9 Kitchen Tools That Make Losing Weight Easy AF
“With busy lives, many people don’t feel they can’t devote 30 minutes or more to prepare a meal, especially when they can just get carryout or microwave something in five minutes,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., the wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Lifestyle Medicine.
But home-cooked meals matter—especially if you’re trying to shed weight. That’s because when you cook, you’re in charge of the ingredients and the cooking methods. And that helps you keep a better eye on calories, carbs, unhealthy fats, and sugar, says Kirkpatrick. “These are all key in shedding pounds.”
Despite what Pinterest food porn tells us, healthy cooking doesn’t have to be super-complicated, says Ilyse Schapiro, R.D., author of Should I Scoop Out My Bagel?
The right kitchen tools can help you simplify home cooking and trim your waistline, says Schapiro. Here’s what you should stock up on:
A simple zester can add serious flavor from limes, oranges, and lemons to your food—without adding fat or salt, says Kirkpatrick.
Get it: Lemon Zester, $7.99; OXO.com
Brussels sprouts are great for weight loss because they’re a cruciferous veggie packed with nutrients (and not so many calories)—but it can be seriously tough to cook them perfectly so they don’t get soggy and gross. Enter this useful tool that removes the core for more even cooking and loosens the leaves for better broiling or roasting.
Get it: Chef’n Twist ’N Sprout Brussels Sprouts Tool, $7.99; chefn.com