Is your enthusiasm for your New year’s resolutions flagging already? We bring you our top 10 healthy eating gadgets that could give you the boost you need – and we’ve made sure they’re cheap too.
1) Philips HR1854 juicer
Get juicy in the kitchen and create tasty healthy fruit juice drinks, or refreshing vegetable concoctions with a juicer. The HR1854 is quick, can juice large pieces of fruit and vegetables, and you’ll end up with lots of juice, but like all juicers it’s noisy, and the filters are tricky to clean, so you need to be serious about juice.
Read the review: Philips HR1854 whole fruit juicer, £40
2) Philips HR2000 jug blender
If juicing seems like a lot of hassle, then increase your fruit and vegetable intake by drinking a smoothie. The HR2000 blender can whiz your ingredients together in no time, leaving you with a delicious drink. Blenders are easier to clean than dedicated smoothie makers, and it means you can use them for pureeing, and some can even mix homemade mayonnaise. The HR2000 can even crush ice if you want to make something more cooling.
Read the review: Philips HR2000 jug blender, £28
3) George Foreman 13622 health grill
Health-wise using this isn’t much different from using your cooker grill, but using a health grill is much easier to clean. The George Foreman 13622 grill and melt is easy to use and the upper cooking plate can be set above the food, a bit like a raclette, which makes it great for big pieces of meat or for melting cheese.
Read the review: George Foreman 13622 health grill, £40
4) Argos Value Steamer
Steaming helps to retain more nutrients in vegetables compared to boiling them in a pan of water, plus you can cook a lot more at once by taking advantage of tiered cooking. If you’re tempted to try steaming but don’t want to part with lots of money, this Value steamer isn’t a bad place to start. We’ve tested it with chicken, salmon and vegetables.
Read the review Argos Value steamer, £10
5) Kenwood FP220 Food processor
Cooking from scratch is a great way to know exactly what you’re eating, so to help take the hassle out of batch cooking invest in a good processor to help slice, shred, grate and chop. A good food processor will complete the task in seconds, leaving you plenty of time to create culinary wonders. Kenwood’s FP220 is compact enough even for the smallest kitchen.
Read the review: Kenwood FP220 food processor, £50
6) Panasonic SD2500 Breadmaker
Bake your own wholesome bread whenever you need it and leave supermarket loaves on the shelf. There’ll be less waste as you can bake exactly what you need, and the list of recipes is as endless as your imagination. The Panasonic SD2500 isn’t the cheapest breadmaker we’ve ever tested, but it’s easy to use and we were impressed with the results.
Read the review: Panasonic SD2500 breadmaker, £110
7) Crock Pot SCCPQK5025W Slow cooker
Chuck your ingredients in the slow cooker before work, leave them to cook very slowly, and return to a delicious and tasty home-made meal. You can even use cheaper cuts of meat to save money, and ditching expensive supermarket ready-meals will save you even more. This crock pot is perfect for two portions.
Read the review: Crock Pot SCCPQK5025W slow cooker, £20
8) Ice cream maker
We admit ice cream isn’t the healthiest treat, but everyone needs a treat once in a while, and if you make it yourself at least you know what’s going in it. You can make exactly what you need rater than buying a huge tub, so that’s another bonus. We’ve got Best Buys starting from at less than £20, too.
Find the best one for you in our ice cream maker reviews
Are healthy chips too good to be true? Not necessarily. The latest innovative fryers use a fraction of the oil that traditional deep fat fryers use so the fat content of chips is lower, but the downside is they are much more expensive, and in our tests we found the chips were more like oven chips than fried chips.
Read the review: Philips Airfryer, £130
10) Kitchen scales
A good pair of kitchen scales are a must if you’re cooking from scratch and trying out new recipes. Accurate measuring is also a must when you’re baking bread in a breadmaker. Scales are also useful if you just want to watch what you’re eating and weigh out portion sizes. We may not have tested them for a while, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help.
Find the right pair with our handy advice guide on how to buy kitchen scales.