There’s nothing like making your own food from scratch, but sometimes we all need a little help in the kitchen. When it comes to healthy foods and treats, there are some great kitchen gadgets that can make light work of difficult jobs and enable us to make our own homemade whole foods and ingredients without having to buy them.
Our list of essential healthy kitchen tools will enable you to make tasty foods easily, from courgette spaghetti, to kale crisps or almond milk, helping you to make the switch from pre-packaged to homemade.
A spiralizer is a brilliant kitchen gadget for healthy dishes as it allows you to swap pasta and noodles with thin spaghetti-like vegetable strands. This is a quick and easy way to cut down on carbs and get a little more variety in your diet. Spiralizers work by using a blade to cut long ribbons from your chosen vegetable as you turn a handle, so they don’t require much skill to get started. However, the difference they’ll make to meal times is huge as you can pack in more vitamins and minerals whilst cutting down on cooking time.
The best vegetables to use with a spiralizer are courgettes, carrots and parsnips which can then be gently boiled or stir fried for a minute or two. In fact, they can even be served raw, with a hot sauce or ragu cooking the ‘courgetti’ on the plate! Sweet potato is also brilliant with a spiralizer as you can make thin fries that can be baked.
Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer
Able to handle vegetables of all shapes and size, make your vegetable dishes infinitely more creative with five blades for effortless veggie spirals, strands, slices, shreds and chips.
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The NutriBullet is one of the most prized blenders, and there’s a good reason for that! When tested against cheaper competitors, it consistently provides the smoothest drinks and smoothies as it has the sharpness and power to slice through seeds and tough peel easily.
Unlike conventional blenders, the NutriBullet’s cup attachment means that you can drink immediately after blending, offering convenience and saving up on the washing up that you usually have to contend with when using a blender.
A good quality blender such as the NutriBullet makes it easy to get your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables in a delicious smoothie with an infinite number of flavour combinations. Plus, it makes a tasty way to take supplements such as protein powder and green powders too.
This great healthy kitchen gadget comes with 2 different blades and 3 cups so you have everything you need to start making nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable smoothies at home.
NutriBullet 600: Nutrient Extractor High Speed Blender
Completely breaking down ingredients into delicious, pulp-free smoothies, the NutriBullet helps you to get the most nutrition from your fruit and vegetables.
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If you want to take your blending to the next level, then the Vitamix should be your gadget of choice, as it’s a fantastic food processor for making frozen desserts and can even heat liquids so you can serve soup straight from the blender! Designed as a ‘Total Nutrition Centre’, the Vitamix is your one stop shop for creating everything from nutritious soups to healthy ice cream in minutes.
Because it’s a heavy-duty machine, this gadget can do things like grinding seeds and grains into homemade flours and even making smooth nut butters, which a lot of other blenders simply couldn’t cope with.
While the Vitamix doesn’t come cheap, if you’re serious about homecooking this is one investment that will pay off in spades. It makes a great addition to the kitchen, enabling you to create your own healthy and whole foods quickly and easily, without having to rely on pre-prepared ingredients.
Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender
Durable, versatile and easy to use, Vitamix is the gold standard when it comes to do it all blenders.
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Slow cookers are making a comeback! Gone are the days of the huge brown seventies numbers and welcome the sleek, affordable and economical versions of today. Make meals out of whole foods and vegetables with minimum fuss. Soups, stews, casseroles and sauces can be easily created by adding all the ingredients to the cooker and leaving them to slowly cook overnight or whilst you’re out.
Slow cookers work by using moisture to cook the ingredients and you’re able to get tender vegetables and meat by cooking this way. Lean cuts and root veggies are no match for a slow cooker, so you can make great budget-conscious and nutritious meals with just a little chopping beforehand.
Many slow cookers now include a searing pot, which means that you can brown the meat on the hob and then transfer the pot straight into the slow cooker. That way you won’t lose any of those delicious and nutrient-rich juices, ensuring your slow cooked dishes are packed full of flavour. You can even use a slow cooker to cook rice or roast a whole chicken, too!
