5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere

A good bottle of red wine, a perfectly cooked steak and a lot of laughter—this is my dad’s request for Father’s Day gift ideas. In addition, I’ve found a few other Father’s Day gift ideas any food-loving dad would be happy to receive.

Sansaire Sous Vide Machine, $199

Sansaire Sous Vide Machine

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My dad loves gadgets and the latest technology. He has cameras that let him know if the front door opens and apps that allow him to adjust the home temperature. His wine cellar even opens with his fingerprint. So for the latest in kitchen technology, the Sansaire Sous Vide Machine will be a huge hit. Cooking sous vide means placing food in zipper-lock bags and slowly cooking at a low precise temperature. The result? Evenly cooked meat and vegetables that are unbelievably tender. The Sansaire means this restaurant technology is now available to home cooks for a fraction of the price.

The Chili Lab Homemade Hot Sauce Kit, $45

The Chili Lab Homemade Hot Sauce Kit

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When I was very young, my dad worked in a lab at a university. I used to love walking around and seeing all the test tubes and using the pipettes. (This was before it was illegal to have your 3-year-old in a chemistry lab.) While my dad doesn’t work in a lab anymore, he’ll enjoy using this homemade hot sauce kit that allows him to create two flavors. Using dried chiles—The Forager’s Blend contains guajillo, chipotle and pequin peppers and The Grove Blend contains piri piri, Anaheim and habanero peppers—you can make four bottles of super-flavorful hot sauce.

Anthony Bourdain’s Appetites Cookbook, $37.50

Anthony Bourdain's Appetites Cookbook

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Work sends my dad all over the world and everywhere he goes, he’s always in search of good food, whether it’s street food or Michelin stars. He’s long been a fan of Anthony Bourdain’s, as much for his culinary prowess as his rough-and-tough attitude. Appetites, Bourdain’s first cookbook in 10 years, contains recipes that will make any dad look like a pro. Plus, it’s hard to not be entertained by Bourdain’s uncouth dialogue.

Opinel N°08 Outdoor Pocket Knife, $39

Opinel N°08 Outdoor Pocket Knife

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Each time I’ve moved into a new place, my dad has checked that I am stocked with a tool kit, batteries and flashlights. He also likes to make sure that all the smoke detectors are working. A sharp folding pocketknife, like this one from Opinel, is an example of a practical tool he’d like either one of us to have. And starting at $6, they can be engraved.

The Great Scrape Woody Paddle, $26

The Great Scrape Woody Paddle

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Recently, there’s been a lot of worry about wire grill-cleaning brushes. According to multiple sources, the wire bristles can fall off the brush and into your food—meaning there might be a risk of ingesting them with your grilled chicken. As a safer option, check out The Great Scrape Woody Paddle. After heating your grill, run the paddle along the grates—the heat creates grooves in the paddle so it’s customized to your grill.


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Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., is an associate food editor at EatingWell where she splits her time among EatingWell magazine, eatingwell.com and cooking new healthy recipes in the Test Kitchen. Breana has a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London, a Wine Spirit & Education Trust trained sommelier and is a registered dietitian.

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Bobbi Brown's Top 10 Superfoods for Beauty and the Fun Way She Eats Them

Bobbi Brown's Top 10 Superfoods for Beauty and the Fun Way She Eats Them

Basic Beauty Bowl

Pictured: Basic Beauty Bowl

I have always believed that beauty starts from the inside out. Your health shows on your face, in your skin, in how you move your body and how your mind feels. When you feel good, you look good and are more confident in your own skin.

Related: 19 Foods for Beautiful Skin

In my newest book, Beauty from the Inside Out, I share my favorite wellness secrets and those of my friends to offer inspiration and advice on how to be the best version of yourself through and through. One way to achieve this is through good nutrition. Eating healthy is one motivation, but what about taste? Since I’m a foodie, I look for healthy food that is both delicious and clean. My favorite way to do this? Beauty bowls. In my book, I worked with Lily Kunin, the founder of Clean Food Dirty City, to develop some great recipes that are easy to make, full of superfoods and utterly delicious.

