Genius Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy Eating

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It's OK to say it: Maybe you've gained a few pounds recently. Whether it was the tempting treats of the holiday season, or one too many coronavirus stress-related pizza nights, you're definitely not alone. If you've had enough, and you're ready to take back your health, it all starts in the kitchen -- and making sure your kitchen has the right utensils on hand. 

Controlling your calorie intake doesn't have to take hours in front of a stove. We've found the most effective, irresistible kitchen gadgets that will take the fear and drudgery out of weeknight dinners or lunchtime prep. Instead of treating yourself to another night of takeout, try treating yourself to a few of these.

The Weeknight (And Weekday) Hero

Instant Pot

The Weeknight (And Weekday) Hero

Instant Pot

There's no easier dinner than a one-pot meal, and the Instant Pot is a cool kitchen gadget that can make those dishes come together in less than half the usual time. This 14-in-1 model also serves as a steamer and has a saute function as well, so you can brown your meat before you pressure cook it.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Cooker
$89.00
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All the Pleasure, None of the Guilt

Ninja Foodi

All the Pleasure, None of the Guilt

Ninja Foodi

If you can't resist fried foods, this is one of those kitchen gadgets that's worth the investment. It can flip up and away when not in use, saving you counter space, and it can fit a whole, 13-inch (cauliflower crust, of course) pizza inside. And if that doesn't sell you, maybe the many other functions of this air fryer will, particularly its ability to air roast or air broil.
Ninja Foodi 8-in-1 Air Fryer
$199
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The Li'l Powerhouse

Cuisinart

The Li'l Powerhouse

Cuisinart

The secret to fresh, healthy cooking, particularly soups, often requires just a cup or so of a fresh aromatic vegetable such as an onion, garlic or celery. When you don't have enough of a job for a big food processor or blender, this counter-friendly option is perfect. Even better, the bowl and lid are dishwasher safe, and it comes with its own spatula.
Cuisinart Mini-Prep
$45.94 $39.95
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A Lazy Chef's Dream

Spiralizer

A Lazy Chef's Dream

Spiralizer

Sometimes you want a fresh fruit or veggie, but peeling seems like such a chore. Just try to resist the mesmerizingly tempting, spiral styling of this gadget, which peels, cores and even slices. A rubber vacuum base keeps the device firmly attached to your countertop. Just stick a potato on the end and get it all ready for that air fryer above. Users praise its ease of assembly, and the fact that it comes with live customer support.
Spiralizer Peeler/Corer
$20.99 $19.97
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Yes: A Can Opener

Hamilton Beach

Yes: A Can Opener

Hamilton Beach

A can opener? Really? Trust us: When you're out of fresh vegetables in the crisper, and you're ready to reach for that restaurant delivery app, don't. Reach for the good ol' canned vegetables in your pantry instead and make some soup or chili. Instead of cutting along the usual edge, this opener cuts along the sides of a can. It's great for people with arthritis.
Hamilton Beach Can Opener
$29.85
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Forget Storebought Snacks

Nesco

Forget Storebought Snacks

Nesco

Turn your kitchen into a home chips factory where you control the oil, and even the type of vegetable or fruit. Kale, sweet potato -- think outside the chips bag with this gadget, which comes with four trays, so you can mix and match based on what you've got in the crisper. You can even make your own jerky if you're thinking about a high-protein diet; this model comes with a sampling of jerky seasoning to get you started, and a 52-page recipe book for inspiration.
Nesco Gardenmaster Dehydrator
$159.99 $104.78
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More Flavor, Less Fat

Aerogarden

More Flavor, Less Fat

Aerogarden

Even in the dead of winter, you can have a thriving kitchen garden full of the herbs that professional cooks live by, and this hydroponic garden is proof. The AeroGarden comes with all you need to grow Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, Thai basil and mint, including enough plant nutrients for a full season of growth. There's no soil, so there's no mess. Plus, grow lights are included.
Aerogarden Indoor Garden
$149.95 $99.97
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Restaurant Quality At Home

Instant Pot

Restaurant Quality At Home

Instant Pot

We can vouch for this sleek little sous vide attachment. It's made by the Instant Pot people, but it doesn't need one of those multi-cookers to work. Cook beef, chicken, fish and more with this tool, which makes meat extra tender without any of the calories you sometimes get by simmering tougher cuts in a slow cooker. It clamps well and is easy to clean and operate.
Instant Pot Sous Vide
$75.38
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Level Up Your Grilling

Fireor

Level Up Your Grilling

Fireor

Here us out, here: Grilling can be much healthier than frying or even slow-cooking, depending on the recipe. And in the darker days of winter, a grill light may be just the thing you need to get you out of the kitchen and onto the patio. This one is super-bright, safe to leave out in the rain or snow, and made with a flexible gooseneck, so it won't miss your meat, or grilled fruits or vegetables.
Fireor Grill Light
$13.99 $11.96
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Or Just Grill Inside

