Elaine Dietitian is delighted to share her favorite kitchen appliances! Having the right equipment at home can help us to make healthy eating enjoyable and fun, also save so much time in cooking!
Hope you find these products helpful to you as well!
Magic Bullet Smoothie blender
I love this product! I use it very frequently! This blender is a good price. It is great for making breakfast smoothies, snack smoothies! I blend in veggies that I am normally not a big fan of, such as beets, and kale :)
Another reason I choose this blender is because it is a good measure and portion size for one person!
Pureed bean maker- Joyoung Superfine Grinding Automatic Hot Soy Milk Maker
I am very passionate about this product! I personally not a big fan of eating beans, but as a dietitian I know the importance of having plant based protein. My problems are solved since I got this product!
I mix in different variety of beans, such as soy beans, kidney beans, black beans. I also add black sesame seeds, lotus seed, longya lilium (all these food are healthy but I don't like them since I was a kid)!
It is easy to use! I can put in raw beans directly. The bean soup is very smooth, delicious and healthy!
Nut milk maker - JOYOUNG Blender Fully Automatic, Soy Milk Maker (hot and cold)
If you like to drink nut milk, soy milk, oat milk. This is a good fit for you. Store-bought nut milk has very limited amount of nuts in it. Homemade almond milk, walnut milk, oat milk is definitely a better and healthier option!
Food processor Cuisinart
Food processor definitely makes my life easier! It minimizes work for me to do the chopping!
I uses this for making hummus, homemade nut butter, grind oats to make oat flour, chopped nuts for snacks or yogurt toppings!
Instant pot pressure cooker
This instant pot makes my life easier! I use this a lot to make beef stew! It saves me so much time in cooking! The stew tastes delicious!
If you don't have a rice cooker? I love this pot being so multi-functional! And I can use this to cook whole grains as well!
Soup maker - Tonze Electric Stew/Slow Cooker
I love this product being perfect for making soups! The soup is cooked in a individual pot in the boiling water. It preserves the liquid and minimizes evaporation.
The second reason that I love it is because I can portion control! It comes with small ceramic pot, so I can stop myself after having 1 pot of soup!
Healthy food choices
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Don't underestimate this small seed! It is very nutritious! Just 2 tablespoon of chia seed has 4 gram of protein and 7 gram of fiber! It is also rich in nutrients like magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, B vitamins!
I like to have chia seed pudding as my snack (see my Blog for some recipes). It is healthy and delicious!
Flax seeds are rich in alpha-linoleic acid ALA (a type of Omega 3). Research shows that Omega-3 fats may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood cholesterol. Flax seeds are also very rich in lignans (a type of phytonutrient). Some researches also show it potentially may protect us from certain types of cancer like prostate cancer and breast cancer.
I try to include 1-2 tablespoon of flaxseed daily in my diet (yogurt or smoothies)!
I love eating my noodles!! Pasta is one of my favorite dish! I would recommend bean pasta instead of regular white pasta, Bean pasta is very high in protein and also fiber, vitamin K and B vitamins!
I like to use it to make pasta salad in the summer, and tomato and basil pasta in the winter!
Love the flavor of chocolate? Cacao nibs are cacao beans that have been roasted and then cracked into small pieces. I love cacao nibs because they are packed with antioxidants. Unlike lots of chocolate, they contain no added sugar or butter.
I like adding it to my smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, baked goods!
Wild rice and grains
Whole grains are important part in our diet! We want to reduce white rice and refined grains intake as much as we can. Whole grains give us enough fibers, B vitamins, magnesium, manganese and etc. It helps to stabilize our blood sugar level and has lower glycemic index compared to white rice.
I like to eat this directly or use it to make buddha bowl,
A lot of us are not eating enough beans and lentils in our diet. Sprouted lentils are very nutritious and rich in fiber, folate, B vitamins, copper.
I like to use it to make lentil soup, lentil dal, curry, lentil salad!
Turmeric is a spices that contains an active compound called curcumin. There are researches showing that curcumin may help to reduce inflammation, have anti-inflammatory abilities, may reduce joint pain and etc.
I like to use it in my curries, add it to my drinks and smoothies, and use it like ginger in my dishes and marinate meat!
Nutritional yeast is very rich in protein. 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast provide about 8 gram of protein, 7mg of iron, and very rich in B vitamins!
This is a very easy food that we can sprinkle on top of our veggies, salad, soup and quickly add some nutrients in our diet!