13 Top Kitchen Essentials {MOST are under $30!}

13 Top Kitchen Essentials {MOST are under $30!}

Ever wonder what must-have equipment is in a nutritionist’s kitchen? Have you ever read recipes and you really wanted to create that recipe, but you find out you don’t have the kitchen equipment to make it? I mean you could always improvise, but certain kitchen equipment can make cooking EASIER and more enjoyable. 

Because, let’s be real, do you really want to chop everything by hand (especially if the recipe calls for a lot of chopping)? I didn’t think so – so I rounded up all my equipment that I use all the time. These are things that I just couldn’t live without….

Slow Cooker

I mean, who doesn’t love a slow cooker? This creates easy + healthy meals for the busy parent to come home to a cooked hot homemade meal. Not to mention this tool is pretty affordable! >>>>>> I WANT IT!

Pressure Cooker

This is another gadget that can help create healthy + easy meals in minutes. The slow cooker cooks foods slow (duh), but can take from 4-8 hours. A pressure cooker can fully cook frozen chicken breasts in 25 minutes or sweet potatoes in 12 minutes! WOAH! You can cook meats, veggies, grains, yogurt, and so much more! >>>>>>>>> I WANT IT!

Food Processor

Want to ease up on the chopping + mincing? A food processor will be your best friend. Plus, this gadget will help make food items, like hummus. >>>>>>>> I WANT IT!

Hand Mixer

You don’t have to have a whole expensive set-up of a mixer to bake like a pro. This hand mixer is perfect for baking or simply just stirring. Never hurt your wrist again with whipping up something. 😉 >>>>> I WANT IT!

Coffee Grinder

Want to grind up whole coffee beans to keep your coffee as fresh as can be? Or even grind up herbs to become a powder? A coffee grinder is what you’ll need! >>>>>>> I WANT IT!

Electric Tea Kettle

Want to heat up water for your French press coffee or tea without having to boil water on the water for a while or use the microwave. This electric tea kettle boils water in seconds >>>>> I WANT IT!

Apple Slicer

Because how else are you going to slice apples evenly? A must-have for all parents + apple lovers >>>>> I WANT IT!


I know, I know, this is a little bit of splurge. But, you’ll be surprised what this baby can do blend, puree, heat liquids up, and so much more! >>>>>>> I WANT IT!

Ceramic Pan

This pan will literally make your cooking experience enjoyable! A pan that avoids the chemicals in teflon pans, but is non-stick and cooks food fantastic. >>>> I WANT IT!

Grill Pan

Don’t want to start up the grill outside, but want those fancy grill marks and want to be indoors with a grill effect? We love our cast iron grill pan! ‘Tis the JAM! >>>>>>> I WANT IT!

Cast Iron

I love cast iron to sautéed, sear, fry, and bake things! I love being able to cook on the stove top, but leave everything in the pan and put it all in the oven to finish off my recipe! Plus, you know these pans last forever, right? >>>>> I WANT IT!

Citrus Squeezer

No more getting juice on your hands, seeds in your recipes, and get all the juice out of your favorite citrus items! >>>>> I WANT IT!


Want to get creative with using different vegetables? Zucchini noodles, sweet potato noodles, beet noodles, carrot spirals, I mean the list literally can go on. Plus, veggies cook WAY faster when they are made this way! Make healthy meals that kids enjoy!>>>>> I WANT IT!

What are some of your must-have kitchen gadgets? Do you have any of these?

Lahana Vigliano

Lahana Vigliano is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and CEO of Thrival Nutrition. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Science and currently pursing her Masters Degree in Nutrition Science and Functional Medicine. Lahana and her team help support women who struggle with weight loss, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, and many other lingering issues that leaves women not feeling their best. She uses food as medicine, as well as herbs and supplements when needed, to support her clients. She looks at the whole body holistically making sure women are understanding how nutrition, sleep, stress, and their environment impact their health. Connect with her on Facebook + Instagram (@thrivalnutrition).