Kitchen Tools That Will Help You Eat Healthier

Good morning, friends!

As you might remember, I am working with Kohls on their Make Your Move campaign, which is all about moving more, stressing less, and eating and sleeping better. For my first post, I shared how I plan to move more in 2015. My second post was about our Happiness Board, which helps me stress less and be more positive in my everyday life. This post is all about my favorite kitchen tools that help me eat better. They motivate me to make healthy choices and prepare food that is both nutritious and delicious.

Kitchen Tools That Will Help You Eat Healthier

Ramekins

Ramekins are probably my #1 kitchen tool when it comes to healthy eating. As you guys know, I’m not one to skip out on my favorite foods, so ramekins help me keep my portions in check. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Granola? Chocolate chips + almonds? I throw them in a ramekin for instant portion control. Ramekins are also great for making mini desserts in the microwave, like Blueberry Pie for One, Peanut Butter Cookie for One3-Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, and Brownie In A Mug Ramekin just to name a few. I own this 4-piece ramekin set, but Kohls sells all sorts of ramekins in different colors, shapes, sizes, and designs.

Oil mister

I use my oil mister ALL the time– pretty much every week when I roast veggies during my Sunday prep. Instead of dousing my veggies in oil, I just spritz them with my oil mister before I put them in the oven. A new favorite is roasted Russet potatoes. Here’s how I cook them: Just cut a potato in half, spritz each side with olive oil, and cook it face down on a baking sheet for 20-25 minutes on 375 degrees F. So easy. And delicious with buffalo sauce (obviously) and blue cheese crumbles. Just saying. I also love using my oil mister to make a quickie salad dressing. I just spritz my salad with olive oil and then pour on a little balsamic vinegar and/or mustard. Easy-peasy and so delicious. I have this Prepara Deluxe Oil Mister, but I like this one better because it comes in fun, bright colors!

Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer

I’ve raved about my Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer on CNC in the past, and I still love it so much. You can turn veggies into spaghetti in no time! (My favorites are zucchini, summer squash, and carrots.) Unlike other spiralizers, the Veggetti doesn’t take up half of your counter space. It’s small and tucks away in my kitchen drawer. It comes with an awesome recipe guide with so many great ideas inside, and it is dishwasher safe, so I don’t spend a lot of time cleaning the leftover veggie gunk out of it.

Glass storage bowls

Glass storage bowl are another kitchen tool that I use all the time. (I have a set like these ones.) Since they’re made of glass, they resist stains and odors, and you can just pop them in the microwave when you want to reheat your food, like I do with my Crazy Easy Crock Pot Oatmeal. These storage bowls are also oven-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe, so they are super versatile and allow for all sorts of cooking, serving, and storage use. Plus, you can see exactly what’s inside and they look nice and neat in my fridge after a good, old Sunday prep! It’s motivating to just see healthy food in my refrigerator!

Ninja blender 

Oh, how I love my Ninja! I have the model that comes with two single-serve tumblers, so I can just throw together a quick smoothie whenever a craving strikes. I’ve actually started adding the ingredients to the tumbler the night before or in the morning before a workout, so all I have to do is blend it. No excuses! And now that Quinn is eating solids, I share my smoothies with him, which is a fun way to get more nutrients into both of our diets. Both the tumblers and blending jar are dishwasher safe, which makes clean-up a breeze. Side note: You can supposedly make juice in the Ninja, but I still prefer my NutriPro Cold Press Juicer.

Cake stand

Cake stand? Yes indeed! I can’t remember where we got our 3-tier cake stand, but it’s perfect for displaying fresh fruit and veggies on our kitchen counter. Seeing fresh produce every time I walk into our kitchen is a constant reminder to eat it up. Plus, the colorful fruits and veggies really brighten up our kitchen. I love this 2-tier glass cake stand from Kohls. Similarly, a gorgeous fruit bowl on your kitchen counter will likely help you eat better too. I love this lattice design one as well as this simple stainless steel one.

Berry baskets

Similar to our cake stand, I love our berry baskets for displaying fresh fruits and veggies inside our refrigerator. After I wash our produce (usually fruit), I put it inside one of our berry baskets for easy snacking. We actually had clementines in ours last week just because Mal and I like to eat them cold. These baskets are also great for parties and entertaining because they add a fun pop of color to your food spread. This berry basket from Kohls comes in four different colors and is on sale right now!

Question of the Day

What kitchen tool helps you eat healthier? 

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Kohl’s.

50 Comments

  1. Julienne peeler! I’m zucchini noodle mad, great for sweet potatoes too! My mini chopper and hand blender are must for homemade dressings, mayo, pestos, tapenades and what not! A mini digital kitchen scales is great for portion control with the likes of nuts and nut butters or measuring cups.

  2. I keep hoping that someone will just give me a vegeti or spiralizer to review. You would think that I would just stop being a baby and order my own. And I almost have, like 10 times. Ah, the conundrum of a blogger.

  3. I love that spiralizer! My favorite tools include smaller plates and bowls, a mister and a beautiful bowl that I leave filled with fruit on my kitchen counter.

  4. I couldn’t agree more with the oil mister. One of my favorite healthy tools. My water bottle is another fav. It’s a good reminder to drink more water and I always have it with me. I also buy small Tupperware containers that help me pre-portion my meals.

  5. Don’t forget to add smaller plates as they help with serving sizes! 🙂 I also use a griller for those days I need meat; it cooks pretty fast and I love the grill “tattoo” on the food.

