“I just don’t have the time” is one of the go-to excuses we flock to use when trying to explain why most of us don’t eat healthier more often. When you work all day, coming home to cook all night is the last thing on the list of things you want to do. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
These kitchen tools make creating healthier meals less of a headache that take a fraction of the time to put together. And, they’re a lot of fun to use. If you need a reason to get excited about getting in the kitchen again and about healthy eating, stock up on these items.
Fresh and frozen fruit smoothies are a breeze to make for breakfast (or even healthy dessert smoothies that taste like red velvet cake) with the help of a good blender.
A Citrus Zester
Zesting citrus adds flavor to your favorite meals. But we love zest most for adding just a little bit of chocolate or cheese to the top of a healthy snack like yogurt or a salad to give it flavor without all of the calories.
Invest in a pair of kitchen scissors and they will cut down on your prep time (that kitchen knife can be a pain, especially a dull one).
They’re great for cutting everything from whole chickens you get from the farmers market to vegetables, and they work much faster than all of the different knives you need to get those jobs done.
Dicing takes up a lot of time. But you will make a lot more salsa or have a lot more onions prepared for your special sauce when it only takes a few seconds to get chopping.
When you’re counting calories, a kitchen scale is a must-have kitchen item.
Go crazy at The Container Store and get enough tupperware to pack snacks and lunches for the week, or to cook most of the week’s dinners on Sunday and freeze them for the rest of the week.
A Citrus Juicer
There’s nothing better than freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning. And lemon juice makes a much healthier (and delicious) salad dressing when you’re cutting calories.
A Cast-Iron Skillet
Grandmothers everywhere swear that these skillets cook food the best. And because they’re naturally non-stick pans, you can cook in them using less oil. Plus, when you’re taking a brief break from healthy eating, they can help you make great pizzas.
If you’re a garlic lover, get ready to put it on everything. Because garlic helps fight heart disease and inflammation while making things delicious, you can feel good about going crazy with it.
A Spiral Vegetable Slicer
This kitchen tool turns vegetables into pasta when you’re hoping to cut carbs. Having one in your kitchen will give you an excuse to finally try these recipes that make healthy eating a lot more flavorful.
A Slow Cooker
When you have zero time to make dinner, throw all of your ingredients into a slow cooker before leaving the house and they will be ready by the time you come home. Try these slow cooker soul food recipes that make your meals taste like you spent all day in the kitchen.
The easiest way to eat less of everything? Red plates tell your stomach to stop eating when you start to feel full.
An Oil Dispenser
Fill it with any kind of oil you want to spritz your salad with or add a little oil to a pan without overdoing it.
A Muffin Pan
When you have to have dessert, try putting your sweet treat together in a muffin pan to make smaller individual servings.