Gift Ideas for Healthy Eating
Be a pal to your friends who are trying to eat healthy because the tide doesn’t flow in their direction. Come to their aid with stocking stuffers that make it easy to eat healthy food. Stocking stuffers are thoughtful and playful, and the price is right. They might even be the most used gifts.
How can you help the healthy eaters - actual and aspiring - on your list? Make it easy for them to eat fruit and vegetables, of course! The message has been the same for 20 years: Americans should eat 9+ servings of fruit and vegetables a day, but currently we average 4 servings - if you count French fries and potato chips. That's too bad because not eating fruit and vegetables can make a mere mortal sick over time.
And so, to make it easy to do the right thing, choose from these 25 little gifts. Stay healthy. Save time and money. Reduce aggravation. Now, that’s a great gift.
Gifts That Keep Produce Fresh
Truth be told, Americans throw their produce in the trash. Research shows that households chuck 14 percent of the food they buy. Enough is enough. Protect your investment with these handy gifts.
Progressive International Lettuce Keeper, $12.10
One container doubles as a colander and water reservoir with an adjustable vent to regulate air circulation and moisture. Keeps salad fresh for up to 2 weeks.
Progressive Onion Keeper, $7.99
Maintains freshness and eliminates odor from cut onions. No more stinky iced tea.
Hutzler Garlic Saver, $2.80
Ideal storage conditions for garlic: cool, dark, with good air circulation.
Healthy Harvest Freshness Extender, $14.66
A pack of two "eggs" that remove ethylene gas to seriously reduce the rate of ripening. Place one in a vegetable crisper drawer and another in an open-air fruit bowl.
Peak Fresh Re-Usable Produce Bags, $6.95
Ten re-usable 10 x 16 inch bags that remove ethylene gas to extend freshness. You can wash and reuse the bags again and again.
Harold Import Company Avo Saver, $3.98
How can you keep half an avocado? This gadget slows oxidization for several days (instead of several minutes).
Kalron Lemon/Lime Saver, $3.95
Keeps cut citrus fresh, fragrant and colorful for up to one week.
Hutzler Tomato Saver, $3.89
Keeps cut tomatoes fresh. No more soggy, wet tomatoes.
Progressive International Berry Keeper, $7.99
Functions like the Progressive International Lettuce Keeper. No more moldy berries.
Evriholder Nana Saver- Banana Saver Clip, $3.39
Plastic clip slips over a cut banana to keep it fresh longer.
Evriholder Apple Saver, $3.99
Cool gadget slips over a cut apple to keep it from turning brown.
Gifts That Clean Produce
Unless go organic, then you and your children eat in harmful pesticides and other foreign chemicals along with your produce. And all produce harbors bacteria. That's why these gadgets make great little gifts.
Oxo Good Grips Flexible Vegetable Brush, $3.95
Sturdy bristles are easy to hold, easy to clean, and very durable.
OXO Mini Salad and Herb Spinner, $24.99
The best salad spinner in a small size for berries, herbs, or salad for two. The pump mechanism makes it easy. Stop wasting paper towels.
Progressive International Set of 4 Chopping Mats, $9.83
These 11 X 15-inch flexible mats keep foods separated. Bend the mat and slide it straight into the pot. Dishwasher safe. Rolls up for storage.
Citrus Magic, Fruit & Veggie Wash, 16 oz, $4.69
Removes water-resistant pesticides, fungicides and waxes from produce. Proven to be 300% more effective than water alone. Made of 100% natural ingredients from citrus fruit, corn and coconut.
Gifts That Make Produce Easy to Prepare
Peel, slice, grate, chop, wait for it to cook. These gadgets keep produce from sucking up your time.
Oxo Good Grips Mini Chopper, $11.99
Makes easy work of chopping garlic, shallots, ginger, chili peppers, nuts, herbs - all the small stuff. Stays sharp. Easy to clean.
Leifheit Feel It Stainless Steel Line Peeler, $8.99
Fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. Makes peeling a breeze.
Zyliss Fresh Cut Salad Knife, $3.95
Serrated plastic blade clean cuts leaves to keep them green longer. Lightweight. Also great for cake and bread.
Microplane Grater/Zester, $11.95
Easy grating for carrots, citrus zest, ginger, and parmesan cheese. Extremely sharp!
Zyliss Susi DeLuxe Garlic Press, $14.99
Place the whole clove, skin and all, into the press and squeeze. Swiss precision. Easy to clean.
Trudeau Stainless Steel Avocado Slicer/Pit/Rind Removal Tool, $5.99
Easily slices and removes avocado pit and rind. Eat more avocados for their healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and creamy taste.
Oxo Steel Mango Splitter, $14.99
Sharp blades easily slice a mango in half leaving nothing behind on the pit. Eat more mangoes for their antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and delicious taste.
Chef'n Sleekstor VeggiSteam Steamer, $11.99
An 8-1/2-inch silicone steamer that won’t scratch pans. Microwave safe. Toss that old stainless steel basket.
Norpro 5-1/2-Inch Terra Cotta Garlic Baker, $7.99
Take a fresh garlic bulb, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh thyme, bake for 45 minutes, spread on French bread. Heaven on earth.
Handy Pantry Sprouter Jar w/ Sprouting Strainer Lid, $9.95
Grow nutritious sprouts at home in this one quart glass jar with a plastic strainer lid. Seeds and instructions are included.
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Have you tried any of these gadgets? Do you have gifts to recommend?