  6. Such funny timing! I woke up this morning to work on a post now about plant-based snacks and described ramekins as the perfect tool for portion control while snacking. I eat out of mine constantly! I’m putting together tips for people who are trying to eat less (or no) dairy, meat and eggs while snacking. Greek yogurt, Babybel cheese, and hard-boiled eggs were my go-to snacks before I went vegan. I’ve built up a repertoire of new, yummy snacks and am eager to share the plant-based love!

  7. I love my set of glass bowls as well! I always store healthy leftovers in them and they are the first thing I see when I open my fridge.
    I also have a mug tree and tea station next to the couch, which encourages my boyfriend and I to drink tea to stay hydrated and avoid too much snacking!

  8. Awesome post! Ive been meaning to write something similar about the appliances I use the most in my kitchen and how they help me lead my healthy lifestyle. You just reminded me of that :)… most of the items you mentioned I do not have but looks like they’re worth looking in to.

  9. I have that Ninja blender and I was wondering if you have issues with the single serve tumblers staying locked in to the blender? I’ve only had it a few months and when I use the single serve tumblers I end up having to hold them so the power light doesn’t keep blinking. I should probably dig out the warranty info, but I was curious how yours was holding up!

  10. I love my mandolin, I’ve been making a lot of sweet potatoes and zucchini slices (“chips”) lately! I also love my portable lunch container with vent that I can pop in the microwave at work to heat up my lunch!

    p.s. Off topic but I need a new hair dryer! I did my research and the Elchim 2001 was rated number 1 by a few sites so I ordered it today….I cannot wait to get it! Do you still love yours?

  11. I LOVE my Ninja (just got it this week for a late birthday gift! And I also love the veggie spiralizer as well! Quick, easy and healthy meals!

  12. I love smoothies every morning, but am usually running late in the morning (I wake up at the last possible second!) and sometimes don’t have enough time to make one. We have a nutri-bullet with the single serve tumblers and I’ve tried blending the night before and grabbing them from the fridge in the morning but they don’t taste as good. How does it taste having the ingredients in it all night? I thought about doing that but wasn’t sure with the protein powder, PB, frozen banana, almond milk, spinach (my fave recipe). Do you put the liquid & frozen fruits or ice in it in the morning before blending or at night?

  13. My Vitamix definitely helps me eat better since I use it everyday for smoothies. It’s amazing! I also make homemade nut butter in my food processor so that’s another thing I can’t live without!

    I need to look into getting an oil mister. When I roast my veggies I put them all in a gallon bag with some oil and salt/pepper, but sometimes I get more oil in there than I want (I use a giant bottle from Costco and the pouring is sometimes unpredictable). A mister would allow me to start small and add more if I need to since it’s harder to do it the other way around!

  14. For me, glass tupperware is my best eat-healthier tool because as long as I do plenty of meal prep on Sunday (washing and chopping veggies and kale), chances are good that I’ll keep it healthy all week long.

    I’m dying to try a veggie spiralizer though, those look so cool!

  15. I am just finishing off a 45-day Nutrition Challenge with my CrossFit box. We focused on Zone Blocks and the one tool I could not have lived without during the challenge was my digital scale! What an eye opener for food portions. After 45 days, I am really looking forward to putting my scale away and attempting to eyeball portions, but for the learning part, it was so great to have my scale. I measured EVERYTHING!
    Something like this: http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1698190/escali-arti-glass-digital-kitchen-scale.jsp

  16. I have a Chop Wizard (I think that’s the name) veggie chopper and it makes chopping veggies so easy. I am much more likely to chop up onions and peppers ahead of time and have them on hand to throw in dishes.

  17. I love my Ninja!! A million times better than my magic bullet ever was. Best wedding gift 🙂
    I also LOVE our Cuisinart Griddler. It is so easy to roast veggies in no time. Asparagus, brussel sprouts, sweet potato slices. I love it.

    But I do hate pyrex. We had a bowl explode on us on Monday. Ugh. It was in the oven and just popped! Took forever to clean up all the glass shards everywhere and had to throw away all the food.

  18. Hi Tina — I just wanted to say that I really appreciate the effort you make with sponsored posts to make them thoughtful, useful, and show how it relates to your daily life instead of just a plugfor products. Some healthy-living bloggers out there don’t, and I’ve stopped reading their blogs in turn because it sounded more infomercial than inspirational. I know you’re very busy and sponsored posts are a critical part of the blogging business these days, but just wanted to say that the extra effort makes me want to tune in (even if I’m not interested in the product.service)– and even might inspire me to buy something! So keep up the good work (if that sounds really cheesy!):)

  19. I love my oil mister! I picked mine up at Sur la Table and I use it a LOT! It’s so nice to just be able to apply a little bit of oil instead of a huge glob. I have yet to get on the spiral slicer train, but I should probably do that soon. Love all of the recipes with zoodles!

  20. My spiralizer!! I thought I would just use it for zucchini but I have been incorporating so many more veggies because of this fun tool – beets, jicama, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash….the list is endless!! I highly recommend it, definitely worth the $30!

  21. I have never tried spiralizer before! I love my glass bowls with lids. Because my husband and I both pack our lunches everyday, they are a very important part of my food prep!

  22. We just started putting our fruit out on the table in a bowl and it definitely helps us remember to eat it before it goes bad 🙂 I’m the worst about buying bananas and forgetting we even have them!

  23. I have an oil mister and I love it. It is such a great way to grease a pan without overdoing it with the oil. The other thing I use all the time is a salad spinner. I know it may sound silly, but it allows me to buy super fresh product, specifically lettuce, clean it and make BIG salads.

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