They say it takes a certain amount of willpower and the right mindset in order to eat better in the new year and the full 364 days that follow. We agree. You’ll need both of those things—and you’ll also need the right tools. After all, you can’t very well, say, eat more fruits and veggies if you don’t have the proper gadgets to prep or cook them in first place, right? We’ve got you covered, though, with the best tools to help you throughout the year. If you’re hoping to eat better in 2019, this list is for you.
January: Chef’n Citrus Juicer, $25
Believe it or not, winter is when most citrus fruits are the sweetest and juiciest. And a squeeze of lemon or lime can do oh-so-much to flavor your food. This juicer can help you wring out every last drop of juice. Use it to splash citrus over roasted vegetables, fresh salads (instead of store-bought dressings), fish, and more.
February: Williams Sonoma Avocado Slicer & Cuber, $13
February is the start of avocado season. It’s also the Super Bowl. So while your friends are scarfing down mediocre “hot” wings, stick to the guacamole, which you can easily make using this slicer and cuber. The tool helps you easily get out all of the flesh and it also creates uniform pieces—long slices or square cubes—so you can use it to make a salad or sandwich, too.
March: All-Clad 7-Quart Gourmet Slow Cooker, $280
If you don’t already have a slow cooker (or an Instant Pot), March is your month to get one. It’s still pretty darn cold in most of the country so you’ll want to use it to make all the soups and stews. Plus, there are plenty of Spring- and Summer-worthy things you can make in a slow cooker. Our Summer Minestrone comes to mind, for example.
April: OXO Pressure Cooker Silicone Egg Rack, $12
Got that Instant Pot handy? Good, because hard-boiled eggs made in the Instant Pot are some of the creamiest you’ll ever have. Whether you’re making a bunch for Easter or you just like hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, you’ll find this egg rack to be a must-have. It holds nine eggs (or 18 if you get two racks and stack them) in an upright position to make sure the insides cook evenly all the way through.
May: Microplane Herb Mill, $20
Fresh herbs, like lemons and limes (see: January), are another great way to add flavor to otherwise boring dishes. Grilled chicken? Scrambled eggs? Salads? They all benefit from herbs. And this herb mill makes it incredibly easy to add to them to and dish. Use the built-in stripper to remove the herbs from their stems and then use the mill part to evenly mince things up without pulling out your chef’s knife.
June: OXO Stainless-Steel Salad Spinner, $50
We have two words for you: farmers markets. With the bounty of fresh produce that’s about to be headed your way, you’re going to be in Salad Heaven soon. Every kitchen needs a salad spinner and we like this one because it’s sturdy, does its job in no time flat, and is extra easy to operate.
July: Watermelon Pop Slicer, $10
Have you ever seen anything more fun than this watermelon cutter? It instantly turns a slice of watermelon into a treat and will make you forget all about that ice cream cone you’ve been thinking about. We speak from experience when we say that kids AND adults love this thing.
August: Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender, $550
August is bound to be scorcher this year, we just know it. Keep your cool with smoothies. Lots and lost of smoothies. There’s no better smoothie machine than the Vitamix. It pulverizes ice and chunks of fruit to make the, um, smoothest smoothies.
September: Williams Sonoma Prep Tools Adjustable Apple Slicer & Corer, $23
What to do with all those apples you’ll be picking? Slice them up, dunk them in some peanut or almond butter, and enjoy a healthy and filling afternoon snack. This slicer has an adjustable dial, which you can set to cut eight or 16 slices. Keep it in your desk drawer at work and if you’ve got a good chunk of time between meetings, set it for 16 slices so you can enjoy a leisurely snack while you check your email. In more of a time crunch? Go with eight slices.
October: Paderno Spiralizer 4-Blade, $50
The weather’s going to turn soon and a giant bowl of pasta is going to start sounding pretty darn perfect. Don’t undo all the good work you’ve done so far this year! Instead of carbo loading for no reason, turn to zoodles. This countertop gadget comes with an angel-hair shredder, chipper, fine shredder and straight blade, plus a bonus accessory to create accordion cuts. And we’ve got a bunch of spiralizer recipes that are sure to hit the spot.
November: Calphalon Elite Nonstick 3-Piece Fry Pan & Sauté Pan Set, $96
Not only is nonstick cookware super easy to clean, it also doesn’t require any extra oil when you cook in it. That means no added calories for butter or olive oil. This three-piece set (including a 10-inch fry pan and a three-quart sauté pan with lid) is one of our favorites and can cook up a meaty main and a vegetable-heavy side dish.
December: Williams Sonoma Touchless Tare Waterproof Scale, from $50
Holiday baked goods get a bad rap. While, yes, it’s entirely possible to eat adorably decorated sugar cookies for dinner. It’s also possible to choose better-for-you treats this time of year. We’re talking crisps and cobblers, banana bread, and oat muffins. The key to any top-notched baked good: a scale instead of a measuring cup. It gives you a more accurate reading, resulting in a better treat. Our touchless, waterproof scale couldn’t be easier to use.