Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas
It’s time for my annual healthy holiday gift ideas! If you’re like me, you leave shopping until the last minute. I’m always struggling for ideas on what to buy people. So I’ve done a little investigating … I hope my ideas can make your shopping a little easier.
Activity tracker. If you are having trouble losing weight, want to lower blood sugar or just improve overall health, this one is for you. I’m so obsessed with my Fitbit that I had to put it on the list again this year. I personally sit way too much at work and these trackers help me get off my butt. Most of my clients say the same. There are many different types to choose from. Here are a few:
Fitbit. The Charge is my favorite as it also tracks flights of stairs climbed $129.95
And if you want to style your Fitbit, check out this Tory Burch bracelet (you place the fitbit in it!) see pic $195
SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker. If you find water boring and have a hard time forcing yourself to drink it, this one may be for you. You can make your own seltzer without the sodium and a add natural flavoring. MUCH healthier than soda and more interesting than water. $159.96
Organic Mushroom Farm. Grow mushrooms right out of the box in 10 days! Bet you don’t know many people in NYC that grow their own food. I love this mushroom grower. Mushrooms are packed with disease fighting phytochemicals and they add so much flavor to any dish. If nothing else – it looks really cool and would be a great conversation piece. Bet your kids would love it too. Move over chia pet! $19.99
Vegetable spiralizer. Vegetable spiralizers are hot, hot, hot! Whether your goal is to cut calories or carbs, go gluten free or just add in more nutrients, spiralizing vegetables is the way to go. There are different type of spiralizers -ranging from this little hand held one I found at Bed Bath and Beyond for $15 to a larger one called Paderno World Cusine for $34.10 (it is also sold at Willams Sonoma).
Tea gift boxes. Instead of chocolate, give the gift of health by sending tea samplers. Teas are loaded with disease fighting phytochemicals. And we’ve come a long way from plain old black and green tea. . . Who can resist some of these flavors from David’s Teas – Forever Nuts, Strawberry Forever Nuts, Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, Birthday Cake, Coco Chai Rooibos and Crème Caramel Rooibos. And check out the Holiday Gift Guide from David’s Teas. $24.50
Another thought: if your boss is a little edgy, give him/her the Calming Tea Collection
White noise machine. Give the gift of sleep. If your significant other has “sleep issues” due to the city noises, you can’t go wrong with a white noise machine. I’ve had one for years and it travels with me everywhere! (I’m the queen of insomnia). $50 online (but you can find them anywhere)
Another thought: this little machine can drown out your snoring.
Wine glasses with discreet measurements. If you find yourself (or significant other) drinking a little too much wine while cooking, this gift may be for you. Perhaps you could even buy yourself a little holiday gift. Most wine drinkers underestimate the amount of wine they drink. This measured glass could be a gentle reminder … and I love what it says on the glass “Do u like to drink while u cook” $16
Crockpot or slow cooker. These have made a come back this year. Imagine having a hot dinner ready for you by the time you get home from work! Slow cookers are relatively inexpensive, offer a healthy low-fat method of cooking and don’t require a lot of effort. Check out this article on slow cookers and this article for Tips on How to Use a Slow Cooker. You can also find tons of healthy recipes online. I found several of them at Bed Bath and Beyond I would suggest you read reviews first before purchasing them as well as get one with a timer. $40-$200+
Skinnytaste Cookbook. My clients love recipes from Skinnytaste.com and now she has come out with a cookbook. The recipes are easy, healthy and tasty! It gets my seal of approval! $10.99-$18.00
I especially love problem-solving, whether it’s helping women defeat issues plaguing them for years, helping a busy executive find practical ways to get heart healthy, or providing tips to help you reverse diabetes. That’s why I’m on a constant quest to expand my knowledge by staying on top of the latest research.