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Last Updated on October 12, 2017

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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                  Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                  How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                  How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                  Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                  If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                  1. Breathe

                  The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                  Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                  2. Loosen up

                  After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                  Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                  3. Chew slowly

                  Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                  Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                  Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                  4. Let go

                  Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                  The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                  It’s not. Promise.

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                  Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                  Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                  21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                  5. Enjoy the journey

                  Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                  Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                  6. Look at the big picture

                  The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                  Will this matter to me…

                  • Next week?
                  • Next month?
                  • Next year?
                  • In 10 years?

                  Hint: No, it won’t.

                  I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                  Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                  7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                  You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                  Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                  8. Practice patience every day

                  Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                  Final thoughts

                  Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                  Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                  Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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