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Fantastic Fitness-Focused Food Prep

When fitness becomes the central interest in your life, it should be reflected in your food and cooking style. There are many cooking aids designed for special purpose cooking.

Having small appliances within an arm’s reach on the kitchen counter top is not only convenient but also saves time. There are at least 20 appliances that are marketed for use on counter tops, but usually a few basic ones are most frequently used.

A fitness buff can use the toaster with wide slots for bagels, English muffins, or artisan bread slices. They are available with two, four, or six slots in stainless steel, white, and black. Manufacturers include Kitchen Aid, Bunn, Toastmaster, and Waring with price tags ranging from $44 to $100.

A convection toaster oven is a handy tool to have for cooking small dishes, cookies, and grilled cheese. Two disadvantages are that the toast setting is not always the best and some models take up a lot of counter space due to their width. Krups, Hamilton Beach, and Cuisinart make convection toaster ovens with prices from $75 to $250.

For that morning cup of coffee to get you moving, an automatic coffee maker is a welcome addition.  If you only want a cup or so, coffee pods are the answer. The selection includes models that make one, two, four, eight, ten, or twelve cups. Most are molded plastic in white, black, and stainless with either glass or stainless steel carafes. Made by Braun, Krups, Kitchen Aid, and Cuisinart, they cost anywhere from $30 to $200.

For an active fitness fan, a juicer or blender for smoothies, vegetables, and ice might be a necessity.  Consider the pro power juicer for your various juicing preferences. Available with three to five speeds, they cost from $50 to $300. Round out your counter top with an electric can opener in white, black, or stainless for $20 to $50.

Outfitting a kitchen with these counter top appliances is a good beginning for you as a health-focused individual who needs quality food and convenience to accommodate an active lifestyle.

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