Let’s start with the basics first. A beauty bowl is made up of colorful ingredients like fresh vegetables and fruits that provide you fuel, good fats like omega-3s for skin, and lean proteins for energy. These ingredients are not only beautiful to look at, but are good for you too. When eaten together, they’ll help you feel and look better.

Related: Healthy Recipes for Glowing Skin

All Greens Smoothie Bowl

Pictured: All Greens Smoothie Bowl

My Top 10 Superfoods for Beauty

Nutritionist Dr. Charles Passler has taught me a lot about food and overall health, so with his guidance, I discovered some of my favorite superfood ingredients for beauty bowls:

  1. Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: Kale, alfalfa and spinach are great for your skin, as they support and increase collagen production. They’re also full of antioxidants.
  2. Tomatoes: Both fresh and canned tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which can protect skin cells from damage from both free radicals and the sun.
  3. Blueberries and Raspberries: Brightly colored berries are full of antioxidants and help improve collagen production.
  4. Citrus and Tropical Fruits: Citrus fruits all have high levels of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can protect cells against free radicals and help with collagen formation.
  5. Avocado: Loaded with healthy fat, fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants, this amazing fruit does a lot of good in the body.
  6. Pumpkin Seeds: Because these seeds are high in zinc, they protect cell membranes, help maintain and produce collagen and help fight breakouts.
  7. Raw Almonds: High in antioxidant vitamin E, these nuts are great for smooth, healthy skin. They’re also a good source of protein.
  8. Fish Oil: Both wild Alaskan salmon and sardines are high in omega-3 fats, which create stronger cells by supporting the protective fatty membranes around skin cells. If you don’t eat fish, try flax and chia seeds as alternative sources for omega-3s.
  9. Eggs: Eggs provide protein and fats that help support collagen production, and also provide vitamin A for cell repair. Cooked eggs, particularly yolks, offer almost a full recommended daily allowance of biotin, a nutrient essential for healthy hair and nails.
  10. Fermented Foods: Fermented foods, including sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt and kefir, are all full of probiotics to boost your digestion, enabling improved absorption of nutrients.

Related: 3 Surprising Reasons Your Gut Health Matters

Easy Morning Brunch Bowl

Pictured: Easy Morning Brunch Bowl

When combined in a beauty bowl recipe, these ingredients come together to create incredibly nutritious and delicious meals. These three beauty bowls are a few of my favorite go-to recipes for clean eating.

Related: Take EatingWell’s 28-Day Clean-Eating Challenge

Video: 3 Foods to Eat for Healthy Skin

Bobbi Brown, Health Blog

Bobbi Brown, internationally acclaimed makeup artist and best-selling author, is the founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Bobbi Brown Eyewear. In her new book, Beauty From the Inside Out, she lays the foundation for beauty from within.

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4 Foolproof Tips to Make Healthy Veggie Chips at Home

4 Foolproof Tips to Make Healthy Veggie Chips at Home

Sweet Potato Chips

We’ve all been there: caught with our hand at the bottom of a chip bag that is somehow now empty. We promised ourselves just a few, but what happened?

It can be easy to go overboard when it comes to snacking, particularly when crunchy, salty chips are involved. While there is no need to deprive yourself of life’s simple pleasures (we’re looking at you, potato chips), why not try a healthier version? Make your own chips right in your oven using vegetables like beets, Brussels sprouts, kale and sweet potatoes. You’ll cut calories while enjoying the satisfying crunch we all love, without the greasy mess of a deep-fat fryer. And if you have kids, this is a genius way to get them to eat their veggies—no negotiating necessary. Here’s the only recipe you’ll need to make delicious veggie chips at home.

Related: Healthy Homemade Versions of Your Junk Food Snacking Favorites

1. Choose Your Veggie

Kale Chips

Pictured: Kale Chips

Kale, Brussels sprouts, potatoes and beets are all great choices to turn into chips because not only are they nutritious, they also hold up well in the oven and get super-crunchy.

