If you’ve ever wanted a peek into a nutritionist’s kitchen, this is your chance. Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, is a nationally recognized dietitian and the owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. The former magazine editor of publications like Health, Prevention, and Weight Watchers Magazine now shares her expertise with nutrition articles for EverydayHealth.com, FoodNetwork.com, and NBCNews.com. She also runs her own blog, Amy’s Eat List, and serves as a nutrition spokesperson for brands and commodities she loves.
So, how does a nutritionist stock her own kitchen? Below, Amy shares her favorite gadgets and a few of her go-to snacks.
This kitchen tool makes veggie prep and cleanup a breeze! You can easily roast peppers and eggplant without burning the bottoms or having vegetables stick to the tray. You can also cook vegetables without the need for any added oil. Buy it here.
Cottage cheese with fruit on the bottom
This deliciously creamy cottage cheese is my go-to when I want a protein-rich snack. Each of the fruit flavors (you have to try the strawberry) packs in 15 grams of protein, which helps keep you fuller for longer. It’s flavored with real fruit, and a single-serve container only has 9 grams of sugar. I like to top the cottage cheese with peanut butter and banana slices. Yum!
This beautiful stoneware dish allows you to make mini portions of your favorite side dishes or desserts — so you have built-in portion control. I love to use it to make individual portions of mac and cheese. Buy it here.
I feel good about keeping this mayo in my kitchen because it’s made with sustainably sourced oils and 100 percent cage-free eggs. The original version is great for traditional uses in recipes like salad dressings and pasta salads, and the roasted garlic and chipotle varieties add some serious flavor to sandwiches and veggie burgers. Buy it here.
Fruit and nut bars
I keep a stash of these bars in my kitchen. Each bar is 100 calories or less, perfect for when you want a small snack or a healthier treat. Plus, you get a combo of satiating protein, fiber, and healthy fats to help tide you over until your next meal. My favorite is the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate. Buy it here.
I didn’t own a wok until a few years ago and having one has opened up so many doors for creating healthy dinners. I love that this wok cooks at a constant heat without the need for any oil. My favorite thing to make in it is a tofu and veggie stir-fry. Buy it here.
Everyone needs a go-to nut, and mine are pistachios. I like to have a stash of these ready-to-eat pistachios for snacking, cooking, and baking. The Lightly Salted variety is great for minimizing sodium, and the nuts are a great way to add plant protein, fiber, and better-for-you unsaturated fats to your day. I like to add them to oatmeal, swap them out for croutons in a salad to lower carb intake, and mix them into a batch of homemade trail mix. Buy it here.
I eat my dessert out of these colorful little bowls. I find that a ½ cup of ice cream (or a cup of fruit-based nice cream) fits perfectly in this dish, and I love that the bold colors brighten up my kitchen! Buy it here.
Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, is a nationally recognized dietitian and the owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area. She’s a former magazine editor for titles including Health, Prevention, Parents, American Baby, and Weight Watchers Magazine. She now writes nutrition articles for EverydayHealth.com, FoodNetwork.com, and NBCNews.com. Additionally, Amy creates recipes for her blog, Amy’s Eat List, works as a nutrition spokesperson for brands and commodities she loves, and co-runs Master the Media, a media-training e-course for health professionals. Stay in touch with Amy on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and by signing up for her weekly nutrition updates.