The One Tool for a Health Conscious Kitchen

Posted by FiscusFitness, LLC on September 23, 2016

One of the most versatile and helpful tools in the kitchen is the food processor, especially if you are trying to eat healthy.  It can keep you on track by making food prep easier and help you transform high calorie favorites into healthier versions.

Pre-cut Vegetables and Fruit

If you ever tried to buy pre-cut produce you know it costs two to three times as much as the whole thing.  But having pre-cut veggies makes healthy snacking a lot easier, especially when you are searching for something to eat in a hurry.  The food processor can cut almost any fruit and vegetable into snack size bites in about ten seconds. 

  • Use it to dice celery from salads
  • Make cucumber slices, tomato slices, pepper strips for salads
  • Slice squash to add into pastas or stir-frys
  • Slice apples for snacking
  • Cut up strawberries to add to cereal, oatmeal or yogurt

Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is an acquired taste in part because of the texture.  But when you compare low fat cottage cheese to any yogurt (even Greek yogurt) it is one of the best non-meat sources of protein you can find.

To solve the texture issue, dump it in the food processor... turn it on... and in seconds, you can go from this to this:

  • After blended, you can flavor it with protein powder to create a pudding. 
  • Or, blend cottage cheese, low fat/fat free ricotta, and Jello sugar free cheesecake flavored instant pudding for high protein cheesecake.
  • You can add steamed broccoli, cauliflower or spinach, plus a little parmesan to create a vegetable dip.
  • Use it in place or in addition to ricotta when making lasagna.

Protein Ice Cream

One of the best ways to get rid of an ice cream craving is to create your own.  All you need is a food processor, ice and some protein powder.

  • First crush about 200-250 grams of ice per 30-35 grams of protein powder.
  • When the ice is like a powder, add any extra sweetener you may want before adding the protein
  • Finally, dump in the protein powder and use a spatula to spread evenly among the ice

Sit back and watch it transform into soft serve:

Homemade Nut Butter

Creating homemade peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter is as easy as opening your can or bag of nuts, dumping it into the food processor and turning it on.  Within ten minutes you will have a creamy nut butter that is better than any store brand.  Store the extra in a covered container in the fridge.

Protein Bread/Muffin Batter

If you’re looking to get the texture of your protein breads more like the real thing, a food processor can help too.  In fact this recipe for protein bars works great using a food processor.

Here’s what to do:

  • Crush any oats and dry ingredients ahead of time to create a powder that resembles flour
  • Mix any wet ingredients separately using the food processor so they are combined thoroughly
  • Then slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, with the food processor on. 

It creates an even distribution of ingredients and the final product is a texture that compares to the real thing

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