With so many kitchen gadgets and tools on the market, it can be overwhelming to figure out what’s the best option. We asked some of our coaches and staff members to weigh in on what’s in their kitchen. What we came up with is the ultimate list of kitchen tools that can help you master (and maybe even begin to love) meal prepping!
Arguably the most essential part of the meal-prep process (other than the actual food) is the set of containers you place the food in! We love these Rubbermaid food storage containers. They allow you to portion out all your proteins, carbs and veggies — and they have a great seal to ensure all your hard-work in the kitchen stays fresh! Plus, the stackable containers have ridged lids, so they take up less space in the fridge, freezer, and cabinet. Bonus — they’re microwave-safe, top-rack dishwasher-safe, freezer-safe and BPA-free!
Portioning out your food is essential to ensuring you’re getting not too much (and not too little) of your daily food goals. We especially love these measuring cups because they have a scraper for leveling ingredients, secondary color-coded measurements to make it easy to find the right size quickly and a snapping feature that keeps cups together for easy storage.
Instead of calculating your measurements and serving sizes by hand, use a digital food scale — it’ll make meal prepping so much easier! This inexpensive option has all the basic features you need to master your meal prepping.
If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, we recommend the GreaterGoods Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale. Its precision weighing sensors ensure accuracy within .1 oz/1 gm! It also has nutritional data for up to 2000 foods, including custom entries. This is an incredible tool if you’re looking to manage your macros on a granular level.
Say hello to your new favorite kitchen gadget! The Instant Pot has 7 appliances in 1 — a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, food warmer and yogurt maker. It can cook enough food for up to 8 people (if you have a big family, this is a huge time saver) and is powered by a sophisticated microprocessor that monitors and adjusts pressure, temperature, time, and heat to cook food up to 70% faster than other methods.
This easy-to-use crockpot is a great, inexpensive option for those of us looking to break into the “cook in bulk” game. It serves up to 8 people and holds 6 pounds of food. Set cooking time to high and get a hot meal in no time or set it on low and tonight’s dinner can slowly cook and marinate all day long.
Get instant, accurate temperature readings of your food with this meat thermometer. It takes out the guesswork and eliminates overdone or undercooked food, ensuring you get the best flavor!
This veggie slicer offers all the functionality of multiple appliances with 5 interchangeable blades. Free-up space on your kitchen countertop and use just 1 easy kitchen accessory! Plus, experiment with spiralized vegetables — a great alternative to pasta.
Here are two other products we love — and both will help you stay on track with your health and fitness goals!
With 100 days to log your workouts and nutrition, this is an easy way to help keep yourself accountable and stay on track! It’s suitable for any level, from fitness junkies to beginners. Each page has a space for daily workout logs (with space for sets and reps) and another page specifically designated for food intake.
Monitor your bodyweight with quick, accurate readings. Durable and easy to use, this scale is a must-have!
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