The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to show your loved ones that you care about them than by giving them gifts that can help them save time in the kitchen? In this Holiday Gift Guide, we have curated a list of our top 10 kitchen gadgets that not only make meal preparation a little easier but also promote a balanced and nutritious lifestyle. From cutting-edge technology to timeless classics, these gifts are sure to delight anyone passionate about having some go to hacks for the kitchen.
NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender:
Start the day right with the NutriBullet Pro Blender, perfect for whipping up nutrient-packed smoothies, shakes, and even a single serving or small batch soup. A dependable blender can be a great way to throw together a quick smoothie for a delicious and nutrient packed breakfast. Toss in your favorite frozen berries, handful of spinach, splash of milk, and a couple scoops of protein powder and you have a great grab and go option for breakfast on those busy mornings. This blender is powerful enough to get a great consistent smooth texture every time. We also love using this as a more creative way to make your own homemade nut butter. You can add a scoop of your favorite nut or peanut, a crack of salt or cinnamon, blend, and store in an airtight container.
Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus:
The Instant Pot has become a kitchen essential, and the Duo Evo Plus takes it to the next level. With multiple cooking functions, including pressure cooking, slow cooking, and steaming, it simplifies meal preparation while retaining essential nutrients in your dishes. We also love this tool to save time washing dishes or save space in your dishwasher. Think of it as a “one pot meal” to save the hassle of cooking with several different pots and pans for just one dish. Luckily, there are several cookbooks now with great instant pot recipes that walk you through which settings to use as well.
Transform ordinary vegetables into creative, healthy alternatives to pasta with a vegetable spiralizer. This gadget allows you to make zoodles (zucchini noodles) and other veggie-based pasta substitutes, providing a low-carb and vitamin-rich option for your favorite pasta dishes if desired. Our favorite is to make a base of zoodles with the spiralizer, mix in your favorite sauce, and top with your favorite protein source such as shrimp or chopped chicken chunks for a delicious and balanced meal.
Food Chopper Mandolin Slicer Combo:
Chopping, dicing, and slicing foods can take a lot of time in the kitchen. We love a food chopper to save you time, effort, and energy. Simply put your veggies such as a onion or halved bell pepper and close the lid on top to instantly dice or chop your veggies into the attached container below. This combination device also has a shredder option to easily shred foods such as carrots. Another setting is the mandolin slicer which guarantees a consistent slice each time. Our favorite is to slice cucumbers as a refreshing snack or throw them into a salad. Even better, this device also has a garlic grater setting. Four settings in one device: dicer, chopper, mandolin slicer, and grater it almost feels like you may never need an additional kitchen gadget! Our favorite can be found here on our amazon storefront!
Enjoy the crispy texture of fried foods without the excess oil by using an air fryer. Typically to get this nice crispy texture on foods we have to resort to deep frying. This gadget circulates hot air around the food, creating a crispy outer layer while maintaining the moisture inside. It’s a healthier alternative for those who love the taste of fried delights by eliminating the need for oil. Some of our favorite air fried foods include chicken breast, homemade sweet potato fries, and even air fried veggies like brussel sprouts and broccoli.
Smart Water Bottle:
Staying hydrated is crucial for overall health. A smart water bottle can help you track your water intake throughout the day, reminding you to stay on top of your hydration goals. Some models even sync with smartphone apps to provide real-time data and personalized recommendations to meet your hydration goals. Hydration is not often on our minds as much during the colder months when we are not sweating as much or in the heat but just as important for our health to stay hydrated. If you don’t want a smart water bottle, another good option is a water bottle with a built-in straw- it will help you boost your fluid intake without even thinking about it! Here’s a list with some of our faves!
Keep herbs fresh and flavorful for longer with an herb keeper. This gadget extends the shelf life of herbs by providing the ideal storage conditions, ensuring that your dishes are infused with the rich taste of fresh herbs. Herbs contain a high source of antioxidants and are an easy addition to throw into a dish while cooking or even sprinkling in grain bowls or salads for a boost of flavor and health benefits. Buying herbs and then opening the fridge just a couple days later to find them limp and soggy is such a disappointing feeling. Using this herb keeper will help extend their shelf life and save on food waste as well.
We love an easy hack for that pesky garlic! Garlic presses are an easy way to add a peeled garlic clove, squeeze the handle down and put the minced garlic straight into your recipe or dish as it’s cooking. We also love the garlic wheel chopper. Simply put your peeled garlic into the opening, close, and roll it back and forth on your countertop to get the perfect amount of minced garlic. This is also a fun activity for kids to do if you are interested in having them help in the kitchen!
Who has time to find the perfect method for hard boiling eggs? Not us! We love an easy fool proof method to get the perfect hard boiled egg each time. These egg cookers are simple: grab your half down eggs, poke a hole in the top with the device include, pour the measurement of water as instructed in the device, place the eggs in the spots, put the lid on, and press start. In a matter of minutes you will hear a ding and have the perfect hard boiled egg. There are even setting you can choose to customize is you want the egg completely hard boiled, soft boiled, or medium boiled. This one is our favorite!
Quality Cutting Boards:
Some of our favorite cutting boards include dishwasher friendly bamboo cutting boards. These help prevent microplastic consumption that can happen with traditional plastic cutting boards (think of those old cutting boards that have seen better days when they didn’t have those deep knife grooves and dings). Bonus points for the cutting boards that have the non-slip silicone edges to help encourage safety in the kitchen when chopping as well!
This Nutrition Holiday Gift Guide is designed to inspire healthy habits in the kitchen while also saving you time. Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned chef or someone just starting their culinary journey, these kitchen gadgets are sure to bring joy and contribute to a nutritious lifestyle. Give the gift of wellness this holiday season and empower your loved ones to create delicious and wholesome meals in the heart of their homes. These creative gadgets are meant to make your loved ones’ lives easier! Afterall, everyone loves to get time back in their day! You can find more of our favorite kitchen gadgets here. Happy Shopping!
This article is written by Amy McMahon MS, RD, LDN who is a mom herself and passionate about helping families optimize their nutrition in a non-stressful and no-judgement way.
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