Related: 27 Sneaky Ways to Eat More Vegetables

2. Slice Them Thin

Sweet Potato Chips

Pictured: Sweet Potato Chips

You’ll want to make sure you slice root vegetables, such as beets and potatoes, into very thin slices to get super-crispy. Try using a mandoline to achieve those nice, thin cuts. For leafy vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts and kale, make sure to separate out the leaves into a single layer for that perfect crunch.

Watch: How to Make Brussels Sprout Chips

3. Add Seasoning

Garlic Brussels Sprout Chips

Pictured: Brussels Sprout Chips

Feel free to go simple with just a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Or jazz it up with a sprinkle of Parmesan, a shake of garlic powder or even some spice with chile powder or smoked paprika.

4. Get Them Crunchy

Beet Chips

Pictured: Beet Chips

Bake time and temperature will vary depending on the vegetable you choose, but the goal is to get an even crunch. Do this by baking low and slow—a few hours at a low temperature.

Related: Healthy Homemade Veggie Chip Recipes

Watch How to Make Veggie Chips

Charlotte Fisher, Food Blog

Charlotte is a senior Nutrition & Food Science major at the University of Vermont. After taking a nutrition course her first year of college, she realized she loved the subject and quickly switched her major. She loves all things food-related and runs her own blog dedicated to eating nutritiously on a budget.

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These Coconut Fruit Bowls Are Trending on Pinterest and We're Obsessed

These Coconut Fruit Bowls Are Trending on Pinterest and We're Obsessed

Move over, pineapple bowls, there’s a new (healthy) stuffed shell taking over and we’re just as obsessed as everyone else on social media. Coconut fruit bowls—aka halved coconuts filled with yummy smoothies, fruit or a combo of both—are sweeping Pinterest and why wouldn’t they be? Coconuts are a classic summer staple (ingredient-wise), they make you feel like you’re on vacation (always a good thing) and they’re the gift that keeps on giving (you can scoop the flesh out with a spoon to nosh on once the filling is gone). While a coconut might seem a little scary to crack, there’s actually an easy way to do it—watch a tutorial here—or you can always cheat and buy the ready-to-go kind at most health food stores. Here are a few of our favorite ways to serve coconuts this season!

Related: Healthy Smoothie Bowls Worth Waking Up For

Coconut Fruit Salad Bowls

Edible flowers really make this bowl from LA-based Amazebowls one of the prettiest on Pinterest, but it’s also super-delicious thanks to homemade granola, hemp seeds and coconut flakes.

Coconut Breakfast Bowls

You might not think to add cottage cheese to your coconut bowl, but when combined with blueberries and raw cashews the flavor combo totally works.

Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowls

Smoothies in your fruit bowl take things to the next level in the breakfast or healthy afternoon snack department, and this version is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, so anyone can enjoy it.

Fruity Acai Bowls

Not only is this coco bowl by Freutcake gorgeous, but it will cool you down on a hot summer day. Plus it’s packed with super-healthy foods like chia seeds, goji berries and cocoa nibs.

Sorbet Coconut Bowls

Bowls by blogger Camille Styles have a sweet surprise at the bottom in the form of watermelon, lime or orange sorbet. Yum!

Banana Pineapple Smoothie Bowl

Impress your friends at your next brunch party with a coco bowl loaded with a banana-pineapple smoothie and finished off with unexpected toppings like melon-balled dragon fruit, vegan white chocolate chips, dried apple clusters and homemade “rawnola.” It’s just as good as it looks.

Oatmeal Coconut Bowls with Banana

Crazy for overnight oats? Now you can make them with coconut milk and serve in a coconut shell the next a.m. A scoop of coconut yogurt also helps if you want an overdose of tropical taste.


Blue Lagoon Smoothie Bowls

This blue bowl gets its cool color from Greek yogurt mixed with dried blue-green algae, or what’s commonly known as spirulina. Add some blueberries, chia seeds and kiwi to that and you’ve got yourself a winner.


