Top Healthy Holiday Gifts

My nutrition school, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, just posted this blog about the healthiest gifts to give around the holiday season and I couldn’t resist sharing it on this blog too. Enjoy and cheers to your health!

The Chef

whole eating by elizabeth riderWholeEating Cookbook: 2012 grad Elizabeth Rider has created a go-to guide for healthy cooking and meal inspiration. Each recipe is vegetarian, gluten free, and bursting with flavor.

Frank’s Finest: the brainchild of 2007 graduate Frank Giglio, Frank’s Finest offers a variety of herb and spice blends created not only for great taste, but with medicinal components in mind.

Gluten Free Recipes e-book: a cookbook straight from the kitchen of 2011 grad Sarah Kay Hoffman full of gluten-free recipes, some of which are perfect for the holidays.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen: the fruits of a collaboration between health guru Kris Carr and Whole Foods chef Chad Sarno, this cookbook delivers over 150 healthy, mouthwatering recipes.

5-Piece Canning Set: this set includes everything you need to preserve fruits and veggies throughout the cool winter months. Make sure to include a few jars to get off to a successful start!

Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender: great for soups and smoothies! Hand-held with a grip guard and non-scratch base, the extra-sharp blade cuts through anything: herbs, nuts, cheese … you name it!

Mila Mason Jar Soup recipe: Stock up on Mila and assemble the ingrdients for Mila Soup in a mason jar for a cute DIY gift.

The Giver

Work in a soup kitchen: give a little of your time to a local soup kitchen that serves meals to the less fortunate. It’s a great way to meet new people, hear interesting life stories, and give back to the community.

Become a big brother or sister: now is the time to start new habits you’ll carry with you into the new year. Why not mentor a young person who needs a positive role model and give them the gift of good company and inspiration all year round?

Adopt a family: this holiday season, adopt a family and give them a spectacular Christmas. Collect and donate a Christmas dinner and gifts for the entire family. Get your friends, relatives, and neighbors in on the action to give a family an extra-special holiday.

Bring home a pet: if you have a little more room in your house, give a dog or cat a warm, safe home with plenty of holiday leftovers to snack on.

Make a donation: Give to a charity that aligns with your beliefs and passions. Check out our Charitable Givingpage for some ideas! 

The Beauty Enthusiast

Arganica Oil: age-defying, restorative argan oil skin care products developed by 2010 grad Bianca Beldini.

iloveme earrings: jewelry made by 2008 grad Arielle Fierman from recycled sterling silver and energized with reiki for healing, restorative energy. Stamped on both sides with “I Love Me” to promote self care and love.

cush cosmeticsSW Basics: eco-friendly yet potent skincare products that are holistically handmade by 2007 grad Adina Grigore.

Cush Cosmetics: a full line of skin, shower, and hair products free of harmful preservatives and toxins from 2008 grad Toni Hall Parker.

SkinFive5 Skincare Serums: each serum is enriched with natural ingredients that fight pollution, sun damage, and free radicals.

greenKarat Fossil Earrings: hand-cast from 100% post-consumer recycled silver.

Saffronrouge Nailpolish: made from a water based formula with no chemicals, solvents or toxins. Throw in remover for a complete set of gentle nail care goodies. 

Ruche Clothing: eco-friendly and fashionable clothes and shoes for women and babies. The dresses are especially cute and colorful.

The Health Coach

Natural Notes: short health and wellness guides created by 2010 grad Ken Nielsen. Each guide is written on a specific subject and is the perfect size to carry to appointments or even the grocery store.

Delicious Life Detox Cleanse: transformational seasonal cleanse classes with 2006 graduate Christy Goldfeder. Clean up your eating, create calm in your life, practice extreme self care, and tap into your intuition to create your most delicious year ever.

Tongue scraper: cleans bacteria and fungi responsible for health problems from the tongue. If you’re looking to give the gift of wellness, here it is!

Hot water bottle: soothe cramps, stomach aches, and chest pain. It is also great to keep at the foot of the bed on cold winter nights!

Healthy Shopping: an informative and enlightening DVD that shows viewers the true possibilities that lie in wait at their local grocery store.

Hydrea Beaming Body Box: a spa treatment in a box! Features exfoliating gloves, a massage body brush, sea sponge, and pumice foot file to keep firm, detoxed and feeling great.

Healthy Snack Box: healthy snacks delivered straight to the door! Each month members get a whole box filled with delicious vegan, gluten- and soy-free snacks.

The Techie

Menu planning e-course: 2011 grad Pam Howard offers an online course full of tips and tricks to plan nourishing, easy menus using healthy products found in most grocery stores.

