What’s on my wishlist in 2023: five food-inspired gift ideas

By Jessica Campbell, MS, FNTP

The past couple years I put out a gift guide for the holidays. This year I thought it would be fun to share with you what’s on my wish list. Maybe it will inspire ideas for your gift giving or items to add to your own wish list. 

Here are five things on my wish list.

1. Instant Pot

If you know me, you know I love using a slow cooker. What’s great about the Instant Pot is that it includes a slow cooker option, in addition to offering pressure cooking for times when we need dinner ready fast. It also has a sauté function, so you can braise meat in the same pot you use to pressure cook the food. I prefer multi-function appliances to having a million gadgets. I'm also a minimalist so it has to be valuable to take up space in my kitchen.

2. Glass containers from Crate & Barrel

It just makes sense to place leftovers in glass so you can easily store and reheat in one container. Microwaving leftovers in plastic containers increases the risk of leaching harmful substances into your food, so we don’t want to do that. 

These bamboo-topped glass storage containers from Crate & Barrel are both beautiful and functional. Fitted with a silicone gasket, the durable borosilicate glass container closes securely with an airtight seal. They have a variety of sizes and shapes and clean up easily in the dishwasher.

3. Bee's Wrap Assorted 3 Pack

If you couldn’t tell, I’m all about cutting down on plastic and the more sustainable, the better. One year a dear friend made these for me and we used them for years until they finally fell apart. Bee’s Wrap is a durable yet pliable beeswax food wrap that can be used again and again rather than a one-time plastic product. You can keep food fresh, cover leftovers, and pack snacks all without plastic. Plus, they have several different pretty designs!

 4. Anything from Mountain Rose Herbs

Mountain Rose Herbs offers organic herbs, spices, teas, essential oils, and botanical products. They place a strong emphasis on organic and sustainable agriculture and strive to source their products from organic farms and sustainable wildcrafters. This year, I want to expand my spice collection to include things like grains of paradise and more exotic flavors.

5. Rise & Run cookbook

As a gift, I recently received “Run Fast. Eat Slow” by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky, two runners who have released several other cookbooks. While I’m not a runner, I do workout, and I always need more energy. The recipes often include nutrient-dense ingredients like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats and I appreciate their focus on whole, unprocessed foods.

This year, I need more help with breakfast ideas. Rise & Run includes 100 recipes for nutrient-dense breakfasts, recovery drinks, packable snacks, and I can’t wait. These veggie-forward recipes can also double as lunches and be honest… who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?

6. Establishing Equilibrium book

This is a bonus item on the list because I already own the book. My wish is for everyone to have a copy because it teaches you how to bring balance to your energetic system and create lasting health, happiness, and well-being in your life. 

Erin Garay is a dear friend of mine, a brilliant practitioner, and I couldn’t love this new book of hers more. For those of you that just feel like you need a little more balance in your life, I recommend this easy DIY book.

Here’s to a healthy, happy, and peaceful holiday and new year.