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Kitchen Gadgets That Will Help You Lose Weight!

No matter what diet you are on, having the right kitchen gadgets will help you lose weight. You may already have many of the tools listed below. We found ways to use these in order to help you burn extra calories and shed fat.


You can use these tips to eat four 400-calorie meals everyday. This will help you enjoy lasting weight loss, revitalized metabolism, and keep you feeling full.


Kitchen Scale


A one-ounce difference in size can add a surprising amount of calories. Use a kitchen scale to be sure you are eating the right amount of breads, vegetables, and fruits.


Cheese Grater


This is imperative for getting the right amounts in your diet. Choose one that finely shreds. The fine shredder will trick you into thinking you are eating more than you are. You can also grate up chocolate to add to yogurt, fruit, or butters. One tablespoon of shredded chocolate only contains 25 calories!


Measuring Spoon Set

As you can see, an important part of keeping a 1,600-calorie diet is measurement. If you are simply throwing in the amounts you think are right, you could end up breaking your diet. Use these to keep track of the calories we add to our food without even thinking about counting.


Stainless Steel Measuring Cups


You should have high-quality measuring cups. They won’t just help you get the perfect serving size. You can also use these right on your stovetop to reduce sauces and dressing in small amounts.


Storage containers and serving spoons

You will get to know how much each of these hold. This will make portioning much easier! Have several ladle and spoon sizes to use for different meals. Choose a storage container that fits the right amount of pasta, add a ½ cup ladle of pasta and you have a perfectly portioned meal saved for a rainy day.


2-cup Pyrex Liquid Measuring Cup


This is great for warming or melting multiple ingredients. You can measure milk, add chocolate chips, then butter. Then, you just pop it into the microwave! You can make fabulous salad dressing by layering the ingredients in and whisking, all in one cup!


Vegetable Peeler

This will come in handy a lot! Use your peeler on cheese or chocolate. The super thin slices will only contain around 10 calories. You can also use it to turn vegetables into small ribbons to replace pasta. Eggplant or zucchini pasta contains half the calories of wheat pasta.


Coffee Grinder


Nuts are very high in calories. You can enjoy your favorite snack without having to worry. Use a coffee grinder to pulverize a tablespoon of nuts. You can add this on anything you like, and it only contains 50 calories.


Nonstick Muffin Pan

You can make more than just muffins! In fact, muffin pans are a great way to control your portions. You’ll know exactly what ingredients are in each cup. You can make anything from traditional cakes and bread, to perfectly portioned breakfasts.


Metal Tea Infuser


Even if you aren’t a fan of tea, this kitchen gadget can help you lose weight! It allows you to infuse the flavors of your favorite herbs and spices, without adding a single calorie to your meal. Just fill it up and float it while you cook.


A Fruit and Vegetable Juicer

A high-quality juicer can extract the nutrients from your favorite fruits and can help you cover the flavors of what you don’t like. Be sure not to skimp on this one. Many cheap juicers don’t actually pull as much of the important nutrients as the more expensive models.


Small Dishes


Using smaller dishes will trick your mind into thinking you are eating more. Not to mention, when you are more likely to overindulge when there is more space on your plate to fill.
I hope these tips and tricks help you on your way to shedding pounds. Many of these will take a lot of the guesswork and stress out of planning meals, cooking, and counting calories. Once you have some of these habits in place, you will have no problem finding uses for more kitchen gadgets that will help you lose weight!

Author | Stephanie Crafton Comments | Comments Off Date | February 23, 2017

Guest Post: Rebecca’s Tips for Clean Eating

Transitioning to a clean eating diet can take a lot of time. It is hard to break many of the habits we make when we eat badly. Clean eating is different for everyone. Even when old habits come to the surface, it is important to keep pressing forward to replace them with new, healthier alternatives. Here are a few of my tips for people new to clean eating.


Define Your Diet

Because clean eating is different for everyone, it can mean something different from person-to-person. If you are following a specific diet, take a look at books, websites, and check out blogs connected to that diet. This will give you a better idea of what you are getting into. You will also figure out what will be hard for you and help you brainstorm ways to change how you think about food. Generally, you are adopting a diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. You stay far away from anything processed or bleached. If you can’t read the ingredient list, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.  


Reward Yourself


It is healthy to reward yourself every once in awhile. This helps many people from breaking and going back to their old diet. You need to decide when to treat yourself and stick to that schedule. You can choose to have one treat meal weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or even yearly. Some people even choose one day a week to eat whatever they want.


Prepare Your Kitchen

Before you start your diet go through everything in your kitchen. Get rid of things you won’t be able to eat. These will only tempt you. Check your frozen foods for added sugar. Make room for meals you can freeze for later. This will make clean eating much easier when you are too tired to cook a whole meal from scratch. Make a list as you clean things out. You will want to find clean replacements for all of these items.


