When people decide to start eating healthy foods, the eating element is only one section of the journey; preparing and cooking the food can often be an arduous task when compared with simply buying convenience food or placing an order in a restaurant or on a takeaway app. Fortunately, there’s an endless market of healthy eating kitchen gadgets designed to address such situations and make preparing food and staying on track much easier.

When considering tasks, such as chopping, dicing, weighing and apportioning of the food, if you don’t have the correct kitchen aids at your dispense, not only will the time spent in the kitchen endure for longer, it also may result in poor quality or tasting food and inaccurate portions, which can lead to both overeating and undereating.

With this simple list of small kitchen gadgets, you’ll be equipped to dish out a healthy meal in no time, and stick to your food plan and goals more rigorously. Getting your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables in will now be effortless and exciting. Additionally, the thought of meal prep won’t sound so daunting, and who knows, you may even start to enjoy it!

Healthy eating kitchen gadgets - Chopping board with ingredients

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Knives

Knives are an essential element to any kitchen. You may be thinking, what kind of kitchen doesn’t have knives? Well, to be more precise, each kitchen should be furnished with a good set of quality knives, and there are certain types of knives that are essential for a kitchen to have. Investing in a decent set of knives is a purchase that can stand to you for the rest of your life, provided you treat them with care and look for ones with a lifetime guarantee.

The Hecef kitchen knife set is an excellent option for anyone investing in a set of knives. This set supplies you with all the knives you need:

  • Chef’s knife
  • Pairing knife
  • Santoku knife
  • Serrato knife (bread knife)
  • Utility knife
  • Blade protecting

Not only are they reasonably priced and have superb reviews, they also are marked with the Amazon choice badge, which virtually guarantees that they are top quality.

Con: It’s a pity that the set doesn’t have a lifetime guarantee, but if you mind them, who’s to say that they won’t last?

Healthy eating kitchen gadgets - set of stainless steel kitchen knives on chopping board

Chopping boards

If you have researched the best type of chopping board to purchase, the general consensus you’ll find is that wooden chopping boards are the best. They are less likely to develop cuts or grooves where bacterial can lodge, thus making them more hygienic, compared to plastic chopping boards. A wooden chopping board is also considered the best for maintaining the set of kitchen knives that you invested in. While researching the best wooden chopping boards, the results were overwhelmingly associated with bamboo chopping boards, and they also acclaimed the best reviews in comparison to any end wood chopping boards available.

Interestingly, some experts suggest that bamboo has too hard of a surface to preserve the longevity of your knife, yet people still err towards bamboo boards over wooden boards. To accommodate both audiences, I have included the best bamboo and wooden chopping board. The choice is up to you which you prefer.

Harcas professional grade bamboo chopping board

Worktop Express solid oak chopping board

Healthy eating kitchen gadgets - wooden chopping board with salmon and chef's knife

Chopping gadgets

We’ve all been there; scrolling through the internet and you spot a meal that you’d like to try, only to be left disheartened by the fact that you don’t own the equipment to make the food. This recently occurred to me when I wanted to make sweet potato chips, but the recipe required a mandolin slicer to get the chips thin enough.

If you’re planning on investing in a food chopper to avoid such scenarios and also to make chopping up food easier and healthier, then it makes sense to purchase a multi-purpose unit which can cut foods in more than one way. This Amazon Choice multi-functional food chopper is a prime example of a multi-purpose chopping unit. With this gadget, you can cut foods in an array of methods to cater for virtually any meal idea you have in mind:

  • dicing small sided
  • dicing medium sized
  • dicing large sized
  • egg separator
  • fine grater
  • grater
  • mandolin slicing
  • shredding
  • julienning

Nobody wants to endure a cut, or worse, when cooking; we’ve all been there and it’s not a pleasant experience anyone wishes to relive. This unit also has the important bonus of keeping your hands safe and free from injury. It also provides you with double hand protection, so when you’re dicing or slicing, you have both a glove and an attachment to hold the food you are chopping.

Examples of foods this can be used for includes:

  • homemade fries
  • vegetable chips
  • diced vegetables and fruit, e.g. diced onion
  • grated food, e.g. grated carrot, grated cheese

Con: Unfortunately, it doesn’t spiralize food, but hopefully they’ll add a spiralizer attachment to the unit in the near future.

Healthy eating kitchen gadgets - vegetable chopper with lemon

Salad gadgets

For any salad enthusiasts, you’ll know the struggles associated with trying to perfectly dry salad leaves and herbs. It’s particularly important to thoroughly dry salad leaves if you plan to use them for your work lunch or won’t be eating them straight away. The last thing you want is wilted leaves, and this can occur rather easily since water can lodge in the small crevices and grooves of salad leaves, especially lettuce.

Thankfully, you can eliminate the risk of a soggy salad and the effort of drying leaves with the OXO Salad Spinner which is the number 1 best-selling salad spinner on Amazon. With a simple pump and break mechanism, water effortlessly goes flying from the leaves and herbs, and you’re left with crisp, dry ingredients.

Tip: Did you know you can dry other foods in a salad spinner? For instance sweet potato fries, draining excess water from pasta and even washing berries.

Healthy eating kitchen gadgets - fruit and salad with water splashing on it

Spiralizer:

Spiralizing seems to have become one of the latest food trends that has taken off. From zucchini noodles to vegetable pasta and even spaghetti, spiralized vegetables are a go-to food for those looking for a low-carb alternative, those trying to lose weight, and even those who simply want to add a bit of excitement to their food.

Like many products, spiralizers are available in both manual and electric versions. This Sedhoom 4-in-1 Hand Held Spiralizer is an excellent compact gadget which has been reviewed as not only easy to use, it’s also easy to clean. It also boasts an ergonomic grip for ultimate user comfort and grip. So go ahead and have some fun making food with this ingenious top-notch spiralizer.

