially harmful side effects.
One to Buy: Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet
Grill Pan: Grill pans are great, not only for adding those oh-so awesome grill marks to your food, they also have an uncanny ability to catch unwanted grease and fat. The even heat distribution on a cast iron grill pan is the perfect platform to make healthier version of your culinary favorites.
One to Buy: Emerilware 10-Inch Cast-Iron Square Grill Pan