Dietitian approved healthy gift ideas for the holidays Print

Nutrition minded gift certificates, baskets, gadgets, and more!

Looking for something different to bring as a hostess gift or holiday gift for a friend or family member that is a foodie or health geek?  If you or someone you know is on the path to healthy living, why not plan a thoughtful holiday gift that considers FUN and health? Try these dietitian approved healthy gift ideas!

Healthy gift Ideas for healthy eaters and home cooks

What are some ideas for healthy gift certificates?

Cooking classes (basic, advanced or themed)

  • While not all cooking classes focus on healthy food, one of the single most important skills needed for health is a foundation of knowledge about basic cooking techniques. Make it a date and plan to attend with the friend or family member that you are purchasing the gift certificate for.

Knife skills training

  • Learning how to chop more efficiently and effectively makes spending more time in the kitchen enjoyable. Learn how to chop like a chef and sharpen your knives by attending knife skills training at a local knife shop or cooking school.

Magazine subscription

  • My favorite are those with an emphasis on recipes and fun. Some of my favorites: Canadian Living, Cooking Light, Food and Wine and Eating Well Magazine.

Food tours

  • Chef guided tours of your local farmers market, farm-to-table style restaurant or local producer. Do an Internet search of “food tours” in your local area to see what is available.

Local food and groceries

  • Besides a grocery store gift certificate, consider supporting a local produce delivery service. You may also be interested in searching your local area for Community Supported Agriculture or locally grown meat producers.

Registered Dietitian Visits

  • Registered Dietitians are the only regulated nutrition experts that are highly skilled professionals that can provide customized individual or family help to suit your needs and health goals. Be sure you are working with a Registered Dietitian for credible expertise.

What are some themes for healthy food baskets?

gift basket 1Healthy breakfast basket:

  • Steel cut oats, dried fruit, nuts/seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, mandarin oranges and apples

Healthy appetizer basket:

  • Whole grain crackers, cheese, nuts/seeds, cherry/grape tomatoes, baby cucumbers, hummus, green and purple grapes

Olive oil & balsamic vinegar basket:

  • Fresh whole grain baguette, flavored olive oil and flavored balsamic vinegar

Tea time basket:

  • Reusable mug, loose tea, tea infuser, tea towelsGift Basket 3

Healthy cooking basket:

  • Wooden cutting board, good quality dried spices, flavored olive oil, flavored vinegar

Healthy grilling basket:

  • BBQ stir-fry grill basket, cherry/apple/maple wood chips, oven mitts, red wine

What are some ideas for gadgets that healthy eaters may enjoy?

Kitchen gadgets

  • A few of my favorite tools include: Really good sharp knives (I like Japanese ones since they look sexy!), nice wooden cutting boards, lemon squeezer, citrus zester, muffin batter scooper, vegetable spiralizer (to make cucumber/zucchini noodles!), olive oil sprayer, homemade popsicle molds, mandolin, julienne peeler and BBQ grill basket.

Cookbooks

  • Any of the Dietitians of Canada cookbooks are great for healthy delicious recipes. My favorite basic cooking book is by Mark Bittman: How to Cook Everything.

Kitchen tools

  • Soda stream carbonated water maker, frozen yogurt maker, immersion blender, food processor and Vitamix blender.

Also remember that the best thing you can give to a healthy eater is your time.  Consider homemade vouchers for meals from your kitchen.  A home cooked meal delivered on the weekend or hosted at your place over good conversation is often better than anything you can buy.

If you are looking for gift certificates for Registered Dietitian services or help in the New Year from our team of experienced Calgary nutritionists we can help.  We support our clients at our local office or by phone or video conferencing if you live out of town or prefer the convenience of connecting with us from the convenience of your own home.  We specialize in customized nutrition counselling for meal planning for busy people, weight concerns, sports nutrition, pediatric and family nutrition, eating disorders, diabetes, heart health, digestive issues such as IBS and more. Contact Us for more information.

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I am a family physician who sees patients with a myriad of eating concerns – from wanting to know how to plan healthy meals for active families, to weight loss, to eating disorders, and so on. I cannot recommend the Health Stand team highly enough. I have worked with (and been to!) other Dieticians in the past and too often find that they just ask for food logs and make suggestions that are easily obtained online or in books. The Dieticians at Health Stand offer much more than just telling clients what they “should be eating.” In contrast, the team really does more of a counselling practice, and they work hard to help their clients learn more about why their eating habits may be off track and not optimal for them, as well as helping people to effect change at a deep level that, most importantly, is sustainable for lifetime health.”
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