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My 2018 healthy holiday gift guide is sure to have something for the healthy foodie or fitness lover in your life.

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Each year I try to put together a healthy gift guide.  I didn’t get one posted last year, but I’m on my game this year and have updated it for gifts fit for the healthy foodie or fitness lover in your life. I have included a variety of gifts in all price ranges and in different categories. They are all products I really do use and/or recommend. I’m sure one (or more!) of the gifts in my 2018 healthy holiday gift guide is guaranteed to put a smile on your loved one’s face this holiday season.

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may get paid a small commission on sales of those products or services linked to – at no additional cost to you. These commissions help to keep my little blog up and running, so thank you!)

For the Foodie

Cooking tools and gadgets for anyone from the kitchen novice to the seasoned chef.

   Silicone Baking Mats – $8.50  No need for oil, cooking sprays, or parchment paper when baking and is oven-safe up to 480° F.  Your baked goods will come right off.  They’re also great for rolling pastry and cookies. Your dough won’t stick to the silicone surface and it’s flexibility makes it great to work with.
 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons – $10 With an elegant and stylish design, these stainless steel measuring spoons are easy to clean, long lasting and durable.  Easy and accurate measure marking in different spoon sizes. They have rounded-shape spoon heads and perfectly weighted handles, with a high grade satin brushed stainless steel finish for a long life without rusting.

 Cast Iron Skillet – $30    This Lodge Cast Iron Skillet this will be your go-to pan for generations to come. You can sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise or fry with it using the oven, the stove, the grill or the campfire!  It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time.

Pyrex Snapware  –  $56    This 24 piece set comes with Snap Lock lids that have a silicone seal for secure, air-tight and leak-proof seal that keep foods fresher longer.  The long-lasting Pyrex glass containers are dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer safe. Lids are BPA-free and top rack, dishwasher safe.  The containers have a space saving, nestable design which allows the containers to stack easily for storage. Perfect for meal prep, too!

 Instant Pot Pressure Cooker – $100 The Instant Pot is a smart electric pressure cooker designed with the objectives of being safe, convenient and dependable. It’s a kitchen partner that works with you and for you to create meals in a jiffy!

   Blendtec Blender – $265   Commercial quality blender right on your counter top! Make smoothies, ice cream, juices, soups, and more. BPA free.  Start creating more in your kitchen with this ultimate blender.

Wondering what gift to get that healthy foodie or fitness lover in your life? Check out this healthy holiday gift guide!
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For the Fitness Lover

Giving the gift of fitness is always fun. Here area few items sure to excite your friends.

Cushion Sport Socks – $13   These blister resist socks keep your feet cool and dry, wicking moisture away from the skin, while holding moisture and still keeping feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They boast a seamless toe as well as a high tab heel that ensures your sock will stay in place, all providing for a comfortable fit. Choose from 8 different colors!

   Foam Roller – $35    Perfect for personal use, this massage roller works great for both upper and lower body work. It helps relieve muscle knots, aches, cramping, spasms and stiffness.

Brooks Rebound Racer Sports Bra –  $33 – $50  Love that locked-in feel? The Rebound Racer is a high-impact sports bra with front-adjustable straps and adjustable rear closure. This low-profile bra delivers compressive support and a personalized fit. 5 different colors to choose from.

PiYo exercise DVD’s – $73  PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga.  Piyo cranks up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined.

Garmin Forerunner 235 – $200  This watch is perfect for the runner in your life. It has has wrist-based continuous heart rate and Garmin’s many apps for things like custom watch faces or marathon-specific training apps.  Enjoy smartphone notifications, audio prompts, live tracking and, of course, the Garmin Connect app for an in-depth analysis of your efforts.

For the Busy and On-the-Go

Here are some great finds for people who are always on the go.

  Lunchskins Reusable Bags – $8 – $12    Each bag is hand sewn, dishwasher safe & BPA free.

  Blender Bottle – $10 – $30    Perfect for a busy person on the go.  Say ‘goodbye’ to lumpy protein shakes and ‘hello’ to smooth, great-tasting drinks.

