For many people, cooking and food preparation will never be the most exciting of tasks. However, there are more and more utensils being introduced to make food and water more interesting and easier to make healthy. As a small gift, they can actually be a bit of fun for people and may help them to get closer to meeting their water intake or having an extra serve of vegetables with their lunch. They can also help to get children more interested in nutritious foods, which is always a positive. Below are some ideas to get you started.
Vegetable spiral cutter
Turn your zucchini in to noodles by purchasing a cheap, compact utensil that is easy to use. This is a great way to add extra texture to a salad or decrease the amount of pasta used. It can also be fun for children (though be careful of the blade) to get involved and it can make veges more interesting.
Trending water bottles or lunch boxes
It doesn’t sound exciting but kids in particular can get a kick out of a new lunch box. Ones with lots of compartments can be exciting for them and you can also put a different vegetable or fruit in each.
There are also some really modern drink bottles out there that can encourage people to drink more water and spice it up with the addition of lemon or berries. The stainless steel varieties are fantastic for keeping water cool.
A good set of knives/ pans
This may not be the cheapest stocking filler but nothing turns you off cooking more than a set of knives that don’t cut and pans that are a nightmare to clean. A good set of cooking utensils can go a long way and can make cooking far quicker and more enjoyable! A good non stick pan also requires far less oil to cook with.
Ice block containers
If you want a healthier alternative to the store bought ice creams and ice blocks, buy your own ice block cases! This way you and your children can make your very own natural icy poles using mashed bananas, berries, a little cocoa, and milk
Funky tea strainers
There are plenty of cute tea strainers out there now. Shaped as walruses, scuba divers, pipes – you name it. It can make tea drinking more exciting! Not only is tea good for you but it also counts towards you daily water intake!
On that note…
Tea drinking is becoming more popular. Shops like T2 have a wide variety of loose leaf teas that can be a lovely side gift.
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This article was written by our dietitian Belinda Elwin who is a Dietitians Association of Australia member and Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist. If you have questions about nutrition, make an appointment. We‘ll provide you with a simple and effective routine targeted to your concerns. Contact us today!