6 Gadgets & Kitchen Tools That Save Time and Calories

Sep 7 2018
Some kitchen tools make everyday cooking, food prep, and weight management a whole lot more... well, manageable. Here are a few of our faves -- all of them easily ordered online!

Green Bento 3 Compartment Food Containers with Lids

Bento-style lunchboxes are cute, but you're usually stuck washing and re-packing the same box every night. Well, these three-section reusable containers could be the key to make-ahead lunch perfection. You get 10 of them, they're dishwasher-friendly and microwave-safe, and they're made from BPA-free plastic. Fill the big section with fruit 'n veggies, and pack healthy carbs and proteins into the smaller sections -- now you've got a balanced meal ready to go! Put together a few of these over the weekend, and consider weekday lunches handled.

Misto Aluminum Olive Oil Sprayer

If you like the convenience (and calorie saving) of nonstick spray but aren't crazy about aerosol containers, this mister is the best way to DIY. Just add your oil of choice, and spritz away! It's refillable and easy to clean. Wanna spray other things, like lemon juice, vinegar, soy sauce, etc.? Do it -- we totally support ordering a couple of these and having more control over your condiment situation than anyone ever.

Greater Goods Nourish Nutrition Facts Scale

OK, this is some futuristic business right here! Yeah, it's a food scale, and its primary function is to weigh your food. But this surprisingly affordable scale goes beyond; enter the assigned code for the food you're weighing, and the scale will show you the nutritional info for the portion of food right in front of you! Cool, huh? Especially useful when eating foods that don't come with nutrition facts labels, like potatoes and meat from the meat counter. You can even add custom entries, like your local fro-yo shop's goodies! This changes everything...

Norpro Silicone Steamer with Insert

Think healthy cooking has to be fussy or time consuming? Not so. You can whip up flavorful veggies in minutes in the microwave using this bad boy right here. The food cooks quickly and evenly, and you don't lose nutrients like you would with boiling. There are a lot of steamers out there, but this one is extra-great because it's made of silicone: non-porous, FDA approved, and odor resistant. And we love the sturdy handles...

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer

Let's say you've been using your standard handheld, pencil-sharpener-style spiralizer for a while, and you're ready to take things to the next level. You want to spiralize veggies of all shapes and sizes, and you want to vary up your noodle thickness! This table-top spiralizer is the next step on your spiralizing journey. We got ours, and haven't looked back! Experiment with the five different blades to find the perfect veggie noodles for any dish. And use it to make our Spiralized Apple Pie!

Fitbit Flex 2

It's not a kitchen tool, but it's key for tracking your individual calorie burn (and, of course, steps!). Weight management is all about the balance of calories eaten vs. calories burned, so the best way to get a really good handle on how many calories you need in a day? Use a device to track it. Plus, we love that the Fitbit Flex 2 also tracks your sleep, since the amount and quality of your sleep can affect your weight and metabolism. Knowledge is power, and this li'l band can give you a lot more power over your weight-loss goals. (Click here for tons of Fitbit options.) Time to start Housewalking...
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