Saturday, April 13, 2013


In my opinion, there are 2 kitchen appliances that are a crucial part of healthy eating. The first one will be discussed this week and the second one will be the topic of an upcoming blog.
An electric food slicer is a must! It can be used to slice meat, bread, cheese, fruits & vegetables.
For us, the most important use health wise is slicing bread. We buy unsliced loaves from in-store bakerys and slice them ourselves at home. Don't know about stores in your area, but here, the stores have their blade set in a locked position and cannot slice bread thinner for you.
Here is a pic of store sliced bread:
And here is a pic of bread sliced at home:
See the difference? It also means a difference in calories too. It may not look much thinner but depending on the type of bread, it could mean 100 less calories in a sandwich. Something I am very thankful for :)

Our 2nd favourite thing to slice up is meat. Since processed lunch meats are a no-no, we now make our own lunch meats by cooking up beef, pork, chicken, turkey, meatloaf etc. and then slicing them thinly.
And thirdly, we also slice our own cheese. Real cheese slices are much tastier in sandwiches and burgers than processed cheese ones...and of course much healthier.

You can also slice up fruit and vegetables. Pretty handy for slicing something big like a pineapple or watermelon. But personally...I find it too much trouble to drag out the slicer when I just want to slice up a tomato, red pepper or potato for supper...I still do those by hand.
Another use for the slicer, would be to thinly slice up desserts/snacks such as banana bread or fruit cake so that your treats wouldn't be so heavy in calories.
What would you slice up? Can you think of something I haven't mentioned that would make our diets healthier if it was sliced thinner?
LOL...I'm sure you can guess what I would slice up!

NEXT WEEK'S BLOG: 80/20 Rule for exercising
DISCLAIMER: Whenever I use the word DIET in my blog posts I am in no way suggesting that I have invented/discovered some miracle system to lose weight. Whenever I use the word DIET, I am simply substituting a single word to replace the longer phrase EATING HEALTHIER THAN IN THE PAST.


  1. I can't think of anything else, I think you got them all. At least not anything else that I eat.

  2. Yeah same here Cheryl... I used to have a slicer and I sold it because I was alone and thought it was an unnecessary item since I rarely cooked a lot of meat... I had never tried slicing bread or veggies with it.... I sure could use it now that my hands are all gimpy and I cannot hold a slicing knife and slice roast beef.. I can't fold my fingers around the handle nor can I apply pressure... can't peel a turnip or potato, etc... so I might make me a trip to Canadian Tire and purchase a slicer one of these days. I do buy rye bread that is sliced really thin and that is the only bread I eat. And NOW I will be thinking all week about your next kitchen item that we can't live without...thinking crock pot or steamer or maybe you got that machine that only uses a tablespoon of oil to make fries.... can't wait to hear what it is. LOL OR you could put me out of my misery and private message me. hahahahahaha

    1.'ll have to keep on guessing, it's none of those things!

    2. hmmm a kitchen scale... for me that is an important item.. or it would be if I were to use it.. I have it sitting on top of the fridge but I tend to eyeball my food.. gotta get back into measuring and weighing. lol

    3. That's it! I use it almost every day :)

    4. BaZinga!!! I got it right for a change. haha

  3. I've been talking to Bill about getting an electric slicer. Never thought about it for portion control that is a great idea. I have wanted to get a whole prosciutto ham since that is something I can not find in Cedar and the ham is best when sliced thin :)

  4. Good job Babe,yes, that food slicer is the best ...glad we decided to get one. Lunch meats way tastier and healthy.