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The Top 5 Kitchen Tools & Gadgets to Help with Weight Loss

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While we love dessert, we like to balance our sugar rushes with healthy habits. Thanks to these kitchen tools and gadgets, we’re able to have our cake(s) and eat it too!

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BLENDER

The blender (both countertop and immersion type) is essential in every kitchen, especially when it comes to blending smoothies and pureeing soups to give them a creamy texture (without the cream).

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FRESH HERB SAVER

Not only are fresh herbs a much healthier option than dried, but they also pack a flavor punch and help in cutting down on salt consumption. Worried you won’t use them up before they wilt? Grab this fresh herb saver, a gadget that, unlike the grocery store plastic bags, will keep herbs fresh for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

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OIL MISTER

While olive oil is an essential ingredient in every kitchen, an accidental slip of the wrist (pour versus spray) can wreak havoc on your diet – fill this oil mister with olive oil (plus herbs for extra flavor, if desired) and spritz away on salads and in cooking pans.

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STEAMER BASKET

The old school steamer basket is a life (and waist) saver. Steaming couldn’t be easier than with this steamer basket (the pop-up handle helps you remove it easily), a surefire way to serve up healthy vegetables and fish.

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MEASURING CUPS & SPOONS

Obvious, right? We know, but don’t dismiss how essential these tools are for staying trim. Measuring cups and spoons will take the guesswork out of determining what a true serving size (“What do you mean that’s all the cereal I get?”) is and keep your portions down to a science.

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Reel It In: Tips for Buying Fresh Fish

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When it comes to buying fish, many tread in murky waters. Having a procedure and knowing what to look for when scanning your options is key in selecting fish that is fresh and fine to eat. To help ensure you stay afloat in this process, we have compiled four simple steps to follow when swimming down the fish aisle:1. Start off on the right foot. Ensure you are shopping in a reputable store or market.

2. Sniff away. Fish should not smell fishy. It should smell like the ocean or clean water. If the fish is smelly, back away.

3. Survey the many fish in the sea. You’re looking for firm, clean flesh and shiny scales that rest closely to the skin. The gills should be red and wet, not slimy or dry. If the flesh looks at all dull and/or the gills discolored, hold the line and walk on.

4. Gaze into their eyes. Fresh fish should have clear, bright, and slightly bulged eyes. If the eyes are cloudy, this indicates the fish is past its prime. Sunken eyes indicate a fish that is dehydrated.

5. Get touchy feely. If you press the flesh of the fish and the skin does not bounce back, move on down the line.

Once you’ve hooked that perfect specimen, why not try one of our delicious recipes to take you fresh out of the water and onto your plate:

Grilled Swordfish with Olive Relish

Jerk Cod with Pineapple Salsa and Coconut Rice

Walnut Crusted Halibut

Sweet and Sour Halibut

Sweet Citrus Spiced Salmon

Mushroom-Crusted Sole

Crunchy Baked Sea Bass

Sizzling Tilapia with Mango Salsa