2017’s Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays! I hope you’re enjoying this magical time of year! The holiday season is officially here, and I’m certain I’m not the only one doing some last minute shopping ;). Lucky for you, I’m sharing some of my favorite gifts to give in case you’re looking for inspiration.

Of course many of these gifts are food, because well, I love food! But I’ve also included some of my favorite skincare products, kitchen gadgets and more! I think you’ll love what I’ve picked out this year!

2017’s Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Food/Drink

Equal Exchange Organic Extreme Dark Chocolate Bar, 88% cacao: This is hands down one of my favorite chocolate bars that I keep stocked at all times. There’s more grams of fiber than sugar, yet it’s so deliciously smooth – you’d never know! Organic, soy-free, dairy-free, fair trade, and kosher, this chocolate is a perfect stocking stuffer.

Primal Chocolate Midnight Coconut: For those of you out there that want ZERO sweeteners in your chocolate, you’ve got to check out Primal Chocolate’s Midnight Coconut bar. Made with only 4 ingredients: organic cacao, organic cacao butter, organic shredded coconut, organic vanilla – it’s amazing. No dairy, soy, added sugar or sweeteners.

Go Raw Bars: These are one of my go-to snacks for days when I’m out hiking, on the beach, or if I know I won’t be able to sit down to a good meal for a few hours and need something nourishing and quick to tide me over. All the Go Raw bars are organic, gluten-free, and sprouted which makes them easier to digest and rich in protein, enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. And they don’t use any refined sugars or filler ingredients. I’ve linked to a variety pack, because I couldn’t pick just one flavor!

Gopal’s Raw Coconut Butter: Coconut butter has a slightly sweet and creamy flavor with a similar texture to nut butter. I’m a huge fan of coconut butter and use it all the time. I blend it into tea, smear on bananas, use it for baking, and eat it straight from the jar when I’m looking for something sweet! I love this brand because it’s 100% raw and tastes super fresh. Your foodie friends or family will love this one!

Laird’s Superfood Creamer : This dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free, vegan creamer is nutrient-dense and incredibly delicious. Made with coconut milk powder, aquamin (a sea algae PACKED with minerals), organic red palm oil, and organic extra virgin coconut oil, this superfood creamer adds amazing flavor and an energy boost to my usual morning tea. Laird Hamilton, the world’s most prolific big wave surfer, created this whole line of superfood products which I absolutely love and make great gifts!

Laird’s Superfood Performance & Energy Mushroom Blend : Another great product from the Laird’s Superfood line is this incredible mushroom blend that enhances energy, performance, recovery, and the immune system. Four unique mushrooms have been combined for endurance (cordyceps), recovery (chaga), brain health (Lion’s mane) and immune system function (maitake). I love to add it to my morning tea and daily smoothies. And for those of you who don’t like the taste of mushrooms, I promise it doesn’t have a strong flavor at all! I actually quite enjoy it 😉 Another awesome stocking stuffer.

Four Sigmatic Organic Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi : Speaking of mushrooms … this hot cacao mix is out of this world and contains 501 mg of dual-extracted, log-grown red reishi mushroom fruiting bodies per packet. Reishi is nature’s ultimate anti-stress tonic. Reishi can balance an overactive hormone system and improve sleep quality. Cinnamon and cardamom balance blood-sugar levels, aid in digestion, and kill sweet cravings. Cacao is an effective mood enhancer, antioxidant source, and comfort food. I think everyone could use a little of this during the holidays! And who doesn’t love sipping hot cocoa by the fire?! It’s dairy-free, and uses no refined sugar. Bonus!

Pure Indian Foods Cultured Ghee: This is my favorite cooking oil in the world! It’s certified lactose and casein-free so it’s a great oil for all of us with dairy allergies. It has an amazing flavor and I love to combine it with coconut oil every time I’m cooking. This is another one you’re foodie bestie will go nuts for. And of course it’s grass-fed and organic ;).

Bulletproof Collagen Protein: Incredibly easy to use as it mixes easily in both hot and cold liquids, I love adding collagen to my morning tea, smoothies, soups and oatmeal. Collagen is amazing for strengthening hair, skin, nails, joints, ligaments, and delivering hard to find amino acids that aren’t readily found in any other food source. Bulletproof Collagen Protein is sourced from pasture-raised cows that spend their entire lives in the pasture. It’s Whole30 approved, Paleo-friendly, kosher, gluten-free, dairy-free, and has absolutely no sugar added.

Skincare

MyoBuddy Massager Pro: I’ve often written about the benefits of massage, and this product puts those benefits right in the palm of your hand. The Myobuddy is a mixture of infrared heat, percussive massage, and vibrational therapy that targets both muscle and fascia. It is basically deep tissue massage and myofascia release rolled into a handheld at-home device that costs about the same as a two massage appointments (at least where I live).This one is definitely on my own wish list this year!!

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask: This warming massage mask gently nourishes and revitalizes skin and keeps my face smooth and glowing. I love using it in the dry months of winter to prevent those red dry patches that often show up this time of year, and it prevents fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. I love giving this mask as a special gift! And, of course all Farmacy products are free of parabens, formaldehyde, synthetic & artificial  ingredients, and is made with only naturally derived stuff, and is not tested on animals.

Living Libations Best Skin Ever Sea Buckthorne Face Oil: This is hands down the best moisturizer I’ve ever used on my face. It’s literally changed my skin. You can use it as a cleanser, moisturizer and all-around skin hydrator. Packed with omega fatty acids, vitamins, lipids, and hundreds of tiny bioactive compounds, this incredible product is perfect for the person on your list that wants their skin to really start to glow.

Home Goods

InstaPot: This product has literally saved me hundred of hours in the kitchen in the recent past.  It combines seven kitchen appliances into one : Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer. You can cook a whole chicken in here, use it like a crock pot for making chili, steam veggies, make coconut milk yogurt, and so much more. It uses a stainless steel inner cooking pot made from food grade, no chemical coating. You definitely can’t go wrong with this gift!

The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck & Guidebook : Hands down my favorite tarot deck EVER. These cards have given me so much insight and wisdom over the years, no matter what might be going on in my life. Everytime I turn to them for clarity or direction, they give me just what I need. The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck and Guidebook is a work of art that explores the mysteries of the natural world and the animal kingdom. Each of the 63 gorgeous oracle cards captures a stunning portrait of creatures both real and mythical. The fully illustrated guidebook offers grounded, easy to understand explanations of the cards, a detailed look at the many spreads, practices, and concepts that power the Animal Spirit deck, and deep insight into how each animal helps illuminate our contradictions, our complex natures, and the endless mystery of who we are.

Dry Farm Wines : Introducing the only organic wine club in the world! If you enjoy wine but are not jazzed about the negative side effects, these wines are the best. Dry Farm Wines curates only the highest quality organic & biodynamic wines from small, organic family farms around the world. Unlike today’s commercialized and processed wines, this is real wine. Nothing added, nothing removed. All their wines are lab-tested to ensure zero chemicals, additives, mold, sugars or carbs so you get no headaches or hangovers. Coming from one of the most wine-sensitive people out there (me!) – I never feel bad when I drink Dry Farm Wines. They send 6 bottles a month, and you can choose red, white or a combo of both. Best gift ever.

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