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Posted by Joan Salge Blake December 4, 2012 05:01 PM
Are you stumped as to what to buy a person this holiday season that has “everything?” In fact, are you one of those people who are a shopping nightmare for those who want to buy you a gift? Make life easier for yourself and those who will be shopping for you by considering one of these trendy, healthy holiday gift ideas that are guaranteed to keep giving throughout the year:
Does someone on your list drink too many sugary beverages daily for their own good? Since soft drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks are the No. 1 source of added sugars in the diet of Americans, this gift will save any lucky recipient tons of sugar and money throughout the year. Place sliced fruit or better yet, cucumbers, in the center infuser of the pitcher and pour in the water. Keep the pitcher in the refrigerator for an unbelievable refreshing no-calorie and no-sugar added chilled beverage for less than $20. Bonus: You can say also “goodbye” to recycling all those soft drink bottles and cans. With this beverage replacement, you’ll never drink soft drinks, even diet sodas, again. I promise. Buy it online here.
The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook by nutrition expert Janet Helm, MS, RD and the editors at Cooking Light proves that with the right tools, both delicious and healthy can happily coexist in any lifestyle. This unique collection of more than 250 road-tested recipes, tips and solutions has done all of the thinking for you. Each section dishes up brand-new secrets to living a healthier life, straight from more than 50 nutrition and fitness experts, bloggers, chefs and Cooking Light readers. Click here to order it on Amazon.
For all the cheese lovers on your list, a cheese plane and a microplane are culinary must haves. While they are yummy and creamy, whole milk cheese, such as Manchego, baby Swiss, Asaigo, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, is the No. 1 source of heart-unhealthy saturated fat in the diets of Americans. An easy way to enjoy these cheeses, but not at the expense of your heart, is by using a cheese plane or microplane, which allow you to savor smaller portions. Cheese lovers can use these nifty gadgets to slice their beloved delicacies paper thin for added flavor on a sandwich or grated to a fine dusting on entrées without adding tons of saturated fat. Both the cheese plane and microplane can be ordered online for less than $15 each.
Many Americans are falling short of consuming the recommended minimum 2.5 cups of veggies daily and often cite the preparation involved as a barrier to consuming Mother Nature’s finest. The Progressive International Veggie Chopper slices and dices veggies in seconds, which can then be added to soups, casseroles, salads, chili, and stews. This veggie chopper is so easy-to-use that it is like having a prep chef helping in the kitchen. At less than $25, it’s cheaper than a chef and can be purchased online here.
No matter the age of your gift recipient, fruit smoothies are loved by both young and old. This hand blender allows you to whip together yogurt, slightly defrost frozen berries, and a splash of skim milk for 100% delicious fruit smoothies in minutes. With this gadget around, it will be a snap to consume the minimum recommended 2 cups of fruit daily. Buy it online here.
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Originally published on the blog Nutrition and You!.
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About the authorJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program. Joan is the author of Nutrition &You, 2nd Edition, More »
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