15 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthier

15 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthier (click through for more)Let’s face it—we could all use a little help making healthier choices throughout the week, right? It can be hard to choose the right thing (and we all have slightly different descriptions of what’s “healthy” anyway), but there are a few kitchen gadgets that I’ve discovered over the years that can help you not only make better better choices with your food, but also make it easier as well. 

15 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthier (click through for more) Vegetable Spiralizer: I actually found out about this one through Elsie who was spreading the good word about her vegetable spiralizer through the office. I wasn’t able to eat pasta at the time, so this was a lifesaver since you can make your own veggie noodles out of vegetables like zucchini (and it has other attachments for different foods). You can eat the “noodles” raw or toss them in a pan with olive oil and salt and pepper first to warm them up. Pass the sauce please!

Dehydrator: Snagging a food dehydrator is a great tool to make your own granola, dried fruits and veggies, beef jerky, fruit leather, or seasoned nuts. While you can do some of the same things in the oven, the dehydrator is more time and energy efficient and leaves your oven free for other cooking chores. 

15 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthier (click through for more) Immersion Blender: If you love making homemade soups at home, then an immersion blender is basically a must. A lot of recipes require you to transfer most or all of your soup to a blender at some point to give the soup a smooth consistency, but it’s not the easiest thing to transfer piping hot liquid (usually in batches since it doesn’t all fit at once) from the pot to the blender and back again without making a mess. The immersion blender does it all in the pot, in seconds, without having to transfer the soup, and it’s small so it stores easily. 

Infusion Water Pitcher: Instead of sugary soda or sweet tea, try making some yummy infused water instead! My favorite flavors are strawberry, orange, and mint and cucumber. So refreshing!

Smoothies To-Go: I love that I can make to-go individual smoothies in my blender just by using a different cup. It’s easy and fast and I can add in lots of greens and chia seeds or flax seeds to give the fruit another nutritional kick. Plus, when you don’t have to pour the smoothie into another cup to drink it, it’s one less thing to wash—yes!

15 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthier (click through for more) Handheld Chopper: A handheld chopper is a great way to quickly chop vegetables for you to add to dishes or use as toppings. It’s especially suited for items like onions or jalapeños that would usually make you tear up or get oils on your hands you’d rather avoid. 

Steamer: One of my favorite all veggie meals to make is a main roasted veggie (like squash or potatoes) with a few different steamed vegetables on the side. You can go low tech with a steelor silicone version or get fancy with a stackable unit. Steamed broccoli with garlic salt or steamed carrots with dill (and a tiny bit of butter) are the perfect compliment to any meal.

Herb Saver: To make sure you get the longest shelf life out of your fresh herbs, try an herb keeper that acts like a little greenhouse in your fridge to help your herbs last longer.

15 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthier (click through for more) Citrus Press: When you quickly want to squeeze a lemon or lime for a recipe, salad dressing or a drink, a citrus squeezer is the way to go. Just make sure to invest in a solid steel one rather than one that’s just coated with metal but hollow on the inside. I’ve had more than one of the cheap ones snap while squeezing hard and pinched some fingers pretty hard in the process. Ouch!

Food-Shaped Savers: I love using food shaped storage containers to save the other half of a lime, tomato or onion when I don’t need the whole item right then. Not only do they keep your produce in a cute container, it also makes it easy to find the item you’re looking for in the fridge later. If there isn’t a food shaped one for an item, you can also use these silicone food huggers to create a seal as well.

Garlic Peeler and Press: Garlic has lots of nutritional qualities (including it’s ability to boost your immune system), so adding lots of garlic to your diet is a good way to add flavor to your food and do your body good. Since it’s not always the easiest to peel, use a garlic press and peeler to make removing the peel and dicing the clove a snap. The other upside is the lack of garlic smell on your fingers once you’re done…

15 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthier (click through for more) Hot Air Popcorn Popper: Try some homemade popcorn with a hot air popcorn popper where you can control the kind of kernels you buy and the level of salt, butter or oil that gets put on top. Ever since I tried popcorn Emma made with salt, butter, pepper and some Parmesan cheese, I’ve been hooked. It’s definitely more of a treat snack, but it’s delicious!

Food Processor: Now I know this one may seem like cheating for this list since it’s more of a normal kitchen gadget that you may already have, BUT, hear me out on this one. This is one of the top gadgets that you’ll use to make all kinds of delicious dips and spreads, and any counter or cabinet space that it will take up in the meantime is so worth it. (I make this healthy cookie dip and red pepper dip in mine all the time.) Think of all the fresh hummus you can make at home!

15 Kitchen Gadgets to Help You Eat Healthier (click through for more) Oil Mister: If you are cooking with an oil (even olive oil), you can end up using a lot more oil than you realize to coat the pan or dress a salad with, so this olive oil mister helps you get an even coat while using less overall.

