Eat­ing healthy—made fast!

Peel­ing, juic­ing, slic­ing…prepping good-for-you foods can re­quire some ex­tra ef­fort. To the res­cue: happy kitchen gad­gets—all un­der $20— that lend a help­ing hand!

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Veg­etable savers

These cups em­brace cut pro­duce in sil­i­cone “hugs” to keep veggies fresh longer. The set fea­tures four sizes, per­fect for an ar­ray of pro­duce. Bonus: They also work as makeshift lids for opened cans of food! (Food Hug­ger Set, $10, Un­com­mon­Goods.com)

Stay-crisp con­tainer

Stor­ing veggies up­right in cold wa­ter keeps them crunchy for up to two weeks—and this holder makes it a cinch to do! Sim­ply place cut veggies like car­rots or cel­ery in­side, then add wa­ter. At snack time, lift the han­dle to strain wa­ter and grab a stick! (Veg­gie Holder, $17, Ama­zon.com)

Fun fla­vor in 1-2-3!

Adding le­mon or lime juice to sal­ads or veggies just got a whole lot eas­ier—and less messy! Sim­ply pop a citrus wedge into the base of this fun-to-use mini juicer and press, then pour the juice out of the spout. (Trudeau Citrus Juicer, $4, Bed­BathAnd­Be­yond.com)

Eas­ier way to open any jar!

Pickles, tomato sauce, jelly... This nifty opener loosens even the most stub­born jar lids. Sim­ply place its loop over a twist-off lid, ad­just the slide to tighten then gen­tly twist and voilà, the jar in­stantly opens!

(Joie Jar Opener, $3 each, Con­tain­erS­tore.com)

Safer slic­ing

It’s not al­ways easy to cut up evenly sized slices of fruit and veggies. The fast fix: this vi­brant kitchen gizmo that guar­an­tees safe, uni­form slices! The prongs hold food in place and act like guides so you can cut quickly. The re­sult? Per­fectly sliced veggies in sec­onds! (Slice Nice Prongs, $4, JoieShop.com)

Mul­ti­task­ing tote

Re­us­able cloth shop­ping bags col­lect grime and are hard to clean, but this spa­cious plas­tic tote sparkles af­ter a quick wipe with a dis­in­fect­ing cloth. Plus, it’s sturdy enough to hold plenty of food, in­clud­ing heavy pro­duce! (Hinza Tote, $19, Con­tain­erS­tore.com)

Mess-free helper

Whether you’re stor­ing left­overs or prepping meals, this gad­get makes it easy to fill plas­tic bags. Sim­ply clip the bag in place and ad­just the “arms” to the nec­es­sary height and fill! The base grips to any counter, so the whole process is mess-free. (Jokari Baggy Holder, $7, Ama­zon.com)

So-smart peeler

This leafy find makes fast—and neat—work of peel­ing citrus! Sim­ply press the tool into the top of an orange, grape­fruit or other citrus fruit, then slide it down and around the fruit. Voilà—a per­fectly peeled snack! (Peel Ap­peal, $8, An­im­icaUSA.com)

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