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Food Scales and Weight Loss

Update: 4/29/18 Have you used a food scale lately to ensure the amounts you have been eyeballing are accurate?

While following a weight loss plan, it's important to stock your kitchen with healthy kitchen gear, in addition to healthy food.  One of the most important healthy kitchen tools you should have is a food scale.  Even if you are eating healthy foods, consuming the correct portion of those foods is important!

3 Reasons to Use a Food Scale While Losing Weight:

1. Using a food scale helps you learn about portion control.  Most people eat serving sizes that are much larger than their bodies actually need, and it's easy to overeat foods we consider "healthy".  Weighing out your portions is a great way to keep yourself from eating more than planned.

2. When following a meal plan and recipes that specify portion sizes for meat, a food scale is extremely handy!   Most scales are easy to use, and have a large, digital display.  Measuring cups and spoons can lead to errors in the portion sizes you use while cooking, while a food scale allows you to measure your ingredients accurately.

3. Using a food scale gives you a greater sense of correct serving sizes when you eat out.  As you use a food scale, you will begin to learn what common serving sizes look like, and you will be able to "eyeball" if a serving is too large or small when you are eating out at a restaurant (where you are not preparing the food yourself.)


Benefits of Using a Salad Spinner

SaladSpinner2 Benefits of Using a Salad Spinner

A Salad Spinner is a kitchen utensil that is made up of a plastic bowl, plastic colander, and a lid with a spinning mechanism.  Using a Salad Spinner can help you create cleaner, tastier salad dishes in an easy way, by removing the excess water from your greens after washing.  Salad Spinners are a tool that once you have it, you may never let it go!

Using a Salad Spinner after washing can provide a more crisp salad by removing the excess water from your salad greens.  Salad Spinners do a great job at keeping lettuce undamaged while cleaning the leaves and the removal of water from the leaves allows for dressing to stick better.  Greens should always be dry before refrigerated storage, as they will wilt more quickly when wet, so a Salad Spinner will help if you are meal prepping for your week.

Three Alternative Uses for a Salad Spinner:

1. Washing and Drying Herbs. Some herbs should be washed and dried similarly to lettuce, so try adding some fresh herbs to your salad spinner, wash, and spin!

2. Washing Berries. The plastic bowl in a Salad Spinner makes washing berries easy! Fill your spinner with water, let the berries soak, then lift the colander piece out to remove the berries from the water without damaging the fruit!

3. Cleaning Vegetables (like Broccoli!) Vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower can collect dirt.  To help clean these vegetables, cut them up into pieces, soak and spin dry.