Clean Plates app: this free, healthy restaurant go-to guide from 2009 grad Jared Koch allows you to quickly and easily find the closest healthy restaurant in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin!

Spirit Junkie app: offers a daily affirmation from happiness guru and IIN conference speaker Gabby Bernstein to give people everywhere a powerful, positive start to the day.

Recycled Circuit Board necklace: an eco-friendly way to give any techie a unique outlet to share their passion for all things technological.

Logitech Wireless Solar Powered Keyboard: eco-friendly, lightweight, and wireless keyboard that can stay charged for up to three months in complete darkness.

The Yogi

Nourishing the Teacher: this book by 2005 grad Danny Arguetty offers readers an insight into the ever-evolving relationship yoga exposes between the individual and the world around us.

Sadie Nardini DVDs: wellness expert and yogi Sadie Nardini’s yoga DVDs tone, strengthen and transform on a physical, mental and emotional level.

Private yoga session: buy a session with a favorite teacher to delve deeper into the practice, address specific questions and concerns, and have a LOT of fun.

Chakra Balancing Guided Meditation CD: reach full potential with meditations that focus on actualizing best self and learning to connect with the light within and around us.

Young Living Essential Oils: oils add a calming, grounding component to yoga practice when dabbed on the forehead, wrists, or behind the ears.

Manduka eKO Mat: made of natural rubber from sustainable trees, the mat cushions and grips to allow for fulfilling practices full of stretching, bending, twisting, and turning.

Vastra Wellness Clothing: Ayurvedic-inspired clothing  that is handmade from natural fibers and hand-dyed from medical plants and herbs to promote health and wellness.

The Bookworm

Clean Food: 2000 grad Terry Walters, serves up a guide to eating seasonal and closer to the source. In addition to being packed with information, there’s over 20 recipes with gluten-free variations.

Eat Naked: this book, written by 2010 grad Margaret Floyd, is chock full of information about the health benefits of eating fresh, organic whole foods.

Integrative Nutrition: written by Integrative Nutrition Founder, Director, and Primary Teacher Joshua Rosenthal, this book discusses holistic nutrition, primary food, and more.

Rushing Women’s Syndrome: Dr. Libby Weaver, one of IIN’s visiting teachers, shares the biochemical and emotional patterns that emerge from rushing, and real solutions to take care of overwhelming stress.

Super Brain: IIN nutrition expert Deepak Chopra gives readers insight into how the brain is the door to health, happiness, and growth. Through this book readers learn how to use their brains to create the life of their dreams.

Pages of My Life: journals for women and girls to reflect on their blessings. The pages are filled with prompts, poetry, and quotes to inspire and share.

The Weekend Warrior

NibMor: organic hot chocolate by 2009 grads Heather Kenzie Terry and Jennifer Love is a great way to unwind after a long day of hiking, or while setting up camp on a chilly evening.

Active Accessories On-The-Go Accessory Pouch: 2012 grad Karen Welby designed a tiny multi-purpose accessory pouch for weekend warriors to store cell phones, keys or other valuables while on the trail or at the gym.

Organic Survivalist Guide: this blog gives ideas and instructions for several delicious, filling, and healthy MREs that aren’t too salty. Don’t worry- they keep very well, so they can be broken out next spring.

Burt’s Bees All-in-One Wash: the perfect companion on the trail, the natural, plant based cleanser can be used for hair, face, and body.

Green Kazoo Sleeping Bag: made completely from recycled fabrics and filled with 600+ goose down, this bag is not only eco-friendly, it’s warm- it can face up to 15 degree Farenheit temperatures, no sweat.

Tammy Fender Spontaneous Recovery Crème: developed from certified organic, protective plant oils with high concentrations of active ingredients, this skin crème is perfect for preventing sun damage and chapped skin.

The Environmentalist

Garden Boxes: small gardening boxes for tomatoes, herbs and everything in between, created by 2009 grad Laura Baldwin. A perfect gift for those who are inspired by nurturing and supporting others.

Sprout Men’s Watch: made from corn resin, this eco-friendly timepiece has a natural mother of pearl dial and mineral crystal lens.

Everglow Soy Candles: all natural soy candles that release no harmful substances and are environmentally safe and non-toxic.

Wool Dryer Balls: felted from 100% wool grown on Stoney Mountain and other qualified farms, these dryer balls contain none of the chemicals dryer sheets and fabric softeners are notorious for but have the same effect.

Ecostack Composter: this large, affordable composter is small and stackable so it takes up minimal space and still creates garden gold.

Big Shrimpy Recycled Dog Bed: dog beds made out of recycled products, including old dog beds.


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