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I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets.
Sure, my old bread maker and fondue pot have ended up in the dust-covered kitchen-gadget graveyard in my basement. But there are plenty of others that are in regular rotation in my home kitchen—and help me create tasty, healthy meals that fuel my yoga practice. (Here’s looking at you, Instant Pot!)
Considering healthy eating is on all of our minds right now, I decided to round up the biggest game-changers for me—the kitchen gadgets I believe every yogi needs to make healthy eating a cinch this year.
Chef’N Fresh Force Lime Juicer & LooseLeaf Kale Stripper
Here are two kitchen gadgets you didn’t know you needed—and will never know how you lived without once you’ve added them to your utensil drawer. The lime juicer makes squeezing every last ounce out of any citrus fruit (I use it for limes, lemons, and oranges) so simple, that I find myself adding a vitamin C-boosting citrus squeeze into my water, salad dressings, and even on top of roasted veggies way more frequently than before. And is it just me, or does de-stemming kale often prompt you to toss a few handfuls of pre-washed lettuce greens into your salad bowl instead of nutrient-dense kale? This little tool, which effortlessly separates kale leaves from their stem, has changed that for me.
Chef’N Fresh Force Lime Juicer, $20, amazon.com
Chef’N LooseLeaf Kale Stripper, $8, amazon.com
I talk about this veggie spiralizer so much—and convince my friends to buy one so frequently—that most of the people in my life think I secretly do PR for this company. I’ve even written about it for Yoga Journal and asked the creator of this amazing kitchen gadget to share recipes with us. Here’s why: Unlike most vegetable spiralizers, this one’s got super-power suction on the bottom, which makes spiralizing even the hardest-to-cut root veggies (think butternut squash and rutabaga) a breeze. Plus, the Inspiralized website is jam-packed with so many inventive, easy recipes (organized by vegetable or fruit) that I find endless inspiration for every last piece of produce in my fridge.
From $30, amazon.com
George Foreman Twist ‘N Crisp Air Fryer
Air fryers seemed to be all the rage in 2018, so I jumped on the band wagon with this one. Now, every time I’m craving some fried comfort foods—think sweet potato French fries, fried coconut shrimp, and chicken nuggets—I use this kitchen gadget for a healthier take on high-cal favorites.
From $90, amazon.com
These flax linen veggie and fruit bags may just look like a pretty way to store your produce, but they actually extend the shelf life of fruit, veggies, and mushrooms by weeks. (You read that right—weeks!) I put wet veggies and herbs into the Veggie Moist (hydrating) Bag and mushrooms in the Mushroom Dry (dehydrating) Bag and store both in the crisper drawer in my fridge. The flax linen material has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that resist mold and has actually kept celery and red peppers crisp for three weeks, and kale as good as the day I bought it after two weeks.
From $23, ambrosiabag.com
OK, this isn’t exactly a kitchen gadget—but because it’s been a game-changer for my healthy-eating habits, I’m including it here. Like most yoga practitioners who aren’t vegan, I try to keep my meat intake to a minimum and when I do eat chicken, fish, or beef, I choose organic, wild-caught, antibiotic-free options. Enter the Moink Box, which delivers exceptional-quality, ethically-sourced meat right to my door. It’s so easy: Log on to their website to customize your box and choose your delivery schedule; when your box arrives, you’ll get a cute note along with info about the humane, grass-fed family farms who provided your meat. The best part? Every piece of wild-caught salmon, grass-fed beef and lamb, and pasture-raised pork and chicken I’ve ever had from this company has been some of the highest-quality meat I’ve ever eaten. Bonus: Order a box to ship in January and you’ll get a free package of pasture-raised bacon in every one of your Moink boxes for the rest of time. After January, use coupon code YOGAJOURNAL at checkout for $20 off. (Note: These offers can’t be combined.)
From $159, moinkbox.com