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8 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Actually Help You Eat Healthier

8 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Actually Help You Eat Healthier

You only get one body, and it’s no surprise that as more health research comes out, more and more of us want to eat healthy foods. We went from a society dominated by fast foods and prepackaged meals to one in which making healthier choices is the norm.

You may be among the number of people interested in improving their diet and learning to cook. We always hear that diet and exercise are the keys to staying in shape. What you eat, and how much you eat has a greater impact on your overall health than your physical activity.[1]

Burning calories can be time-consuming, but replacing calorie-dense foods with healthy alternatives is quicker and easier to implement.[2]

Here at Lifehack, we’ve hand-picked our 8 favorite kitchen gadgets to help you kick-start healthy eating habits.

1.PhilipsAvance Digital TurboStarAirfryer

    Fried food is delicious, but it’s no secret that it’s terrible for you. The Philips Avance Airfryer allows you to enjoy fried food with 75% less fat. You can make French fries with less than a tablespoon of oil. Turbostar technology provides instant heat, which means that you never have to waste time preheating the airfryer.

    Avance Airfryer with Digital TurboStar by Philips $249.95

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    2. Prepara Oil Mister

      Adding oil to your food in moderation can improve the flavor and make it easier for your body to access fat-soluble nutrients. Sometimes when you try to get oil straight from the bottle, you end up with way more than you need. The Prepara Oil Mister allows you to control how much oil you add to your dish.

      Oil Mister by Prepara $16.99

      3. Food Huggers

        About one third of food produced for human consumption worldwide ends up in the trash.((Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Key facts on food loss and waste you should know!)) Food Huggers allow you to preserve half-used fruits and vegetables. Your grocery budget and the environment will thank you for getting these.

        Set of Five Food Huggers by Food Huggers $12.95

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        4. George Foreman 2-Serving Basic Plate Grill

          Drain unwanted fat and grease from your meals using the George Foreman Grill. Grease cooks off your food and runs into the tray at the bottom for easy disposal. You can store this model vertically, which will help you save room for all your other handy kitchen gadgets.

          2-Serving Basic Plate Grill With Vertical Storage by George Foreman $29.99

          5. Greater Goods Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale and Portions Nutritional Facts Display

            The Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale not only helps you determine portion size, but it also allows you to view the complete details of your food’s nutritional value. Now you can tell exactly what you’re eating–even if you’ve bought fresh or bulk items that don’t come with a nutrition label.

            Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale and Portions Nutritional Facts Display by Greater Goods $39.99

            6. Magic Bullet Blender

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              Smoothies and juices can be a great way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, but sometimes blending these items can be inconvenient. This blender by Magic Bullet allows you to chop, mix, and blend fruits and veggies to your heart’s content.

              You can have a smoothie ready to go in ten seconds, and the blending container doubles as a cup. Take your smoothie with you on the go without all the hassle of a regular food processor.

              Blender by Magic Bullet $39.88

              7. Kitchen Active Spiralizer

                Eating more vegetables can help you lose weight and get healthy. Replace regular carb-loaded noodles with spiralized vegetables. This spiralizer from Kitchen Active makes it easy to turn you favorite vegetables into veggie noodles.

                Spiralizer by Kitchen Active $6.97

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                8. Dash Greek Yogurt Maker

                  Greek yogurt is full of probiotics, which makes it great for gut health. You can also use yogurt as a binding agent or the base of a parfait or smoothie. Enjoying this nutritious snack doesn’t have to be expensive. You can make your own with Dash’s Greek Yogurt Maker.

                  Greek Yogurt Maker by Dash $23.99

                  We hope these kitchen gadgets set you up for success. Here’s to good health!

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                  11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                  11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                  Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                  Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                  1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                  Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                  2. Stress Relief

                  Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                  3. Improved Sleep

                  Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                  4. Appetite Control

                  Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                  5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                  When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                  6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                  Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                  7. Mosquito Repellant

                  Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                  8. Pain Relief

                  While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                  9. The New Anti-Viral

                  Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                  10. Improved Cognitive Function

                  Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                  11. Money Saving

                  With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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