Obviously, a juicer. This juicer is our pick because it is moderately affordable, easy to clean, counter top friendly and renders a high yield. Pairing with the fat sick and nearly dead DVD is a great bonus.
An additional gift giving suggestion would be some mason jars. These are typically found at hardware stores, Smart n Finals, and Walmart and Target in the craft section.
Mason Jars are wonderful to store juice and smoothies, make overnight oats, store salads and veggies or daily water. They are easy to clean and most important, do NOT contain BPA or leach hexane (both chemicals shown to breakdown in traditional plastics). Mason jars are incredibly hearty, dishwasher friendly and can be used for a wide variety of things in the home. Your loved one is sure to use them, even if not for canning.
2: TOASTER OVEN
While this may immediately make you think of cooking up hot pockets or warm cookies, this actually has much more health benefits than you think. Why we suggest it.:
- It crisps and toast veggies better than a microwave.
- It does not heat up the house such as a traditional oven, making it more likely you'll cook at home.
- It is fairly safe to use, as most have a timer on them. Busy moms can pop in veggies and attend to other family needs safely.
- They take up less counter space.
- They are safer than Microwaves.
“Microwave radiation is a form of non-ionizing radiation (meaning it can’t directly break up atoms or molecules) that lies between common radio and infrared frequencies. So it is not thought to damage DNA of living things, the way X and gamma rays do. Still, microwaves can obviously cause heating effects, and can harm or kill at high energies. That’s why microwave ovens on the market must operate at or below strict limits set by the federal government.
Most microwave ovens hit food with microwaves at a frequency of 2.45 gigahertz (GHz) (a wavelength of 12.24 centimeters (4.82 in)). The prevailing belief is that molecules in the food, particularly water, absorb energy from the waves through dielectric heating. That is, since water molecules are polar, having a positive end and negative end, they begin to rotate rapidly as the alternating electric field passes through. That rotation is thought to add heat to the food.”
- The Daily Green.
Toaster ovens: college kid approved, radiation free and electric bill friendly.
3: POPSICLE TRAYS
Now, Cool your jets before your thinking about fudgesicles or sweet treats. There are SO MANY healthy options you can make in these easy, affordable popsicle trays. Kids Love them, parents love them and the possibilities are endless. You can print out cute little recipe cards and add them to the gift set. You can also throw in a local grocery store gift certificate if you are really trying to amp it up. This is such a fun, family involved gift idea. With food allergies in children on the rise, this really puts the fun back into being a kid, and offering a healthy parent approved option.
4. Inspiring Morning Mugs:
Coffee or Tea is something most people do, every. single. morning. How perfect is it to give them a mug with some sort of inspiring quote or motivational phrase? Sure, those #1 Mom mugs are great, but something a little more inspiring perhaps that will encourage so many more days ahead. There are a lot of local places that are doing this where you can customize your own quote, lyric or phrase. These encouraging mugs can go a long way, and for a long time.
The possibilities are endless! There are so many variations on the market now that really provide cooking at home for an entire family, easy practical and excuse free. Adding recipe cards, a healthy cookbook or your great grandmothers crockpot chilli recipe with the gift is another win, win. They now have small ones specifically for dips or the bachelor uncle in your family. We found the best prices on these at big lots and bed bath and beyond.
Yes, we are advocating a blender. These little babies are indeed a great option for busy family members. These are not just for the smoothie makers but for the mom with teething toddlers, a college student, or a grandparent with new dentchers. This little guy is more affordable than the hefty vitamix's and offer an array of soups, dips and produce heavy snacks.
7. A juice cleanse
"Not everyone will stop to take the time for self maintenance. Just as they say on the air plane, "before you assist those around you with their mask, make sure yours is on first." Something of that sort, in our flight attendant voice. You cannot be of service of others if you are not at 100% yourself. Giving someone the gift of a juice cleanse will help them take care of themselves.
8. Car Organizing Caddies
Some of you may be turning your head at this suggestion, but I promise you, any mom or incredibly busy person will be excited when they open this. You can often find these affordable caddies at stores such as Ross, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Big Lots and Walmart. Is this "healthy", ask any disorganized taxi-cabing mom, and they will surely answer yes. To amp up this gift idea, Fill the caddie with great "busy mom" items:
- Babywibes/antibacterial wipes
- a portable iphone/tablet charger, specifically market "CAR"
- a brush, mirror, and travel hair spray, pack of bobby pins
- almonds, pistachos, dried fruit mixes
- Tide pens
Studies show that the less cortisol(stress hormone) you have in your system the better your entire body will function, and less fat it will store. Having your car a pleasant environment will surely decrease stress.
I hope these suggestions help you all get into the healthy, holiday spirit. The gift of health really is priceless. Happy Holidays, and Happy Juicing,