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Embarking on a healthier diet can feel daunting, but preparation is key. Equip your kitchen with a few basic gadgets and utensils to make healthy eating easier.

Here, we share some of our favourite kitchen buys and healthy cookware which make creating nutritious recipes a doddle, including a good quality vegetable peeler, steamer basket, budget-friendly blender set and meal prep storage solutions.

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The best kitchen buys for healthy eating

red griddle pan

ProCook Cast Iron Square Griddle (26cm)

Cooking meat on a griddle pan with deep grooves, like this one, is healthier because it allows the fat to run off it. Plus, griddling meat, fish and veg results in charring which imparts extra flavour, without having to use fat.

Available from:
ProCook (£29)

Amazon (£29)

black vegetable peeler

OXO Good Grips Y peeler

A good quality julienne peeler can make light work of preparing salads, slaws and stir-fries. Just peel veg straight into your dish with this comfortably-handled, sturdy Y shaped peeler. It’s also great for peeling veg into ribbon-like strands to use in place of (or alongside) pasta in dishes like our duck ragu with pappardelle & swede or celeriac ribbons tossed with chard, garlic & pumpkin seeds.

Available from:
John Lewis & Partners (£5.99)

Lakeland (£5.99)
Amazon (£5.99)

metal steamer basket

Judge stainless steel basket steamer

Steaming vegetables is one of the best ways to maximise their nutrients. We love this flexible steamer basket, which can be used to steam veg in any lidded 18-27 cm pan – great for those with limited kitchen storage space.

Available from Harts of Stur (£4.96)

blender set

Salter 3-in-1 blender set

This budget-friendly blender set makes healthy eating a breeze – whip up protein-packed omelettes with the whisk attachment, blitz veggie soups with the stick blender and finely chop veg and herbs with the mini chopper.

Available from:
Robert Dyas (£24.99)
Amazon (£25.99)

salad spinner

OXO Good Grips salad spinner

Forget limp, soggy salad leaves. Wash and spin-dry greens, herbs and salad leaves with one of these easy, and very and satisfying-to-use, salad spinners.

Available from:
Amazon (£26)

John Lewis & Partners (£27.99)
Lakeland (£27.99)

blue reusable bag

Russbe reusable freezer bags

Make big batches of healthy soups, dhals, curries or stews and freeze them in portions using these sturdy, re-usable (and dishwasher-friendly!) food bags.

Available from:
Lakeland (£12.99)

Amazon (£14.99)

weekly planner

Paper Craze weekly planner

Manage your budget as well as your diet by plotting meals with this handy weekly planner, complete with inspirational fruit & veg designs.

Available from Not on the High Street (£9)

soup maker with green soup in it

Lakeland Touchscreen Soup Maker

We’ve spotted a recent surge in the popularity of this kitchen item, with internet searches for soup makers and soup maker recipes up by 150% in the past year. This multi-function, touch-screen machine was one of the best in our soup maker review and makes smooth soup in just 30 mins (with no pre-cooking).

Available from Lakeland (£99.99)

plastic clip box

Sistema Brilliance 920ml container

Our favourite all-rounder in our recent review of the best meal prep containers, this leak-proof, microwave and freezer-safe transparent box is great for storing and transporting healthy batched cooked meals.

Available from:
Amazon (£4.66)
John Lewis (£4.66)
Nisbets (£7.49)

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