Hamilton Beach

Or Just Grill Inside

Hamilton Beach

OK, maybe you really don't want to grill in the dead of winter, or even in the heat of summer. There's a kitchen gadget for that: An indoor grill. An indoor grill with a viewing window makes meal-making even easier, and, dare we say, even a little fun. A 118-inch grilling surface means you can feed up to six in a single cooking sesh, and dishwasher-safe drip catch trays make this model easy to clean.
Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill
$67.00
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Make Movie Night Healthy

Presto

Make Movie Night Healthy

Presto

Next time you have a snack attack, ditch the buttery popcorn and use an air popper. You won't have to wait long for a fix; this model pops up to 18 cups of popcorn in less than 2 1/2 minutes, which is faster than some microwave ovens can cook your average bag of Orville Redenbacher.  There is a butter melter if you're indulging in a cheat day, and that cup can double as a measurer. And the chute will propel your hot snack right into a bowl.
Presto Air Popper
$29.99 $20.59
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Never Fear Onions Again

RSVP International

Never Fear Onions Again

RSVP International

The most delicious and fulfilling soups almost always require an onion base, and now you have no excuses for not chopping them fresh yourself. These goggles also protect against smoke (hello, grillmasters) and steam. The lenses are fog-free and the foam lining means that they fit onto most face shapes. 
RSVP Onion Goggles
$20.89
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Enjoy 5-Star Soups

Vitamix

Enjoy 5-Star Soups

Vitamix

And speaking of soups: Nothing elevates a home-cooked puree from merely passable to restaurant-worthy better than a Vitamix blender. Fix up a double-batch of silky soup in the huge container, stick half in a mason jar, and you've got lunch for tomorrow as well as dinner for tonight. You can even make a version of ice cream ("nice cream") using coconut milk instead of cream. Its base is sturdy, and it's a snap to clean. 
Vitamix 5200 Blender
$449.95 $399.95
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Cut Prep Time in Half

OXO

Cut Prep Time in Half

OXO

If you've picked up that dehydrator we mentioned earlier, and you're ready to make your own fruit or veggie chips, you'll love the even, thin slices you get here. Caramelized onions come out perfectly every time, too, after you've thinly sliced them with this dream of a kitchen tool. And if you prefer a shoestring french-fry or krinkle cut for your sweet potatoes, there's an option for that, too. It's dishwasher-safe, too.
OXO Mandoline
$38.49
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Eat More Protein!

Dash

Eat More Protein!

Dash

Hard-boiled eggs are a terrific, go-to snack for any time of the day. A cup of coffee and a boiled egg in the morning, and you're good to go. If you're on WW, or a high-protein diet, you should keep a bowl of boiled eggs at eye level in the fridge, and this cooker can get you started with that. You can cook up to six eggs to soft, medium, or hard boiled firmness, and an auto-shutoff feature means that you'll never suffer a rubbery, overcooked egg.
Dash Rapid Egg Cooker
$19.99 $17.99
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Prep It and Forget It

Geryon

Prep It and Forget It

Geryon

Cooking can be tiring, but if you cook in bulk, you can make meals that you'll love more than any takeout dish. One secret to tasty leftovers (or just a perfect sous vide recipe) is a food vacuum sealing system.  The bags keep mold at bay and also protect against freezer burn. This Geryon system has everything you need to get started, including an air suction hose, five heat-seal bags, a vacuum sealer and more. 
Geryon Vacuum Sealer
$65.99 $47.99
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Get Perfect Meat Every Time

Riida

Get Perfect Meat Every Time

Riida

Cooking meat can be intimidating to newbies, but it doesn't have to be. A digital meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of chicken, beef and more. This one gets raves from online reviewers and is controlled wirelessly. A second probe means you can monitor two meats, or two parts of one bird, at the same time. There's even a warning system in case a meat starts to overcook.
Riida Meat Thermometer
$32.99
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Enjoy Custom Smoothies

NutriBullet

Enjoy Custom Smoothies

NutriBullet

It can be tough to eat healthy if you live in a household with people who are, shall we say, less calorie-conscious. If that's the case with you, consider treating yourself to your own personal blender. Whip up a personal smoothie for a light morning meal, and never worry about tougher ingredients such as kale or carrots, or any stems, nuts or seeds, all of which are broken down by the Nutribullet.
NutriBullet Blender
$85.00
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Cut The Sugar in Your Baking

KitchenAid

Cut The Sugar in Your Baking

KitchenAid

What's this? A stand mixer? That thing that bakers use to whip up cakes and cookie dough? Well, yes. But a stand mixer also comes in mighty handy if you want to bake lighter versions of those favorites, go gluten free, or reduce the sugar load in your baked goods by experimenting with your own recipes. This model comes with a 5-quart stainless steel bowl, a flat beater, a coated dough hook, a 6-wire whip and 1-piece pouring shield.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
$699.99
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