Hunting around for foodie gift ideas? You’ve just landed on the source! As a first-time mom, there was nothing more important to me than my son having a healthy relationship with food. As soon as he was old enough to try solids, I made a point to only have natural and whole foods available. I figured that he’d have his whole life ahead of him to make his own poor food choices (if he takes after me, he’ll be eating Talenti in bed at 9:30pm). I thought that while he’s young, and I have control over his diet, it would be filled with nutrient-rich foods. And you know what? I take pride in that.
Here’s a real ‘Merica fact for you: It wasn’t until my son started preschool at age three that he had his very first taste of refined sugar and processed food. I loathe that school system snacks consist of things like cookies, pretzels, and other unhealthy options. Sure, I could have opted that my son not participate in snack time, but how would that have made him feel? I don’t want for him to think those types of foods are poison, and moderation is key, but c’mon … how about some fruit or natural sugar options (like dates)?
That’s why I’m all about cooking together as a family. When kids help out, not only does it bring everyone closer together in a shared activity, but they’re more likely to be excited to eat and feel proud of the meal they created. Secretly, I’m hoping my kid becomes some incredible chef and cooks for me when I’m super old!
Here are 11 kitchen gifts that any foodie would love to receive over the 2019 holidays:
Two-in-one Kitchen Appliance
The NutriBullet Blender Combo is the brand’s first full-size blender and a traditional single-serve we all know and love. When my son was old enough, probably a little after the age of one, he and I always made smoothies together in our blender. I loved getting him involved in the process and enjoying the fruits (GET IT?) of his labor thereafter. The NutriBullet’s blender also allows you to blend hot soups, dips and other foods because of the vented lid. So now, there are so many more options to cook together. It’s a win-in!
Juicy Fruits And Veggies Turn Crispy Goodness
Create tasty snacks for the whole family to enjoy by cutting up various fruits and veggies, dehydrating them, and turning them into a chip. Make granola, trail nut mixes, herbs, fruit rollups, even jerky, and know exactly what goes into them. No chemicals, no additives. It’s a perfect addition for any family member’s lunch box.
100% Juice, No Pulp
What’s a homemade Sunday breakfast without freshly squeezed juice? BLACK + DECKER’s high quality strainer filters out the pulp, for the pickiest of palettes. Making juice together as a family is as simple as cleaning fruits/veggies, peeling them, cutting, and throwing them in the juicer. Kids can see the foods change from whole to juice, and get super pumped to try it out!
Perfect Cookies, Every Time
Silpat is an awesome brand that creates non-stick baking products. The Cookie Baking Mat makes it easy for kids to form the proper size cookie. They bake evenly and slide right off the pan – no oil or parchment paper needed, which makes cleanup a breeze. Related: I am a huge fan of the Pampered Chef Kids Cookie Baking Set, which includes adorable emoji cookie cutters.
This Thing Even Makes Rotisserie Chicken
Guys, this product is truly one of those that will have you wondering how you made it without one for so long. We don’t have time to cook, let alone prep what we want to cook. An air fryer has your food ready faster and cuts calories. With all of its functions, the Power AirFryer Oven can replace a deep fryer, rotisserie oven, dehydrator, oven, toaster oven, pizza grill and microwave. Hello.
Who Says You Can’t Grill In The Winter?
This indoor/outdoor electric grill boasts 15 servings of food for a tailgate. The people at George Foreman obviously haven’t been to my house during “feeding time” as I affectionately call it. I’m pretty sure 15 servings of food is what we consume in one sitting (yay, healthy portion control!). The high-quality grill needs no charcoal and no propane so it’s great for those cold winter months when you still want to grill your food.
Don’t Forget To Fondue With Your Crew
The cast iron and wood design will make you feel super chic as you dine on melted cheese with your fam. I mean, what family doesn’t want to go all-in on a bowl of cheese? Boska is easy to clean (yay!) and fire proof (phew!), so the only thing you’ll have to worry about is what you’re serving the cheese with. Decisions, decisions.
It’s Ferment To Be
As a health-conscious mama (who also eats salt and vinegar potato chips and Talenti Gelato on the reg), I know the benefits of fermented foods on your family’s gut health. Fermenting can be a really daunting task to do it the old fashioned way and worry about exploding jars. My Mason Makes Fermenting Kit is a “set it and forget it” system that guarantees a mold-free ferment. Incredible!
When You Want To Bring Your Kitchen Outdoors
Love (gluten free) pizza nights at my house! The Ooni 3 is a portable wood-fired pizza oven – for outdoor use only – that heats up to 932F in just 10 minutes! Prep the pizzas inside, and cook them outside in the Ooni, ready in just one minute. Yes, really. This is the perfect family activity.
Don’t Forget The Sprinkles
Every good dinner should end with a yummy dessert. Thanks to Cuisinart’s Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream machine, making ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, or sherbet can be as fun as it is delicious. There are three built-in condiment dispensers for sprinkles, chips, or any topping of choice. And with super picky palettes, there’s always gotta be a choice!