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Guide for Healthful Cooking Gifts

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Updated February 01, 2014

It's so much easier to cook nutritious foods if you have the best equipment available. Here are some terrific gift ideas for someone who loves to cook.

Computerized Kitchen Scale

A top-of-the-line kitchen scale calculates the calories, protein grams, carbohydrate and total sugar grams, and the amount of fat, fiber, sodium, and cholesterol. It can also calculate your net carbohydrates and displays the glycemic index value of your foods. A must-have for someone who needs to monitor calories, macronutrients, and portion sizes closely.

Vegetable Steamer

Steaming vegetables retains more nutrients than boiling. You can steam your vegetables with a basket steamer, but it's much more convenient to use a stand-alone unit. After your rice or vegetables are cooked, you can use the steamer to keep them warm.

Knife Block Set

A good set of knives makes food preparation much easier. What new cook wouldn't love this set of Wusthof knives and block? A beginner's set usually includes:
  • 3 1/2" Paring Knife
  • 8" Bread Knife
  • 6" Cook's Knife
  • 9" Sharpening Steel
  • Kitchen Shears
  • 9-Slot Block

Bamboo Cutting Board

Every cook needs at least one cutting board, and two is better -- you don't have to keep washing them while you're in the middle of your food preparation. Bamboo is an excellent choice because it's more durable than a typical maple cutting board. It's also resistant to bacterial growth.

Vacuum Sealer

Use a food sealer to prepare your foods for storage. It's also handy for sealing extra meals so you can keep them in the freezer until you're ready to heat them up for a future dinner.

Digital Meat Thermometer

A programmable thermometer makes it so easy to measure internal temperatures of the meats and casseroles. Look for one that has an alarm that goes off automatically when your food reaches the preset temperature.

Stainless Cookware Set

Using old worn-out pots and pans makes cooking and cleaning more work (and they look ugly too). A beautiful stainless steel set is the perfect replacement - in fact they're almost too pretty to keep hidden in your cabinets.

Mandolin

A mandolin vegetable slicer is an excellent kitchen tool for slicing vegetables. A typical mandolin has blades that allow the cook to slice, julienne, crinkle-cut or waffle-cut vegetables at different thicknesses.

Food Processor

Food processors serve so many purposes in healthful cooking. A first-class food processor has plenty of power, plus a large bowl and easy to clean dishwasher-safe parts.
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