As you begin your journey to reclaim and maintain excellent health for God’s glory, you may find yourself in the kitchen more and in need of some tools to help get meals to the table. Here are some of our favorite tools that help increase the nutritional value of foods and make great tasting snacks and meals in less time. We believe these tools are worth the investment in your health and hope they will make cooking easy and fun, and create new family memories!

High-Powered Blender

A blender is the most useful and versatile of all the small kitchen appliances! Here are some features to consider in a starter blender for your healthy kitchen:

  • Container: The container should be easy to handle and easy to pour, have tapered sides so that liquids blend well, and be large enough to blend a soup in only a few batches. Look for a container that is BPA-free (Bisphenol A) or made of glass.
  • Shaft: One of the most common complaints with inexpensive blenders is breakage due to moving parts that are made of plastic. Look an all-metal drive shaft.
  • Watts: Some 450 watt blenders seem to get the job done if you are only making smoothies and some simple blended soups. Just remember, the higher the watts, the more powerful the motor.

As you transition to a plant-based lifestyle, consider a high-powered blender. A high quality, high-powered blender does so much more than blend! It is essential for making smoothies, soups, sauces and treats, like bean dips, nut butters, and fruit sorbets, allows you to create quick meals for families, and even fresh, wholesome baby food in no time at all. The blender we recommend is a Vitamix! It can be purchased in several stores or directly from the manufacturer, and is made in the USA. Order yours today and receive free shipping by clicking on the Vitamix banner on this page!

Food Processor

A blender and a food processor are not the same. A food processor is a great multi-tasking appliance. It can shred, chop, and slice your vegetables, grind nuts and make date paste, and prepare salsas and sauces that a high-powered blender might otherwise liquefy. Think of a processor as a flat bowl with a sweeping blade. With a good knife and cutting board, a grater, masher and spoon, a strong arm and excess time, you can do most things a processor can do. But if your time is limited, a good processor makes it easier to get meals on the table for your family and friends. Look for a good quality food processor like Cuisinart or Kitchen Aid, and consider the following criteria:

  • Chassis—a heavy chassis will keep the processor from marching off your counter during a heavy-duty task.
  • Container capacity—ideal would be at least 9 cups.
  • A wide feed tube—to shred or slice larger pieces of food, such as a wedge of cabbage or potatoes.
  • Safety features. Make sure that the bowl locks onto the base, that the top locks onto the bowl, and that the processor will not start without all the parts securely locked together.
  • Simple controls. Since processing takes place very quickly, all you really need is (Continuous) On/Off and Pulse.

Extra attachments for a processor are nice but not essential. Most food processors come with the stainless steel S-shaped blade that will chop, mince and puree, a plastic dough blade, and slicer/grater discs. 

Juicer

A juicer allows you to consume fruits and vegetables without the fiber. With a juicer, you benefit from all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals of a large quantity of fruits and veggies, only in a smaller package (imagine eating two pounds of carrots, a head of lettuce, and two apples!). If your digestion is compromised, inflamed or irritated, juicing can give your digestive tract a chance to rest and heal. Adding juice to your diet can also boost energy, help fight colds, and add great flavor and nutrients to soups, stews and sauces.

If you are just starting out and are not sure if a juicer would be a helpful appliance, consider a centrifugal juicer. You can often find these priced around $100. They shred the produce that is fed into the juicer and separate the small shreds from the juice. When choosing a centrifugal juicer, consider the following features:

  • Size of the feed chute - the feed chute should be as large as possible. Some now have a 3” diameter chute. This allows you to place large or whole pieces of fruit into the juicer (remove apple seeds, please, since they do contain a small amount of cyanide).
  • Power - the juicer should have sufficient power to juice the produce that is being put into the machine.  
  • Warranty – Keep in mind that, though they may be the least expensive of the juicers, a low-cost centrifugal juicer may only have a 90 day warranty.  There are, however, some centrifugal juicers with a  5- or 10-year warranty.

