Well we are in it now and here is Eat. Drink & be Skinny’s first annual healthy gift guide to keep you happily humming along this season! I’ve been so busy prepping and testing recipes for yummy dishes and skinny cocktails so you can enjoy the season happier and healthier than ever before! Now, here’s my stab at making the holidays even easier. With some help from my favorite intern, we have scoured the internet and found the very best gifts for you to, put on your list for santa, add to your list for the healthy hopefuls in your life — or why not just treat yourself? Investments in your health are always a good idea — either way, these goodies are sure to bring more health and happiness in 2014!
I hope this quick guide helps simplify your holidays so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the season just a little bit more. Most of these can be ordered through Amazon or another internet retailer – saving you from the hustle, bustle and potential stress of the mall. What will you do with all your spare time? Hopefully get in a few more miles, prepare an even more delicious and healthy treat for your family or take a moment for yourself. You certainly earned it!
Heathy Gift Ideas to help everybody EAT better:
Why it’s awesome: Grow Healthy Fresh Sprouts in Your Own Kitchen! A perfect idea for the healthy chef- harvesting sprouts at home, which also saves money on store-bought greens! This kit is kitchen-friendly and includes 2 oz certified alfalfa seeds.
Why it’s awesome: This handy device makes nutrition and portion control easier than ever! Calculates weight plus % Daily Value for calories, fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol, sodium, fiber and protein and creates a Nutrition Facts label adjusted to your actual portion size. Built-in database of 1999 foods plus 99 customizable food entries.
Why it’s Awesome: Kris Carr single handedly changed the way I look at food consumption with her Crazy Sexy Diet book. This is her newest release and it’s packed with “150 plant-empowered recipes to ignite a mouthwatering revolution.” She makes eating for life more than just appealing, it’s fun and sexy!
Heathy Gift Ideas to help everybody DRINK better:
Why it’s Awesome: Drinking water can come off as a chore, the Aqua Zinger is a fun and creative solution for staying hydrated over the holidays and beyond! The stainless steel bottle comes in different colors and contains a spot to put in fruits and other types of flavoring that infuse into the water for an extra shot of flavor. Great way to add variety — making it way more fun. If it’s fun, you’ll do more of it.
Why it’s Awesome: Get comfortable in the kitchen! This system will have you mixing and blending with mastery in no time! You can blend to create resort style frozen cocktails. Use the food processing for consistent, evenly processed ingredients for a variety of recipes and even knead fresh cookie and pizza dough. It also has single serve blending functions to make getting in your nutrient packed smoothies easier than ever!
Why it’s Awesome: Well, I am biased because I did write this book. But it is the original (first ever!) recipe book to be devoted to skinny cocktails. And as far as I can tell, it’s still the highest quality edition on the market. It has 70 recipes for SkinnyTinis and Skinny Cocktails with bonus information on how to organize and stock your own skinny bar and how order when you’re out!
Heathy Gift Ideas to help everybody be Skinny:
Fitmark Sport Tote $118.00
Why it’s Awesome: I will write an entire separate review on this bag that will permanently live in the review section of this blog. I cannot tell you how awesome this bag is. It also comes in black and is the best gym partner in town. The company has a great philosophy of creating quality products with the “single goal: to fill the void that exists between fashionable, high performance athletes and their bags. Whether at the gym on on the town…” I get compliments on this bag all the time and the function is no joke. Antimicrobial, good size, multiple pouches to store gym necessities. I love it! And this is just one of many great bags — so check them all out for sure!
Why it’s Awesome: With insulated fabric to lock in heat, this Nike headband will keep a runner stylish and warm when the temps get low! It is offered in 5 different colors and features a reflective element for visibility during those early morning runs.
Why it’s Awesome: Nike’s Fuelband is perhaps one of the coolest holiday gifts of the season. This bracelet-size device tracks your daily movement, including its intensity, and even gives you real time feedback, motivating you to stay on top of your fitness goals! A must have for those who want to be more fit and fun in 2014 and track their progress along the way!
Why it’s Awesome: Slim, comfortable and easy to wear gadget tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. Learn how many far you go, calories you burn and how well you sleep! It also sakes you (and not your partner) with a silent wake alarm and has an LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal.
Why it’s Awesome: Get your yoga friend one of these 2 lb. light and easily foldable travel mats! The best part? Thanks to the biodegradable rubber, these mats won’t fade or flake. Traditional yoga mats are big and bulky — this one removes the travel barrier and would fold up right in your gym bag! I want one!
More Heathy Gift Ideas That Just Keep on Giving
Why it’s Awesome: New ways for parents and their kids to learn and have fun every month! Green Kid Crafts is an earth friendly, monthly arts, crafts, and science activity subscription service for kids that sparks creativity and cultivates respect and love for the environment. For a monthly fee, you can rest assure that clever, creative and earth friendly crafts will show up at your (or your recipients) door. What could be more happy and healthy than that?
Why it’s Awesome: Get an assortment of FULL-sized healthy snacks, beverages, and more — delivered to your door every month. All products are selected by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer and every box is loaded with expert tips, recipes, and advice! There’s not much better than a monthly reminder about the newest, tastiest, healthiest snacks and treats on the market! Best part, you get FREE Shipping.
Why it’s Awesome: I will also write a full review on this book as well, because it’s been so helpful! If you have a friend or family member who wants to learn how to use their fancy DSLR camera, then this is a must have! I happen to know the author, he is a local SD professional photographer. He know’s his camera and has helped me and many other hopefuls learn to use our complicated machines with the simplest of instructions. This is a 10 day crash course to become a skilled photographer. This one is a little tricky, because it’s an eBook. But that makes it a great gift to send electronically to a friend or family member you won’t see in person, and save yourself the shipping cost! If you are giving it in person, get a cute USB key and load the files on there and wrap it up!
Well there you have it! My 13 recommendations for healthy gifts this holiday season! What am I missing? What are you hoping Santa has in his sleigh for you?
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