If your waistband’s feeling a little tight and you don’t quite dare step on the scales, you’re not alone. As a nation, we’re getting significantly bigger – according to a report by the NHS, adult obesity prevalence stood at 26% in 2016, having remained around this level since 2010*.
With the government’s sugar tax recently coming into effect and even talk of a multi-pack ban in supermarkets, there’s a lot of effort going into the promotion of healthy eating. Indeed, from 14th to 20th May, the Vegetarian Society will be launching National Vegetarian Week – so what better time than this to try a new, healthier diet? It seems that vegetarian diets are proving more popular than ever these days. A survey by Kantar found that 29% of evening meals in the 12 weeks up to the end of January contained no meat or fish at all**. What’s more, the campaign Veganuary grew by a record 183% this year, with up to 168,542 people signing up to go vegan***.
Whether you’re keen to join in with National Vegetarian Week or simply lose a few pounds, leading high street retailer Robert Dyas has plenty of nifty gadgets to make healthy eating easier.
“We’re renowned for stocking all sorts of useful household items – and handy kitchen gadgets are no exception”, says Robert Dyas Head of Marketing, Rebecca Waters. “Preparing healthy meals doesn’t need to be time-consuming or difficult: all you need is the right equipment.”
Forget the pasta – give your meals a twist with a nifty spiralizer. Whatever vegetable you use – whether it’s courgette, beetroot or butternut squash – they’re great for creating tasty meals that are low in calories. The Robert Dyas Tri-Blade Spiralizer (£3.99) makes spaghetti, ribbon and fettuccine cuts, allowing you to change things and keep your meals interesting.
Whizz up two to three of your five-a-day with a nutrient extractor like the NutriBullet 600 Series 8-Piece Sethttps (Available online only) (£67.99). This easy-to-clean gadget has a powerful blade that spins at an incredible 20,000rpm to create smoothies in seconds. All you need to do is throw in some fruit and veg, and blend. You could even add oats, nuts or seeds for an extra-wholesome snack.
The time it takes to prepare healthy food can put some people off, so cut down your chopping time with the Kenwood CH180A Mini Chopper (£19.99). Powerful and compact, it’ll slice and dice your ingredients at speed, whether you’re chopping up onions, whizzing up hummus or slicing veg for a quick salad.
If you’re going veggie for National Vegetarian Week, you might find yourself filling in the meat-shaped hole in your diet with extra dairy. Eggs are a great alternative to your regular meaty main; try poaching them with the Tower Egg Cooker and Poacher (£14.99). It’s large enough to cook up to seven eggs, making it great for family breakfasts, and gives you the option to boil or poach depending on what type of egg you fancy. Or, if you’re short on time, pop this set of two Eddingtons Microwave Egg Poachers (£3.99) in the microwave and your eggs will be ready to eat in 20-30 seconds.
Despite their reputation for being high in fat, avocados are full of good, healthy oils that give our bodies a boost. They’re great in salads, homemade guacamole and even in smoothies to give them a deliciously creamy consistency, so the Kitchen Craft 5-in-1 Avocado Tool (£8.99) is a great buy for anyone who loves their avos. It’ll slice, cut, de-stone, mash and scoop your avocado speedily with no mess, and no need for a variety of utensils.
Soups are highly nutritious, really easy to make, and are great for making in batches to store in the freezer for later. If you’re just preparing a couple of portions, you can simply pour your boiled ingredients into a blender like the Daewoo 1.5L 5-Speed Glass Jug Blender (£24.99) and the job’s done. Alternatively, you can use a stick blender for larger batches, such as the Russell Hobbs 22241 Food Collection Hand Blender (£12.99).
Nutrients in juices are easier for the body to absorb because the fibre is removed, so a much higher level of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients can enter the bloodstream more quickly. To reap the benefits of delicious juices, keep an extractor on hand to start off your day the healthy way. The Waring 1L Juice Extractor – Stainless Steel (Available online only) (£36.99) boasts simple one-touch operation, easy-to-clean housing and removable, dishwasher-safe parts to save you time and effort.
What could be easier than chopping up some veg and popping it in the oven? Roasting veg is a super-easy way to get more healthy foods in your diet. Using the right kind of ovenware can also make life easier: if it’s non-stick, the veg will slide right off and the washing up will be a breeze. The Robert Dyas 38cm Enamel Roasting Tin (£6.99) makes a great investment, and it’ll stand the test of time too.
Forgo boiling your veg and start steaming it instead. Boiling can deplete vegetables of a significant amount of nutrients as they leech into the water, whereas steaming can help retain them by heating the veg more gently. The Robert Dyas Stainless Steel 3-Tier Steamer (£14.99) comes with three levels so you can put harder vegetables like carrots at the bottom, which will take longer to soften, and softer veg at the top to steam more slowly.
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About Robert Dyas:
Robert Dyas, a man of notable character and remarkable determination, founded the company in 1872. He had a vision to provide customers with the best products, service and advice possible – a tradition that continues to be the focus of the company to this day. In 2012, successful businessman and star of BBC TV’s Dragons Den, Theo Paphitis, bought the company.
Theo Paphitis is one of the UK’s most high-profile businessmen with an empire spanning retail, property and finance. Theo, through his staff at the Theo Paphitis Retail Group (TPRG), has continued the Robert Dyas tradition of excellent customer service.
Robert Dyas offers an extensive range of household products. The range includes smart home technology, DIY solutions, small and domestic appliances, homeware, bakeware and kitchenware, outdoor and garden, utility, gifts, textiles plus Christmas trees and gifts.
The company has 94 stores, ranging from 1,250 to 9,000 square feet (116 to 836 square meters) and operates online and in the South of England. The most western store is in Yeovil, the most eastern store in Colchester, the most northern store in Solihull and the store furthest south is in Eastbourne. The company’s head office is now based in Wimbledon.
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