Monday, January 05, 2009

4 Kitchen Appliances to Help You Make for a Healthy 2009

If your New Year resolution has to do with improving your health for 2009, then you'll want to check out these four healthy kitchen appliances. The Healthy Kitchen brand of high performance appliances was developed by world-famous Dr. Andrew Weil.

Andrew Weil, MD is a national best-selling author of Eating Well for Optimum Health, and The Healthy Kitchen. Dr. Weil is an internationally-recognized expert on integrative medicine and medicinal plants. He designed the following four Healthy Kitchen appliances for your healthy living.

1.) The Healthy Kitchen Power Blender's powerful 600 watts allows you to make everything from smoothies to pureed baby foods. It crushes ice, makes drinks, purees vegetables, makes salad dressings, purees hot soups and sauces and helps in the preparation of other recipes that call for blending. The pulse setting is perfect for crushing ice and other hard items such as cheese and spices.

2.) Enjoy the benefits of wholesome grain with Dr. Weil's Multi-Use Rice Cooker. The three functions make for perfectly prepared white, brown, and quick rice. The steamer basket allows you to steam vegetables or make a full combination meal. This Multi-Use Rice Cooker has an automatic timer, a keep-warm indicator, and a reheat function. The delayed timer will make sure that your rice, soup or stew is ready for you the minute you walk in the door.

3.) Dr Weil's Healthy Kitchen Professional Juice Extractor enables you to have 82% more juice extraction for apples and 15% more juice for other fruits and vegetables. Full of vitamins and minerals, fresh fruits will add to your health in 2009. Once the fruits and vegetables are juiced, the pulp remains. This pulp contains fiber and cellulose that can be used to thicken stews and soups or added to sauces for additional flavor and nutrients. Yum!

4.) The Healthy Kitchen 2-Tier Electronic Steamer has two levels to conveniently prepare two foods at once. With an automatic timer and stay-warm feature, Dr. Weil's sensational steamer comes complete with instructional booklet and healthy cooking charts for rice and grains, vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, eggs and more. Dr. Weil advises on his website: "No matter how you cook vegetables you're likely to lose some nutrients. A study published in the November 2003 issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that broccoli cooked in the microwave lost up to 97 percent of its antioxidant content but lost only 11 percent when it was steamed. Another study showed that spinach cooked in the microwave retained nearly all its folate but lost about 77 percent of this nutrient when cooked on the stove. (I imagine it was over cooked. I like to steam-fry spinach for just a few minutes until it is bright green and just wilted.)"

Delicious healthy food recipes developed by Dr. Weil are included in the instructional booklet of each Healthy Kitchen appliance. Pick any one of these four appliances to make for a healthier 2009.

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