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The health industry is a booming one, which means there’s no shortage of options when it comes to gifts for the health nut in your life. But with so many choices out there, it can be difficult to narrow them down to the best ones, especially if you’re not totally sure what kind of healthy lifestyle your recipient follows. Luckily, as a self-proclaimed health nut myself, I’ve tried a lot of gadgets and tools and I’ve been able to weed out the good and the bad. Based on my own experiences—and several thousand internet reviews—I compiled this list of the best gifts to give someone who’s into health and fitness.
With four different stainless steel blades and a suction base that’s designed for countertop mounting, the Paderno Spiralizer Pro makes easy work of turning vegetables, like zucchini, beets, and sweet potatoes, into “noodles.” Spiralized veggies help transform dishes into low-carb or gluten-free masterpieces that are a solid addition to any healthy eating plan, from keto to paleo to vegetarian.
Unlike other models, which can take up a lot of extra space, this has a folding design and storage space for the extra blades, so it’s more compact and easily fits in a cabinet when not in use.
The Magic Bullet Blender Set earned initial praise as a quick and convenient way to make single-serving smoothies, but since then, it’s rightfully earned a spot on this list as a multipurpose kitchen tool. It comes with several different cups and blades that help chop, mix, grind, mince, and blend everything from nut milk to hummus to fresh guacamole.
To make things even more convenient, the cups transition from blending to drinking in seconds by screwing off the blade and adding one of the included lids. This set is especially ideal for a health nut who lives alone or with one other person since the cups are perfectly portioned for one or two people.
If you’re looking to splurge on a gift, every health nut could use a Blendtec in their kitchen. While technically categorized as a blender, the Blendtec Classic Fit is more a multipurpose kitchen appliance that can do everything from blending smoothies to heating pureed soups to grinding grains and nuts to make flour. One of the benefits of choosing a Blendtec is that the blender jar it comes with, which has two blunt blades, can handle most tasks, unlike other high-end options that require you to purchase separate jars for different uses.
If you’re looking for a gift for someone who wants to incorporate juicing into their health routine or someone who wants to upgrade his or her juicing setup, the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer is the Cadillac of juicers. It’s a masticating juicer, which means it works by slowing mashing fruits and vegetables—a process that helps retain more vitamins, minerals, and enzymes than centrifugal juicers, which quickly spin to extract juice.
Unlike other masticating juicers that require tons of prep work and cutting fruits and vegetables into small bite-sized pieces, the Kuvings has a wide-mouth chute that fits whole apples. It also has a separate attachment that can be used to make fresh sorbet with frozen fruit as the only ingredient.
Food scales make easy work of portion control, but the Greater Goods Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale takes things up a notch by displaying nutritional facts in addition to quantities. When you place your food on the scale, the backlit LCD screen displays the weight and a nutrition facts label that shows calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugars, and protein. It helps take the guesswork out of portion control and is the perfect gift for someone who’s new to macro or calorie counting.
Air fryers allow you to obtain the same results as deep frying with up to 75 percent less added fat, so no health nut’s kitchen is complete without one. This highly-rated Ninja Air Fryer has a 4-quart capacity, which is fairly large as far as air fryers go, and four different programmable cooking functions, including air fry, roast, dehydrate, and reheat. It also has a manual control option that allows your recipient to control both time and temperature settings.
If you’re gifting an air fryer to someone who has a large family or tends to cook for larger groups of people, you can also opt for the larger version—the Ninja Max XL Air Fryer. It has all the same functions, but with a 5.5-quart capacity that fits around 33 percent more.
Reusable water bottles help encourage daily water drinking while simultaneously reducing the waste from one-time-use plastic bottles. There are many options out there, but the Hydroflask is made from double-insulated phthalate-free, 18/8 food-grade stainless steel that not only keeps water cold for hours, but also makes sure the water stays clean and free of toxic chemicals.
The wide-mouth version, which is one of the most popular, comes in 20-ounce, 32-ounce, 40-ounce, and 64-ounce sizes with the option to purchase a separate straw lid for sipping convenience. Hydroflask also offers a limited lifetime warranty, so if the bottle loses its insulation ability, they’ll send a replacement bottle at no cost.
A good food processor, like this one from Cuisinart, should be a staple in any health nut’s kitchen. Equipped with a stainless-steel slicing disc, a shredding disc, a chopping blade, and an extra large feeding tube, this 14-cup food processor is a complete workhorse that makes quick work out of meal prepping and cooking healthy meals. Even though it’s powerful, it’s still simple—it operates either with a pulse or an on/off button—so it’s a perfect gift option that doesn’t require a lot of technological skill.
You can also choose from different colors to match your recipient’s personality and kitchen decor. Cuisinart offers the standard stainless steel and black combo or you can opt for red, blue, or white and gold.
Any health nut knows two things: Avocados are expensive and wasting them is not an option. That’s where the Evriholder Avo Saver comes in. It has a patented design that reduces air exposure and prevents oxidation so that leftover avocado halves don’t brown as they sit in the fridge overnight. As an added bonus, they’re made of BPA-free plastic, so your gift recipient doesn’t have to worry about potentially harmful chemicals leaching into the exposed avocado flesh.
Clean water is the foundation of any healthy lifestyle and the Big Berkey Water Filter makes water purification easy and stylish. The stainless steel container has a 2.25-gallon capacity that houses two carbon filters and two optional (and sold separately) fluoride filters. Each filter set, which removes 99.9999 percent of all impurities including viruses, bacteria, minerals, heavy metals, and pharmaceutical drugs lasts for up to 6,000 gallons so it’s a gift that doesn’t require any extra investment for a while.
The water filter also features an easy pour spout so your gift recipient can set it up in the kitchen and easily use the clean water for drinking and/or cooking.
When done right, yogurt is full of beneficial probiotics that keep your gut—and the rest of your body—healthy, but any health nut knows most of what’s available in the dairy case is full of sugar and other ingredients that transform the potentially-healthy food into something less desirable. That’s where the Proctor Silex 86300 Yogurt Machine comes in.
When you gift this yogurt machine, you also give the gift of fresh, homemade yogurt that’s ready in just 8 to 12 hours with just two ingredients—yogurt starter (or probiotics) and milk (dairy or non-dairy). And although the insert, which holds 32 ounces, is made of plastic, it’s BPA-free—something that the health nut in your life will appreciate.
With Sun Basket, you’re not only giving the gift of nutritious meals, you’re also giving your recipient the gift of time. You can choose from meal kits that feature seasonal and 99 percent organic ingredients with easy-to-follow cooking instructions or oven-ready meals that require no prep and can be on the table in 6 minutes.
Sun Basket also offers a lot of variety in meal plans, like paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free, carb-conscious, diabetes-friendly, lean and clean, and chef’s choice—or there’s an option to mix and match weekly recipes—so even if you don’t know your recipient’s exact dietary preferences, it’s highly likely they’ll find something they love.
If you’re not really sure what to get the health nut in your life, you can’t go wrong with a one-year membership to Thrive Market, an online grocery store that carries more than 6,000 food items that are made with real ingredients and personal care products that are safe for you and the environment. The yearly membership, which costs $59.95, gives your gift recipient access to all of the high-quality products at wholesale prices, or around 25 to 50 percent off retail. For each membership purchased, Thrive Market also gifts a membership to a low-income person or family in need, so it’s a win-win.
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Lindsay Boyers is a certified holistic nutritionist with extensive nutrition knowledge and food and beverage-testing experience. She’s developed over 1,000 original recipes and is constantly on a mission to find the healthiest, best-tasting options and ingredients across all food and drink categories.