Eating well typically means spending a decent amount of time in the kitchen. After all, making your own meals is really the only way to know exactly what you’re putting into your body. Here are my top 10 healthy kitchen tools that help me eat well, save time, and even enjoy all that food prep!
- Oil Sprayer: I love the oil mister for stuff like spraying veggies with oil before roasting. It helps to make sure that everything gets evenly coated. This is not to suggest that you should be afraid of healthy fats, it just makes application easy and consistent. I also love that you can use your own oil without any additives like store bought versions. Using your own oil to refill this is cheaper than buying disposable spray oils, too! Chosen Foods avocado oil often finds a home in mine. This one is easy to clean, easy to fill, and is BPA-free.
- Salad Scissors: Listen, I love salads, but sometimes (most of the time) the prep is a pain in rear. Salad scissors chop up any type of greens into nice bite-sized pieces. These are great!
- Salad Spinner: Remember how I said I love salads? And washing greens is mega annoying? Enter: salad spinner. I like this model since it works well, is BPA free, dishwasher safe, and a good height to fit in the cupboard. Don’t get me wrong, pre-washed organic greens are super convenient, but they can be expensive if you don’t have somewhere to buy in bulk. You can also store your washed greens in this container. I put a paper towel in with it to absorb even more moisture which seems to help them last a bit longer (you may need to replace the paper towel every day or two).
- Food Processor: I have both a mini version for dressings and smaller portions and a larger (9 cup) version for chopping and slicing veggies and blending ingredients for recipes like hummus or pesto.
- Colander: I use colanders to rinse fruit, veggies, grains, beans, etc. I also use them to store produce on my counter like sweet potatoes, garlic and onions. Stainless steel colanders like this one are easy to clean and don’t absorb stains and smells.
- Good Knives: Making real food requires chopping, slicing, and dicing. And it’s easier with good knives. I rely heavily on one good serrated knife for softer and smaller things like peppers and tomatoes, and a larger chef’s knife for larger and tougher things like sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Mine are Wusthof, but plenty of good brands exist. Keep them sharp!
- Cutting Boards: You know how I said I cut a lot of stuff? I use non-porous, dishwasher safe boards like this one. Probably don’t have to tell you – but keep raw meat on a separate board and away from fresh produce and anything else you don’t want to contaminate!
- Mason Jars: I think mason jars are adorable. And SO functional. And I’ve never canned a darn thing in my life. I use both the 32oz and 16oz sizes a ton for storage – stuff like quinoa and oats in the cupboard, nuts and seeds in the fridge, and even portioned leftovers. I also use the smaller size as cups for drinking and transporting smoothies and salads. And if you’re worried about glass breaking, you can make them even more adorable with these colorful silicone jackets!
- Spiralizer: OK, this one is a total unitasker and a space hog in the cupboard. But I really do love it for mixing up the veggie game with stuff like zucchini noodles and sweet potato curly fries. There are now a lot of different styles available; I use this one with no complaints.
- High-powered blender: Yes, I own a Vitamix. It was worth the investment to me, but I totally get if you aren’t in a place to justify the expense. There are some much more reasonably-priced options that still do a good job of blending up those frozen fruits and veggies. Since I can’t reliably speak to these, I didn’t include specific names.
Hope this list was helpful. Let me know your thoughts if you try something new – or if you have a favorite that I didn’t list here!