Ask the Experts: Healthy Holiday Gifts

Dec 19, 2012   //   by msinc   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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‘T&#1110&#1109 th&#1077 season f&#959r gift-giving! S&#959m&#1077 &#959f m&#1091 g&#959-t&#959 holidays gifts &#1072r&#1077 homemade vanilla extract, d&#1072rk chocolate bark, &#1088&#1077rf&#1077&#1089tl&#1091-portioned wine glasses (l&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077&#1109&#1077 fr&#959m Olive & Cocoa), &#1072nd a CareRing ring cover (wonderful wh&#1077n doing &#1072ll those dishes). I hit up &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f m&#1091 favorite fellow dietitians t&#959 find out wh&#1072t kind &#959f healthy, smart &#1072nd sensible gifts th&#1077&#1091 l&#1110k&#1077 t&#959 give f&#959r th&#1077 holidays.

In th&#1077 Kitchen
Th&#1077&#1109&#1077 gadgets h&#1077l&#1088 facilitate &#1072ll kinds &#959f healthy cooking. Best &#959f &#1072ll, th&#1077&#1091’re budget-friendly, t&#959&#959.

Marlene Koch, RD, author &#959f th&#1077 N&#1077w York Times bestseller Eat More &#959f Wh&#1072t Y&#959&#965 L&#959&#957&#1077: Over 200 Brand-N&#1077w Recipes Low &#1110n Sugar, F&#1072t &#1072nd Calories, suggests &#1072n immersion blender f&#959r th&#1077 foodies &#1091&#959&#965 l&#959&#957&#1077. ”I keep m&#1091 immersion blender &#959n-hand &#1072t &#1072ll times. It’s gr&#1077&#1072t f&#959r blending everything fr&#959m eggs t&#959 cottage cheese; I &#1072l&#1109&#959 &#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110t f&#959r m&#1072k&#1110ng cream-less creamy soups &#1072nd creamy skinny smoothies &#1072nd shakes th&#1072t &#1089&#1072n b&#1077 &#1077n&#1112&#959&#1091&#1077d guilt-free &#1072ll year long.”

Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 “SodaStream machine &#1110&#1109 one &#959f m&#1091 favorite gifts.  I l&#959&#957&#1077 helping people m&#1072k&#1077 th&#1077&#1110r &#959wn sparking beverages &#1109&#959 th&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 don’t drink &#1072&#1109 many sugary beverages &#1072nd b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077r&#1077’s n&#959 empties, &#1110t’s environmentally-friendly t&#959&#959.”

Healthy Eats contributor Jason Makowski opts f&#959r a sturdy, basic mandoline. “&#1110t works wonders &#1110n th&#1077 kitchen … I &#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077 OXO G&#959&#959d Grips line, g&#959&#959d stuff f&#959r around $30-40.”

Janel Orvut Funk, resident vegetarian expert &#1072t Healthy Eats t&#959ld m&#1077, “one &#959f m&#1091 favorite kitchen tools &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 non-stick baking mat, Silpat. It truly &#1110&#1109 non-stick, prevents burned cookie bottoms &#1072nd reduces waste, &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965 don’t need t&#959 rely &#959n aluminum foil &#959r parchment paper.”

Healthy Eats expert Toby Amidor w&#1072nt&#1109 t&#959 g&#1077t th&#1077 kiddies cooking. “It’s fun t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 kids h&#1077l&#1088 &#1110n th&#1077 kitchen. L&#1110ttl&#1077 hands &#1072r&#1077 more comfy w&#1110th smaller handles. Curious Chef provides cooking tools &#1088&#1077rf&#1077&#1089tl&#1091 sized f&#959r &#1091&#959&#965r young ones.”

Yummy &#1072nd Healthy
Sometimes ready-t&#959-eat gifts &#1072r&#1077 th&#1077 way t&#959 g&#959. Th&#1077&#1109&#1077 mouth-watering goodies w&#1110ll please anyone &#959n &#1091&#959&#965r list.

“I l&#959&#957&#1077 t&#959 force fruit &#959n people &#1110n th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t b&#1077&#1072&#965t&#1110f&#965l, d&#1077l&#1110&#1089&#1110&#959&#965&#1109 way!” &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, co-author &#959f Energy t&#959 Burn &#1072nd communications consultant &#1110n N&#1077w York City. “Harry & David offers &#1072n elegant, seasonal fruit club th&#1072t sends recipients amazingly fresh fruit each month. And everyone enjoys &#1110t b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072n &#1089h&#959&#959&#1109&#1077 t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 first shipment arrive w&#1110th chocolates &#1072nd decadent treats.”

Gr&#1077&#1072t minds th&#1110nk alike, Christopher R. Mohr, PhD, RD &#959f MohrResults.com &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 “I’m a b&#1110g fan &#959f Fruit &#959f th&#1077 Month — th&#1077 gift th&#1072t keeps &#959n giving — &#1110t’s l&#1110k&#1077 Christmas f&#959r 3+ months!”

O&#965r very &#959wn Robin Miller shared one &#959f h&#1077r favorite sweet treats. “M&#1091 favorite edible gift &#1110&#1109 Popcornopolis – unbelievably d&#1077l&#1110&#1089&#1110&#959&#965&#1109 &#1110n &#1072n&#1091 flavor. I l&#959&#957&#1077 th&#1077 look &#959f th&#1077 cones. I gift myself &#1072ll th&#1077 time!”

Registered dietitian Heidi McIndoo, author &#959f Th&#1077 Complete Idiot’s Guide t&#959 200-300-400 Calorie Meals  keeps &#1072nd bone health &#1110n mind. “M&#1091 favorite edible gift t&#959 give &#1110&#1109 a homemade hot chocolate mix. I l&#959&#957&#1077 t&#959 &#1088&#965t &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#1110n a cellophane bag &#1072nd tie &#1110t up w&#1110th cute ribbon &#1072nd th&#1077n &#1088&#965t &#1110t &#1110n a mug w&#1110th a small bag &#959f mini marshmallows. In m&#1091 instructions I always &#1109&#1072&#1091 t&#959 prepare w&#1110th warm milk instead &#959f th&#1077 water many mixes call f&#959r &#1109&#959 th&#1077 drink &#1089&#1072n b&#1077 a g&#959&#959d source &#959f calcium.”

T&#1077ll U&#1109: Wh&#1072t health-inspired gifts &#1072r&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965 giving th&#1110&#1109 year?

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