I love exploring new trends or just better trends in cookware and I've just discovered a few new items to help with calorie control and healthier cooking.
First up is the measuring cup. As far as I am concerned you cannot learn true portion control without actually weighing or measuring portions. I spend a lot of time in my book, The 4 Habits of Healthy Families discussing lots of different ways to measure portions, but you can't "approximate" until you have a really good sense of a measured portion. The newest Pyrex measuring cup measures up to a full 2 cups with easy to read measurements in the inner aspect of the cup. So you can easily see the lines as you fill. It's dishwasher safe, has a good grip handle, and won't shatter if dropped. I love their "red zone" which shows clear measurements of ¼, ½, ¾ and full cup measurements.
Pyrex magnetic measuring spoons really support my platform to involve kids in preparation and cooking of snacks and meals. Kids will love the magnetic nesting and will learn nutrition lessons of measuring ingredients, being aware of oil and sweetener servings and begin to learn how to cook on their own. The nesting spoons measure a 1/4, ½, full teaspoon, 1 ½ teaspoons and a tablespoon. This is a great opportunity to let your child taste test new fruits and vegetables, search for light and healthy recipes online, menu plan and then get "down and dirty" in the kitchen.
French fries are at the heart of the American diet and though I have learned all kinds of ways to make air fries, and restaurants have also included them as new healthier options on their menus. I've been searching for an affordable appliance that would replace turning my oven up to extremely high temperatures (required to bake the fries to a crispness) and the TFal Air Fryer seems to fit the bill. It prices around $299 which may sound pricey but really allows you to make fries weekly that are healthy and tasty, and these days it's all about swapping out less healthy foods with similar recipes lower in sodium, sugar and unhealthy fats. This fryer allows you to use much less oil and gently coats the potato strips as it turns and bakes them. Sweet potato and Idaho or Russet potato fries come out crisp on the outside, moist on the inside.
Who said you can't have fun in the kitchen??
Published On: October 18, 2010