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We all know that good health starts with the food on our plates. The problem, of course, is that with busy schedules and picky palates, it can be hard to find the time (or energy) for the planning and prepping that healthy eating requires. That’s why we love these essential kitchen tools.

From time-saving appliances, to gadgets that deliver big flavour with less additives, these helpful kitchen essentials not only minimize stress, but help save you time. Best of all, these steps can help keep you motivated and on track with your health goals, all while supporting the development of healthy daily eating habits over the months to come.

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1. Spiralizers

Whether you’re getting into the keto diet, looking to boost your veggie intake, or starting a plant-based diet, a spiralizer is a handy tool to help you do more with fresh produce. Popularized by healthy eating gurus Melissa and Jasmine Hemsl, the spiralizer lets you not only whip up zucchini noodles (aka “zoodles”) in a flash, but you can also spiralize beets for salads, twist new life into sweet potatoes, or turn carrots and parsnips into patties. This unique kitchen gadget is a great tool for reimagining comfort food when cutting back on carbs and helps make dinner plates a whole lot prettier too.

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2. Instant Pots and Pressure Cookers

Whether you’re looking to whip up a last-minute family meal or batch cook for the entire week, these useful kitchen gadgets can help make food prep a piece of cake. Time-pressed cooks can defrost frozen meats in a matter of minutes, while vegetarians and vegans can whip up big batches of fibre-packed beans or legumes without having to pre-soak them. Even those following the keto diet can prep eggs or homemade bone broth in advance to help them stay on track with their health goals. These days, many of the best kitchen gadgets play double (even triple) duty. Air fryer functions and pre-programmable options save you cooking time—and counter space.

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3. Silicone Baking Mats and Muffin Tins

Hate washing dishes? We hear you. That’s why we love silicone baking mats and muffin tins. These useful kitchen gadgets are non-stick (read: no sheet-pan scrubbing required), getting you in and out of the kitchen even faster. Using a silicone mat also eliminates the need for extra oil, which is key for those who are looking for new ways to cut down on added fat. Plus, when it comes to keto bread, crackers or egg cups they’re downright gems. Even kids will love how easily their homemade muffins pop out of the “wrapper.”

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4. Blenders

Dreaming of delicious, healthy smoothies? This handy kitchen must-have not only whips up fruitful cups of healthful goodness but also helps cut down on processed ingredients when making your own soup, nut butter and milk alternatives. Turn to your blender to whip up pesto or hummus to stick with your new, heart-healthy Mediterranean diet.[1] You can even satisfy that sweet tooth with some homemade banana “nice” cream. Best of all, blenders have come a long way in recent years, with many doubling up as food processors, ultimately eating up less space on your countertop—and in your wallet.

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5. Air Fryers

Crispy fries, wings and veggie chips made with only a tablespoon or less of cooking oil? Air fryers are unique kitchen tools when it comes to cutting down on saturated fat or processed foods, and the perfect cohort when it comes to encouraging kids to eat more veggies. Air fryer technology has improved a lot in recent years, with many models doubling up as a convection oven, a pressure cooker, or a toaster oven. Turns out you can have it all!

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6. Food Processors

Trying to eat healthier but can’t find the time it takes to chop, slice, dice and shred your produce in time for mealtime? Reach for the ever-handy food processor, and save yourself the hassle. One of the best time-savers for all kinds of healthy lifestyles, whether it’s anti-inflammatory diets, vegan or vegetarian. Not only do food processors make meal prep easier, but their powerful, highly versatile functions and capabilities mean the sky’s the limit. They make fast work of whipping up homemade foods like nut butter, flour, milk alternatives, soup, dips, and even preservative-free spreads like mayo. In fact, the only question is, what it can’t do.

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7. Juicers

Making fresh juice at home can add up to big savings. It can also be a great way to get fresh veggies and fruits in you (and your kids!) if you’re not too fond of eating them raw. These useful kitchen gadgets now often come with self-cleaning features as well, making them all the easier to drink up and enjoy.

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8. Steamers and Steamer Baskets

Enjoy fish, veggies, seafood and more, faster than ever with a steamer or steamer basket. Not only do they easily fit into the pots you’ve already got tucked underneath the cupboard, but steaming food is one of the best ways to preserve the nutrients and vitamins naturally found in many produce items.[2] Plus you can easily control how much fat (butter, oil) you add to flavour your meal afterwards.

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9. Mandolines and Slicers

Looking for a good healthy eating tip? A great way to ensure you stay on track with your health goals is to try switching things up to keep dinner plates interesting. One of the best kitchen gadgets to help you do just that is the mandoline. Not only does it slice, grate and shred all of your produce safely and efficiently (even kids can help!), but it transforms sliced fruit or veggies into delightfully fun forms that will pique kids’ interest. Plus, these unique kitchen gadgets churn out uniform cuts for all kinds of meals you can make as a family, and even fun things like veggies chips, slaw, and even potato gratin.

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10. Storage and Travel Containers

Get on the meal-planning train with a handy set of storage and travel containers to stay on track with all of your healthy eating goals. Clear, accessible, and oh-so-convenient, storage containers are an easy way to stick to healthy eating habits because they’re great kitchen tools to help portion out your meals. Best of all, you can take your concoctions with you on the go and avoid yet another unnecessary lunch bill.

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