THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE! Some of us shout that with joy, others with a note of anxiety. If you are feeling overwhelmed, here’s one less thing to stress about: what to get for the loved ones on your list!
Welcome to the third annual Citron Nutrition Gift Giving Guide of my favorite kitchen tools!
1.) Instant Pot
The Instant Pot is my new favorite kitchen appliance! It’s a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot all in one. I mostly use my Instant Pot as an electric pressure cooker and slow cooker, but it can also serve as a rice cooker.
The Instant Pot is great for cooking soups, steel cut oats, rice and meat in no time at all. This one appliance will save you time, money and space in your kitchen!
2.) Spiralizer Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer
I use my Spiralizer Tri-Blade Spiral Slicer at least twice a week to make “Zoodles!” (zucchini noodles) with pesto, ground turkey or lentil marinara. A spiralizer is an easy and fun way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet and cut down on pasta. I can easily eat a whole zucchini without any guilt!
Other foods that are perfect for the spiralizer are apples, onions, carrots, and cucumbers. This is the perfect gift for those who love to make quick, healthy meals!
3.) NutriBullet Blender
The NutriBullet is a great gift, especially for people who want to make one or two smoothies in the morning.
It’s fast, powerful and comes with an awesome recipe booklet for soups, hummus, guacamole and more!
4.) Oil Spritzer
I don’t know how I lived without this! An oil spritzer helps me use less oil when I’m cooking or “spraying” my salad. Fill the bottom portion with your favorite olive oil and it sprays a light, healthy mist!
For gift giving, consider pairing it with a high-quality, extra virgin olive oil or even an infused oil (Some of my Atlanta local favorites are from Oli + Ve). I use my oil spritzer for roasting vegetables, on salads, and to spray sauté pans or sheets for baking.
5.) S’well Water Bottle
S’well insulated bottles not only look good, they do good! They are made from non-leaching, non-toxic stainless steel, and keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
S’well’s mission is to eliminate the growing problem of plastic bottles — each year an estimated 50 billion plastic bottles are dumped in U.S. landfills.
And finally, S’well partners with many charities to help provide clean water and reduce waste. This is a gift that keeps on giving!
6.) Tea Infuser
This tea infuser just makes me smile while I steep loose-leaf green tea on a cold winter day! And green and black teas are an excellent sources of phytochemicals and polyphenols — a powerful type of antioxidant that helps fight disease and build your immune system.
You can find a wide variety of cute and colorful infusers on Amazon. For gift giving, pair an infuser or two with your favorite loose-leaf tea and a S’well bottle!
7.) Immersion Blender
I use my immersion blender to puree soups all winter long, and it’s so much faster and easier than a blender or a food processor. An immersion blender lets me puree the soup right in its original pot, so I have one less thing to clean!
Immersion blenders also work well for small batches of smoothies, pesto and other sauces, and even baby food.
8.) NexTrend Garlic Twister
I have tried so many garlic presses, but they are usually so messy or difficult I always go back to chopping garlic myself – until now! With the NexTrend Garlic Twister, you just twist back and forth, and you have perfectly minced garlic!
9.) Insulated Lunch Bag
An insulated lunch bag helps you take care of the environment while keeping your food cold at work, school and on the road!
One of my favorites is the PackIt® Insulated Personal Cooler/Lunch Bag.
PackIt comes in lots of styles and colors, and keeps your food cold for up to 10 hours. You just put it in the freezer overnight (like you would an icepack) and then take it out to fill it with your lunch. It’s also good for baby bottles, travel, sports games, and more. When you’re not using it, the cooler folds up and there’s no bulky icepack to store. For an extra-special gift, pair it with a reusable Bamboo Utensil Set (shown above).
10.) Prepworks Onion Chopper
Slicing and dicing vegetables and fruits has never been easier. It is so nice to be able to chop an onion without the tears! I use my Prepworks Onion Chopper by Progressive all the time, from prepping onions and peppers for my homemade guacamole to chopping vegetables for my homemade soups. Definitely a timesaver!
11.) Avocado Saver
Avocados are a great source of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (the kind that help lower “bad” cholesterol) and each one is packed with 20 vitamins and minerals – including Vitamin A, C, E, K and powerful B vitamins; Folate, Potassium, Magnesium, Copper, Iron and Zinc. No wonder it is a super-food!
But if you’re like me, you don’t use the whole avocado at one time. How to save the other half so it doesn’t spoil? The Avocado Saver, of course! There are many different styles online, and they are designed to keep a cut avocado fresher, longer.
12.) Citrus Press
I love to start my day with warm lemon water. A citrus press has become one of my favorite kitchen tools, because it makes fast work of squeezing lemons – and leaves the seeds behind! It also works great with limes, tangerines and small oranges.
I hope my healthy Gift Giving Guide has given you some great ideas for friends and family on your list. These kitchen favorites also make great hostess gifts!
You can find gifts like these or similar styles online at Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Williams-Sonoma, Sur LaTable, etc. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please feel free to email me or reach out to me on my Facebook page!