My Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

2020

With the holiday season upon us and the New Year right around the corner, it is the perfect time to consider some tools and gadgets to make getting healthy in 2020 so much easier! Preparation is key to long term success and when you have the right tools on hand, this preparation is even easier! And don’t worry about the cost, if you are looking for an inexpensive stocking stuffer or are ready to splurge, I have you covered this holiday season!

Lower-cost Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers

1) OXO Good Grips Ground Meat Chopper

This is a must in my kitchen! I love cooking ground meats for tacos, pasta sauce and soups! This inexpensive tool helps break up ground meat in pans for even cooking. Use it for soups and stews, or any ingredient that needs separating. It is the gift all cooks will love adding to their kitchen! Click HERE to shop!

2) Vegetable Chopper and Mandoline

If you follow me on social media then you know I love to meal prep! And meal prepping is so much quicker when you have this chopper in your kitchen! I find that it is so easy to load your dishes with healthy veggies when they are sliced and diced! This handy kitchen tool will easily shave an hour off your meal prep, making it so worth the small investment! Another great kitchen item to add to your list or purchase for a family member or friend! Click HERE to shop!

3) Zoodle maker! Premium V Slicer

Zoodles are a quick and easy low carb option and making them is so much easier with this handy kitchen tool! This Spiralizer comes with a premium storage bag, cleaning brush and a physical recipe book, which is chock-full of creative yet easy recipes that will brighten any family dinner table. Vegetable spiral slicing goes hand-in-hand with low carb and gluten free diets promoting WEIGHT LOSS . More vegetables and fewer carbohydrates will lead to a HAPPIER, HEALTHIER lifestyle for you and your family. It’s fun, quick and easy to make stir-fries, salads, and even vegetable pasta. You will be able to create noodles and julienne spirals from a variety of vegetables including carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, radish, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes and much more. Click HERE to shop!

4) CBD Oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that’s derived from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants. Even though it comes from marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication — that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as THC. CBD oil has many medical benefits and is worth adding to your daily routine.  CBD oil can help with pain, stress and anxiety, reduce seizure activity and so much more! With so many CBD oils on the market it is so important to know your source, how the CBD is extracted, produced and stored to get the most benefits!  Bottom line, do your research and source from a quality company like Bluegrass Hemp oil.  Their genesis blend is a full spectrum product, third party tested to bring you the best outcomes! They ship all over the US! Check them out by clicking here.

5) Etekcity Digital Kitchen Multifunction Food Scale

Are you looking to take your nutrition up a notch? Well having the ability to weigh and measure your food is the BEST way to track your food intake! I love this scale and use it often to keep my portions in check! It is equipped with 4 high precision sensors to give you accurate measurements all the time. Super easy-to-read LCD display remains backlit for 30 seconds. Screen turns off automatically (auto-off function) after 2 minutes. Designed for easy storage and lightweight portability. Easily measure food or ingredients at any time, anywhere. Tare function helps facilitate your food measurements. Get quick unit conversions between various options (milk volume, water volume, g, oz, and lb:oz). Click HERE to shop!

6) My favorite Cookbooks of 2019

I don’t typically buy cookbooks often because there are so many great resources online to find recipes! Pinterest being my favorite! Check out my Pinterest boards here! BUT every once in a while I come across I really good one worth buying and this year I actually came across TWO! The first one being Meals that Heal by my good friend and fellow RD, Carolyn Williams. This book is so much more than just a cookbook! It is loaded with great health information about reducing inflammation and tons of awesome recipes your whole family will love!

The second cookbook, Cook Once, Eat All Week, is a game changer when it comes to simplifying the weekly meal prep task! It is filled with 26 weeks of yummy, easy to make, gluten free and dairy free recipes that your whole family will love! Plus, all the macros are listed in the back of the book AND in my fitness pal for easy logging! I think both of the cookbooks would make awesome gifts to your mother, mother-in-law and even your girlfriends! You can find all of my favorite books here!

7) LEAN Exercise Sliders and Resistance Bands

These resistance bands and sliders are such a great, inexpensive addition to your workout equipment. The bands are heavy duty resistance loop bands made of 100% natural latex and come in 3 varying resistance levels. This makes them perfect whether you are just starting to workout or a seasoned workout warrior. Our light bands are great for beginners, while our medium, and heavy exercise bands are targeted for more intermediate and advanced strength training. The best part, they come with six FREE great workouts that target your whole body! Click HERE to shop!

8) Lily’s Chocolates

Delicious, creamy and indulgent, this is the Original Lily’s chocolate bar. Made with botanically-sweetened dark chocolate that provides all the delicious chocolatey flavor but with no added sugar. Lily’s chocolate is sweetened with stevia, a zero calorie, natural sweetener. They have about 4-6g of net carbs per bar which makes this a great low carb treat! Made with fair trade, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter and vanilla. LILY’S Chocolate – Super Variety (6 Pack) – 1 Of Each Flavor Creamy Milk, Almond, Coconut, Salted Almond Milk, Original, Crispy Rice – 3 Oz. Click HERE to shop!

