Haven’t got any kitchen scales? We’ve picked out these budget and deluxe options.
- Whilst you could probably get by with analogue scales, Kitchen Digital Scales are much more user friendly. For example, if you are adding a number of ingredients into a bowl, most digital scales have the ability to reset to zero rather than having to add and subtract the weight of one ingredient to or from another.
- We have also noticed that sealed buttons/touch buttons are preferential to unsealed ones where food can get in and affect their use.
- Another question that comes up is how accurate do they need to be? Well, as long as they are reasonably accurate (at least down to 1g) you’ll be fine. Some people prefer to have scales that are more accurate than this, especially if using them to weigh supplements that are taken in very small amounts.
Budget: WH-B Series Electronic Kitchen Scale – Just £3.56 including p+p!
Premium: A bit more expensive but a whole lot better looking. If you want some scales that you won’t be ashamed to leave out on the counter, are well built and made by a trusted brand (Salter), then take a look at these. Salter Magic Lens Electronic Scale – from just £21.50 including p+p
Accuracy + pocket size: These Smart Weigh SWS100 Elite Digital Pocket Scale 100 x 0.01g – Black are accurate to 0.1g, pocket size and only £7.99 including P+P.
The Nutribullet and the Nutri Ninja are the big hitters in the blender world, but they come with big price tags to match. We also picked out a couple of less powerful but budget friendly options. The main difference is that the cheaper ones have a less powerful motor.
We are massive fans of blenders for making smoothies. Unlike juicers, blenders leave in all the good stuff (especially fibre) in the fruit and veg. Blenders can be used to make a convenient quick meal and, if you are struggling to consume as many calories as you require, it’s really easy to bump up the calorie content. They’re also great if you’re not a big lover of breakfast but can more easily stomach a smoothie! This also applies to pre game/training nutrition.
Nutribullet £99.99 including p+p
Nutribullet Pro £116.39 including p+p
Nutri Ninja Professional IQ £103.95 including p+p
Russell Hobbs 21350 £19.99 including p+p
Breville Blend-Active £20.97 including p+p
Slow cookers are a versatile, energy efficient way to gently cook food and allow flavours to develop over a longer period of time. These are great for tougher (cheaper) cuts of meat which become much more tender with a longer cooking time.
You can cook allsorts including, casseroles, soups, stews, braises, and curries. They’re great for setting in the morning and then coming home to a cooked meal. We like transparent glass lids so you can see how it’s cooking without losing heat.
Lakeland 1.5 Litre £19.99 + £2.99 p+p – Small and easily stored suitable for 1-2 people.
Morphy Richards Accents 3.5 Litre from £23.99 including p+p – Cooks enough for 3-4 and available in a selection of colours (black, white, red, brushed stainless steel and cream).
Morphy Richards Accents 6.5 Litre £34.99 including p+p – Great for bulk cooking and freezing the extra meals.
Steaming your vegetables is one of the best ways to retain their nutrients when cooking. You can buy a Steamer to use on the hob relatively cheaply (£10.50) but we think the versatility of an electric steamer is the way forward. You’re not just limited to steaming vegetables either, you can steam rice, pasta, couscous, even chicken, salmon, and eggs!
Russell Hobbs Three Tier 9 Litre at £22.50 including p+p is great value and has excellent reviews.
Microwave Steamers are also worth checking out and can be brought for as little as £3-4.
These grills are both quick and convenient to use. They simultaneously cook from both top and bottom and unwanted fat and grease is channelled away.
Two Portion Grill £14.99
Four Portion Grill £24.00
Five Portion Grill £27.50
Obviously, clubs have their own chosen way to measure a player’s body fat and it’s important to be aware that the results achieved from using body fat calipers are only as good as the person doing the measuring. Nonetheless, they are probably the most convenient and cost effective way of measuring body fat. Harpenden Skinfold Callipers are a precision instrument, recognised as the industry standard and are what the pros use. They’re the only caliper on the market that are CE marked under the Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC for a Class 1 Device with Measuring Function, and calibrated using masters traceable to national standards. However, they also have a price tag of £205.
If you have a smaller budget, we like the IDASS Skinfold Calipers at £18.55 including p+p for a mixture of quality and price. They come with full instructions and a chart to interpret the results.
Most people have a tape measure lying around somewhere. If not, this 1.5m Tape Measure with Casing (£1.55 including p+p) is ideal for taking body measurements.
Alternatively, this IDASS Tape Measure (£5 including p+p) is anatomically shaped for body measurements.
Remember, your weight alone isn’t the best way to measure your body composition or how successful your nutrition strategies are. We are not big fans of the scales that assess body composition as well as weight because, on the whole, they’re really not that accurate. Your club will almost certainly weigh you but, if you’re still looking for a set to have at home, we recommend choosing some good quality, relatively accurate bathroom scales such as these:
Sabichi Digital Bathroom Scales £10.99 including p+p
*Prices correct as of time of publish and are subject to change.