Giving loved ones a gift that can help them be healthier – is a gift that keeps giving all year long! These gift ideas can be great hostess gifts or to create the ultimate gift basket to put under the tree for the Movie Buff to the Margarita Maven on your list!!
The Sweet Tooth – If your kids are like mine – they love a little something sweet after dinner. I have always had popsicle molds on hand – to pour leftover smoothies into – so we have a healthier way to satisfy their sweet cravings. But recently we discovered that we can make popsicles without the wait!
The Smoothie & Soup Sipper – Someone in your life love smoothies and soups? Create the ultimate gift basket for them.
The Tea Drinker – Green tea has loads of health benefits – including powerful anti-cancer properties from the polyphenol catechins. But if the tea lover in your life is used to using tea bags – wait until he/she tries the whole leaf tea – no comparision! Create the ultimate gift basket with
The Margarita Maven – Many margarita mixes contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring. Create a gift basket with all the key ingredients for a fresh organic margarita, they are so much tastier. Your margarita connoisseur will be happier and healthier.
The New Mommy – There is nothing more joyful than baby’s first Christmas. Putting together a special gift for the baby’s mom (and Dad) can be a snap:
The Movie Buff – A movie night is always better with some popcorn. But microwave popcorn contains carcinogens. Give your movie buff a healthier way to pop!
The Chocoholic! – Do you know someone who lives for chocolate? I can relate! The good news is – dark chocolate is on my “approved” list of treats! Rich in polyphenols from the cacao bean, dark chocolate is heart-healthy, boosts mood, and more. Read I Heart Dark Chocolate to learn more about the health benefits of cacao and dark chocolate. Fill a basket with everything a chocolate lover could dream of:
The Yogi – Do you know someone who just loves yoga, or has been wanting to try it soon? Get them the ultimate basket filled with:
The Allergen Avoider – Know someone who has recently been diagnosed celiac/gluten sensitive, or that avoids other common allergens? Food sensitivities and allergies are becoming more and more common, so it is likely you do. With all the great options out there – they don’t have to miss out on Christmas cookies, pizza or pasta after all. Put together a “survival kit” gift basket to help them make lots of the recipes they love – just without gluten:
The Chef – The great thing about gifts for the chef in your life, is you probably get to eat up the yummy results! Surprise your favorite chef with a basket filled with some yummy ingredients and cool new kitchen gadgets:
The Little “Top Chef” – More and more kids are watching The Food Network and shows like Top Chef. so encourage your little “Top Chef” with some cool cooking presents:
Stocking Stuffers – Don’t forget about the stocking stuffers! Do you put a fresh orange in the bottom of each stocking? The orange in the stocking apparently started with Saint Nicholas himself – read more about the orange and other stocking traditions in Will You Find an Orange in Your Christmas Stocking? Although oranges have been largely displaced with the Pez and brightly colored candies today, you can still put the orange in the toe! Some other healthy and traditional foods to add to stockings would be nuts or an apple. Or you can throw in some Vita Rocks! These are just like those Poprock candies – but they are actually a daily dose of vitamins, and contain none of that icky stuff like artificial colors, or high fructose corn syrup. Oh – and have you heard of the Christmas pickle? I certainly hadn’t either – read about it from our friends at Cultured Food Life.
When you give the gift of health – you are giving so much more than just a gift! Happy & Healthy Holidays!
Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.
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what a great cornucopia of gift ideas sara!!! thank you so much for including the yogi ideas, and especially the lil yogini
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