10 Smart Gift Ideas For The Healthiest Cook On Your List

Chances are, the healthy eaters in your life are also avid cooks. After all, cooking for yourself is associated with a vast array of positive health outcomes, not the least of which is a longer life.

And while most kitchen gear can accommodate good-for-you recipes, some gadgets can actually inspire healthier fare. Many of these kitchen gifts aren't necessarily the sort of thing you'd buy for yourself, but they are a great way to treat a loved one to something fun and indulgent that also promotes well-being. How many health-minded gifts can you say that about?

Read on to learn more about how to dazzle the chef in your life.

Tea is seriously good for you, thanks to a dose of antioxidants called polyphenols that can help with everything from cancer protection to weight maintenance. This tea infusing system is beautiful and does the job nicely -- plus, you can avoid those silky tea bags that are actually made of plastic.
The winter months are high on decadence, low on fresh, local vegetables. Help your health-minded pal jazz up sad grocery store veggies with this microgreen grow kit. Research has shown that some microgreens have up to 40 percent higher concentration of nutrients than their fully grown counterparts.

And what's more local than your own windowsill?
If you haven't tried zucchini noodles (or "zoodles"), gift one of these and invite yourself over for dinner. Paleo or gluten-free chefs can recreate pretty much any pasta dish with ribbons of vegetables, cranked from the spiralizing blade of this slicer. Need some recipe ideas? Look no further.
While the jury's still out on kombucha's claimed health benefits, there's no denying that the tart, sparkling beverage is a good low-sugar substitute for soda, beer and other caloric drinks. What's more, it's full of the same live and active cultures that make yogurt such a panacea for digestive problems. Plus, it's fun to make -- and easy, too, with Kombucha Brooklyn's step-by-step brewing kit.
Juice enthusiasts swear by the jolt of energy they get from a green elixir. As long as you don't overdo it on the sugar -- or go on a juice fast -- fresh-pressed fruits and veggies can be a wonderful addition to a healthy diet. They're also exciting to cook with. The Tribest, given TheSweetHome seal of approval, was a favorite for its slow juicing, which means a greater overall yield of juice and nutrients.
Bringing your own lunch to work isn't very glamorous, but it is both financially and health savvy. Most basically, it means you can control how many calories -- and what ingredients -- go into your midday meal. Why not jazz up that paper bag with this sleek, MOMA-approved container?
Between heaps of added sugar, odd-tasting sugar substitutes, carrageenan and, apparently, corn or tapioca starch, we sure put a lot of additives in our yogurt. Why not help your loved one make his or her own? Yogurt improves digestion, may stave off colds and prevent high blood pressure, and it's even implicated in reducing belly fat.
Anyone who's tried to cook healthfully with a household of fewer than four knows that one major problem is wasted produce. And you're less likely to buy the good stuff if you know that cucumber is just going to soften and rot at the bottom of your produce bin. Enter these cute food savers -- not only do they stave off spoilage, they're shaped and colored to represent what's within, making it easy to organize without peeping into every mystery container. Save everything from onions and peppers to herbs and berries.
Smoothie makers, bulletproof coffee addicts and soup aficionados rejoice: This is the only blender on the market with an actual horsepower engine. The blender comes with its own cookbook full of fresh soups, dips and more. You can make your own nut butter -- or one of several bread doughs.
Steaming is one of the best cooking methods to preserve nutrients, according to Shape magazine. It's also a good way to lock in flavor without using a ton of cooking oil. This food steamer allows you to steam a whole meal at once -- and cuts down on pots to clean.
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