Holiday Gift Guide: Our Favorite Healthy Kitchen Hacks Tools

Welcome to our first ever Healthy Kitchen Hacks Holiday Gift Guide!

Here our gift suggestions to help your family and friends cook more effectively, nutritiously and deliciously in the kitchen: find our complete Healthy Kitchen Hacks gift guide at Teaspoon of

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We’re sharing our favorite kitchen tools, gadgets, and equipment that can help you cook more efficiently, nutritiously and deliciously. This list includes both practical items along with a few bigger ticket items if you want to splurge for a loved one…or yourself… this season.

Serena recommends: If You Care FSC Parchment Baking Paper
Other recommendation: Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets

We both recommend: Microplane Classic Zester/Grater
For some kitchen color, check out: Microplane Classic Zester/Grater in Turquoise

Deanna recommends: Ball Pint Jar (Set of 12) or Ball Pin Jar (Set of 2)
For more kitchen color: Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars (Aqua)

Amazon best seller: Nordicware Natural Aluminum Commerical Baker’s Half Sheet
Deanna bought the set: Nordicware Natural Aluminum Commerical Baker’s Half Sheet (set of 2)

Serena recommends: 4-Quart Manual Slow Cooker and 6-Quart Crock-Pot Manual Slow Cooker
Amazon’s best seller: 6-Quart Crock-Pot Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Digital Timer

Deanna recommends: Pure Grade Unbleached Cotton Cheesecloth

  • The main reason I (Deanna) always have cheesecloth on hand is to make ricotta. It’s so easy – as long as you have that cheesecloth in your pantry. Here’s How To Make Homemade Ricotta in less than 15 minutes!

Serena recommends: Hungry Harvey Squirrel Nut Cracker

  • DYK that nuts in their shells are less expensive than shelled nuts?
  • Originally received as a joke from my sister, my (Serena’s) kids LOVE to use it and they can now identify every in-shell nut.
  • Extra bonus: it takes a little more time to crack the nuts yourself so you automatically slow down when snacking!
  • Try this Healthy Kitchen Hack after you crack those nuts: How Not to Burn Nuts.


Deanna recommends: Blendtec Total Blender Classic with WildSide+Jar (Certified Refurbished) 
Amazon best seller: Ninja Professional Blender 

  • I (Deanna) wanted to get a Blendtec for years (I prefer the Blendtec dull blade vs. Vitamix’s sharp blade) but the price tag always eluded me. The answer: Buy a refurbished model for close to 1/2 of the price of a new model, which I did a few months ago and I haven’t looked back.
  • So what does Certified Refurbished mean?
    • Tested and certified by Blendtec or a third-party refurbisher to look and work like new
    • Process includes functionality testing, inspection, reconditioning and repackaging
    • Includes a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty

If you want to splurge, Deanna recommends: Le Creuset 5-1/2-Quart French (Dutch) Oven
More economical (and highly rated) choice: Lodge Enamel Dutch Oven -6 Quart

  • My (Deanna’s) Dutch Oven and Slow Cooker are the reasons I’m NOT interested in buying an Instant Pot. I got my Le Creuset Dutch Oven (color: Honey) as a wedding gift and 13 years later, it continues to be THE workhorse pot in my kitchen. It works on both the stove top and in the oven.
  • Use it to make everything from chili, to soups, to whole grains, to casseroles, to sauteed greens and more. My favorite Dutch Oven recipes:

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Here are our gift suggestions to help your family and friends cook more effectively, nutritiously and deliciously in the kitchen: find our complete Healthy Kitchen Hacks gift guide at Teaspoon of


We’re Serena & Deanna, two dietitians who love food as much as you do!  

We're also moms and business owners who share our family recipes, healthy kitchen hacks and nutrition adventures while keeping it real in the kitchen with you.

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