Managing diabetes in the kitchen doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Having the right kitchen tools available will make cooking for diabetes easier—and maybe even a little fun.

Some kitchen gadgets and tools stand above the rest and can make cooking for a healthy diet healthier and easier. Here's a list of five kitchen tools that your kitchen should have.

1. Steamer. Steamed vegetables add healthy nutrients to any meal. There are many varieties of steamers available for every budget, including electric, bamboo, or stovetop baskets. By adjusting the cook time, you can have tender or crisp vegetables ready in just a few minutes.

2. Slow cooker. Every kitchen should have a slow cooker for hassle-free meals. A slow cooker takes all the cooking time off your hands, and dinner is ready when you get home from work. With just a few ingredients and a couple of hours, dinner couldn’t be easier to put together.

3. Oil mister. Using olive oil when cooking adds flavor and nutritional benefits. Buying your own oil mister will let you choose the grade of olive oil. The mister evenly sprays over vegetables before baking or roasting and allows more control over the amount of oil used.

4. Portion-control measuring tools. It can be hard judging how much a cup of vegetables is on the plate or how much meat equals three ounces. Using measuring cups or a food scale can help you accurately gauge how much you are eating.

5. Infusion pitcher. Flavored water is always a hit during the long summer months and tastes great after a workout or when you’re craving something sweet. The flavor combinations are endless: blueberry-mint, lemon-rosemary, strawberry-lime…the list goes on and on. With so many options, you won’t need soda or juice.

Most of these items can be found at your local supermarket, and everything listed can be found online.

To learn more on this topic:
Slow Cooker Diabetic-Friendly Recipes
What to Eat: Diabetes Meal Plan
Not All Olive Oils Are Created Equal