Gifts to inspire healthy eating

Give tools that will encourage recipients to prepare and enjoy fresh, healthy meals and treats.

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You know what they say about gifts: it's the thought that counts. And why not focus that thought on a healthy diet? Inspire healthy eating with gadgets that are affordable and easy to use. Keep the recipient's dietary needs, dexterity, and physical ability in mind as you shop. Here are some fun ideas to get you started.

A stem stripper (cost: about $5) is a flat utensil with a number of stem-sized holes in it. It strips leaves from stems in seconds. You simply insert the stem of a leafy vegetable or herb (like kale, Swiss chard, or rosemary) into the hole that matches the stem's diameter. Pull the stem through the hole, and the leaves fall away. Then toss the remaining stem. "This might be helpful if you have trouble chewing, if you wear dentures, or you find vegetables or herbs hard to chop or pull apart," says registered dietitian Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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