  Stainless Steel Water Bottle – $14-$20 The Contigo AutoSpout Straw Stainless Steel Water Bottle keeps drinks cold up to 12 hours. Features include easy one-handed drinking, a leak-proof lid (when closed) for on-the-go convenience and a protective spout cover that keeps out gross dirt and germs.

Gym Tote Bag – $45    A bag to carry all the necessities to the gym. Tough, abrasion-resistant bottom & side panel with a large front zippered organization pocket. It has adjustable, padded, HeatGear shoulder strap and a padded top grab handle for total comfort.

 
 Planet Box Lunch Box– $40 – $60    A lunchbox that guides you in packing a well-balanced meal quickly and easily.  Part bento box, part TV dinner tray, the segmented containers are the best way to pack delicious, no waste meals for school, work, or on the go.
Stocking Stuffers
Great health-focused items to tuck into those stockings!
Strobelight by Nathan – $10    Keep your athlete safe with this light.  Water-resistant and features a built in clip that attaches to belts, apparel, or gear. A must-have for night-time runs or workouts.
  FitDeck – $15    Inspires the fitness fanatic by making exercise more simple, convenient and fun. By shuffling the cards, you constantly create new and exciting workouts no matter what type of fitness activities you love.
  Sweaty Bands – $15 – $20   Chic and stylish headbands that can hold up to grueling workouts and a busy lifestyle.

Justin’s Nut Butter Squeeze Packs – $10.50 for 10.  Easy to take and eat on the go. Fits easily in your purse, bag, car or lunch box. A good source of healthy fats and protein, these squeeze packs are simple, delicious and nutritious.

 Paring knife – $20 for a set of 3.  Food slides easily off the nonstick coated blade.  Super sharp high carbon stainless steel blade.  Ergonomic handle has soft grip and a protective safety sheath. Comes in bright colors that make cooking fun.
  Seasonal Clif Bars – $18 per box of 12 bars.   Spiced Pumpkin Pie, Iced Gingerbread and Peppermint Bark are around for a limited time. These flavors make a perfect stocking stuffer.
Dietitian Approved Cookbooks

  

101 Healthiest Foods for Kids: Eat the Best, Feel the Greatest—Healthy Foods for Kids, and Recipes Too! by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD

The 30-Minute Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: 101 Easy, Flavorful Recipes for Lifelong Health by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD and Serena Ball, RD

 Natural Baby Food by Dr. Sonali Ruder

Fertility Foods: 100+ Recipes to Nourish Your Body While Trying to Conceive by Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN and chef Sara Haas, RDN, LDN

 The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club: Easy High Protein Recipes with 300 Calories or Less to Help You Lose Weight and Boost Metabolism by Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

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Do you have diabetes and are wondering what to do with your used lancets, needles or auto-injectors? Learn how to safely dispose of used medical sharps below!

This post is sponsored by SafeNeedleDisposal.org. I have been compensated for my time. As always, all opinions are my own. #SafetyIsThePoint

With National Diabetes Awareness Month upon us, I want to share with you something that often gets overlooked as part of diabetes management.  People with diabetes deal with the poking and prodding of medical sharps (i.e. – needles, lancets, etc.) on a daily basis.  This daily use leads to the question of what to do with all of it after you’ve used them.

Sadly, millions of people with chronic conditions, like diabetes, who use sharps, needles, lancets or auto injectors outside of a medical facility for medical treatment often receive no guidance on how to get rid of their used sharps safely.  Despite this, research shows that people who use needles and lancets to manage their medical conditions know it is their responsibility to safely dispose of used medical sharps, but lack clear, factual information on what to do. With the help of SafeNeedleDisposal.org, individuals can get accurate guidance for their area instantly.

The good news is, you probably already have everything you need at home to safely dispose of used medical sharps! First, used sharps must be placed in a strong plastic container before it is discarded. The container — which can be an empty laundry detergent or bleach bottle — should be leak-resistant, remain upright during use, and have a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid (no plastic soda bottles allowed).  When the container is about 3/4 full, individuals should follow guidelines for proper disposal at SafeNeedleDisposal.org — some cities allow in-home trash disposal while others require used sharps to be taken to drop-off locations.

