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Kitchen Essentials: 8 Items You Need To Prepare Healthy Food

Are you ready to lose some weight or try a clean bulk? Then you're going to need a kitchen overhaul. Don't start your diet without first making sure these items are in your kitchen!

If you get most of your calories from restaurant food, you may only use your kitchen to prepare bowls of cold cereal. But I'm guessing you don't look the way you want. Not yet, anyway.

Those empty drawers and cabinets won't help you get the body of your dreams. Don't let this space go to waste! Turn your kitchen into a clean-food cooking factory.

With the following basic tools, even strangers to the kitchen can start a healthier lifestyle. There's no need to be a master chef. All you need are these basics and you'll be well on your way to creating tasty, healthy meals:

1 / Indoor Grill

Grilling is one of the best ways to cook meat-it reduces fat and adds flavor. You might be the king of outdoor grilling, but cold weather and piles of snow can put a damper on your grill sessions.

With an indoor grill, you don't have to say "goodbye" to grilled chicken, steak, or fish. Choose a high-quality indoor grill that offers many temperature ranges so you can grill meat, vegetables, potatoes, or even pineapple. Don't let the weather influence how you eat!

2 / Blender

Protein shakes are a fast and easy way to satisfy your protein needs. With a good blender, you can add fun ingredients like frozen fruit, cottage cheese, or spinach for a tastier muscle-building snack.

If you can, buy a blender that doubles as a food processor. It'll provide even more options for your cooking adventures.

3 / Knife Set

Cutting meat and vegetables with dull knives is annoying. Do yourself a favor and grab a new set of sharp knives. They'll make meal preparation easier and more efficient. Look for a set that comes with numerous blade sizes and a sharpener.

4 / Meat Tenderizer

Tenderizing meat before you cook it is a great way to reduce toughness. If you use a tenderizer along with herbs and spices, your meat will have better flavor and better texture. Try it out and see what I mean!

5 / Can Opener

This might seem like an obvious one, but having a can opener that works well is a must. There's nothing worse than a crappy opener that leaves you with a mangled can and a half-open lid. Tuna, tomato sauce, and pumpkin puree all come in cans—so make sure you have the proper tool to help you get the nutrition you need.

6 / Tupperware

If you're into fitness, you may be cooking in bulk and packing around food. A set of Tupperware containers makes eating clean much easier. Score a set that has multiple sizes so you always have a useable container.

7 / Measuring Cups and Spoons

Nope, they're not just for your grandma's kitchen anymore! If you like to bake with protein powder, or even make your own salad dressings, you're going to need measuring cups and spoons.

To get the best results from your recipes, make sure you have accurate measuring tools. Misjudge the amounts, and you may like the meal you end up with.

8 / A Food Scale

If you aim to lose body fat or build muscle mass, keeping track of your calorie intake is going to be vital to your success. If you're not weighing and measuring your serving sizes accurately, meeting that exact calorie requirement may be tough.

Many of the high-tech food scales will tell you precisely how many calories are in the food you weigh. These scales make the dieting process much easier.


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Why two number sixes?

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dmaddox77

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Because there is no number 8.

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They fixed it yeah.

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For me no indoor grill will ever beat outdoor grill in terms of the flavor. So it's 0 degrees and I'm still grillin outside everyday.

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lol well here in minus 30 celsius its not ideal to go grill outside so i use my inside grilling machine all the time. but yeah i cannot wait for summer to come to bbq :) heck yeah even 0 degrees would be fine too. hurry up spring :P

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This reminds me to thank my husband for braving the cold to grill for me! 16 degrees today :)

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NewBuild1

Loving the George Foreman grill man! I normally use it twice a day!! Fantastic piece of kit, and you can see all the excess fat and water that was in your food dripping off into the tray. Really makes you realise how much was in there to start with!

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I have a flavor wave oven. It works great !

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I would add a crock pot. You can beat meat to death or stick it in a crock pot for 4-8 hours. If you have a busy life, having a crock pot meal ready when you come home is not a bad idea.

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ditto on the crockpot. i use mine every weekend to make shredded chicken breasts or pulled pork.

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Food scale and blender yes

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what about a steamer cooker

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I am a CPT, I acombine combine bodybuilding with marathoning and i am a cook....this list is basic but good. one thing I would add is a Chefs knife...all other knifes are meaningless with out a good 8" chef knife.....then you need some commercial cook ware.

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It is minus 35 degrees Celsius here in Ottawa, Canada with snow up to my shins and I was out there tonight grilling up my chicken and veggies! Yum!

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u go girl!!!

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A thermometer is also important to make sure your food is done. I'm always super paranoid about undercooking chicken. If you're unsure, always check the temperature!

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George Forman grill all the way !

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yep!! dats da one!!

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all set in that area...yeah!

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Anyone have a recommendation for an indoor grill that won't break the bank?

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