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Gifts for the Healthy Chef

Skip the fat, save the nutrients, and make healthy cooking a breeze with these brilliant kitchen must-haves.

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Size Up

Weight management takes on a double meaning with this handy home device. The Perfect Portions Food Scale has a built-in database of 2,000 foods to make understanding nutrition and portion control easier than ever. Plus, you can track your daily intake and add up to 99 more custom foods to the scale's memory.

$59.99; gnc.com

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Blow Off Some Steam

Cook up some tender fish and tasty veggies with the Oster 6.1-Quart Food Steamer. It comes stacked with two tiers to include egg holders and a rice bowl and is smaller than other, more tricked-out steamers on the market, making it easier to store.

$49.99; macys.com

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Spritz It, Don't Spray It

Reduce calories and fat by spraying a light mist of your favorite EVOO with the Misto Tritan Oval Oil Sprayer Bottle. The latest models now include a filter on the internal stem so that you can create flavored oils by infusing dried herbs and spices.

$14.99; pflatzgraff.com

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Grow On, Girl

A fun and rewarding idea for the healthy chef: Help her harvest small amounts of sprouts at home! (Bonus: She'll save money on the super-popular, store-bought micro greens.) The Basic Sprout Growing Kit includes seeds for alfalfa, radish, lentil, and more... plus, a kitchen-friendly tray system.

$54.95; handypantry.com

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Grill It Up

De'Longhi might be known for some of its sleek, Italian designs, but this gadget pulls its weight in functionality with its Indoor Grill and Smokeless Burner. There's a nonstick die-cast grill plate and then a smokeless broiler drawer on the second tier. An adjustable thermostat, drip tray, and auto-shutoff complete the easy-to-use item's functionality.

$149.99; bedbathandbeyond.com

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Guiltless Gravy

The Swing-a-Way Fat Separator lets you enjoy yummy sauces, sans the fat and grease. This too-smart tool holds up to 32 ounces, is easy to use, and makes a great stocking stuffer. Because of course you're totally going to put dried fruits and nuts in there, and not mini chocolates.

$12.99; bedbathandbeyond.com

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Sleek Slicer

The coveted ceramic knives that you see used by top chefs on TV can be pricey, but this Cuisinart Three-Piece Ceramic Cutlery Set is affordable, has a five-year warranty, and can easily slice through squishy foods and boneless meats. A granite-finish poly cutting board and blade cover are included as part of the set.

$29.99; amazon.com

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Drink Every Last Drop

The world may have lost the fitness legend earlier this year, but his well-known power juicer is still going strong, even after 10 years. The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Pro has a no-drip spout and patented extraction technology, and consistently boasts a ton of positive online user reviews.

$149.99; target.com

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Conscious Cooking

Slimware Portion Control Plates are diet-friendly while being discreet -- the shapes serve as indicators for how much food to serve up. (The big flower? For the veggies, of course!)

$34.95 for a set of four, slimware.com

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Spinning Superstar

Just because it's battery-operated doesn't make it any less fit-friendly! The Rachael Ray Battery-Operated Salad Spinner dries your leafy greens and ingredients at warp speed... and even lets you open up the bottom to drain water as you spin.

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, November 2011.

$29.99; qvc.com

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