The skinny-kitchen tool kit
Youll consistently cook light with the right gear, Frankel says. Here, her must-haves.
1. An immersion hand blender, like Brevilles Cordless Immersion Blender ($99.95). “Pureed foods are high-volume, filling, and an amazing diet trick,” she says. “You can puree without making a big messblend right in the pot.” Her favorite pureed foods: asparagus, zucchini, broccoli, and cauliflower.
2. A microplane grater to add slivers of flavor and very few calories. Try Microplanes Zester and Grater ($12.95).
3. An ice-cream scoop, like Oxos Good Grips Trigger Scoop ($9.99). “I use a scoop to make portion-controlled muffins, cookies, and turkey burgers,” Frankel says.
Having fresh herbs in plain sightand smelling their irresistible aromastempts you to eat healthy: Youll add amazing flavor and almost no calories, says food psychologist Marci Pelchat, PhD. Also, keeping your favorite healthy cookbooks close at hand ensures that youll whip up the good stuff.
Hunt down contraband snacks
Spot a bag of deep-fried tortilla chips or other tempting food your husband or kids snuck in? Deep-six it.