Banana Ice Cream Maker: One of my favorite items! For a delicious frozen treat with less fat than regular ice cream (and only natural sugar), try using this frozen dessert maker to create a sweet treat out of frozen bananas, berries, or mango for a fruity soft serve sorbet. Or mix in some cocoa powder for a chocolate version!

Hopefully you have a few things on this list already, but if not, at least you have a good idea of where to start! And yes, it’s totally possible that you are already a champ of healthy eating and need no help whatsoever. But if you’re like me, when that frozen pizza is staring at you from the freezer, you may need a little extra help to eat your veggies instead 😉 xo. Laura

Credits// Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.

  • Omgzv I want all of these! Anything that’s makes eating healthy easier is a winner for me!

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

  • This may not be a “necessary” tool to help you eat healthier, but I will say that I finally discovered a julienne tool and it CHANGED MY LIFE!! My favorite is to julienne carrots and radishes to make a pickled dish to either eat on the side or add to fresh spring rolls or banh mi sandwiches!

  • Lots of tools and kitchen gadget ideas to share with our plus size swimwear clients. We always encourage them to love their food and eat healthily.

  • Lots of tools and kitchen gadget ideas to share with our plus size swimwear clients. We always encourage them to love their food and eat healthily.

  • I love this list! I have some of these, but I’d love to try the others. That vegetable spiralizer looks like so much fun!

    Laura
    http://laurahager.blogspot.com/

  • The dehydrator and the banana ice cream maker sounds great! I would love to have those in my kitchen ^_^

    Laila | Townhouse Palette

  • All great gadgets must of which I have–problem is counter and cabinet space for them all.

  • I don’t have any of these cool items yet. I think I want the veggie spiralizer is the one that I’d like the most!

    www.thequirklife.com

  • My parents had one of those air popcorn makers when I was a kid, I’ve been looking for one for the longest time! I much rather enjoy the taste of an air popcorn maker than microwave popcorn, plus it’s better for you! 🙂

  • I love the idea of the oil mister. And it looks like a nice, dark, concealed space so storing oil in it should help it last longer too!

  • Thanks for posting this! It is very helpful. There are so many (sometimes gimmicky) kitchen gadgets, that it is hard to know which ones are worth the investment. Great post!

  • I’ve got 8 of those items already so I am halfway there the healthiness !

  • The infusion water pitcher sounds right up my street! Great post!

    www.gemmacarey.com

  • Banana ice-cream maker, yes! I’ve also been wanting to get a Blender Bottle 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • I need an infusion pitcher.

    An immersion blender is also the easiest way to make homemade mayo – much healthier and yummier than the store bought that has soy and other gunk in it. i make it a couple times a week.

  • Garlic press and citrus press are some of my favorite little bridal shower gifts to give 🙂

  • I definitely need an herb saver this summer with all the fresh tasting meals I plan on making. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Those mistos are so handy! And I loooove my vitamix. I definitely need to get a citrus press!

  • Would love a spiralizer but I think some of these can be quite gimmicky. Specifically the hand chopper. Once I knew how to use a chef’s knife properly, the hand chopper wasn’t worth the pain in cleaning it.

  • My husband and I were just talking about this at dinner, but the best thing we ever purchased was a cheese grater! I read once how horrible bags of pre-shredded cheese is for you and ever since then we shred our own right off the block. We have a Food Network shredder that catches the cheese in a plastic container making it super easy to store any leftovers in the refrigerator when we’re done. We use it at least once a week!

  • all great ideas! I have most, definitely gonna invest in the herb keeper. I was so sad about throwing away cilantro yesterday when I only used it for one recipe.

    www.lovealwaysjess.com

  • Love this – but now, I want to go buy everything!

    – Kaitlyn | www.TheCrownFox.com

  • I have never even heard of a Herb saver. My wife will love this, thanks for the tips!

  • Another great post and list. So many things I need! Especially that spiralizer. Just what I need!

  • Lately I have been trying to eat healthier foods than I have been. Lots of my friends are telling me to get a food dehydrator for my kitchen. I love fruit leather, and making my own would be a ton of fun to do. I’ll have to go out and get a dehydrator next time I see one in the stores. http://heathershousewares.com/store/products/precise-heat-5-layer-electric-food-dehydrator/

  • I love the IDEA of the garlic peeler and press, however i stopped buying garlic a few years ago and now spend a bit extra for jars of chopped garlic in white vinegar. So much easier to just put a spoonful of garlic in when needed! Same with chillis and ginger

  • i need the food huggers! i had no idea something like this even existed. totally added to my amazon wish list.

  • I love all of these, especially the banana ice cream maker. I’m not the greatest cook, but I’ve been very intrigued to make my own desserts and sweet treats at home.

  • I totally need a spiralizer and an infusion water pitcher in my life.. Didn’t even know these products existed. Thank you for bringing them to my attention! x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

  • I love the Yonanas! It would be fat-free though since it’s all fruit, I think.
    My favourite flavour combo is mango, banana, strawberry

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