15 Must-Have Tools for Healthy Meal Prep

Eating healthy doesn't have to be hard—at least as long as you have the trusty tools below to help prep your meals.

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Telebrands Insulated Reusable Grab Bag Grocery Tote

Before you even start your #mealprepsunday, you need to hit the grocery store and stock up on healthy foods that you can transform into delicious meals for your week ahead. A pair of sturdy grocery tote bags like these Telebrand Insulated ones easily hook to your grocery cart and make checking out a breeze. You can even keep your clean-eating grocery list in one of the side pockets. Avoid the inner aisles of the grocery store to keep yourself in check and fill up your totes with healthy produce and other fresh eats. ($21; amazon.com)

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Pyrex 20-Piece Glass Food Storage Set

What's the point of meal prep if you don't have quality containers to portion out all your food? These Pyrex glass containers are perfect for separating portions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The set includes a variety of sizes that can accommodate meals, snacks, and even nutritional supplements. The containers are dishwasher safe and won't break or warp easily, even when microwaved hundreds of times. Glass doesn't hold smells or stain like plastic so you won't be put off by discoloration—and you won't feel self-conscious about packing smelly foods. ($35; amazon.com)

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Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Signature 7-Piece Knife Set

Whether you're going to be chopping up squash or crying as you dice onions, you'll need a quality set of knives to get the job done. A set like the Zwilling J.A. Henckels 7-Piece Set won't just help you out with prepping for the week; it'll last for years and may even inspire you to host extravagant dinner soirees. A good knife will help you chop even the most fibrous vegetables—as long as you make sure it stays sharp. ($150; amazon.com)

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John Boos Maple Edge Cutting Board

If you're going to be using sharp knives in your kitchen, you should protect your countertops with a good-quality cutting board like the John Boos Maple Edge Cutting Board. Not only will a wooden cutting board prevent nicks and scratches on your counter, but it'll also help to keep your knife sharp. Repeatedly cutting on a hard surface like granite can dull your blade quicker. Using a cutting board for meal prep can also help you with the cleanup process. When you finish, remember to wipe down the surface. ($34; amazon.com)

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Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

You could use a slow cooker to prep large batches of soups and stews, but this Instant Pot pressure cooker cuts the wait time significantly. It's a great meal prepping tool for the fall and winter months when you're craving warm dishes. Cook a large batch of healthy, hearty soup and portion it out for the week. The Instant Pot cooker is also an excellent option for vegetarians who need a quick way to cook dried beans and legumes. No need to soak overnight—the pressure cooker can prepare beans in an hour so you can prep your veggie lunches for the week. ($130; amazon.com)

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Microplane 40020 Classic Zester / Grater

Unfortunately, a knife can't help you with every task during your meal prep. A Microplane combination zester and grater can produce fine shavings of cheese and citrus fruits to provide maximum flavor without all the calories. Finely grating hard cheeses results in a feathery ingredient that gives the illusion of volume. Trick your eyes but not your taste buds by adding a bit of finely grated cheese to your broccoli or fragrant lime zest to cumin-scented rice. A zester needs to stay sharp to do its job, so use the included cover to protect the tiny blades. ($13; amazon.com)

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Cuisinart CEC-10 Central Egg Cooker

Cooking eggs should be easy, right? Well, when you're trying to prepare all your meals on Sunday afternoon, it's easy to forget your eggs as they boil in a pot. When you finally remember to check, you find overcooked hard-boiled eggs with green yolks inside. An appliance like the Cuisinart CEC-10 Central Egg Cooker takes the guesswork and worry out of boiling eggs. You can boil up to 10 eggs in this device, and it can even be used to poach eggs or make an omelet. Talk about multitasking! ($37; amazon.com)

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Looseleaf Greens Stripper

Are you a maniac for kale but find pulling off the edible leaves from the stem annoying? There's definitely a kale stripper in your future. In fact, the Looseleaf Greens Stripper works with all kinds of greens, even delicate herbs. Simply put the stem of your greenery through the tiny tool and pull through so the blade can strip away the good stuff from the fibrous stalk. Once done, you'll have tasty, healthy leaves that can quickly be chopped up and added to soups and smoothies or sauteed with garlic as a delicious side dish. ($9; amazon.com)

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SimpleTaste 5 Blade Spiralizer

If you're finding it hard let go of your pasta habit, it might be time to invest in a spiralizer. This nifty kitchen tool can make noodles out of nearly anything, so you can have your pasta and eat it too. Make sure you choose a model with sharp blades so you can make spirals out of even tough veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes. Some spiralizers, like the SimpleTaste, come with different blades for various cuts. Use your veggie noodles to replace calorie-dense pasta, add them to soups, or use them to make fun salads. ($17; amazon.com)

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My Weigh Kitchen Scale

A good-quality food scale is a must if you're concerned about calorie intake. The My Weigh Kitchen Scale features a stainless-steel surface that you can easily wipe down when you finish weighing. Switching between weight measurements is easy, so you can follow recipes regardless of whether they measure ingredients in ounces or grams. If you've found it difficult to reach your target weight, it may require a little more diligence tracking calories. A reliable kitchen scale is the best way to achieve precision when measuring intake. ($57; amazon.com)

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Bellemain Stainless-Steel Measuring Cup Set

If you'd rather not rely on a kitchen scale and counting calories isn't a priority, a good set of measuring cups is a must. A quality option like the Bellemain Stainless-Steel Measuring Cup Set won't break easily and is simple to clean. If you measure out a lot of ingredients during your meal prep, it's crucial that your measuring cups are easy to rinse out quickly. Stainless-steel construction ensures no chemicals leach into your food as you prep. ($19; amazon.com)

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Breville Sous Chef Food Processor

If you're going to be prepping large batches of food for the week or your recipe calls for ingredients that are chopped or grated, a food processor can save you a ton of time. The Breville Sous Chef Processor can be used for chopping, but it also comes with a variety of attachments to cut produce in ways you probably haven't thought of before. For example, use the french fry blade so you can make fries out of carrots, sweet potatoes, and more. It's also easy to clean, so you don't have to worry about scrubbing it down post-meal prep. ($350; amazon.com)

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Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick Muffin Pan

The humble muffin tin is so full of possibilities. It's not just for baking muffins! There are plenty of recipe ideas out there that use this tool. You can make on-the-go breakfast egg muffins, one-bite energy snacks, carb-free pizza muffins, and so much more. Get creative with your culinary endeavors and let your imagination run wild. The muffin pan is an inexpensive meal prep tool that allows for easy portioning. For smaller portions, use a mini muffin pan. ($8; amazon.com)

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OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer

No one wants to admit it, but it's true: We've all struggled cutting avocado. It slips and slides in your hand, and the pit doesn't always come out without a fight. This handy OXO Grips Avocado Slicer will make this struggle a thing of the past. There's a helpful tool for carving out the pit and a neat slicing part for uniform green slices of your favorite butter substitute. When using avocado for meal prep, be aware that it browns quickly. ($10; amazon.com)

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6 Pack Fitness Innovator 500 Meal Prep Bag

You've done the work to portion everything out into healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Now you need a good-quality bag to bring all your carefully prepared meals along with you. The sturdy 6 Pack Fitness Innovator Meal Prep Bag is insulated so it'll keep your food fresh for the duration of your workday. It also has extra pockets so you can fit your shaker cup and protein bars to tide you over between meals or when you need a quick energy boost before hitting the gym. ($100; amazon.com)

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