Have a Game Plan

Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 03:12 PM

Taste and pleasure is simply part of our hard wiring, so why try to override it? Eventually, learning to enjoy the foods you love in the right portions best prepares you and your family for any social situation. www.webmd

To manage your child’s weight and health to the best of your ability, know what they are going to eat ahead of time and choose their snacks, make meal choices, and plan times that they will eat. Taking a few minutes to plan meals for the week can maximize each trip to the grocery store and give you more direction. Making a comprehensive list can help limit shopping trips and save you money.

Convenience co-rules with taste! Just in time for the holidays, here are some healthy gadget ideas that help get good nutrition to the kitchen table quick!

Hi-speed blenders and juicers – Don’t know how to prepare veggies? Throw them in a blender or juicer either to be used as a juice, base for recipes, or to swap out water in bakery recipes. Look for ones that either have automatic pulp ejectors or choose high-speed, powerful blenders that capture all the nutritional goodness of produce. Example: Vitamix

Low\no oil fryers – that enable you to enjoy your favorite fried foods at a fraction of the calories. Use 100 times less oil to make enough French fries for a family of four – HUGE calorie savings! Example: Tefal Actifry

Induction cook-tops – that slash time in half. Boil water in less than 60 seconds. Pop in a steamer disc and in less than 5 minutes, you’ve got hot steamed veggies on a plate and ready to enjoy. Example: Kenmore induction cook top

Slicers, dicers and choppers – give you the acquired knife skills of a Le Cordon Bleu chef while keeping fingers safe and intact. Example: Pampered Chef Chopper

Mango and Pineapple Corers – deliver nutrient-rich but calorie-stingy ready-to-eat fruit in less than 30 seconds. Examples: Williams-Sonoma OXO Mango corer and spliter and the Vacu VIN pineapple peeler\corer\slicer

Salad shakers – for making sure that all of the salad is covered with dressing instead of globs appearing here and there – a huge calorie and fat saver! Example: Wishbone Salad Shaker

Produce keepers – keeps belly fat-busting veggies and herbs fresh longer! Example: The Herb Savor

Clean-up wizards – Cool gizmos easily push through baked-on mess no matter which pot, pan, casserole dish, or cooking surface gets in its way. Example: The SKrAPr

Stock and Crock – Soups and stews are filling and satisfying;— toss in a bunch of stuff in the morning and have a healthy meal at day’s end. Example: Crockpot
I’d love to hear if you have discovered kitchen essentials for keeping your family healthy and trim. Please share in the comment section.

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