7 low-cost kitchen tools that can help you eat better

September 15, 2018

Here are some kitchen tools that make excellent additions to any kitchen. Each of them can help you eat better and can help you stay on track with your eating plan. Most can be found for less than $10 each, and some are less than $5 each depending on the brand you choose.

Note: I am not recommending specific brands of kitchen tools here. Items pictured are simply colorful versions I found at my local kitchen store.

Mini cutting boards

I love these because they don’t take up much space on your kitchen counter and make it really easy to cut up a piece of fruit or a vegetable for a quick snack. They come in so many bright colors that it can be fun to swap them out depending on the colors in your fruit bowl. After all, we eat first with our eyes – a fact food companies know well when they package those treats many of us need to limit or avoid!

Vegetable and fruit brushes

Yes, most fruits and veggies need to be washed before eating them. There are all sorts of brushes out there and some even come in fun colors and shapes.


Peelers are one of the most important kitchen tools you can have.  There are so many different types of fruit and vegetable peelers to pick from, but this picture shows two I believe should be in every kitchen: a swivel peeler and a “Y” peeler.

The swivel makes quick work of peeling off skins. Since I despise doing dishes and love things that are quick and easy to clean, for veggie “noodles” I avoid using a spiralizer.  Instead,  I use my “Y” peeler for making quick veggie noodles for salads, soups, and sandwiches.  I love it!

Mini measuring cup

Besides my cookbooks and chef’s knife, this is my favorite kitchen tool at the moment. I got one in a cooking themed gift basket last year, and I absolutely love it. It makes measuring calorie rich items such as oils and salad dressings so easy.  It’s also very helpful when I need to measure out a small amount of other liquids such as lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar.

Silicone brushes

Why do I love these? They are great for spreading oil around a pan so you use less oil and add fewer calories to your food. (Remember, one teaspoon of oil has 40 calories and one tablespoon has 120 calories!)

They are also easy to clean and dishwasher safe which means you can use them for basting meats in your oven or on your grill.

Measured serving spoons

“Eyeballing it” when you are serving dinner or preparing your lunches can result in getting too large a serving or too small of a serving.

Having serving utensils that have the measurement written on them can make getting the correct portion size much easier. Restaurant kitchens have expensive ugly versions, but you can find inexpensive kitchen tools like these that are much more colorful and just as helpful!

Collapsable measuring cups

For people with limited space in their kitchen drawers or cabinets, these are a great idea. Measuring is the key for portion control and also for having recipes turn out the way they should.  An experienced cook can “wing” their way through a recipe, but it will never come out the same twice and sometimes it can result in spectacular failures!


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