Healthy Food Lovers Guide to Gifts Under $30
Hi friends! I thought it would be fun to share our kitchen favorites in a Healthy Food Lovers Gift Guide. In this post you will find tools that our family uses daily to help with food prep, healthy snacking, and daily routines. The items on this list are certainly not the most romantic! However, sometimes useful, practical gifts are appreciated. I find using these tools simplifies tasks and promotes healthy living. Everything on this list is under $30! Please note I am not getting any kickbacks (no affiliate marketing here) – rather I’m sharing products that we love and use daily.
Number one on my list is an apple corer, slicer, cutter, wedger, thingie (you can order one on Amazon here: Apple Corer. Bob got our first one (he loves gadgets!) and we use it every single day. Somewhere along the line we picked up a 2nd one…for when the first one is dirty? Not sure why we own two although come to think of it, it’s the type of thing that is put away in random spots so it’s handy to have a backup. The girls take fresh apple slices every day in their lunches and we snack on them at home as well. Trying to efficiently cut an apple without waste into perfect little wedges is near impossible after using a coring tool. Love these! It will be the healthiest $7 you spend.
In a similar category is the strawberry huller. I thought this was a silly thing when Bob first showed it to me with excitement last year- it’s not to hard to pull off the green leaves on a strawberry or cut off the top of it. Once you use a strawberry huller, however, you will never turn back. It takes the center out so cleanly and beautifully without wasting a bit of the yummy sweet fruit part. Once the center hull of the strawberry is removed you can slice up the berries or pop them straight into your mouth. To order one for only 6 bucks, go to the following link: Strawberry Huller.
Next up is the mini colander. I own several of these and use them every single morning. I have two dark purple ones (good for raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries) and a couple in this lime green as well (good for grapes). I love that they are small enough to wash breakfast portions of fruit and berries. I keep them out all morning after the girls are gone for snacking. I find that if there is fresh, washed fruit readily available we eat it up! At almost $9 per mini colander these are well worth it. They are durable and long lasting – I’ve had mine for two or three years now. To order yours go to: Mini Colanders.
I realize tongs are an odd gift idea but I do love my kitchen tongs! I use them for everything from fetching cooked turkey bacon from the pan to gently handling steamed vegetables. The rubber tips work well as they don’t break up the soft steamed veggies and are easy to clean. I have the smaller ones in the set pictured. To order your own awesome kitchen tongs go to: Kitchen Tongs.
It seems that every year there is a new trendy water bottle. They keep getting bigger and better. Our girls know that I will not say no to getting them nice water bottles if it means they will hydrate. The Hydro Flask is insulated so it keeps your cold drinks cold and your warm drinks warm. The girls have the large size (32 ounce). You can get the smaller size (18 ounces) for just under $30 here: Hydro Flask water bottle.
I must have 4 pairs of kitchen shears. I picked up a few at the flea market for cheap awhile back. I use them to cut up small herbs like cilantro and chives. I also like cutting my turkey bacon into bite sized pieces. Although reasonably priced I find to be durable and long lasting. You can order them for 5 bucks a pop from Amazon here: Heavy Duty Kitchen Scissors.
Bella Personal Size Blender
We have owned a few different brands of personal blenders through the years. We currently have this Bella Rocket Blender and it has lasted surprisingly well. The motor and blades are decent – powerful enough to make basic fresh fruit smoothies. Our girls like making almond milk smoothies for breakfast or snacking. You can order one for about $23 – great price for what you’re getting. It is convenient to make individual portions of smoothies in personalized flavors.
Grocery Cart Bags
How great are these reusable grocery bags? Ok so I don’t own this item but it peaked my interest. I came across them working on this post. These grocery cart bags fit in standard sized carts – clever! Seems they would work especially well going through the self check out line. The smallest bag (blue one) has an insulated lining. For better or for worse the traffic is thick starting in the early afternoon in our area. It is often a challenge just getting home on weekdays. I’m not sure I’m wanting to commit to a set of 4 hanging bags, even at $29 – I certainly would try one…especially the little, blue insulated bag.
I promise to tempt you with either a holiday cocktail recipe or a Christmas cookie recipe soon – both? Thanks for sticking around for my tangent in consumerism.
We got our tree up and decorated with the help of my folks over the weekend:
How about you? How are you ringing in the holidays so far??