To make healthy food more fun
If part of the reason why you haven't been successful in the past when you've tried to go down a dress size is because you get bored with the food, here's a solution. Since many so-called healthy recipes can get boring or tasteless when you repeat them, why not change the flavor profile by smoking your meats or vegetables? No space for a grill? You don't need to have a backyard deck with this stovetop smoker. It easily infuses flavor without using fats, oils, salts, or the added calories those bring, all while maintaining moisture and natural cooking flavors. This means you'll actually enjoy that grilled chicken instead of thinking it's blah-and-dry. Try these 42 tips to lose weight fast.
For when you're overworked
As much as you'd love to spend seven hours meal prepping for the week on Sunday (after your morning yoga class, of course), managing a household, your career, your marriage, and your um, sanity, doesn't allow the block in your calendar. But if your overworked lifestyle means you're constantly grabbing packaged, carb and sugar-filled snacks because it's convenient, let a pressure cooker take care of the work for you. As an upgrade to your slow cooker, this 12-in-1 model makes healthy food legit a press of a button with functions like oatmeal, rice, soup, steam, baby food, and more.
For your morning workout goals
Since your sister manages to rise with the sun, logging countless miles before you've hit snooze about five times, you've decided to follow her lead and try working out in the a.m. Even if it's an effective way to maintain your motivation and routine with exercise, it might require a cup—or ten—of strongly-brewed coffee. Since getting out of bed is enough work, let this coffee maker that you can program to brew at whatever time you'd like do the work for you. Not only can you set it and leave it, but it brews 35 percent faster than other gadgets out there, ensuring you're not late for that spinning class you signed up for.
For more protein
Eggs are one of the strongest sources of protein, but truth be told, they can get old quickly. And, if you're not exactly a master chef in the kitchen (we feel ya), finding new ways to spice up your tried-and-true breakfast ideas can become exhausting. Having a poached egg over a healthy, butter-free potato bake is a mouthwatering idea, so use this easy, mess-free way to make it happen. For just a cool $5, you receive 100 poaching bags, all of which can make multiple eggs at once, and are recyclable, biodegradable and non-stick. Check out these 20+ secret uses for ordinary kitchen gadgets.
Perfect Poach, $5
For upping your water game
You already know you should (probably) be drinking more water than you are, but actually creating a way to hydrate regularly? It's yet another item on your to-do list that gets overlooked. Especially if you prefer to only drink filtered water, the extra step of pouring and waiting adds another hurdle. One idea is to purchase this 30-cup wonder, that features a five-stage dual ion-exchange filtration system that removes 99.6 percent of total dissolved solids from waters, which is twice as many as conventional filters. And with 30 cups? Sorry, but you no longer have an excuse.
For giving up dairy
As you age, you might notice a heightened sensitivity toward dairy, a condition you're definitely not alone in. (Here are some dairy myths to stop believing.) Many adults experience some sort of intolerance to milk, cheese, yogurts, and other cow-produced products, causing uncomfortable tummy issues and even acne breakouts for some. One manageable switch to make is in your daily coffee routine: get rid of that skim or whole milk and opt for almond instead. Easier on your digestion and overall, healthier for your system, after some time, you'll get used to the taste and texture. And hey, you might even be tempted to make your own… until you read how to do it. Requiring more time than you have, a better solution is this new-to-the-market nut milk processor. It's pricey, but if you're going the dairy-free route for life, it's worth the investment. Not only can you easily make a jug of almond milk, but you can turn it into smoothies, spreads, and more. No need for soaking, straining, or patience.
For finally making zoodles
You've heard about them. You've saved recipes on your Pinterest board. You've even bought the cucumbers with full intention of making a deceptively nutritional meal for your toddler. But when that hand-held spiralizer proved to be too much work and gave you blisters? You gave up, in a hurry. Time to give the zoodle trend another chance with this triple threat shredder, slicer, and spiralizer that makes the whole preparation process easier.
For sober January
That red, red wine feels fine, but it also has a way of adding unnecessary weight to your waist. While everything in moderation is a happy compromise, if you're trying your hand at sober January in an effort to give your liver a break, you'll need a way to make beverages, well, more interesting. Make your water sparkling with this fizz-maker. You can add fresh fruits, cucumbers or their pre-made packs, all while drinking more H20 and resisting that Manhattan you're craving. Check out these 32 weird kitchen gadgets you won't believe exist.
SodaStream Aqua Fizz, $180
For smart stovetop cooking
Fess up: when was the last time you actually replaced your cookware? If it was post-college graduation or your wedding day, you're due for an upgrade. Instead of going for whatever is on sale, opt for a smart skillet that makes your dishes healthier. The design of this 5-ply stainless steel buy helps your food retain more of their nutrients and natural flavors, meaning you're less tempted to add unnecessary and fatty toppings.
For trying your hand at juicing
Smoothies and juices are great in theory, but if you find yourself hungry (or hangry) a few hours after you slurp one down from your local shop, it's time to take the task to your home. By experimenting with protein-packed recipes that blend together all of the nutrients you need, choose a juicer that saves you money and allows you to play. Spend a few hours juicing a bath to have before or after your workouts, or for when you need an afternoon pick-me-up that's not a muffin from Starbucks. Find out the kitchen gadgets that are a total waste of money.
Omega Juice Cube, $381