9) Electrolyte drops

Electrolyte enhanced water is something that I highly recommend my clients drink. Making sure you have plenty of Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium is so important! Replenishing electrolytes daily will give you more energy, reduce cravings and keep you well hydrated. If you are looking for a less expensive way to drink electrolyte enhanced water then give these drops a try! HYPER-LYTE is a liquid supplement designed to replenish lost electrolytes due to physical exertion, exercise, alcohol consumption, hangover, or illness. Experience all natural rehydration by simply adding to water or your favorite drink; add lemon to ease the mineral taste. The best part- they provide guilt free electrolyte rehydration with zero calories, artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. Click HERE to shop!

10) Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (20 oz) – Pasture-Raised, Grass-Fed, Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein

As we age we lose collagen all over our body! I love this product as an easy way to increase collagen! I have seen great improvements in my joint health since using this daily and the benefits for my skin are just an added plus! This product is pasture-raised, grass-fed, non-GMO, and kosher. This collagen powder is soluble in cold and hot liquids. I will mix this with my daily protein shake mid afternoon. Collagen peptides promote youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails. It also helps keep bones healthy and strong and supports joint health. Whole 30 approved, gluten free, and dairy free! Click HERE to shop!

Splurge Items

1) Air Pods

Music, podcasts, even television can make a hard workout easier! I love my air pods and I use them all day long, whether at the gym or on a call. I love that they are wireless and charge when not in use! AirPods deliver effortless, all-day audio on the go. Now with more talk time, voice-activated Siri access and a new wireless charging case, AirPods deliver an unparalleled wireless headphone experience. Simply take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices. Put them in your ears and they connect immediately, immersing you in rich, high-quality sound. You will love them! Click HERE to shop!

2) Chili Pad

SLEEP! Sleep is the cornerstone to health! There are so many factors that go into a good night sleep and body temperature is a big one! We know that sleeping at a cooler temperature can measurably double time spent in deep sleep and aid in physical recovery. It is not about how long you sleep each night, it is the quality of your sleep and the Chili Pad will help! I have been using the Chili Pad for three months now and can see a HUGE improvement in night sweats and how restful my sleep is each night! LOVE this product! Click HERE to shop!

3) OURA ring

If you are looking to hack your health, then this device is just for you! With daily feedback to improve your health, Oura helps you better understand your body to reach your goals. You’ll be guided through an intelligent, data-driven plan to help you improve across the most important aspects of your well-being. The Oura ring scientifically tracks sleep, activity, heart rate variability, and so much more! This data is used to give you a daily readiness score so you know the state of your recovery! I have been wearing an Oura ring for the past year and LOVE the data and the feedback I get from it! Check out more info about it here!

4) Infrared Sauna

Sweating is good for you. Sweating is one of the body’s safest and most natural ways to heal and maintain good health. And that’s why saunas are specifically designed to promote a deep, healthy and naturally detoxifying sweat.

“Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest the nutrients in our foods. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with weight loss, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD.”

If you are looking to invest in an at home system, then give Sunlighten Saunas a look! More info about their products here! Not looking to make that kind of investment? Do a quick google search for infrared saunas in your area! Many locations sell packages you could buy for someone on your Christmas list!

 

5) Smart Watch

Technology can help you and your health in so many ways! There are so many great smart watches on the market to help you track your sleep, your steps, your workouts and more! I prefer my Oura ring because I just don’t need one more thing to charge daily BUT I polled my clients and their top recs were an apple watch or a fitbit versa or surge! So many love the apple watch! It seems to be user friendly and easy to navigate. Many mentioned closing the daily health rings as addicting in a good way! Another big hit was the fitbit versa. The Versa will give you that extra push you need to get going each day. Versa 2 uses heart rate, guidance and insights to help you reach your goals. Click HERE to shop!

6) Berkey water filter

Clean water is the gift that keeps on giving! I purchased my 1st Berkey filter a year ago and will never look back! We need to be concerned about our water supply and how it is impacting our overall health. Having a filter that will produce healthier drinking water is a big step. All Berkey water filters produce the best tasting, most purified drinking water. The technology that Berkey uses to purify water is able to handle the very smallest of water contaminants, even viruses, making it one of the most powerful water filtering systems available. This system is easy to set up and there is a model to fit anyone’s needs! There are even portable systems you can take with you when you travel! I love my Royal Berkey Filter and can tell a big difference in the quality of our drinking water! Learn more about Berkey water filters here!

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