16 Essential Tools for Healthy Eating

Before you crack down in the kitchen to make the plant-based meals you love, you have to have all the right utensils. To make this easier, I’ve compiled 16 essential tools you need to kickstart your healthy eating journey, at least with me. If you have more in mind, then feel free to add them to your own list of requirements.

Steamer Basket

A steamer basket is one of the best utensils for cooking healthily. Rather than relying on baking or frying, you can cook food using your steamer basket.

Otherwise, this is simply a useful spot to place your veggies and makes cleaning a breeze.

Glass Bowl

Next up is a signature glass bowl. The universal glass bowl will always be your ally when you need it for storing, serving, and baking. Be sure to purchase assorted sizes for different purposes.

Measuring Cups

Measuring cups help create consistency and accuracy when cooking. Try to get measuring cups of varying sizes so you have the perfect cup for every occasion.

Box Grater

A box grater is sturdy and reliable. With its four unique sides, a box grater can zest, shred, slice, and grate all at once. It’ll help you with veggies, and cheese.

Measuring Spoons

Measuring spoons will help enhance your level of accuracy. Commercial measuring spoons help standardize recipe measurements, and the right measurement can make a huge difference in the kitchen.

Wood and Silicone Spatulas

I would like to specify wood and silicone here since these are safer utensils to use. They’re less likely to scratch your pots, pans, and bowls, and easier to clean afterward, making them the perfect partners in the kitchen for continuous cooking.


Rather than reaching into the hot pot yourself, keep tongs handy. They’re best placed near your stovetop, where things can get too hot to handle.

Lemon Reamer

You’ll notice a lot in my recipes that I like to use freshly squeezed lemon juice; nothing beats it! To make sure no juice goes to waste, a lemon reamer is your best friend.

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Vegetable Peeler

As healthy as vegetables are, you don’t want the skin hanging around your food. A vegetable peeler is made to go over the curves and shapes of different veggies easily.

Set of Good Knives

There’s no doubt about it, you are going to need knives in your kitchen! Chopping broccoli, cabbage, kale, fruits, and veggies all down to serving size is a must!

Zest Grater

Specially catered to your citrus zesting needs, its function is clear in the name! Zest your citrus fruits with this utensil to perfect the little things in your recipes. 

Non-Stick Skillet

Non-stick takes skillet functionality even further. It’s longer-lasting, more versatile, and easier to clean. Make sure to choose a non-toxic brand; stay away from Teflon!

Stainless Steel Strainer

If you want to remove finer particles and grit from your drinks or liquids, then a mesh stainless steel strainer is a good tool for that purpose.

Stainless Steel Colander 

A colander is great for cleaning and straining your foods, removing waste and excess moisture for crisp and clean nutrition. It’s especially handy for leafy greens.

Baking Sheet and Parchment

A necessity for any baking is your baking sheet. Parchment helps ensure the food doesn’t get stuck on the sheet, allowing you to use it over and over again.

Wood Cutting Board

Finally, there is the wood cutting board. You need this to keep your countertop and tables safe from the blade of a knife, and it makes for a good even platform to place your food when preparing it.

If you need help looking for these utensils and more, take a look at my Amazon page!

If you want more visual representations of what to look for, then check out my YouTube channel on healthy eating! Once you have the right utensils, you can check for some recipes to get those kitchen tools working!

Stay healthy,


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