Have the Right Tools


You will want to think more about pre-preparing meals on a clean eating diet. You will want extra lasagna pans, tupperware, and more. A foodsaver is great for keeping vegetables and meats fresh. Fruit juices are nearly impossible to buy clean at a store. A masticating juicer will make healthy juice packed with vitamins and minerals, instead of sugar and preservatives.


Prepare Foods the Day You Buy Them

Having some chopped veggies and marinated chicken on hand will help you stick to your diet. It is really easy to fall back on old habits if you aren’t being mindful when you shop. This will help you think about your weekly menu and keep food waste to a minimum.


Plan for Meals Out


It can be hard to eat clean on the go. You may feel tempted to pull up to that drive-through. Get a cooler to combat this temptation. Choose your favorite snacks and meals and bring them with you. This will keep you from cheating when hunger hits out of nowhere.


Find Clean Alternatives to Meal Favorites

Just because you are eating clean doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your favorite meals. There are tons of ways to substitute clean ingredients into nearly any recipe. It probably isn’t the best idea to indulge in your favorite treats everyday, but eating healthier alternatives to your favorites will help you stick to clean eating and bring you to your goals.

Author | Stephanie Crafton Comments | Comments Off Date | February 21, 2017

Stephanie Reviews the Best Juicers on the Market

If you have been juicing for awhile, you know the benefit of getting one of the best juicers on the market. Many people start out with a basic centrifugal juicer only to realize it doesn’t extract all of the liquid. This leaves behind a wet pulp containing most of the nutrients. That is why most people juice! Juicing unlocks vitamins and minerals we wouldn’t be able to digest because they are locked inside the cell walls.  


You can get a lot more out of your fruits and vegetables from a high-quality juicer. You will be able to make more juice without worrying about overheating the motor. Some juicers will even help your beverages keep for longer amounts of time. You may want to know more about the types of juicers on the market. This will help you make the best choice for your needs. I will outline types of juicers and the top juicing machines in each category.




These juicers are high speed with multiple blades. You will want one of these if you live a fast-paced life. They have larger feed chutes, which help you cut down prep time. Some models can even juice whole apples. Because of the high shredding speed, centrifugal juicers often cause more oxidation. This can affect the flavor and degrade nutrition. The method of extraction is not as efficient as other juicer types. However, centrifugal juicers cost less, work faster, and are the easiest to maintain.


Breville Juice Fountain Duo

This juicer has a 1200 watt motor that powers through produce quickly. On top of that, it is fairly quiet. You don’t have to worry about waking up your family to get your early morning juice fix. The Juice Fountain Duo also has 5 settings. This allows you to change the speed depending on what you are juicing. This means you can get more out of your produce, and get less foam.


Jack LaLanne Anniversary Edition

This is a very affordable model. It is also surprisingly well built and reliable for the low price. It has two juicing speeds and comes with a convenient, covered pitcher. If you are new to juicing, this is a great machine to start with.


Masticating or Slow Juicers


Masticating juicers use a bladed auger to crunch produce into pulp. At the same time it separates the liquid from the pulp. They are very efficient, which you can tell from the dry pulp they produce. The motor is very slow, meaning you won’t enjoy your beverage as quickly. They also require you to spend time cutting up produce. The feed chute is only around an inch wide. Because they work slowly, they don’t denature the vital nutrients. You will get more juice from a single apple, and all of the important nutrients. If masticating juicers interest you view this.


Omega J8006

This is the top-selling slow juicer on Amazon. It not only juices, but also processes food and grinds spices. It includes every attachment you need. The auger is made from plastic designed to last 8-times longer than it’s competitors.  



Champion has been on top of the juicer game since it all began. The design has hardly changed in the 25 years they have been in production. The body and auger are made of BPA-free nylon composite. The motor is the best on the market. You can run it for long periods of time. It makes a great choice for commercial users. See bestjuicerreviews.xyz for more commercial juicer reviews!


Twin Gear or Triturating Juicers


These are the best of the best! They utilize two interlocking gears. These gears pull produce in and release nearly all of the liquid matter, leaving a very dry pulp. They operate at an even lower speed than masticating juicers. The gears put enough pressure on the produce to juice even leafy greens, which many juicers have trouble with. They come at a high price, but are a great choice for someone who knows they will use it often.


Tribest Green Star Elite GSE-5000

This juicer will handle nearly anything you throw in. You can adjust the pressure, which reduces motor strain, and saves you some trouble feeding produce. The metal teeth have both rough ridges and sharp teeth to get the most out of soft produce and fibrous celery, greens and grasses. It has a durable build with mostly metal parts.

Author | Stephanie Crafton Comments | Comments Off Date | February 25, 2017
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