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Christmas Gifts For Healthy Cooking

Updated on April 25, 2014
Gifts from the heart and for the kitchen help any cook celebrate all year long!
Gifts from the heart and for the kitchen help any cook celebrate all year long! | Source

Lots of people see the wisdom of eating healthy, and many want to make some changes in their diet. But what if they don't know where to start? Without the right tools, anyone can feel too overwhelmed and give up.

You can help make the Christmas the beginning of new things for someone you care about. The theme of of this batch of gift ideas is helping the recipient create their own healthy dishes. Whether they want to try a new recipe or technique or re-vamp their lifestyle, you can give a present with lasting impact!

A package of favorite spices and herbs is an unexpected treat!
A package of favorite spices and herbs is an unexpected treat! | Source

Gift Baskets for Cooks

Healthy eating beginners and veterans alike always appreciate having some quality materials to work with. That can be the basis of a fun and practical gift.

You can purchase two or three nutritious ingredients to stock their pantry, like quinoa, flaxseed meal, oat flour or even organic cereal. Find some ideas for using each one in their daily meals and snacks, then tuck an index card with the info into the basket alongside the items.

Spices and herbs are an essential part of kitchen success, both for the flavor and health benefits they bring. Pull together a collection, either old favorites to get them started or exotic new ones if you know they’re more adventurous! With just a little online research, you can make up a little user guide with tips, even a recipe or two.

Also, books such as the Handbook of Herbs and Spices (Vol 1 & 2) by K V Peter provide valuable information about the nutritional value of seasonings and how to incorporate them into a daily diet in a delicious way.

Other Thoughtful Gifts For the Kitchen:

A gift certificate for a healthy cooking lesson from a local expert

A kitchen food scale

A recipe book of healthy versions of someone's favorite kind of meals (i.e. lighter comfort food or chocolate desserts!)

An offer to help clean out and overhaul someone's pantry - a new start toward better nutrition.


Cookbooks with good recipes and practical tips can be some of the best tools in the kitchen.
Cookbooks with good recipes and practical tips can be some of the best tools in the kitchen. | Source

Cookbooks

When I decided to improve the way I made food for my family, I was unsure where to start. A vegetarian cookbook gathering dust on my shelf came to my rescue. In it I found great nutrition advice and some recipes to start trying.

Now cookbooks are geared towards nearly every taste preference, with or without meat. Books by Food Network stars Ellie Krieger and Rachel Ray offer ideas for lightening up everything from comfort food to dinner parties.

Cooking Light magazine has pulled together several collections, including slow cooker and baby food recipes. Even Betty Crocker and Pillsbury have joined the movement toward healthy and lower-calorie meals.

As a bonus, lots of these cookbooks include detailed instructions and pointers - important teaching tools.

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A steamer simplifies making healthy vegetables.The right cooking equipment gives any cook a great start.Any cook will feel more at home in a kitchen where they see their name displayed!
A steamer simplifies making healthy vegetables.
A steamer simplifies making healthy vegetables. | Source
The right cooking equipment gives any cook a great start.
The right cooking equipment gives any cook a great start. | Source
Any cook will feel more at home in a kitchen where they see their name displayed!
Any cook will feel more at home in a kitchen where they see their name displayed! | Source

Non-Food “Foodie” Gifts

Presents to equip a kitchen can extend beyond the food on the shelves right into the decor. How about an “Eat Local” calendar by Maria Schoettler, or Sweet Fine Day’s “A Year In Food” calendar to brighten the wall?

A couple of small watercolors or photos with a food theme can make someone smile every day as they work. Getting a little porcelain frypan with my name on it helped me to claim my place in the kitchen.

Another option is to buy utensils or supplies they’ll need as they learn new cooking techniques. A good steamer for vegetables, a stir-fry wok or even a nice clean new set of measuring spoons can inspire the cook.

Juicers can be an invaluable tool for someone who wants to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption in a more convenient way. Non-stick pans and baking sheets reduces the amount of oil and butter needed to prepare dishes.

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      Heather Adams 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks, Cheryl! I love the idea of passing along practical ways to eat and live healthier - what better present can we give the people we care about, really?

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Voted up and great ideas. I love cook books and new recipes. Great hub.

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      Heather Adams 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I'm so glad to be able to help - enjoy your holiday season!

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      Some real great gift ideas, thanks Heather63, this can only help my cause...voted uP!

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