The holidays are fraught with delectable temptations. It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement and completely derail your nutrition and health. So, for some inspiration to stay healthy and still enjoy the holidays, here’s a list of some great gift ideas for friends and family looking to stay fit or get fit, or to add to your own wish list!

  1. Herbal Teas and Local Raw Honey – a great substitute for the traditional hot chocolate and marshmallows, herbal teas come in all shapes and sizes. Choose a seasonal variety pack for cold season or a festive “seasonal” flavored box. Local honey adds a touch of sweetness and immune-boosting benefits as an extra bonus.


  1. Fresh Fruit Basket – places like Harry & David offer great packages of perfectly ripe, typically season, fresh fruit, carefully boxed to arrive at the door fresh, unscathed, and ready to enjoy.


  1. Whole Foods Gift Card – (or a similar health/specialty store) with ready-made healthy meal options and a wide selection of produce, wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, and more, this is a great gift to help create a well-stocked pantry for healthy meals galore.


  1. Spiralizer – this nifty kitchen gadget can be purchased for around $30 on Amazon and opens up a whole new world of meal fun. Use it to make noodles out of just about every veggies you can imagine for delicious dishes packed with nutrition.


  1. Thrive Market Membership – this online “market” offers a wide variety of the typically more expensive healthy brands at a fraction of the cost and delivered right to your door!


  1. Insulated Water Bottle/To-go Cup – hydration is key, even in the colder months. A double-insulated travel mug is perfect for all seasons, keeping hot things hot (like that herbal tea!) and cold things cold, without leaking or sweating and getting things wet.


  1. Flavored Oils and Vinegars – perfect for adding flavor to salads, spicing up marinades, or drizzling over roasted veggies. Try an assortment to sample several flavor combos, like a lemon oil and herbal one, and a cinnamon balsamic vinegar and a fruity one.

May your holidays be happy and healthy.

Aubrey Phelps MS RDN LDN