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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Gifts That Inspire Well-being

Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 12:00 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , , , , , , No comments

The season of gift giving is quickly followed by the season of health focused resolutions. Support your friends’ and family’s efforts by gifting them something that will support their goals.

Have you perfected a delicious and nutritious soup, sauce or snack? Make an extra batch to give as a gift. You can use holiday themed cookie cutters to make snack bars or even to chill pesto and other sauces in small portions with a festive look. If you think they won’t be able to enjoy what you have made within a few days, consider giving a ready to make gift that includes the dry ingredients and a recipe to follow. Mason jars make great containers for just about any food and can be easily decorated. Want to give something a little more flexible? Consider a subscription to a fruit and vegetable delivery service. New services that help to rescue produce that would other wise go to waste are available in many areas. Search for “imperfect produce delivery.”

It is easy to go overboard with kitchen gadgets, especially if kitchen space is tight, but some tools are well worth it. Consider a grater/zester. They don’t take up a lot of space and can be used to quickly zest citrus and to grate things like cheese, garlic or ginger. A good knife is a must too. If you know someone who is just getting started with cooking, a good chef knife is a must. Cooking magazine subscriptions can help inspire people who already have all the gadgets.

Do you have a playlist that keeps you motivated when exercising? Share it by printing it out and presenting it with a gift card to download the songs. Have a friend who travels a lot? Resistance bands are super packable and can be used for a variety of stretches and exercises. Wearable fitness tracking devices work for a variety of fitness levels and tend to require little tech knowledge to operate. Or, give the gift of an experience with a trip that includes things like hiking, biking or other activities that keep everyone moving.

Reference: These tips were provided by our team of nutrition and sustainability experts. Read more at


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