We all could use a boost in the meal prep department.
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Keeping up with your diet isn’t always easy—perhaps you started this year with a renewed sense of purpose, but now reality has set in and taken the air of your tires. That’s ok—it happens to everyone, and we’re here to help you stay on track.

These kitchen gadgets will save you time and effort. But more importantly, they make cooking fun. And that has surprising health benefits: If you can make that evening meal prep stop feeling like a hassle, you’ll start to enjoy cooking meals at home—which is naturally healthier.

1) A Hybrid Julienne and Vegetable Peeler

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Any way you slice or dice it, this little gadget can help you power through peeling and cutting a pile of fresh vegetables in a fraction of the time. Snag it on Amazon for just $8.75.

2) Microplane Veggie Wedgie

If you’re not a fan of dicing by hand, this tool is definitely for you—you can take any cylindrical vegetable and slice it into perfectly portioned pieces with just a flick of your wrist. Dicing fresh veggies for salads, sauteés, and roasted sheet pan dinners is a breeze with this $13 buy.

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3) Spiralizer

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The last piece of the puzzle for easily including fresh veggies into every meal is the OXO Spiralizer, which can seamlessly bring zoodles and other fun veg-heavy dishes to life. Trust us, you won’t even miss pasta. Buy it on Amazon for $39.95.

4) Bear Paws Shredder Claws

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We admit that prepping shredded protein can seem daunting, but shredding pork, beef, or chicken for a week of packable salads is doable when you have the right tools. Any meat lover should invest in this essential tool for just $9.

5) Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender

Making soups, juices, and dips is ten times easier when you don’t have any extra cleanup—this handheld immersion blender can be stuck right into the pot, pitcher, or bowl you’re already working in. It’s just $30 on Amazon.

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6) Misto Oil Mister

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This clever mister can be filled with almost any type of oil, vinegar, or dressings. The best part? You’ll also stop oversaturating food with a high amount of oil you might not have meant to use. Spend $8 and it’s yours.

7) Compact George Foreman Grill

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Cooking with this space-saving gadget is one of the best ways to drain meat of unwanted oils, fats, and grease, with the added bonus of being able to grill all year long. Get to cooking for just $19.

8) Pop Up Steamer Basket

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Steaming fresh veggies and lean proteins might seem hard without a steamer, which can be a space hog for those with smaller kitchens. Problem solved: This OXO collapsible steamer fits into any pot or pan and is a great way to wean yourself off frying. Grab one for $18 on Amazon.

9) Cuisinart Mini Food Processor

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Looking to make your own nut butter, sauce, or oat flour? You’ll need this space-saving processor that can make daunting tasks much more manageable. It's a steal at just $37.

10) EZ Salad Cutting Bowl

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Skip the pricey salad bar—this gadget lets you throw your favorite lettuce, veggies, and toppings into the bowl and have a chopped salad in seconds. Simply slide your blade through the bowl’s slits, then sit down to enjoy your fresh meal after all of your “hard work”. Bonus? It’s only $15 on Amazon.