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Gifts for the fit foodie

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...

Fitness kitchen gift guide

If there's a health and fitness fanatic on your holiday gift list, we've got you covered with this fit foodie gift guide to kitchen gadgets, cookbooks and health foods.

Nature box sampler

NatureBox 3-Month Subscription

(NatureBox.com, $60)

For less than $20 a month, you can give your favorite fit foodie a NatureBox delivery, which includes four to six snack-type items "curated" by a nutritionist and sourced from local growers and independent food suppliers across the U.S. Every scrumptiously healthy snack included in the box is free of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors. With measured portions, NatureBox snacks make it easier on snackers to resist overindulging in unwanted and unhealthy calories.

Omega juicer

Omega Mega Mouth 390B Juicer

(OmegaJuicers.com, $150)

The Omega Mouth Juicer is ideal for the fit chick who starts her day with a generous glass of ultra-fresh juice. The extra large feed chute accomodates large portions of fruit for less time prepping breakfast. Designed for commercial use, this heavy duty unit will outlast the most avid juicing pro. It's attractive black-and-chrome finish makes it a stylish addition to any kitchen, too. As a bonus, it comes with a 10-year warranty.

Turbo fan salad spinner

Turbo Fan Salad Spinner

(Dexas.com, $30)

Every health-conscious cook tosses a gorgeous antioxidant-rich salad at least once a day. The Turbo Fan Salad Spinner is a must-have in the fitness kitchen. Unlike conventional salad spinners which only use centrifugal force to spin moisture from greens, this 5-quart kitchen gadget actually adds large voumes of air to blow water off of salad ingredients. It pulls in air and blows and spins water out so your favorite salad eater will have drier greens, veggies and fruits.

Tfal yogurt maker

T-Fal Balanced Living Yogurt Maker

(Amazon.com, $38)

Give your fitness chef the T-Fal Yogurt Maker so she can conveniently make her own yogurt while avoiding added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial ingredients. The unit comes with seven (5.5 ounce) jars with lids that have adjustable date codes, digital controls and countdown LCD timer that beeps when yogurt is ready, automatic shut-off and a recipe book. Yogurt has never been healthier and easier to make.

Vegetarian spice collection

Spices of Lezzet Vegetarian Collection

(LezzetSpices.com, $66)

This flavor-intense collection of spices was designed for the health-conscious vegetarian or vegan cook. It features spices and salts specifically selected to complement plant-based cuisine. Spices and salts include turmeric, cumin, isot pepper, Mediterranean oregano, cinnamon, sweet purple basil, cyprus black lava salt and more. The set comes with 10 jars of spices packaged in Spices of Lezzet's signature box.

Wearever cookware

WearEver Pure Living 5-piece Cookware Set

(Amazon.com, $59)

Wondering what to get that eco-cook on your holiday shopping list? WearEver's Pure Living 5-piece Cookware Set is the answer. Pure Living offers green chefs the "purest" way of cooking their food as the ceramic coating is a safe alternative to Teflon and other nonstick coatings. This durable, scratch- and stain-resistant set is cadmium-, lead-, PTFE- and PFOA-free, ovensafe to 750 degrees F., dishwasher safe, and can be used with metal utensils. It includes a 3.5-quart jumbo cooker with vented glass lid, 3-quart saucepan with vented glass lid and 12-inch saute pan.

Bee raw honey flights

Bee Raw 9-Varietal Honey Flight

(BeeRaw.com, $78)

Honey is a healthier choice than sugar and will delight your fit foodie when it comes from Bee Raw Honey. Bee Raw offers raw, unfiltered varietal honey that comes from a single floral source. Every honey is selectively sourced from around the country from family-owned apiaries and comes in a 1-ounce vial that is hand-corked and sealed with beeswax and packaged with a beautiful handcrafted oak block. This sweet honey collection has raspberry, orange blossom, sage, sweet yellow clover honeys and more.

GH Creator popcorn sampler

G.H. Cretors Popcorn Sampler Pack

(GHCretors.com, $20)

For the fitness foodie who loves to snack on all things good-for-you and great tasting, the G.H. Cretors Sampler Pack includes five different types of popcorn, including sweet and savory offerings. What's so great about this popcorn? It's all natural! You won't find any artificial flavors or colors, gluten or GMO ingredients. It is made with fresh creamery butter and sweetened with brown rice syrup. Not only is it an amazing snack food, it won't blow any New Year's diet resolutions.

Herbivoracious

Herbivoracious

(Amazon.com, $17)

One of our favorite health-conscious, plant-based cookbooks, Michael Natkin's cookbook Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes is a must-have resource in a fit-minded kitchen. In addition to gorgeous, satisfying vegetarian, vegan and even gluten-free recipes, Natkin provides ample advice on crafting meat-free meals that deliver adequate protein and other nutrients. Recipes include Blue Potato Tarts, Pear and Gouda Salad, Sicilian Spaghetti with Pan-Roasted Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and Apple Hash, Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding, and Caramelized Raisin Sundaes. Even if your favorite health foodie is a meat-eater, she will adore the many side-dish and dessert options in this cookbook.

Quinoa revolution

Quinoa Revolution

(Amazon.com, $20)

The authors of Quinoa 365 are back with another quinoa-centric cookbook that will healthfully fill the belly of your fitness chef. Quinoa Revolution by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming is protein-packed with more than 150 healthy quinoa recipes under 500 calories. As a bonus, all of the recipes are gluten-free. This book not only offers tips for different dietary concerns, it provides a delicious array of quinoa recipes ranging from breakfast to dinner, light snacks to desserts. Recipes include Red Velvet Waffles, Chipotle Corn Chowder, Korean Beef Wraps, Carrot and Raisin Sprout Salad, Chicken Masala, Blackberry Brulee, and Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars. There's something for every diet in this tasty tome of quinoa recipes.

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