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Foodie gifts for the healthy gourmet

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Gourmet gifts for the health conscious foodie

For the healthy gourmet who loves crafting up nutritious, delicious meals, this foodie gift guide is a one-stop gift shop for kitchen gadgets and gourmet goodies made with the health conscious foodie in mind.

Holiday gift guide for the health conscious foodie

Brod & Taylor Folding Bread Proofer ($148)

For the healthy gourmet who would rather bake her own bread than pull a loaf off the supermarket bread shelf, the Brod & Taylor Folding Proofer delivers a warm, draft-free place at the ideal temperature and humidity to obtain a consistently bakery-caliber rise for every loaf of yeast-risen bread. The Folding Proofer offers a capability similar to the large proofing cabinets used by professional kitchens at a fraction of the cost. As a bonus, its sleek, European-inspired design provides a spacious interior when in use and then folds nearly flat for easy storage in a drawer.

Brod & Taylor Folding Bread Proofer ($148)


Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano DOCG ($60)

This Umbrian full-bodied red wine, produced by Arnaldo Caprai, the acknowledged leader in Sagrantino, boasts a high concentration of healthy polyphenols from grapes you won't find anywhere but in Italy. While the wine is good for your health, it is also a palatable wine to enjoy with or without food. It has soft and velvety flavors in the mouth with hints of vanilla on the nose. It is intensely aromatic and pairs well with pasta, lean meat and aged cheese.

Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano DOCG ($60)


Powell & Mahoney Pomegranate ($7)

The Powell & Mahoney Pomegranate, known as an antioxidant superpower, was initially mixed as a pomegranate martini and created for at-home entertaining. As word spread, it struck a chord with hosts and hostesses and soon became a household phenomenon from coast to coast. "Simple, crisp & refreshing" was our objective in developing our all-in-one solution for your home entertaining. With a touch of lemon and orange, this perfectly balanced mix is great with vodka, tequila and gin.

Powell & Mahoney Pomegranate ($7)


Pure Dark Chocolate (prices vary)

No gourmet gift guide would be complete without featuring a premium dark chocolate selection. Pure Dark offers amazing dark chocolates made with minimal processing that deliciously exude the deep, intense flavors of the cocoa pod. Championed by celebrity chef Candice Kumai, Pure Dark comes in slabs, barks, rounds and nibs (our favorites are the Chipotle Cinnamon Dusted Rounds and the Sea Salt Rounds).

Pure Dark Chocolate (prices vary)


Cat Cora's Organic Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($14)

Cat Cora's Kitchen Organic Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from the first cold pressing of handpicked olives. It is completely natural and has a well-balanced flavor with hints of green vegetables, asparagus, freshly mowed grass and green olives. In 2008, it was awarded a Bronze Medal in the L.A. International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition.

Cat Cora's Organic Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($14)


US Wellness Meats gift certificate (starting at $25)

A US Wellness Meats gift certificate is just the thing that your fit meat-loving foodie needs. US Wellness Meats feature grassland beef that contain vitamins A and E, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids (nutrients not typically found in commercially raised beef). Their meats are also free of hormones, antibiotics and steroids. In addition, your healthy gourmet can take her pick of grassland lamb, poultry, bison and rabbit as well as grass-fed dairy products, wild caught seafood and a variety of other fun foodie goodies.

US Wellness Meats gift certificate (starting at $25)


Citruspod ($10)

For the healthy gourmet who knows the health and flavor value of fresh squeezed citrus, the Citruspod is the world's first-ever 3 in 1 citrus station. Available in yellow (lemon) or green (lime), the Citruspod has a built-in cutting board for prepping citrus garnishes and twists, a squeezable silicone top that's easy to grip for simple juicing while the dual, pulp-free and seed-free filters keep hands mess-free. After slicing and squeezing, store remaining citrus right in the pod to stay fresh in the fridge. Compact in size, the Citruspod also makes a great stocking stuffer for the mixologist on your list who would rather invite friends over for a drink than go to a bar.

Citruspod


Dansko ProXP (starting at $140)

This is an absolute must-have for the healthy chef who is on her feet in the kitchen for hours a day and craves pain-free cooking comfort in her feet, legs and back. A favorite among professional chefs, the Dansko ProXP clogs are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), meet all slip resistance standards and feature a supportive triple density footbed (that can be replaced with an orthotic insole) complete with a steel shank for lateral stability and a water-resistant protective thermoplastic toe box. Available in six different high-quality leathers including patent and cabrio and a variety of colors, the Dansko ProXP is exclusively available at The Walking Company.

Dansko ProXP (starting at $140)

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