15 Kitchen Tools That Make Healthy Eating Easier
Every January, millions of people resolve themselves to "eat better." That's often accompanied by the equally vague goal of "lose weight."
I've been one of those millions more times than I can count. That is, until I realized "eating better" was less about avoiding pints of ice cream at bedtime or skipping the drive-thru for a salad and more about making what I'm already cooking and eating healthier. It's about reimagining meals and snacks so they're every bit as delicious as other foods but just "better" in some ways.
How you prepare your home-cooked meals — and what you're deciding to cook more broadly — can go a long way toward helping you eat better, healthier even. And even if that's not a New Year's resolution, it's an admirable goal for all of us.
Too often, we equate healthy eating with salad dressing spray bottles and stacked steamer baskets full of vegetables. If that's how you like to eat, those are great tools. For others, healthy eating may center around finding ways to take your everyday meals and tweak them just one step to make them healthier. Roasting vegetables is a fantastic way to add flavor and cut out the calories and fat of deep frying; quick-working food processors make salad dressings and sauces easier than you can dream so you skip calorie-laden, high-salt bottled kinds.
If you're looking to equip your kitchen with the right tools and gadgets to help you eat healthier, you've come to the right place. Many of these items are probably only in your kitchen; you just need a few ideas to put them to work. Others may be all new to you, but we've picked these items because they can be used again and again, for years to come, to make your meals work better for you and your health.