Last Minute Gift Ideas for Parents

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on December 17, 2009

If you’re like me then you are nowhere near done with your holiday shopping. To help you last-minute shoppers, I decided to share some new books from the blog world. I haven’t read these books yet but because I follow these blogs I know what to expect:

5dollardinnerErin, a mom of three boys, created I found this site in my search for easy and nutritious recipes. I like to save money too but that’s not why I follow this blog (although it should be). Erin often “healthifies” her recipes and includes plenty of fruits and vegetables from her garden. Some of my favorites include her fruit and veggie muffins and a recipe she found for lentil and brown rice casserole. Because of the popularity of her blog, she recently came out with her first book The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing Meals That Are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to Prepare. This is a great idea for parents looking to fix nutritious and economical meals.

slowcook Stephanie, a soon-to-be mom of three, created A Year of Slow Cooking in 2008 when she made a New Years’ Resolution to use the slow cooker every day. I’ve recently tried some of the recipes from her site including one for lemon and dill salmon with spinach and I loved it. (Yes, it is possible to cook fish in the slow cooker.) Her recipes prove that slow cooker recipes ain’t what they used to be. Her book, Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking, is the perfect gift for any busy mom with a crock-pot. For an even better idea, buy a crock-pot with the book!

And last is Naveen (twintoddlersdad) a dad of toddler twins. He created to help parents through the maze of feeding their toddlers. He has a variety of experts on his blog and is revealing their tips in the ebook, Expert Nutrition Tips for Your Toddler. And the best part is 100% of the proceeds go to Share Your Strength to help end world hunger. So you get some good tips while helping kids in need at the same time!

Hopefully that will give you some ideas as the holiday stress gets more intense. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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