September 3, 2014

Healthy Gifts for Healthy People!

I’ve been getting asked quite a bit about healthy gift ideas for the holidays.  I like to give presents that my family and friends will truly use and enjoy, but that are also in line with my high standards for healthy living. So this week I took pen and paper in hand and developed the following list to help you, my dear readers, with your holiday shopping:

  1. Lunch tote. I encourage ALL of my clients to “brown bag” it. I like the Bento Boxes from www.laptoplunches.com. Zip in a cold gel pack to keep cold stuff cold and avoid foodborne illness.
  2. Veggie Steamer. One of the best ways you can cook veggies and keep those wonderful nutrients intact.
  3. Juicer. While we’re on appliances…juicing is a great way to get your nine servings of fruits and veggies daily (Note: a serving is a measly half-cup!). Just be sure the juicer juices the WHOLE fruit/veg –  you want enough power to pulverize the peel for all that fantastic fiber.  Splurge on a VitaMix, or save with a Nutri Bullet www.nutribullet.com.
  4. Magazine Subscription. Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, Cooking Light, Eating Well, the list goes on. For the hardcore nutrition junkie – Nutrition Action from the Center for Science in the Public Interest  www.cspinet.com.
  5. Gym Membership. The ultimate get-fit gift. Many fitness facilities have great holiday specials going on right now. Stash the certificate in a shiny new gym bag to spark some serious motivation. I love the ones from www.athleta.com.
  6. GPS training product. A.K.A. a Garmin watch (www.garmin.com). Great little gadget for the aspiring athlete (or inspired beginner). Help them navigate the night with a headlamp from LL Bean, essential for evening runs in the winter months www.llbean.com.
  7. Cookbook. Ellie Krieger’s “Healthy Appetite” (my favorite and most famous RD!), The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook, American Dietetic Association’s Cooking Healthy Across America, or William Sonoma’s Salad of the Day www.williams-sonoma.com.
  8. Wine and chocolate. It’s gotta be red and dark (70% or more cacao) respectively…in moderation of course! www.godiva.com.