If you are committed to a healthy way of eating, the secret to success boils down to two words: planning and prepping!

Without a plan and some advance preparation, we resort to the easiest—and usually least healthy—food choices, like ordering takeout, hitting the vending machine, or grabbing a prepared meal at your local supermarket. 

Having the majority of your meals prepared away from home not only diminishes the quality of your diet, it also increases your odds of gaining weight. This explains why one of the most impactful ways to eat right and loose weight is to make your meals right in your very own kitchen.

Here are some kitchen tools that can help you achieve and maintain your health goals:

Instant Pot

The one-pot-wonder that whips up just about anything you can think of, but faster. Technically, it’s a multi-cooker that functions as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, rice cooker, that makes healthy meals in a flash without having to babysit your food while it’s cooking.

Veggie spiralizer:

This gadget is useful for turning veggies — from zucchini to beets — into noodle-like strands. It helps you deliver all of the health benefits of eating veggies, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, with a much lower caloric and carbohydrate content. However, if you don’t want to invest in a spiral slicer, a julienne peeler will also do the trick.

Veggie steamer:

It’s not exactly a newsflash, but steamed foods are lower in calories and fat than their fried counterparts, making it a must-buy item for those looking to lose belly fat.

Cast iron skillet:

Can be made non-stick if seasoned properly and will last a lifetime. Great for everything except acidic foods. I love cast iron because you can put it in the oven or use it on the stovetop,  and serves as a good way to increase your iron intake.

Stainless steel pan:

Can be made non-stick if properly heated and greased well. Stainless steel is a metal alloy that typically contains iron, chrome, and nickel; if you have a sensitivity or allergy to nickel, you may find that stainless steel aggravates your allergy.

Ceramic cookware:

100% ceramic cookware (not ceramic nonstick, which falls under the non-stick category) is naturally nonstick and does not leach or emit potentially harmful fumes. So, ceramic cookware is among the best non toxic cookware options.

Oil mister:

This tool will keep you from going overboard with the oil, and you can fill it with your own customized oil by adding in fresh herbs and spices. It’s much easier than drizzling oil or coating the pan with a paper towel.

Mini Food processor 

Need oat or nut flour, minced herbs, or chopped veggies?. I like the mini food processor because it’s easier to use than the larger, more cumbersome food processors, it’s perfect for those little jobs I’d rather not do by hand like mincing bunches of herbs, chopping onions  or making homemade salsa.

Small cookie scooper

Perfect for an easy, and portioned way to make everything from healthy cookies to meatballs to energy bites. It adds an element of portion control, but it also makes your recipes look totally professional.

Nutri bullet:

I love the versatility of this blender. I use it to make omelets, chop nuts, grind spices, make nut butter, and turn rolled oats into oat flour, it is a fun and flavorful way to pack in seasonal produce.

It’s easier to clean than a blender, and a little less bulky than many appliances. I especially love it because I can grind my flax or chia seed and make my omelet at the same time.

Coffee grinder:

Besides the obvious reason, I use this tool as an easy, quick, and convenient way to grind my flax or chia seeds. Grinding them may help you acquire beneficial omega-3 fatty acid, but you may want to grind them prior to using them in a recipe when possible.

Air fryer:

The healthy cooking phenomenon that gives you healthier versions of all your fave fried foods, without the unwanted fat and in a fraction of  time. You can fry, roast, grill or bake, making creations like crispy chicken wings as well as potato skins.

Glass containers:

Leftovers are a great source of healthy lunches. Keep your leftovers safe and healthy by putting them in glass storage containers. Storing and reheating food in glass containers is safer than in some dangerous plastics.