If “abs are made in the kitchen” then what should your kitchen include? You definitely want your food prep space to support your efforts as you work for those elusive abs!

Here are a few suggestions.

1. Crockpot

This is such a no brainer, I hate to even mention it. But I rely on mine so much, I have to give it a shout out. Nothing is better than coming home from a long day and smelling dinner when you walk through the door.

If you’re struggling with the dinner hour, and you’re making poor choices because you’re not prepared, a slow cooker could be your game changer. I know the days of the week that usually prove to be the most stressful for me so I plan to make those my crockpot days. I always turn to the Paleo sites for recipes…those folks know how to make meat taste GOOD!

2. High Power Blender

I LOVE my Blendtec! I’ve used this versatile gadget to make hummus, soup, smoothies, frothy coffee, and of course to blend protein shakes.

Check out this amazingly tasty soup that I tweaked just a bit from Happy Herbivore.

Black Bean Soup:
4 cans black beans, rinsed & drained
1 container fresh salsa
1 box low sodium vegetable broth
1-2 tsp cumin
Frozen corn to taste

Add 1/2 the beans, salsa, cumin, broth to your blender and process until everything is liquid. (I use the “smoothie” setting) In a pot on your stovetop, add the liquid, the rest of the beans, and the corn and cook on medium until everything is heated through and it thickens up a bit.

Easy and delicious!

3. Dehydrator

I use my dehydrator a LOT. I make my own turkey jerky so I can have a little bit more control over the salt content and so I can avoid the nitrates. It also comes out much less expensive!

I simply slice up turkey breast tenderloins and add them to a large baggie with low sodium soy sauce and a few drops of Liquid Smoke. Marinate for several hours or overnight and then dehydrate.

We also like to slice up apples, sprinkle with some cinnamon and make apple chips. Zucchini & summer squash make delicious veggie chips as well. Just sprinkle with garlic salt.

The great thing about a dehydrator is that you can run it while you sleep so prepared food awaits you in the morning.

4. Spiralizer

Possibly my favorite, just because it’s so much fun! This gadget helps you get dinner ready FAST!

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I make the easiest meat sauce by browning some lean ground turkey, garlic, & chopped onion. Then I add a couple of cans of basil & oregano flavored diced tomatoes. Let it simmer for awhile to thicken up and then add salt & pepper. (Need something even quicker? Brown the turkey as suggested and then add a jar of marinara or your favorite low sugar tomato sauce.) Then I spiralize several large zucchini and serve the meat sauce right over the top. I don’t even cook them because I like the crunch. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley and you have a delicious low carb meal.

5. George Foreman Grill

An indoor grill can save the day. Especially if you’re in the midst of heavy food prep. You could have some soup or chili cooking in your crockpot, some veggies roasting in the oven, and some chicken grilling indoors, all at the same time.

A well stocked & healthy kitchen could include so many more great items. Some of these I use daily, and some of these are on my Christmas list: A couple of cast iron pieces, a magic bullet or immersion blender, a rice cooker, an oil spritzer, a great set of knives, a digital scale, a juicer.

If you’re serious about those abs, it might be time to really think about whether or not you’ve set your kitchen up for success.