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In just a few weeks, more than 40% of people will resolve to eat healthier, according to a study by Statista.  It’s a common New Year’s resolution that can also help you reach other goals like saving money and shedding a few pounds.
One way to set yourself up for success and avoid becoming part of the majority who give up by February: meal prepping.
Meal prepping is a popular method among the fitness and wellness community. It involves cooking and portioning several days worth of meals in one sitting. This process saves time and keeps you on track by ensuring you always have a healthy, ready-to-eat option at your fingertips — so long as you eat the meals you prepare.
Juggling breakfast, lunch, and dinner all at once can feel like a daunting task and can take some time to master. However, these seven meal prep tools on Amazon can make cooking, portioning, and cleaning up easier in the new year.
Glass Storage Containers
Storage containers are a must for meal preparation. The PrepNaturals Glass Meal Prep Containers come with three portion-controlled compartments for all your sides. The air-tight, smart-locking lid prevents messy lunchbox leaks. Another reason to choose glass over plastic? Not only are these BPA-free containers microwave-, dishwasher-, and even oven-safe, they also make for easy clean-up without stains or lingering odors.
Digital Food Scale
Whether you’re hoping to try out new recipes or want an exact portion size, a food scale will come in handy. The Etekcity Digital Kitchen Sale is a clear choice with over 126,000 reviews and a 4.6 star rating. It measures fluid ounces, ounces, grams, and milliliters in 0.05 oz/1g increments, so you don’t have to worry about conversions. The tare function allows you to zero out your scale between each item with ease. Thankfully the batteries come pre-installed, so you can take it out of the box and start cooking right away.
Spending all day chopping vegetables is the last thing you want to do when you’ve got multiple items to cook. The Mueller Pro-Series Chopper does most of the work for you. This 10-in-1 meal prep tool comes with 8 different detachable blades to slice, dice, chop, and grate all your produce. The container holds 7 cups allowing you to batch your food. It claims to be 10X faster than cutting by hand, much cheaper than pre-chopped vegetables, and is sure to become one of your favorite meal prep tools.
Rapid Egg Cooker
Boiled eggs are a staple for many easy meal prep diets. Eat them for breakfast, add them to a salad, or keep them handy as a snack.The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker cooks up to six eggs to the perfect doneness without the guesswork. Along with soft, medium, or hard boiled, you can also make omelets, poached or scrambled eggs with just a bit of water and the push of a button.
Squeeze Salad Dressing Bottles
If you’ll be loading up on salads, the Timiuu Squeeze Dressing Bottles might be just the thing you need for your meal prep. Each container is made with 100% food-grade silicone and holds 2oz. The flexible, leak-proof design gives you an easy and compact way to carry sauces, dips, and dressings without soggy messes. The 4-pack also comes with a brush for thorough cleaning.
The Instant Pot will be your meal prep holy grail when you’d just rather set it and forget it. This 9-in-1 acts as a rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, and so much more. With it, you can whip up soups and grains, like rice and quinoa, or make proteins and other big batch meals with little work on your part. Cleaning up is also a breeze thanks to the dishwasher-safe lid and inner pot. Plus, it comes with 800 recipes on the app to give you plenty of healthy meal prep ideas.
- New Year’s Resolution for 2019. Statista Research Department, 2018. https://www.statista.com/statistics/953560/new-years-resolution-us/
Cody Horton is a freelance journalist based in St. Petersburg, FL. When not writing he enjoys spending time with his two young children, kayaking, and running.