To fully experience maximum health, it needs to be a part of our lifestyle. For me, going to the gym is just as much a part of my daily routine as taking a shower or brushing my teeth. (I don’t go to the gym every day, but you get the idea) Although you do have to bust your ass in the gym to get results, the food we eat contributes more to our success or failure. You can’t outwork a bad diet. Fortunately, there are some gadgets we can use that make this a lot easier.
- Food Scale
Anyone who is really serious about getting in great shape uses a food scale. Yes, you can get away with eyeballing your food quantities if you just want to get in decent shape – but if you want to take it to the next level you need to be accurate.
You can’t track your macros if you don’t weigh your food out.
I know what you’re thinking, what a pain in the ass right? To be honest, yes it does feel that way at first. But before long, it becomes second nature and realistically it only adds 30-90 seconds to your meal prep anyway.
The level of control that you have over your diet by using a food scale makes it a worthwhile habit to pick up.
Here’s the food scale I use:
After two years of daily use it still works the same as the day I got it and I haven’t had to change the batteries or anything. It’s not the fanciest one, but it had great reviews on Amazon when I got it. I’m sure you can find one with more features, but this is enough for my needs.
Be sure to check the reviews before buying a different food scale because some of them are notorious for being inaccurate and that defeats the whole purpose.
What a great appliance – you can make entire meals in a blender in just minutes. If you’re new to the fitness lifestyle you’ve probably noticed that everyone loves to make shakes and smoothies. The reason why they’re so popular is because they’re convenient in several ways.
- You can weigh out your individual ingredients and toss an entire meal in there based on your macronutrient needs.
- It’s very easy to find recipes that are nutritious and actually taste good.
- They’re great to take with you on the go, or to throw together when you’re pressed for time.
This is the blender I use:
Unlike the food scale, blenders wear down quickly when you use them a lot. I’ve owned so many blenders and had yet to find one that can hold up for more than a year or two, until I broke down and got a Ninja.
They are definitely worth the price tag in my opinion. I’ve only had this one for a little over a year, but it is still going strong. This thing can turn ice cubes into shaved ice in seconds, it’s awesome!
Also, unlike most blenders, this one blends very evenly. Since it’s so powerful you can throw in broccoli or kale and not end up with big chunks in your smoothie.
The only downside is that there are more pieces to clean, but it’s easier to clean than previous blenders so I’d say it’s a fair trade off.
- Crock Pot
I don’t see this mentioned a lot and I think it gets overlooked too often. A Crock Pot is so convenient to have because of the time you save with meal prep. What I like to do is cook all of my meat at once and then store it in the fridge. I don’t care for tupperware because of the chemicals in plastic and they just don’t hold up long, so I store my food in pyrex storage containers. (In general I prefer glass over plastic for storing and serving food or drinks)
Here’s my Crock Pot:
I just use this simple one and it gets the job done. I actually just bought this one a few months back to replace one I had for years that was passed down to me and I didn’t see any need to get one with the other features – just my take though.
Let me explain how I use it to save time. What I typically do is toss in about 3 lbs or so of whatever meat I’m cooking and mix in a ton of seasoning. If you use the right seasonings ( I like Mrs. Dash) you won’t be adding any additional calories or sodium. Check the labels!
I don’t pay much attention to how long I cook it for, honestly it’s hard to screw that part up. Either I’ll leave it on low for an entire workday or on high for about 4-5 hours. The slower you cook, the more tender the meat will be.
Then I take the meat and put it in a storage container in the fridge and I have about a week’s worth of meat from less than 5 minutes of work. When I’m ready to eat I just measure out how many ounces I want and heat it up with the rest of the food and I’m good to go. I like to keep at least two different cooked meats on hand so I don’t get tired of eating the same thing every meal.
One benefit that I love about the Crock Pot is that the meat is very tender and juicy so it tastes great even if it’s been sitting in the fridge for several days. When you store food that you grill or sauté, it’s usually pretty dry when you reheat it.
- Water Filter
This is very important to have because the amount of chemicals in most cities’ water supply is horrible. I prepare my coffee/tea with filtered water and do ALL of my cooking with filtered water as well.
Fortunately I have a filter built into my fridge that I use, but I used to use this Brita filter. A reusable water filter is much cheaper than buying bottled water and you don’t have to replace the filter that often.
What more can I say about filtered water that hasn’t already been said? Don’t be cheap with your health, avoid drinking tap water when at all possible. Or don’t, it’s up to you.
I hope that helps you guys out. I know there’s nothing groundbreaking here, but a lot of people have no idea where to start when they begin their fitness journey. Life is all about balance. You won’t stick to a healthy diet if it becomes too much work, so look for ways to make it easier on yourself.
What about you guys, what are some of your favorite kitchen gadgets? Let me know in the comments.
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