Like many, I’m starting off the new year with plans to lose weight. It’s never easy to break old, bad habits but there are ways to make it easier to start good habits. A few years back I started my weight loss journey with a few simple tools in my kitchen with two goals in mind 1) walk every day and 2) count calories. My weight loss plan helped me lose 30 pounds in a few months. Unfortunately, the lifestyle change wasn’t as permanent as I’d hoped. For 2014, I’m once again embracing the lifestyle change in hopes of losing 50-60 pounds and I’ve got a few new gadgets in my kitchen to help me achieve that weight loss goal.
1. Blender Bottle
Breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack time, the Blender Bottles are an easy way to blend your favorite smoothie and take it on the go. They’re easy to use, clean and can be used to blend a protein shake, egg white omelet and a homemade salad dressing.
Buy It: Blender Bottle Variety Pack // under $15
2. Food Scale
Portion control isn’t fun but the OXO digital food scale will make it easy. Use it to weigh proteins so you know you’ve got just the right portion size for your weight loss plan.
Buy It: OXO Good Grips Food Scale // under $30
3. Stick Blender
Put the Cuisinart Immersion Hand Blender to good use when smoothing your favorite low-calorie soup, salad dressing or breakfast smoothie. The small design and dishwasher safe shaft makes it easy to blend a meal, store and clean up so you can get on with your day.
Buy It: Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Hand Blender // under $35
4. Slow Cooker
Avoid fast food temptations at lunch and dinner time with the Crock-Pot iStir Slow Cooker. Cook up a large batch of a healthy vegetable soup for lunches through out the hectic week.
Buy It: Crock-Pot iStir Slow Cooker // under $65
5. Filtered Water
One of the most important parts of weight loss is staying hydrated with plenty of water. Make it a goal to drink water daily and make it clean water with the Laica Stream Water Filter Pitcher.
Buy It: Laica Stream Water Filter Pitcher // under $30
6. Measuring Cups
Make calorie counting a snap with colorful measuring cups. They’ll guarantee you get the right portion sizes at every meal.
Buy It: Trudeau 5 pc Measuring Cup Set // under $10
7. Salad Spinner
Make salads in minutes with the OXO salad spinner. The greens will be dry in no time and you can spin up your favorite vegetable combinations for a balanced bite every time.
Buy It: OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner // under $30
8. Electric Grill
Proteins don’t have to take a lot of time to cook and they certainly don’t have to be prepared in unhealthy oils. Season and grill the perfect portion of chicken or beef to top your salad with the George Foreman electric grill.
Buy It: George Foreman 2 Portion Electric Grill // under $20
9. Vegetable Steamer
Stop boiling the nutrients out of your vegetables and skip paying for over-priced frozen vegetables. Steam your fresh veggies to the perfect tenderness and keep the nutrients where they belong, in the vegetable.
Buy It: Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer // under $10
10. Lunch Kit
Make lunch time easy by preparing it for the week ahead. The Rubbermaid Lunch Blox make perfectly portioned containers for a sandwich with sides or a salad with dressing.
Buy It: Rubbermaid Lunch Blox Salad Kit // under $10