When thinking about making healthier recipes, we generally focus on the ingredients, and not the tools we’re using to cook them. Having the proper pots, pans, and bakeware, though, is key to crafting food that uses fewer fats and less sugar. We consulted Just Cooking Tools experts and researched to identify nine items that will help you cook healthier in the kitchen—from nonstick, ceramic cookware to an easy-to-use blender. Read on to discover our favorites.
Swapping out your old cookware for ceramic, nonstick varieties is an incredibly easy way to cook with fewer fats—a good nonstick pan allows you to use far less oil than with a cast iron, for example.
We love GreenLife’s pots and pans because they’re designed to release even the stickiest of foods—like melted cheese or eggs—with a simple swipe of a sponge, thanks to Thermolon™, a ceramic, nonstick coating. This 16-piece cookware set also comes in six colors, which makes color-coordinating your kitchen a breeze.
We’re guessing you saw these babies making the rounds on social media this year and yes, they are as awesome as you saw in the pictures. Air-frying allows you to use up to 75 percent less fat while still giving foods a crispy finish.
This Ninja model can cook and crisp up to three pounds of French (or veggie) fries, making it perfect for your next summer get-together. You can even use it to dehydrate things like apples or apricots to make your own fruit snacks for the kids.
You already know that eating a variety of grains is key to a healthy, balanced diet—and having a quality rice cooker makes preparing those grains that much more accessible. This one from GreenLife can handle white rice, plus other grains like quinoa and steel-cut oats.
This model even has preset buttons for different grains, ensuring they emerge perfectly tender every time. Even better? The cooker’s ceramic, nonstick coating means you won’t break a sweat scraping up burnt rice from the bottom of the bowl. Whether you choose bright turquoise, pink, or white, you’ll want to keep this rice cooker on display even when you’re not cooking.
If you’ve made the switch to nonstick pans, it’s also important to upgrade your other cooking tools. Oxo’s tongs with heat-resistant silicone heads are ideal for cooking with nonstick cookware since they can scrape a pan without scratching it.
This model also wins our approval for being especially sturdy and its clever lock mechanism that keeps it from taking up too much room in your kitchen drawer.
It’s never fun to bake a set of muffins only to have half of them get stuck to the inside of the pan. That’s why we love GreenLife’s bakeware set: the ceramic, nonstick coating means you won’t need to rely on grease or cooking spray to bake your prized banana nut or blueberry oatmeal muffins.
This four-piece set can also withstand the rigors of recipe testing: each piece is constructed of heavy-duty steel which is known to heat quickly and evenly, and is super durable.
Everyone loves a good curly fry or bowl of spaghetti, but if you’re looking to add in more veggies to your recipe repertoire, pick up a spiralizer. KitchenAid’s powerful model can spiralize anything from zucchini to beets, which then can be used as a pasta substitute or to add a bit of texture and color to your salad.
Bonus: this version even comes with a peeling blade, which can make quick work of apples for apple sauce or sweet potatoes for a mash.
A healthy diet doesn’t mean no fats, of course, but moderation is key. We love the Evo sprayer bottle because it dispenses a thin, fan-shaped spray of oil: enough to coat a piece of meat or fish without adding unnecessary excess fat. Plus, it’s refillable so you can use this bottle again and again.
Smoothies are an easy breakfast to grab on-the-go, but many that you buy at a shop are loaded with tons of unnecessary sugar and fillers. Instead, grab a high-powered blender like NutriBullet’s and make your own at home—that way, you can cut down on sweeteners and load up on extra veggies like kale or spinach. This model is especially handy if you’re short on time: you can blend directly into a portable cup.
Chances are, you’re always looking for a way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. And while salads are an especially refreshing option this season, the prep work can sometimes be a pain.
Case in point: washing your greens. It’s nearly impossible to get them properly dry with paper towels, so you’re left with soggy, unappetizing mush. Enter: the salad spinner, which is not only fun to use, but keeps your lettuce or kale crisp and clean. This model from Cuisinart allows you to wash and dry your greens in the same container.