Omega Juicer




A masticating juicer produces juice by using a single auger (picture a drill) that basically crushes the produce and in the process extracts the juice. It runs at a low RPM, so it is relatively quiet, plus there is little oxidation, which means there are more nutrients available. Masticating juicers allow greater juicing variety, like spinach, kale and wheat grass, and provide superior nutrition, extracting more juice from the produce. We recommend Omega Juicer 8000 series. They are easy to use and extremely easy to clean, which means you will likely enjoy making juice more often. 


Food Dehydrator

Sedona DehydratorA food dehydrator is a great appliance, but one that should be considered a bonus. It allows you to make a variety of healthy snacks and ingredients, such as: dried nuts and seeds after soaking them overnight (which increases nutrient value and digestibility), snacks for yourself and family that have no preservatives but possess the live enzymes that cooking can destroy, and tortillas and crackers without processed ingredients but full of flavor. There are many types and brands of dehydrators available, but the Sedona Food Dehydrator stands out because of its digital display which makes it easy to use, glass hinged door, and BPA and Teflon free trays.

Cutlery

Kitchen knives should be considered a healthy kitchen investment. A good set will increase kitchen safety, save time and money in the long-run, and will make your cooking tasks enjoyable for years to come. Look for knives that fit the following criteria:

  • They are balanced, that is the weight of the blade is the same as the weight of the handle, making it easier to use.
  • The handle has a good grip so that they are comfortable and safe, whether you are trying to cut a slippery mango or hard winter squash.
  • They are made of strong, tightly-sealed materials, allowing for no gaps where bacteria might grow and no possibility of easily breaking.
  • They are made of a non-corrosive, forged material that will last and hold up to regular use and sharpening.
  • You like the way they feel in your hand. No two people are alike and you should take the time to find knives that you will want to use every day.

What style knife should you own? Unless you are buying a knife set, start with a good 8-inch chef knife. It is the most versatile of knives. With a chef knife, you can do everyday tasks such as chop, mince, slice and dice vegetables and herbs, and even smash a clove of garlic.

The next knife you might want to consider would be a paring knife. With this you can core apples and peel fruits and vegetables. Again, which style paring knife you choose will depend on your personal preference.

Whatever brand you choose, make sure you properly maintain and care for your knives, keeping them from getting jostled about in a drawer, and keeping them sharp with a good knife sharpener.

Choppers

Veggie ChopperA manual food chopper is a handy gadget and a very helpful tool when you don’t want use the food processor for smaller tasks like herbs, garlic, or a few nuts, but are still looking for the time-saving benefits that a processor offers. They should have stainless steel blades. Manual food choppers are easy to use. Essentially, a manual chopper is made to operate in either two ways:

  1. The chopper is set over a pile of ingredients and you thrust the chopping blade down using a plunger mechanism. This is somewhat limited, since you cannot effectively chop something wet, like a few ingredients to make salsa. There are many companies that market these types of choppers, like Pampered Chef, Kitchen Aid and OXO.
  2. The chopper fits in a small bowl and has a lid with a pull mechanism to spin the blades, working much like a hand-operated food processor. It can be quickly cleaned between jobs to avoid mixing flavors. We like the Chef'n VeggiChop Vegetable Chopper sold in retail stores and by Williams-Sonoma

Milk Maker

Soyajoy


As you transition to a plant-based diet, you will likely begin to look for milk alternatives to use to make sauces and add to soups and smoothies. Many manufactured non-dairy substitutes, however, contain carrageenan and other additives, like salt and sugar. One way to save money on these often expensive, processed products and eliminate the concern over additives is to make your own, using a milk maker. A milk maker will pay for itself in less than a year, sometimes a few months if you have children, and will allow you to create a variety of milk substitutes from beans, seeds, nuts and grains! There are several milk makers on the market, but we love the new Soyajoy G4 with its stainless steel container, digital heat sensor, and ability to make a batch of cooked or raw milk in minutes.

Note: While the Soyajoy is advertised as a soymilk maker, Dr. Stoll does not recommend the use of soymilk due to it being a commonly genetically-engineered, pesticide laden crop.


As you continue your transition to a healthier lifestyle, we trust that by incorporating these tools into your healthy kitchen, cooking will not only become a loving and fun way to create new and lasting memories, but also be an investment in your health and that of your family.