Three recommended cooking appliances for healthy eating



There is now an enormous number of cooking appliances on the market, each claiming to help reduce the amount of time we spend in the kitchen and the effort it requires to produce meals.

There is now an enormous number of cooking appliances on the market, each claiming to help reduce the amount of time we spend in the kitchen and the effort it requires to produce meals.

 

However, it's a little more difficult to find appliances that will help you maintain a healthy diet and cook wholesome, tasty dishes. With this in mind, we've tested a wide range of products to find the most useful, practical and helpful kitchen appliances possible, all of which enable you to produce perfect, low-fat and healthy foods.

 

1. Low Fat fryer

 

The first appliance we recommend is a new low fat fryer. Though different models will often utilise different technologies, most low fat fryers work by either completely removing or minimising the amount of oil needed for cooking.

 

This greatly reduces the amount of fat in dishes and makes a number of foods, such as chips, much healthier than they otherwise would be. Low fat fryers can be used to cook a large variety of meals, including curries, stir fries and fried vegetable dishes.

 

They are definitely a versatile and incredibly helpful addition to any kitchen with the Philips Airfryer and Tefal GH806115 ActiFry Plus Fryer great examples of health fryers.

 

2. Rice cooker

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For any home that consumes lots of rice, this appliance is a must-have. Helping you get perfect rice every time, a rice cooker allows you to prepare large quantities of rice quickly and efficiently and then keep it warm while you cook the rest of the meal.

 

A great foodstuff for those on a diet or looking to eat healthily, rice is a source of complex carbohydrates and fibre. These appliances are incredibly easy to use, with the main components often designed to be dishwasher friendly.

 

Our top picks include the Tefal RK1568UK CoolTouch Rice Cooker.

 

3. Steamer

 

A steamer is a fantastic way to cook most types of food, though they are particularly good at cooking vegetables in a way that ensures they retain all their goodness and lose none of their nutrients to boiling water or a pan of oil.

 

Steamers come in a variety of designs, with some intended for standalone use and others able to be put in the microwave, so make sure you know exactly what you're getting before you buy. Most steamer designs will come with multiple tiers to enable you to separate different foods and ensure everything is cooked fully so you'll want to consider what capacities you choose here.

 

The Breville VTP068 Digital Steamer with a 9 litre capacity and timer is an ideal choice for a tiered steamer while the Morphy Richards Intellicheft Multicooker Steamer and Fryer is a more compact option which provides 8 separate cooking functions in one space.

 

Healthy cooking appliances

 

All of the above cooking appliances help you cook healthy meals quickly, easily and with minimum fuss but it's important to remember that they have to be used in combination with a change to your eating habits if you really want to benefit from their use.

 

While a steamer may help you cook healthier vegetables, this shouldn't be used as an excuse to increase your consumption of unhealthy foods elsewhere. All of these appliances are a great way to introduce a little variety into the kitchen and start producing better, healthier meals as part of a balanced diet.

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