Healthy food gifts for the fit chick
Put a smile on the face of the foodies on your list this season with our top gourmet gift picks -- with a healthy twist. From kitchen gadgets to citrus-infused olive oil, we put together some delicious and nutritious ideas for anyone who loves to cook (and eat).
Soda Stream Pure Seltzer Starter
The vast majority of carbonated beverages contain a lot of sugar and little else. But now the discerning foodies on your list can make their own sparkling drinks at home. The starter kit contains everything you need to make fresh sparkling water from the stuff that comes out of the tap. Add a twist of lemon or lime (or a splash of juice) and you have a tasty, low-calorie alternative to soda.
If there are any vegetarians on your list who make tofu a kitchen staple, the TofuXpress is a great gift. This nifty kitchen gadget easily presses water out of tofu (which works a lot better than stacking a cutting board and your heaviest cookbook on it). The less water it has, the better it cooks, whether you bake, fry or grill it. The device can also be used to press the liquid out of other foods, like thawed frozen spinach.
We were instantly intrigued by this DIY mushroom growing kit. Any mushroom lovers on your list will dig the chance to grow their very own pearl oyster mushrooms. In about 10 days they'll get 1.5 pounds of oyster mushrooms (grown right in the box) to add to a stir fry, salad, omelette or whatever else strikes their fancy.
Ice cream should be a once-in-a-while treat, but the creamy sweet stuff can be hard to resist (even in winter). Solve the ice cream dilemma with this device that turns ripe frozen bananas into a fun frozen dessert. Add frozen berries, nuts or dark chocolate to really boost flavor. The kit comes with the Yonanas Maker, recipe book, popsicle molds and frozen fruit container.
O Signature Series Citrus Olive Oils
We've all heard about the health benefits of olive oil – but it also tastes great, especially when enhanced with other flavors to give even more of a pop to your meals. Give the gift of deliciousness with this set of six citrus-flavored oils – blood orange, jalapeno lime, Meyer lemon, clementine, Tahitian lime and grapefruit. The oils are packaged in a reusable bamboo tray.
Noble Glass Travel Thermos
Tea drinkers on your list will appreciate this stylish glass thermos for sipping their favorite blend on the go. The double-paned glass design keeps tea hot or cold depending on your preference, and the removable strainer makes it easy to steep no matter where you are.
30 Minute Mozzarella & Ricotta Kit
While we know cheese isn't exactly a superfood, we love the idea of making it as a way to really appreciate its decadence. Give the foodie who has everything this cool kit that comes with everything they need to make fresh ricotta or creamy mozzarella 30 times. All you need to supply is milk.
Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor to food without calories or salt. The AeroGarden makes it easy to grow herbs, salad greens or even vegetables indoors, year round. We especially love the fact that even someone with no green thumb can get results. The system is designed to be foolproof and plants grow under built-in automated grow lights.