11 Kitchen Tools That Keep You Thin
You probably already own a food processor and blender, but here are some kitchen aids that make it easy to slash calories and fat, picked by Joy Bauer, Today show nutrition expert and author of the new cookbook Slim and Scrumptious; Lauren Deen, author of Cook Yourself Thin Faster; and celebrity trainer Kathie "High Voltage" Dolgin.
"Cutting fresh herbs can be messier than measuring out dried. This is a great tool to make it easier," Dolgin raves. Why use fresh herbs? "They give amazing flavor to food, so you can skip extra salt that bloats you," she adds. We like: Microplane Herb Mill ($20; amazon.com)
"I like it for grating cheeseyou end up using less," Deen says. Itâs also handy for grating small amounts of chocolate. Bauer makes citrus zest with hers: "You can use the zest in banana bread, in sauces for fish, even burgers. Itâs calorie-free but gives food a lot of punch." We like: Microplane Classic Series Premium Zester/Grater ($12; amazon.com)
Invest in a good pair and keep them sharp: "They make it easy to cut the fat off chicken, trim vegetables, cut pizza, and snip herbs," Deen says. The flavor of herbs, Bauer says, "more than makes up for whatâs not going in your foodlike butter and salt." We like: J.A. Henckels International Take Apart Kitchen Shears ($15; amazon.com)
In the last few decades, the average dinner plate has grown from 8 1⁄2 inches to 12 inches! Make sure yours are closer to 9 inchesabout the size of today’s salad plate. "That’s my dinner plate," Dolgin says. "If it doesn’t fit on a salad plate, I’m not eating it." We like: Crate and Barrel Helix Blue Salad Plate ($7; crateandbarrel.com)