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Nourishing Gifts for Mom

Sunday is Mother's Day. (You knew that, right?) Many of us will likely bestow cards and flowers on our moms to show our gratitude and love.

But if your mother is into health and nutrition, you might want to get creative and cater to those interests. It's not too late to get your mom a health-related gift she'll really appreciate and use long after those flowers have faded.

Picking the perfect gift can be tricky, though; you don't want to send the wrong message. For instance, a weight-loss manual won't go over too well, right? And general-purpose cookbooks might just seem to add to Mom's workload -- and perhaps suggest you're not satisfied with the meals she already provides (or provided in your youth).

Here are a few ideas, gifts I'd be happy to receive for Mother's Day. Please chime in with ideas of your own; I'm sure fellow readers could use some inspiration, too. And while you're at it, take a second to vote in today's poll.

A Happy Mother's Day to all you moms!

Nutrition-friendly Mother's Day gift suggestions:

  • Subscription to "Cooking Light" magazine: Every issue's full of nutritious, delicious and do-able recipes, plus fun fitness tips, travel features and more. Great to thumb through while lounging on the porch with a cup of tea (or coffee; see below). Buy a copy on the newsstand and tuck a note inside telling Mom you've subscribed for her. (Subscription $16; single issue $6.50)
  • Gift card from Whole Foods Market: I love Whole Foods -- but not always the prices. If someone gave me a gift card, though, I'd feel free -- heck, obligated! -- to shop to my heart's content, filling my cart with specialty cheeses, nuts, toiletries and organic produce. (Buy a reusable grocery bag and stick the gift card inside.) (Gift cards available in various denominations; grocery bag $.99)
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan: This is a must-read book for those who would join the whole-food movement. Instead of just railing against the nutritional status quo, Pollan offers simple tips for everyday eating. Mom will feel enlightened and inspired. (Like the Post's Food Section, Pollan's book just won a prestigious James Beard Foundation award.) ($21.95)

  • French press coffeemaker: French presses make coffee so rich, dark and fresh that you don't need to add anything (other than perhaps a shot of steamed skim milk) to make it delicious. It's a trip to Paris in a cup. Plus, the latest scoop on coffee is that it offers lots of health benefits with very few downsides. Buy Mom a pound of French roast coffee; if you're lucky, she'll share. ($49.95 for the press, about $10.50 for a pound of French roast from Starbucks.)

  • By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  May 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
    Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Motherhood , Women's Health  
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    I love Whole Foods but wouldn't be that jazzed about a gift card for mother's day. I would feel obligated to spend it on groceries for other people. What happened to the classic spa gift certificate? Always a winner!

    Posted by: Marimom | May 8, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

    The gifts are not subject to the specific gifts that commonly give to our mothers, whether similar or not the securities being offered in the simple present is a range of possibilities, always respecting and trying to approach the essence of that day.
    Herbal Remedies

    Posted by: HerbalRemedies | May 8, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

    Nice suggestions, except for the French press (particularly since the health benefits of coffee are touted.) Researchers have found that drinking French press coffee can actually raise cholesterol (filtering coffee removes the offending substances.)

    See summary of research at:

    Posted by: trace1 | May 10, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

    Well folks, let's be honest for once and call it what it is; food-health-advice overkill.Millions of pseudo nutritionist have emptied forests and turned them into "health" literature, which are assembled under one common denominator--- all have failed.
    It even includes Michael Pollans valiant effort to inject common sense into a disaster-ridden food-life North American continent. His 'mainly plants' voids his best efforts.
    Greens and grains are designed, through the ages, for a precise processing regimen, to convert semi-edibles into a defined food commodity. Leave it to the ruminants! They can, unlike vegans, turn cellulose into red meat!The win-win nutritional recipe.
    Let Grandma be your guide

    Posted by: hart0007 | May 10, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

    I realize this isn't the place, but...hart007, it takes something like 16 pounds of grain and thousands of gallons of water to make one pound of meat. We simply don't have the land or water to keep that up, not to mention whether we can withstand the pesticides and livestock runoffs.

    Back on topic, we re-framed some large pictures at my mom's house for her gift. They'd been over 30 years in the same frames and now look spiffy.

    Posted by: sarahabc | May 10, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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