Practical Christmas Gifts 2015 {part 7}

Practical Christmas Gifts 2015 (part 7)

Continuing this fun holiday buying guide Practical Christmas Gifts 2015 – today we present part 7 – “FOOD!”

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Practical Christmas Gifts in 2015: Sensible Food

During the holiday season – BAD FOOD is way too accessible. Cookies. Breads. Cakes. And so on.

It’s also one of the most “gifted” items as well. Since somehow the “tradition” of love, gratitude and giving has been corrupted by deadly food products. A tray of brownies. Fruitcake. Sugar cookies shaped like snowmen. Tradition or not, your blood sugar level does not give a shit. You will still get sick no matter what!

Maybe there is a way to reverse this retarded trend?

Healthy food gift ideas {think outside the box (of cookies!)}

Yes, you can give “food” related items without killing or maiming the recipient.

Below are a few starting points for you. Perhaps you can use these as catalysts for further research?

Spice up someone’s holiday season!

sea salt - Practical Christmas Gifts 2015 {part 7}Anyone that cooks anything – has at least a few spices in their cabinet.

One of the most taken for granted spices is SALT. Let me sum up salt for you in two bullet points:

  1. Table salt is profoundly BAD for you. Everything good about “salt” has been removed, and what’s left is profoundly detrimental to your health.
  2. SEA salt has what is absolutely necessary for you. And even better is IODIZED sea salt. We like Cerulean Seas brand. The only reason to have both – is that cooking with iodized sea salt pretty much removes the iodine. So only use iodized sea salt at the table.

Another good brand is Simply Organic spices. We have almost their entire catalog.

Whatever spice you choose to give – whether a basic staple, or a new spice designed to open someone’s taste horizon – it will be a gift that “keeps on giving” until they run out.

Flour does NOT have to be wheat

almond flour - Practical Christmas Gifts 2015 {part 7}While we have our doubts about the whole “Gluten-Free” fad (primarily because most people don’t have Celiac Disease – and it’s now more a marketing gimmick), it does not mean it has no merit.

Gluten (wheat) in general is not smart for any human to eat. As award-winning Author William Davis profoundly declared in his Wheat Belly series of books – wheat (especially today’s GMO wheat) is just plainly toxic to a human. Most digestive issues stem from wheat. And who wants inflammation and other side effects from simply eating an (addictive) food product? No thank you!

Dealing with the lack of “bread” like products can be troubling for a low-carb person (just ask me – I’ll tell you how addictive a crispy crust of pizza can be!)

But there are alternative “flours” that can be used in a good chunk of recipes to help you at least avoid that dreaded inflammatory gluten, such as:

They’re not as easy to bake with, but those are the ropes. You gotta learn to adapt if you want to survive.

But note that ANY carb (regardless of the gluten content) will still raise your blood sugar – so be very careful – and don’t rely on things just because they don’t contain gluten!!!

(PS – I used to be a huge fan of Cauliflower based recipes. But I’ve grown frustrated with the amount of work for a simple pizza crust. I’m “in the lab” now trying to formulate a better way to do this. I’ll report back if I stumble across a revolutionary discovery.)

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What kitchen utensils do you find indispensable?

Okay – enough with the “ingredients,” what about some food “tools” that may also be helpful in the kitchen? Here’s a few to consider:

  • OXO Avocado Peeler

    It’s an avocado peeler, de-pitter, and scooper. I love this thing. Even non-believers were converted in a short amount of time!

    An all in one tool to make quick work of your lovely avocados.

    Whether for serving as-is, or preparing for a tasty recipe. An indispensable tool for any smart kitchen.

    It sucks that Avocados have kind of hit the wall (no longer truly “in season.”)

  • Zyliss Lock N’ Lift Manual Can Opener

    Best can opener I’ve ever owned. Perfect in every respect.

    Cuts flawlessly.


    Makes easy work of the lid.

    Easy on the hands (for those who are weak and decrepit).

    Buy one for yourself too!

  • A good knife sharpener

    Having a sharp knife in the kitchen is your key to success.

    Most people use unnecessarily dull blades without even knowing. What a shame!

    When you have a perfectly sharp knife blade, your work is faster, more beautiful and the way it’s meant to be.

    We’ve tried many conventional sharpening systems with limited success. What we like to add to our aresenal is diamond sharpening tools. Our favorite at the moment is Smith’s DCS4 Diamond Combo Sharpening Stone Fine & Coarse. We like it because it’s good for “fine tuning” as well as “rehab” for your worse knives.

That’s a wrap for this week. Sensible food gifts may not be appreciated from the get-go, but if your recipient possesses the ability to think beyond 140 characters – you might stand a chance of being thanked for such a thoughtful gift idea.

Don’t forget to catch up on previous Practical Christmas Gift ideas, either!

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Friday, December 4, 2015 11:58 pm

I have that can opener it is the best!

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