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Two Cool Gadgets For The Kitchen Offer Painless Healthy Eating
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Two Cool Gadgets For The Kitchen Offer Painless Healthy Eating

There are two cool gadgets for the kitchen I bought largely on a ‘seen it - must have it’ basis, you know the sort that you normally use once and dump quietly when your partner has finally been convinced it really is worth the money…

But these two have not only stood the test of time and daily use, they are outstanding kitchen assistants one and all. They work when asked – they never complain about how much there is to do, nor do they demand unreasonable wages. They haven’t lost their looks, just a wipe over with a damp cloth sees to that. And they have both helped us change our diet to healthier eating.

So what are they, these heroes of my kitchen – are they really worth sharing with you? I hope so.

First in line is a comparatively new and very cool kitchen gadget, an ‘Iced Treat Maker’.

With an diabetic insulin dependent husband, desserts and sweets are a thing of the past for him and I feel too guilty eating them around him. So his sweets are baked or cooked separately using sugar replacements - basically they take a bit of planning and the assembly of ingredients, which means to save time you bake in bulk and freeze. Hassle? Oh yes, but doable.

Okay, but what about the sudden snack attack – or the ice cream most of us take for granted on a hot summer afternoon? Well, iced treat makers offer a great compromise as they only use frozen fruit – and provided you have some ready frozen to use, the healthy pure fruit dessert is ready in about 30 seconds. There are some stunning flavor combinations, all you need is imagination. They clean up easy with a rinse under the tap, or in the dishwasher.

Low Fat Low Cost Halogen Oven Technology

Next is my halogen oven, they may look weird but don’t be deceived – looks aren’t everything. If you have a small oven or find it expensive to run the main oven to warm a small tart, these re-heat pastry to perfection and in half the time, honestly, they do, there is no waiting for the oven to heat up either, just turn on and warm your plate ready – you only have minutes to wait.

There are some who claim these are as fast as a microwave which is not something I’ve found with mine. But it is about a third less cooking time for most things, occasionally maybe a little faster on full power.

Roast Without Any Fat

Yep, you might want to read that again, but it is true. A little known fact about halogen ovens is that you add no fat to roast potatoes – or carrots, red peppers, anything. And they do all brown and get crispy, just as you would hope they might after adding butter, without having been near a smear of it. Of course you can brush food with a little melted butter if you want – but there is no need at all.

Diabetic diets mean limiting fat intake and sometimes protein too, so another reason this is such an awesome little machine, roast or saute potatoes aren't off the menu anymore.

Both of these are gadgets for the kitchen bought on a whim, and they have earned their place on the worktop by being incredibly useful, easy to use and easy to clean – few do that, most end up thrown away with bits of food still sticking to the by now broken plastic.

Would I Recommend These To Friends?

The Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker has revolutionized diabetic desserts in our house and made healthy options taste almost sinful – try dunking frozen banana and pineapple pieces in Malibu before putting through the machine – decadent taste, zero dietary damage. When his is through, I sometimes add frozen chocolate chips to mine as well – ssh, don’t tell him!

The halogen oven was a desperate buy to avoid disaster at Christmas a couple of years ago – long story! But overall, it’s probably the appliance I’d be lost without. Used every day, it cooks so fast and with so little mess, the main oven got retired the day it arrived, it only gets used for big family meals. We have seen a substantial and measurable drop in our energy bills as well.

I’ve given both of these products as gifts to friends in the last few months and will do so again. So yes, they both get the big thumbs up on every count including being very affordable too.

There are a lot of kitchen gadgets lovers out there, so if you've used either of these two and like them (or don't), maybe you have a recipe to share, then hit the comments below and help others out too.


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