Healthy Gifts for the Holidays

Healthy Gifts for the Holidays

Apple in red tapeWhat’s on your wish list this holiday season? This is the perfect opportunity to ask for a gift that will help aid in your new healthy lifestyle. Ask for a gift that will keep on giving throughout the whole year! No more bottles of liquor or boxes of chocolates! Get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolution with some of these great gift ideas for any price range.


  • Customized Meal Planner: How do you just buy one with so many funky designs and patterns to choose from?! Personalize your own Meal Planner or Calorie and Exercise Diary to help you stay on track this year!
  • Aqua Zinger Flavored Water Maker by Brookstone: Get REAL natural flavors in your water from this bottle that infuses the juice from your favorite fruits and veggies. Save yourself from artificial additives and sweeteners. Leave the chemicals behind this New Year!
  • My Blend Blender by Oster: No more excuses for missing breakfast! This fashion savvy individual blender makes mixing up a smoothie as easy as 1,2,3! Just add your fixings, blend and away you go! The base is your to-go container so no messy clean up, either.
  • Fit Deck Exercise Playing Cards: UNO is fun and all but why not burn some calories instead? There are over 40 decks of custom playing cards for people of all ages and fitness abilities. Shuffle the cards for new and exciting workouts each time you play! Whether you’re a CrossFit champ or an expecting mom-to-be, there’s a deck for everyone, even Grandma!
  • Eco Friendly Lunch Kit: Bringing your lunch to work instead of eating out is one of the best ways to keep the pounds off. This adorable three piece set includes a lunch box, BPA free tumbler and cotton napkin. Save the environment and your waist line all at once!
  • Beginner Pilates DVD: Or any beginner DVD for that matter. Jumping into something new can be scary and confusing. You never want to injure yourself by doing too much, too soon or using poor form. Here is a great step by step instructional DVD to help get you on your way to a healthier new you!


  • Modern Brita Filter: This should be a staple in everyone’s refrigerator. If you already have one maybe it’s time to update it. They come in all kinds of fun colors and patterns these days!
  • Customized Yoga Mat with Classes: A fun and personalized gift that matches your personality! Steer Santa towards a package of classes to your favorite studio (don’t forget about Groupon, either) to ensure it’s getting the use it deserves!
  • Yonanas Frozen Dessert Machine: Here is a healthy dairy free alternative to ice cream! Just add your favorite fruits and voila! You have a delicious and healthy dessert without all the added sugar and preservatives. Who said dessert had to be guilty?


  • Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband: This wristband is all the rage with many of our patients proudly sporting them. With it tracking your steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, what more could you want?
  • Fruit Baskets: Let the fruit come to you! A much healthier sweet treat than those Godiva chocolates you get every year. Ask for your favorite seasonal fruits to help you stay healthy into the new year!
  • NutriBullet: This superfood nutrition extractor is fast, convenient and easy to use. The blades are so powerful that they break the fruits, veggies and nuts down to a super absorptive state. Your body hardly has to do any of the work!
  • Gift Cards to Healthy Restaurants: Some socially responsible restaurants are trying to make it easier for you to stick to your healthy eating plan. Try Seasons 52, Native Foods Café and True Food Kitchen. Yum!


Don’t forget about some of the old favorites as well. Cookbooks, exercise equipment (dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, exercise balls, jump ropes), workout DVDs, workout clothes, running shoes or a new set of knives to get you back in the kitchen are all great options.

I hope some of these ideas help you with your wish list this year! Everyone here at Olivera hopes you have a wonderful and safe holiday. We are happy to be part of your success and look forward to continuing the journey with you into 2014!

Teresa M., RN

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