There are also motorised spiralizers available, such as the number 1 best-seller: Morphy Richards Electric Spiralizer. This is a compact-sized unit that features easy cleaning blades along with the option of spaghetti or ribbon shapes. It has also been reviewed as easy to use and efficient as it spiralizes food in minutes.

Cons: There have been mixed reviews regarding the effectiveness of the electric spiralizer, with some reviewers claiming it is not fit for use.

I personally love the manual spiralizer anyway as it just ticks all the boxes in terms of functionality, size, ease of use and cleaning and it received excellent reviews.

Healthy eating kitchen gadgets - Spiralised zucchini and yellow squash

Portion control gadgets

Accurately following a meal plan is an art that can wreak havoc on your weight loss or muscle gain if not executed with precision. It can also be the difference between a mouth-watering meal and a dog’s dinner! Have you ever guestimated the potion of chilli flakes to be added to a meal only to be left with steam brewing from your ears and a waterfall of tears?

If you do struggle with judging and weighing foods or you require some kitchen aids and tricks to help you with portion control, then have a look at these food portion control for weight loss and bulking – tips & gadgets which are guaranteed to ensure you avoid weighing food incorrectly. You’ll also be equipped to eliminate overeating and undereating with some simple tricks!

Healthy eating kitchen gadgets - Dinner table with plate scales

Summary

  • Core essentials for any kitchen include a knife set and chopping boards
  • Wooden chopping boards are best for chopping ingredients and preserving the blade on your knife set
  • Chopping food can be optimised and made safer by investing in a multi-purpose chopper
  • Salad spinners are an effective way of drying ingredients
  • Salad spinners can be used for ingredients other than ones in salads
  • Spiralizers are an excellent way to add volume to your plate and swap regular noodles for vegetable noodles
  • Portion control tools are superb at ensuring adherence to food plans and accurately weighing ingredients

I hope you enjoyed the list of small healthy eating gadgets and that you find some items that makes your life easier! No matter what your end goal is, nobody wants to be slaving away unnecessarily in the kitchen. Thankfully you don’t have to with these kitchen tools. Hopefully those of you who own them have found eating more fruit and vegetables exciting and effortless. My top 3 favourite gadgets include the multi-purpose chopper, Sedhoom 4-in-1 hand spiralizer and the Hecef kitchen knife set.

Do you own any of these gadgets already or plan to invest in them? Or are there other tools that you can’t live without in your kitchen? Please share your opinions and queries below.

P.S. watch out for the next article on larger healthy eating kitchen gadgets which will further advance your culinary skills and open a world of opportunities in terms of meals that you can effortlessly dish out.

Healthy eating kitchen gadgets - 2 kitchen knife blades

Sources

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Thechoppingblock.com. 2016. The Only Four Knives You Need In Your Kitchen. [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 June 2020].

Ullmann, M., 2020. The Best Kitchen Gadgets For Eating Healthy. [online] Business Insider. Available at: [Accessed 14 June 2020].

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8 Comments

Tom · 14/06/2020 at 12:13 PM

HI Sharon,

Another really interesting and informative article. I love the salad gadgets. If there is one thing I am rubbish at, it is making salads for my lunch at work. I have been working from home a lot so I haven’t been eating that many salads, but I need to get back onto it. Your gadgets just might help me.

I will let you know if I invest in them and if they help me or not. Hopefully they will.

Thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work.

All the best,

Tom

    Sharon · 14/06/2020 at 5:49 PM

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks so much! I know how you feel, there’s a good deal of chopping, and then if you have to wash leaves as well! Fingers crossed they do, I’d love to hear how you get on with them if you do invest!

    Thanks,
    Sharon

C.N. · 16/06/2020 at 9:41 PM

Thank you so much for this highly informative article, Sharon! As someone who is trying to eat better these days, I definitely needed a little guidance on which gadgets to buy to help in that endeavor. One of my cousins tried to sell me a set of knives from Cutco, but they were obscenely expensive; I’m looking for quality products at an affordable price. Haha You did an excellent job of outlining some of the most important eating healthy tools; I will definitely take your tips to heart! God bless you!

    Sharon · 17/06/2020 at 5:48 PM

    Hi there,

    Glad that the post has been of benefit. The sky is the limit when it comes to the price you could pay for some gadgets. Now, while some of them are justified by their quality, lifetime guarantee or spec, there’s often an argument to be made for a middle of the road gadget too.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my page!
    Sharon

Simon · 18/06/2020 at 5:45 PM

I’ve never really bothered with these kinds of gadgets before, as I would rather not do all the additional cleaning up afterwards – is it really such a big chore if you use extra tools like these?

    Sharon · 18/06/2020 at 7:33 PM

    Hi Simon,

    True, the cleaning is often a reason people don’t use items, I’ve tried to select items which don’t require too much effort to clean though; don’t want to be saving time preparing food only to waste it cleaning something.

    That’s really your own personal opinion, some people don’t mind spending ages chopping food, others detest it.

    Best wishes,
    Sharon

Abhay · 18/06/2020 at 6:01 PM

I am just surprised to know that there is so much to know about kitchen and how it should be. Very enlightening and well put. I enjoyed reading through your content and honestly, I didn’t realize when it finished, its very smooth. Good job and eagerly waiting for the next one!

    Sharon · 18/06/2020 at 7:35 PM

    Hi there,

    Wow, thank you so much, I really do appreciate it!

    Hopefully you learned a few valuable tips from the article anyway! If there’s anything I can help out with, let me know

    Best wishes,
    Sharon

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