18 Foodie Gifts You’ve Never Seen Before
These gifts are perfect for the foodie in your life—or anyone looking for some unique gifts inspired by the healthiest populations on earth (blue zones cultures)!
SHOP LOCAL, SHOP SMALL
For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in your community, while only $43 stays in the community when you shop at national chains. Many of the items below support small businesses, but if there are local gift shops and restaurants in your area, you can feel good about making a personal investment in your neighborhood and community.
Gift cards from local healthy restaurants
Restaurants, particularly small, family-owned, local spots have had an extremely hard year. Support local and treat your loved ones to a night-in (or a future night out!).
Maya Nut Brews: Traditional Mayan Superfood and Coffee Alternative
Maya Nut with Cacao Morning Brew – Maya Nuts are rich in fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants. Harvested in the blue zones region of Nicoya, Costa Rica, our Morning Brews are a healthy, caffeine-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free beverage. This specific blend is filled with chocolate-y antioxidants, so you’ll enjoy every sip.
Morning Brew Maya Nut Coffee & Spices – This specific Morning Brew blend was inspired by Golden Milk which contains turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. This traditional beverage has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Teas are a ritual in blue zones regions, and herbal teas are especially enjoyed in Ikaria, Greece. This beautiful set is a showstopper and comes with some blooming flower teas and a heater. You can also get just the individual teapot.
You can also use this beautiful teapot to make loose-leaf or bagged teas like our Lippia Alba & Hibiscus Tea. The essential oil of lemon verbena contains antioxidant compounds, used in supplements in pill form in the U.S., or the leaves can be dried and steeped for use in herbal teas to control appetite to aid in weight loss. Our Blue Zones Nicoya Lippia Alba and Hibiscus Tea is an excellent natural diuretic that combines the expectorant and antimicrobial properties of lemon verbena with the high antioxidant content of hibiscus.
A low-maintenance mini indoor garden for herbs and other plants that also doubles as a home for some new little swimming friends.
Mushrooms are a common ingredient in the blue zones, and research shows their health benefits.
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Our Blue Zones sauces are made with several different chili peppers, from the well-known cayenne in our Nalga de Perro Hot Sauce to Costa Rica’s native Congo pepper in our Conbirra Hot Sauce. All of the sauces are 100% natural, gluten-free, and contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or added sugars.
Corn and Chocolate Drink Mix Yummy Blue
Pinolillo is a traditional purple corn and cacao drink from Costa Rica. While our Blue Zones Nicoya blend can be mixed with just water, you can use it to make a drink similar to hot cocoa for a special treat.
Honey-Processed Centenarios Coffee
Coffee is a daily ritual in blue zones areas. Most centenarians in blue zones regions drink up to two or three cups of black coffee per day. The American Heart Association found that consuming coffee, both caffeinated and decaf, was associated with a lower risk of total mortality.
Red Honey is the bridge between a wet and natural coffee. The cherry is pulsed and then dried even with the layer of mucilage left in the parchment. This process creates a sticky feeling very similar to the appearance of honey. The coffee made with this process generally contains a great sweetness and a balanced acidity with fruity notes. The flavors are clear and defined, much more remarkable and pronounced than those of a natural process. A portion of the Blue Zones Store profits goes to help centenarians in Nicoya, Costa Rica.
The Blue Zones Kitchen broke the mold on cookbooks: it fuses scientific reporting, National Geographic photography, and 100 delicious traditional recipes that may help you live to 100. It’s part coffee table book, part travel book, part National Geographic story, and part cookbook that’s still functional enough for everyday kitchen use.