The Diet Detective: Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

1. Harry & David's Organic Fruit Basket

Harry & David consistently deliver wonderful, delicious fruit. The new Organic Fruit Basket sends the message that you care about the health of your family or friends. Also consider an old standby: the Organic Family Affair Royal Riviera Pears for $39.95.
Health Bonus:

Buying organic, especially to avoid the "dirty dozen," is a smart idea when trying to avoid pesticides. Oh, and getting the phenomenal health benefits of fruit.
Price: $69.95
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2. California Avocado "Unique Gift Box"

  This is a pretty unusual gift—you get seven large Hass avocados and Ben's Blend, Salsa and Masher. "From the time the trees are planted, to the day the fruit leaves the farm gate, our attention to detail delivers value time and time again. We never leave quality to chance. That is why we hand grow, hand pick, and hand pack, every California avocado," says the owner, farmer Ben Holtz.

Ben is also offering a special: a gift certificate for nine Large California Fuerte Avocados for $29.95 (the avocados ship in January).

Health bonus:

Avocados are nutrient-dense and packed with antioxidants, vitamins B6, C and E, as well as folate and potassium (60 percent more potassium per ounce than bananas), and they're a great source of monounsaturated fat, which studies have shown reduces serum cholesterol levels when used in place of saturated fats.
Price: $59.95, includes free shipping.
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3. Better Homes & Gardens Ultimate Low-Calorie Meals (Wiley Paperback; December 2011)

This book is packed with more than 400 healthy, original, low-calorie recipes. Icons let you quickly identify recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less, high in fiber and low in sodium.
Health Bonus:

Low-calorie healthy recipes that you can easily cook at home will keep you fit and trim.
Price: $13.45
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4. SpongeBob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook: The Battle for the Best Bites in Bikini Bottom by Nickelodeon (Wiley Hardcover; October 2011)

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of SpongeBob; however, kids love the show and this book is relatively well done. Here is the description from the publisher: "Packed with more than 50 clever and engaging recipes to get kids active in the kitchen, the book offers nutritious and delicious ideas for everything from breakfast to snacks to dinner, and even some tasty treats for dessert."

Health Bonus:

Teaching children to cook nutritious recipes at an early age can help get them in the kitchen and out of the fast food line.
Price: $11.54
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