Watch How to Make a Vegan Smoothie Bowl

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4 Ideas for Using Herbs You Probably Haven't Thought Of

4 Ideas for Using Herbs You Probably Haven't Thought Of

Here’s how I know I’m in the right place: The sun yawns across my back as I reach for another bouquet of aromatic mint, basil, rosemary, lavender. I bury my face in their leaves and buds. Scent envelops me, a suggestion of the soup, pesto, juice, body scrub to come. It’s just the farmers’ market, but it’s magic—I’m in the epicenter of urban culinary potential, the birthing place of inspiration for my new book, Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table.

Kale & Caramel is filled with aromatic herbs and flowers that will elevate and transform any dish—and any DIY body and beauty product. This biodynamic approach to food and body care (translation: what I eat I can also use to care for my skin, and what I use on my body is pure enough to eat) keeps me energized and inspired in my kitchen and home.

Related: Recipes for Fresh Herbs

Kale & Caramel features a bounty of dishes, drinks and DIY beauty treatments made from eight herbs (basil, cilantro, fennel, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme) and four flowers (lavender, jasmine, rose and orange blossom). The book explores the origins, flavor pairings and subtle healing properties of each, taking a deep dive into the world of plants as allies—the power that beckons me to them in the garden, at the grocery store and, yes, in spring and summer markets, no matter where I am.

Here are some of my favorite, unique ways to use herbs and flowers with recipes from Kale & Caramel.

1. Put Rosemary in Popsicles

Summer-ready citrus creamsicles made with Greek yogurt.

Rosemary lends a rootsy, herbaceous elegance to sweetness and mellows the tang of citrus, elevating these Sweet Orange & Rosemary Creamsicles to unexpected heights. These summer-ready citrus ice pops incorporate rosemary-infused honey and luscious Greek yogurt that’s pure heaven with the rich edge of dark chocolate and sea salt.

Other rosemary flavor pairings to try: Nuts, cheeses, root vegetables, winter squash, citrus, apples, pears, maple and chocolate.

Get the recipe for Sweet Orange & Rosemary Creamsicles

More recipes: Our Best Rosemary Recipes

2. Turn Basil Into Creamy Summer Soup

This soup's as green as it gets.

Basil sings a sweet and easy song with bright, green flavors like zucchini. Blend it into Zucchini Basil Soup with Creamy Hemp Swirl & Garlicky Breadcrumbs that’s as green and fresh as it gets. This creamy spring-to-summer soup is excellent warm or chilled, is totally plant-based and gluten-free-optional.

Other basil flavor pairings to try: Tomatoes, eggplant, feta, olives, olive oil, zucchini, eggs, mozzarella, pasta, corn, garlic, chickpeas, strawberries, watermelon, citrus, honey, ice creams and sorbets.

Get the recipe for Zucchini Basil Soup with Creamy Hemp Swirl & Garlicky Breadcrumbs.

Related: All the Healthy Soup Recipes You Need

3. Add Basil to a DIY Face Mask

A 3-ingredient face mask.

Basil’s vibrant green and strong fragrance inspires joy. Incorporate it into a Blackberry Basil Healing Mask, which only requires three ingredients. This raw honey–based face mask delivers a soothing glow.

Get the recipe for Blackberry Basil Healing Mask.

Related: Our Best Basil Recipes

4. Blend Rose Into Your Juice

So hydrating, so good.

Rosewater, made from distilled rose petals, captures the potent sweetness of the flower and inspires ease and compassion with its scent alone. Blend it with tender pink grapefruit and cucumber in this Pink Grapefruit Cucumber Rose Skin Quencher for a juice bursting with hydrating citrus and cucumber.

Other rose flavor pairings to try: Cumin, cardamom, root vegetables, cauliflower, vinegar, honey, pistachio, amaranth, watermelon, citrus, berries, yogurt, vanilla, caramel, butter, chocolate and stone fruit.

Get the recipe for Pink Grapefruit Cucumber Rose Skin Quencher.

Related: More Healthy Juice Recipes

All photos are Copyright © 2017 by Lily Diamond from KALE & CARAMEL: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table, published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Lily Diamond, Food Blog

Lily Diamond is the creator of Kale & Caramel. Lily is a writer, photographer, proponent of wildness in the kitchen, and the author of Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart & Table (Atria/Simon & Schuster). Lily was raised on Maui and graduated from Yale University.

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