Healthy Holiday Gifts

Thinking of giving cookies, fudge or a box of chocolates as a holiday gift? That’s so 2005.  This year, think about giving something healthy to your loved ones, co-workers, neighbors and friends.  Here are some gift ideas for the health-conscious on your list.

Stocking Stuffers

Activity Tracker. Know someone who’s trying to be more active, or live a healthier lifestyle? An activity tracker like a FitBit, which tracks your daily activity, food intake, weight and even sleep patterns, makes a perfect present for someone who’s trying to live healthier.

iPod or iTunes gift card. Combining entertainment and exercise often motivates people to jump on the treadmill who would otherwise be bored by going for a run or walk.  You don’t just have to download music either; you can download books, fitness apps, or movies to watch or listen to while exercising. 

Jump Rope or Resistance Bands. These great workout tools are small and are great when traveling to help keep up healthy habits.

Gifts

Active video games for kids and adults. Your children want to play video games. You want them to go outside and get some exercise. Now there’s a solution you both can love and enjoy. Active video games, and sports games for the Nintendo Wii force players to get off the couch and burn calories.

A massage gift certificate. Purchase a relaxing massage at a spa. Or create a home spa basket with essential oils, bath salts, massage oil, body lotions, and a pumice stone.  Relaxation and stress relief are important for overall good health.

A bicycle or scooter. Bikes and scooters are a great way for kids and adults to get exercise.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money either, check out goodwill stores or second hand shops.  They often have good bikes and scooters that might need just a little work.  Don’t forget to get a helmet to wear when riding as well!

Healthy cookbooks. How about a new cookbook that includes healthy recipes — maybe one with healthy soups, salads, vegetable sides dishes, whole grains or whole grain breads.

Subscription to a magazine. Consider giving a year subscription to a magazine. There are several magazines that offer healthy recipes and tips, as well as magazines that focus on physical activity (biking, hiking, running, etc.) and relaxation.

Hostess Gifts

Oil and vinegar. Why not give high-quality balsamic vinegar and olive oil as a gift. If someone is trying to lose weight by eating a lot of salads, some aged balsamic vinegar and a dash or two of good olive oil can make the difference between a boring salad and a nice treat.

A healthy goody basket. A fruit basket of exotic or specialty fruits or other gift basket of healthy specialty foods is always welcome. Try putting together your own basket.  You could include some of your favorite healthy recipes and some homemade healthy treats.
 

Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

•Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. A moderate and daily increase in exercise can help partially offset increased holiday eating. Try to get in a 10- or 15-minute brisk walk. 
•Don’t skip meals. Before leaving for a party, eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to over-indulge.
•Survey party buffets before filling your plate. Choose your favorite foods and skip your least favorite. Include vegetables and fruits FIRST to keep your plate balanced.
•Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.
•Be careful with beverages. Alcohol can lessen inhibitions and induce overeating; non-alcoholic beverages can be full of calories and sugar.
•If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is not about one meal but your overall eating habits.
•Take the focus off of food. Turn candy and cookie making time into non-edible projects like making wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house. Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try serving a holiday meal to the community, playing games or going on a walking tour of decorated homes.

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