Taste for Life: Kitchen Essentials that Make Healthy Cooking Easier
Know our nutritionist's top picks.
Stocking a kitchen can seem like an overwhelming task, especially when you're focusing on making healthy choices. That's why we've rounded up the top tool picks from Jamie Vespa, our assistant nutrition editor, that will help you cook healthier meals in a snap.
While oil is part of a healthy diet, it's nice to have control over how much ends up on our plates. An oil mister will help you add just the right amount of oil to dishes with ease. Use it to coat veggies before roasting, or add a little vinegar into your mister to make a quick and easy salad dressing.
Using a spiralizer is one of the easiest way to transform veggies into an interesting meal. Firm vegetables like zucchini or carrots make wonderful 'noodles' that stand-in for pasta, while spiralizing a potato can result in healthy curly fries for your next tailgating event. You don't have to always cook your vegetables either, spiralized produce makes for a great addition to salads to add texture and flavor.
Muffin tins help to easily divide up recipes, making them perfect for portion control. While baked goods are an obvious option for this kitchen essential, it's also great for cooking up mini frittatas, granola cups, and more. Use your imagination and your next weeknight dinner might just be bite-size.
A cast iron skillet is essential in any kitchen, but it's especially useful when making healthy meals. Cast iron can help create irresistibly crispy vegetables or a perfect sear on a piece of meat. Cooking in this type of skillet can add an extra depth of flavor that just isn't possible in other pan varieties.
An immersion blender can change the way you cook soups and sauces. The tool can make it simpler (and safer) to blend hot dishes, plus most are easily stored away and take up little kitchen space. Having the ability to blend up part or all of your soups and sauces means that you can achieve a creamy and smooth texture without having to add extra ingredients like heavy cream or butter.