Morphy Richards Accents Sear and Stew Slow Cooker
With a huge 6.5L capacity, this lightweight yet durable slow cooker allows you to create an extensive selection of meals.
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Although dehydrators aren’t as common in the kitchen as some other appliances, they have a number of great uses and it’s their versatility that makes them one of our top healthy kitchen essentials.
Dehydrators are used to dry fruit, vegetables and even meat to preserve them and make tasty healthy snacks like fruit crisps and jerky. Dehydrating makes fruits sweeter, vegetables crunchier and meat chewier (perfect for high-protein jerky!).
This gadget will help you experience raw foods in a new way and you can easily make your own vegetable crisps, fruit leather, granola and even raw cookies. If you soak and activate nuts, a dehydrator is a convenient way of drying the nuts without having to use an oven. Surplus vegetables can be chopped and dehydrated in bulk to conveniently add to stews and soups.
Dehydrators are also a great tool for using up your leftover juice pulp.
As an added bonus, when you remove the trays of the dehydrator, the warm environment is a perfect incubator for making your own homemade yoghurt!
Digital Food Dryer & Dehydrator
Preserve foods, while maintaining their nutrients and flavour, in the most natural way.
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Julienne peelers are one of the best kitchen gadgets for their ability to save a huge amount of time and make fiddly jobs easy. The idea of these peelers is that they create small uniform strands of vegetables, which can be used raw in salads, cooked in stir fries or eaten as vegetable spaghetti. Most julienne peelers are used in the same way as a normal vegetable peeler, but the super-sharp blades create small precision ribbons of vegetable rather than a large thin slice.
This type of kitchen gadget works well with vegetables like courgettes, carrots, parsnips and cucumbers as well as for creating thin strands of lemon and lime zest. Great for making no-fuss ‘courgetti’ or carrot strands for homemade coleslaw. Unlike spiralizers, a julienne peeler takes up almost no room in the kitchen and is super quick to wash up – always a bonus!
Joseph Joseph Multi-Peel Julienne Peeler
With a channel knife for cutting decorative peel strips, this stainless-steel bladed peeler is your go-to for creating something fancy.
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Nut Milk Bag
If you’ve never made your own nut milk at home you’re seriously missing out, and not just because you can confuse your friends by making them wonder how you milk a nut! Nut milk bags are the secret to delicious almond, cashew and hazelnut milk and they’re an essential bit of kit that makes the job a lot easier.
Nut milk bags are used to strain the milk from the ground nuts once they’ve been soaked, without this your milk will be grainy and possibly even chewy – something you certainly don’t want. Strong, fine bags are the best for making nut milks as they allow you to squeeze every last drop without any pulp escaping.
With this healthy food gadget in your cupboard you can make a huge variety of milks at home. Not just for nut milks, they’re also brilliant for gathering the left over pulp to make an extra smooth juice, and straining stock, homemade ghee or even cold brew coffee!
Lovetree Products Nut Milk Bag
Mulit-functional, durable and easy to clean, the Lovetree Products Nut Milk bag is the perfect manual filter to facilitate your organic, healthy lifestyle.
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Get Healthy with the Right Kitchen Tools
If you’re looking to step up your health game and get creative in the kitchen, then these seven tools are for you! While some of our top picks for healthy kitchen gadgets are a little more on the pricey side than others, we’re certain that you won’t regret any of the purchases.
In addition to making light work of some of the more tedious, fiddly tasks, these tools can save you time and money, as you opt for homemade instead of prepackaged. Not only that, they’ll encourage you to eat better and help you to avoid the nasty preservatives and additives found in packaged foods.
Have we left something off the list? Let us know which must-have kitchen gadget you can’t live without in the comments below. Or, if you want to learn more about healthy eating, check out some of our delicious recipes.
Last updated July 15 2019.