New Year, New You ... New Year's Detox Plan ... Get Fitter in 2011 ... Healthy Resolutions for New Year ... the list is endless ! All the magazines and websites are full of flash-in-the-pan quick-fix ways to turn your life around and suddenly become ultra-healthy in the new year. Even here at The Madhouse, we've been looking at fun ways to get moving more and eating more healthily. But the trouble with New Year's Resolutions is that they barely last beyond January most of the time. And we all know that for it to make a difference, we need longterm lifestyle changes.
Well, I've been reading up about a fabulous gadget that could help you make a really simple change which is especially good for families. If you say you're banishing chips from your diet, you'll have a riot on your hands from your teens or tweens - but you could switch over to healthier chips and they probably wouldn't even notice ! Sneaky, huh ? I haven't actually had a chance to taste the chips so I'd be interested to hear your comments, if you've tried one. I always find oven chips a bit hard to digest but from what I've read, these taste like the real deal, just healthier. Sounds too good to be true, I know ! Well, here's what they say in the press release.
Guilt free chips - the healthy way to enjoy the nation’s favourite food
The Tefal ActiFry is a revolutionary new gadget that allows all your favourite foods to be cooked using just half a spoonful of oil. Whether it be light, fluffy chips or crisp, succulent chicken drumsticks, the ActiFry uses a unique rotating mixing paddle, so that food is coated in oil to give the best crisp finish with only 3% fat, which is great compared to traditionally deep fried chips which can have up to 15% fat.
The specially designed paddle gently stirs the food, coating the outside with a fine mist of oil to deliver delicious, low-fat results each time. The fryer can be used to fry chips, potato wedges or scampi but Tefal knows that variety is the spice of life and has designed ActiFry using a unique, patented hot air circulation system, which allows you to cook much more than just chips. Unlike any other low fat fryer, ActiFry is so versatile, it can also cook foods such as curries, stir-frys and sausages to perfection with minimum fuss. Each ActiFry model comes complete with its own recipe book containing a variety of mouth-watering meal suggestions for the whole family.
Mums on the go will love the innovative ActiFry as one spoonful of oil cooks enough chips for a family of four. The removable aluminium bowl has a non-stick coating for easy cleaning, and the bowl, lid and paddle are all dishwasher-safe making it the essential item in any family kitchen or chip-loving bachelor pad.
Designed to be able to serve up to four portions, the original ActiFry boasts a 1kg capacity, while ActiFry Family has 50% more capacity, cooking 1.5kg of chips with ease and serving up to six people. This clever gadget also has a number of distinctive safety features, including a large transparent lid which means you can oversee the cooking process and, on ActiFry Family, a special auto-off feature.
Tefal has taken the UK by storm, creating the world’s healthiest fryer – ActiFry. As the UK’s best selling small kitchen appliance, ActiFry has won millions of fans worldwide as well as being accredited by the Good Housekeeping Institute.
The Tefal ActiFry is available from Lakeland, John Lewis, as well as electrical and independent retailers. (RRP £199.99) For further information on ActiFry or any of Tefal’s innovative product range, visit: http://www.tefal.co.uk/
Oooh, I didn't know it could be used for cooking more than chips so that may have just sold it ! I love the fact that I could throw out the normal unsightly deep-fat fryer that is always covered in oil drips too. The biggest disadvantage is the pricetag but I've done my homework and found them on Amazon for almost half the RRP, currently on sale for £107.20 with free delivery (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000T76UOE/). If I manage to convince the Madhouse Daddy that we really need one, I'll come back and give you a proper review !
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