12 Gifts for the Healthy Eater — All Made by Dietitians
These health-minded gifts are crafted by experts.
If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that good health might just be the best gift of all. So, to help your loved ones reach their health goals in the new year, why not reach for gifts made by experts in good health: registered dietitian nutritionists. These handpicked items are all crafted by registered dietitian nutritionists and will help the loved ones on your list make healthier choices — and feel good inside and out.
Created by Michelle Dudash, RDN, this basket of healthy seasonings features the spice makings for stir-fry lettuce wraps, chicken or tuna salad, tacos, sloppy Joes, and many other tasty — yet nutritious — dishes. The best part? You get recipes, too, on the back of each spice packet for meals ready in only 20 minutes.
The best-ever companion to coffee? A mug that makes you feel good. Designed by Kristi Coughlin, MS, RDN to benefit anyone having a hard time or needing extra encouragement in his or her day, the cup directs drinkers to "choose happy." Coughlin offers additional feel-good products in her Etsy store.
What makes healthy cooking more fun than an apron adorned with watercolor-painted vegetables? Designed by Arielle Dani Lebovitz, RDN, the machine-washable kitchen gear features neck and waist straps. You can find matching dishtowels in Lebovitz’ Etsy store.
Help loved ones attain healthy — and safe — cooking with a framed guide of safe cooking temperatures for foods including turkey, seafood, pork, beef, egg dishes, and more. This printable was created by Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, whose Etsy shop features more giftable food-based wall art, grocery lists and more.
What better way to encourage loved ones to wear a face covering than to gift a punny one? Wishing everyone to "avo nice day," this food pun mask is made of super soft material and is designed by Lisa Cicciarello Andrews, MEd, RD. The best part: A portion of each purchase helps support food insecurity in the Cincinnati area. Andrews’ shop also sells clever foodie T-shirts, mugs, and more.
Have a gift recipient loves nut butter? Create a gift basket of specialty peanut, almond, and cashew butters, all created by Betsy Opyt, RD. You’ll find mouthwatering flavors like toasted coconut cashew butter and cinnamon almond butter. All nut butters boast not only nuts but also seeds as well for added healthy fats, protein and fiber.
Have a friend who’s recently given birth? She might enjoy a gift box of foods known to support nursing moms and their milk supply. The box is curated by Rebecca Stib, RD, and includes goodies such as extra-virgin olive oil, wild tuna, lactation tea and lactation cookies. Stib also sells gift boxes for folks striving to be heart healthy, as well as for people who have cancer.
Created by Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN, this powder can be added to anything from smoothies to iced matcha lattes. With a vegan base of matcha and moringa leaf, it’s perfect for tea lovers — and supplies a plethora of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. Fun fact: "Mija" means "my daughter" in Spanish.
What’s a heart-healthier gift than a ready-to-eat seafood snack featuring spring-water steelhead trout with pumpkin seeds, fennel and spices? In each snack pack, you get fueling protein, heart-healthy omega-3s, and more in this product, created by Mascha Davis, MPH, RDN, author of Eat Your Vitamins. Pre-order just in time for the holidays!
Yup, charcuterie boards continue to trend — and Robin Plotkin, RD, has embraced the art of beautiful food boards. In addition to creating custom boards for folks in the Dallas, TX area, she offers virtual private classes for 10 or more. This could be the perfect gift for your book club gals!
Making your own healthy foodie gift basket for a family member or coworker? Add in a pack or two of these protein balls, created by Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD, co-author of The All-Pro Diet. Choose from flavors like brownie batter, peanut butter honey almond, and more. The protein balls came to life while Dulan worked with the Kansas City Royals to win the World Series.
Gift a pal a live cooking experience — and join in on the fun yourself! Choose from a solo class or a three-pack of classes focused on holiday foods, soups, snacks, and more — all taught by chef dietitian Julie Harrington, RD, co-author of The Healing Soup Cookbook.
Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist in the New York City area and owner of the Plant-Based Eats Etsy store, where she sells healthy meal plans and printables. She’s a regular contributor to many publications, including EverydayHealth.com, ReadersDigest.com, NBCNews.com, and more. She also pens a recipe-focused blog, Amy’s Eat List, where she shares easy, healthy recipes. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.