We are continuing our three-part series of healthy gift ideas. This part focuses on healthy eating. We all know that making good food choices can be a challenge at times (or all the time). Getting support for this can come in the form of spending time together with meal planning, preparation, or cooking. Healthy gift ideas that help with improved nutrition can save time, money, stress and improve overall health. They might even make it fun!
- Cooking Class: A cooking class could be an opportunity to spend some time together. The class could be a gift for someone else, or better yet, you could do this together!
- Cookbook: Recipes are available online, but it’s so nice to have cookbooks available at your fingertips. This is something that I know I would love to receive, but can’t seem to spend my own money on.
- Magazine subscription: Along the lines of a cookbook, getting a monthly magazine can provide new ideas for meals and snacks. Every months is a new surprise.
- Memberships or meal delivery services: These services seem to be growing by the day. With working parents and busy families, a healthy meal delivered to the door would certainly be a welcome gift. There are also memberships that allow you to go with a group of friends to prepare meals ahead of time that you can bring home to cook or freeze.
- Grocery delivery: Along the lines of meals being delivered, this service might be slightly cheaper. I got this “gift” for myself on my birthday and it just keeps giving. I use it 3-4 times a week and it saves me tons of time and stress of constantly running to the store for fresh food. It has been worth every penny.
- Gift cards to healthy restaurants: Since we are on the topic of food, going out to eat is a treat. No food preparation or clean-up. Consider local restaurants with healthy or local flavor.
- Farmer’s market share: You can support local farmers and give a great gift by buying a share in the farm. This might run more expensive than some other gifts we have mentioned but it provides fresh produce over months and again, keeps giving each week.
- Healthy spices or seasonings: The blandest of meals can be flavored with healthy herbs and spices. A nice set of healthy seasonings could enhance many dishes.
- Reusable water bottle: Yet again, these are so nice to have but it might be hard to justify spending 30+ dollars on a water bottle that keeps your water cold for 8+ hours. I got one as a gift and LOVE it, but I never would have spent the money on myself. These can help reduce unwanted calories, reduce waste of plastics, and help promote drinking more water throughout the day.
- Reusable lunch boxes / kits: Okay, so this one might not sound that exciting but I am telling you it’s great having reusable lunch containers. It can help save money, time, and reduce overall calorie consumption! Eating out is expensive, time consuming, and can pack a ton of calories. Making lunch is more fun with nice containers; food is fresh and tastes better.
- Kitchen gear: This list could go on for awhile but if you have that foodie in your life that likes to cook, even inexpensive kitchen tools could be really nice. Examples of things I have received and love include a garlic press that I use 3-4 times a week and I love it. I have also gotten a Bullet that gets used almost every morning! Both of them have made my life easier and are always used for healthy food preparation. Other kitchen gear ideas could include things like a blender, juicer, or new knives.
Hopefully some of these healthy gift ideas come in handy. We have one last blog featuring fitness! See you soon.