Gifts Under $20 For Healthy Eaters

Healthy Holiday Gifts

December 9, 2014   3 Comments

Do you have a family member or friend that is getting on the healthy train? Well, it is super easy to give them a practical gift to support them on the ride.

Healthy cooking can be totally simple and you can use whatever you can find. In graduate school, I would go to Good Will to hunt down cheapo spatulas.

But, I will say that new spatulas are better. Most of these gifts are under $10 and your pals will love them. If you enjoy the feel of a spoon or a peeler in your hand, you are going to look forward to cooking much more. These tools are useful but not NECESSARY for healthy cooking. Call these fun to have - hey, its the holidays!

Before I dive in, I do receive a small percentage of sales from links to I am using Amazon primarily to show you the type of gadget, utensil, or tool that I like. You can find these items in your local cooking store as they are common.

Let us start with spoons. I have some bamboo spoons and they are easy to clean and a joy to use. I don’t put mine in the dishwasher but these spoons below say they are dishwasher safe. They do not scratch non-stick pans.

Joyce Chen 33-2018, Burnished Bamboo Stir Fry Set, 3-Piece


Rubber or silicone spatulas are so helpful when you want to scrape the last bit out of a bowl. They always seem to be falling apart so I don’t know anyone who is a baker who doesn’t need a new set of these.

OXO 1238580 Good Grips 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set, 12-inch, Raspberry/White/Green


If you get tired of cutting parchment paper to fit your baking pans, these silicon mats are amazing. You don’t have to spray them with anything and your cookies or pizza pops right off. They don’t hold flavors either.

Artisan Silicone Baking Mat for Half-Size Cookie Sheet with Red Border, 16.5 x 11 inches, 2-Pack


My MIL got me a Microplane for a gift and I love it! It is great for zesting lemons and grating Parmesan cheese. I toss it in the dishwasher after I use it. This is one of those tools that is a true pleasure to use.

Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater

$12.95   $11.96

After you zest your lemon with the above Microplane, you should juice it with a citrus reamer. I got one of these after I watched Martha Stewart use one on her show. You get so much more juice out of your lemon when you use a tool like this.

OXO Good Grips Wooden Reamer

$6.99   $5.99

I didn’t have a kitchen scale for the LONGEST time and then I started working on this website. Now, my recipes have to be accurate (can’t say stuff like “a few potatoes” because that isn’t specific enough). BUT, I have found that I use it all the time for my own cooking and I monitor my portions of meat with it.

Ozeri ZK14-S Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant Black

$14.95   $14.33

Speaking of meat, if you like to roast it or toss it on the grill a meat thermometer is a wonderful tool. Those plastic pop-up things that they put into turkeys can fail you (yes, it happened to me – DRY turkey). Buy one of these and NEVER worry again about you meat being cooked to the correct temperature.

Finally, how about a healthy cookbook? Yep, you are sick of hearing it (I am sure) but this book is supportive, friendly, and filled with great recipes. Also, it is an excellent bargain as I put years of my life into writing it – and you get it for less than $14.

Snack Girl to the Rescue!: A Real-Life Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Healthy with 100 Recipes Under 400 Calories

  $17.99   Barnes & Noble

What gifts do you give the healthy eaters in your life?

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Love the suggestions! I absolutely agree that having the right tools makes cooking anything so much simpler! The silicon spatulas & cooking mats (I use Silpat)are brilliant!

on December 9, 2014

What a deal on the thermometer!

on December 9, 2014

I agree!!! That thermometer is an EXCELLENT deal!! I think I'll buy 4.

on December 9, 2014

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