They won’t shut up about kale, flax seeds, matcha, juicing, protein powders, superfoods, low-carb this, and clean-eating that. You listen and nod, meanwhile planning your next bacon-cheeseburger. To each her own. Wellness is big these days, so you must know at least one person who’d appreciate a Christmas gift with health in mind.
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Be careful not to insinuate with your gift that your friend, family member, or spouse needs to lose weight, especially if he or she hasn’t mentioned any such health goals to you. These holiday gift ideas are best for people who make it their lifestyle to be healthy, who do it because it’s a passion or philosophy. Or maybe your loved one needs your help after a serious diagnosis. Use your discretion, for the love of all things delicious and holy.
Remember, healthy eating doesn’t have to mean tasteless, joyless eating. These are not mutually exclusive concepts, by no means. And you never know, the idea might just rub off on you. After you polish off that cheesecake of course.
People who love food and strive for health know not to buy those bags of microwave popcorn. Oh, the chemicals. Your lovable health nut can pop healthier popcorn with hot air in this maker that’s easy and requires no oil. Kernels go into a popping chamber, and hot air sends as much as 10 cups of popcorn up and out the chute right into a waiting bowl. And it all takes less than three minutes. Spice it well afterward, of course.Buy Now
For the friend who likes to carry around a water bottle, upgrade that healthy portable practice for her or him, and in a fancy spa-like way. This 32-ounce water bottle creates fruit-infused water, juice, iced tea, and lemonade. It’s leak-proof and BPA-free. We can taste the cucumber water now.Buy Now
This is a great tool for anyone on a low-carb, Paleo, raw, vegan, or gluten-free diet. They can make “pasta” with beets, zucchini, and squash, slice some sweet potatoes into curly fries to be bakes, plantains can transform into tortillas for huevos rancheros, and spiralize salads with nests of carrots and other vegetables.Buy Now
Even health nuts crave fried food on occasion, and an air fryer means they can indulge while significantly cutting down on the grease. So if you’re feeling generous and you know someone who’s been reluctant to get another appliance but already has an Instant Pot (or other pressure cooker), this would be a perfect gift. It’s a lid that attaches to any 6- or 8-quart pressure cooker and turns it into an air fryer—you’ll be saving them calories and counter space. It comes with a basket and a few other tools, all dishwasher-safe. You can also buy the CrispLid on Amazon, or use code CHOWHOUND10 to get 10 percent off on the Mealthy site. See our executive editor’s Mealthy CrispLid review for more info.Buy Now
This ceramic-coated sheet pan is free from toxic chemicals and more abrasion resistant than traditional nonstick, but still releases foods effortlessly and cleans up in a snap. Made of professional-grade, heavy gauge steel, this pan also ensures even heat distribution, delivering extra-crispy results without the need for excess oil.Buy Now
Now here’s a way to do a lunch salad. Eating healthy on the move is easier with this container that keeps your delicate greens separate from the toppings, and the dressing separate and sealed from everything else. With the locking clips and rubberized seal, the food stays fresher longer. The BPA-free container can hold up to 4.65 cups of food. If you want to add a little something extra, consider bundling this with one of our favorite salad-centric cookbooks for inspiration.Buy Now
This sleek, slim sprayer is aimed to keep its user slender too. Pour olive oil or another heart-healthy oil into the bottle and it will mist onto your salads, potatoes, and other vegetables, so that you use just enough to coat food with flavor. This sprayer keeps its user from drenching his or her food in oil, which loads on extra calories. (It also comes in a fetching crimson color.) Buy Now
This is a gift you give your significant other, parent, or child—or a boss you want to impress. It’s not a casual friend gift, unless you’re rolling in dough. But the Omega juicer is the best there is when it comes to cold-press juicers. You want cold-press because heat kills a lot of the nutrients you’re trying to extract in the first place. But this small appliance isn’t merely a juicer. It can make nut butters, pasta, baby food, grind coffee and spices, whip up soy milk, juice wheatgrass, and mince herbs and garlic as well. And it’s still not as expensive as a Hurom.Buy Now
If you know a health-focused foodie who’s also often too busy to cook, and if you’re feeling extra generous, gift them a subscription to Sakara, a superfood meal delivery service that provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even Beauty Water and Detox Tea. It has celebrity fans like Chrissy Teigen and all the food is completely plant-based, organic, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Basically, it takes all the guesswork out of eating healthy and keeps things interesting to boot. Check out our Sakara review for more info—and for other options, see The Best Healthy Meal Kits to Try in 2019.Buy Now
For more great gift ideas, see our Gourmet Food and Drink Gift Guide, and our Best Kitchen Gadgets, Tools, and Appliances Gift Guide.
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