Trying to include more fruits and veggies in your diet? These kitchen tools will make doing so a lot more convenient, so there’ll be no more excuses!
Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables every single day is an important part of a healthy diet, but it isn’t always easy. If you’re not the type of person who enjoys snacking on fruit or eating salad for dinner, you’re probably on the lookout for more creative ways to get your produce in.
Doing that is a lot simpler when you have the right tools and appliances in your kitchen. These handy items will make prepping those fruits and veggies faster and easier.
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Don’t be fooled into thinking an air fryer is only great for making chicken or meat. The Ninja Air Fryer also comes in handy when you want a quick and easy vegetable side dish or even a fruity dessert.
You can also roast veggies like Brussels sprouts or potatoes much faster and with less oil. Or, you can make your own kale chips in about three minutes. Try it for making fun desserts and snacks, too, like baked peaches or apple chips.
The Ninja Air Fryer is an excellent option because it comes in at a good price point and works so well. It has a wide temperature range, and the four-quart size will hold up to two pounds of French fries. It’s very easy to clean, gets hot quickly, and doesn’t take up a ton of counter space.
Ninja AF101 Air Fryer that Crisps, Roasts, Reheats, & Dehydrates, for Quick, Easy Meals, 4 Quart Capacity, & High Gloss Finish, Grey
Spending this much on a blender might seem silly, but you’ll get so much use out of the Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender that it’ll actually be worth it in the end. This thing is a real game changer—it blends everything and has so many amazing features.
It’s ideal for making fruit and veggie smoothies, but it also has different programs that allow you to make frozen desserts, soups (you can actually cook them in the blender due to the high speeds), salsas, dips, and so much more. It’s the most versatile blender you’ll ever buy.
Perhaps the best feature, though, is this thing is self-cleaning. You just add a bit of dish soap and warm water to the container, turn on the cleaning program, and you’re done! It’s also super durable and trustworthy, so it’s something you’ll have for years.
Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Low-Profile Container, Black, Self-Cleaning - 1957
If you always find yourself with too many fruits and veggies, getting a great juicer will be worth the investment. They do require a lot of produce even just for one glass, but fresh juice is delicious and so much healthier than the sugar-packed options in the store.
The Muella Austria is a favorite because it’s considerably lower in price than most others and works just as well. It has the same super-high speeds and power as more expensive juicers, and can quickly pulverize carrots, apples, beets, or whatever else you stick in there.
Unlike other juicers, though, this one is sleek and compact, so it won’t take up a ton of space and actually looks nice on your counter. It’s also easy to clean and doesn’t include a ton of different parts.
Mueller Juicer Ultra Power, Easy Clean Extractor Press Centrifugal Juicing Machine, Wide 3" Feed Chute for Whole Fruit Vegetable, Anti-drip, Large, Silver
If you’re trying to eat more veggies for a healthier diet, then steaming is a great way to go. Steaming doesn’t require any oils or butter, so you won’t need to add anything high in fat or calories. It’s also fast and easy, and makes vegetables that taste good!
The Bella Two-Tier Steamer makes steaming super convenient, especially if you’re cooking for a family or trying to steam a few different things. The two-tier design allows for two separate cooking baskets, so you can make an entire meal at once. It also has a timer with auto-shutoff, so it literally does all the work for you.
It’s very easy to use, with a water reservoir view window so you always know when you need to add more, and a quick-start heating system that allows you to start steaming in less than a minute. Plus, steaming in this rather than on the stove frees up stovetop space.
BELLA Two Tier Food Steamer with Dishwasher Safe Lids and Stackable Baskets & Removable Base for Fast Simultaneous Cooking - Auto Shutoff & Boil Dry Protection, 7.4 QT, Black
One fun way to incorporate more veggies into your diet is to make your dishes more interesting and fun and spiralizing can help you do just that. If you wanna make things like zoodles, you really need a spiralizer, like this Seven-Blade Slicer.
The different blades make it super versatile! It can easily convert things like carrots and zucchini into long, spaghetti-style noodles, but it can also finely shred into strands, so you can make curly fries, wide ribbons, and more.
It couldn’t be easier to use, either. You basically just insert a vegetable and turn the handle. It also has strong suction cups on the bottom so it won’t budge as you use it.
Spiralizer 7-Blade Vegetable Slicer, Strongest-and-Heaviest Spiral Slicer, Best Veggie Pasta Spaghetti Maker for Keto/Paleo/Non-Gluten, Comes with 4 Recipe Ebooks
One of the most annoying things about eating a lot of vegetables is the constant slicing and dicing that’s involved. It’s even more frustrating when you have to slice super thin or julienne something.
That’s why this Kitchen Aid Mandoline Slicer can be a real lifesaver. While it is a relatively large item you’ll have to find some storage space for, it can also save you a ton of prep time and make slicing veggies a little safer.
The stainless-steel blades are rust-resistant and can slice basically anything into any shape you want (there are five different thicknesses you can choose from).
The oversized food pusher makes it easy to cut your vegetables without getting your fingers in the way, so you don’t have to worry about handling a knife the wrong way. This is definitely a great shortcut item for any veg lover!
Good cutting boards are an absolute must for anyone who spends time in the kitchen, and especially if you’re going to be chopping lots of fruits and veggies. These Gorilla Grip Cutting Boards are large, strong, durable, and won’t ruin your knives. The set includes three different sizes so you’ll always have what you need.
The strong rubber border and handles ensure these will stay put, so you won’t have to deal with them sliding while you slice. Unlike wood, these also aren’t porous, so they won’t splinter, crack, or peel. You can also out them in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
The Original Gorilla Grip Oversized 100% BPA Free Reversible Durable Kitchen Cutting Board Set of 3, Dishwasher Safe, Nonslip Handle Border Plastic Boards, Juice Grooves, Chopping Food, Cooking, Black
If you make a lot of salads, the OXO Steel Salad Spinner is a must. A colander and salad bowl in one, it’s surprisingly versatile. It dries your lettuce in seconds (no more soggy paper towels) and has a patented brake that allows you to stop it at the push of a button. Plus, the nonslip base prevents it from skidding as it dries.
It’s pretty large and holds a lot of lettuce, so you can use the colander on its own, if you want. When you’re done drying your lettuce, just rinse out the stainless-steel bowl and use it to serve your salad. It’s also easy to store, thanks to the nonslip knob locks—the whole top flattens so it’s not an awkward shape.
As far as the basics go, you definitely need to have a good peeler, and this one from OXO is a trusty option. The stainless-steel blade is very sharp and peels easily, and the handle was made to fit comfortably in your hand.
It’s very efficient and removes just the skin of the vegetable, rather than half the vegetable itself. Many people find Y-shaped peelers easier to use on veggies than the swivel type due to the shape and size.
OXO Good Grips Y-Peeler
Super sharp and efficient.
Of course, good knives are another necessity for prepping veggies and fruits. The Kuhn Rikon Straight Paring Knife is strong, durable, lightweight, and easy to grip. It easily cuts through fruits and vegetables because it’s super sharp.
These also come with covers to keep the blade covered when it’s not in use. The fun, bright colors are a nice bonus, too.
Kuhn Rikon Straight Paring Knife with Safety Sheath, 4 inch/10.16 cm Blade, Red, Yellow & Blue (Pack of 1)
If slicing and dicing vegetables has always been a chore, these kitchen gadgets are the way to make dinner prep a bit simpler.