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, sharps that are not disposed of properly may cause injury.  This can be a big safety hazard to waste management professionals. In order to minimize risk and increase awareness about recommended disposal practices, SafeNeedleDisposal.org encourages you to click on your state or enter your ZIP code to learn about local disposal regulations and options in  your area. For example, in Utah it is allowable to properly dispose of medical sharps in the trash. However, there are several drop-off locations in Utah listed on their website, as well.  It’s so simple to click and see how or where you can safely dispose of used medical sharps using SafeNeedleDisposal.org.

To make things even easier to understand – especially for you visual learners – SafeNeedleDisposal.org has created this simple video:

How to Safely Dispose of Used Sharps (Safe Needle Disposal) - YouTube

I hope this helps clear up any confusion on how to safely dispose of used medical sharps.  If you know a friend, family member or coworker who is wondering about it, refer them to SafeNeedleDisposal.org.  Remember, safety is the point!

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Enjoy these recipes for 20+ Diabetes Friendly Snacks when you’ve got the munchies but want to keep carbs in check!

For National Diabetes Month this November I wanted to focus my posts on sharing recipes and articles for people with diabetes.  However, even if you don’t have diabetes, this post has some great snack ideas for everyone!  I love to snack and I know I’m not the only one.

I often recommend snacks for my clients with diabetes – with a disclaimer.  You do need to watch the amount and what type of carbohydrates are in your snack.  I usually recommend snacks with around 15 grams of carbohydrates (or less) per serving.  In my healthy snacking formula, I also suggest combining at least two macronutrients in your snack. Below I’m sharing 20+ diabetes friendly snacks, all with around 15 grams of carbs or less per serving – and all delicious! From sweet to savory and even some combos of the two, there is sure to be a recipe here for whatever snacking mood you’re in!

Sweet Snacks

Grain Free Pumpkin Muffins from Meals with Maggie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Nutrition Starring You

Almond Pistachio Cocoa Bites from Amy Gorin Nutrition

Fall Trail Mix from Your Choice Nutrition

Black Forest Chia Pudding from Julie Harrington, RD

Cashew Cream Stuffed Strawberries from Triad to Wellness

Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Cookies from Bailee Hart

Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites from Your Choice Nutrition

Peanut Butter Protein Fudge from Snacking in Sneakers

Peanut Butter Ice Box Bars from Toby Amidor Nutrition

Chocolate Chip No Bake Energy Bites from E.A. Stewart, RD

Almond Granola Cups from Your Choice Nutrition

Savory Snacks

Middle Eastern Chicken Meatballs with Lemon-Tahini Dressing from Edwina Clark

Simple Sweet Pepper Appetizer from Soulful Nutrition

Roasted Chickpeas Seasoned 4 Ways from Meals with Maggie

Crispy Garlic Chickpeas from Julie Harrington, RD

Parmesan Zucchini Chips from Nutrition Starring You

Roasted Edamame from Jessica Ivey, RDN

Pomegranate Guacamole from Your Choice Nutrition

Zucchini and Basil Fritters from Edwina Clark

Avocado Toast 4 Ways from Mary Purdy, RD

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This Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is a savory blend of pumpkin and tomatoes.  Serve over your favorite pasta or even sautéed vegetables!

It’s been a while since I have participated in the monthly Recipe ReDux challenge – before I had sweet baby E.  I have still been a little inconsistent with blog posts as well, because her cute little face (and sometimes screaming face) takes all of my time.  I’m trying to get back into the groove of things and to a regular posting schedule (my goal is 2 times per week).

Forgive me if I miss a post or two or three, as my family is my #1 priority. In fact, since having baby E I’ve gone back and forth so many times as to whether I should keep this blog up. Blogging takes a lot of time, dedication and hard work. And while I can do it from home, it still takes away time from my kids and husband.  I love cooking, baking, blogging, and sharing recipes and nutrition information with all of you!  I’ve decided to keep it going for now – so thank you for making it all worth it!

This month’s Recipe ReDux theme fits perfectly for this time of year and includes one of my favorite fall ingredients:

Fresh from the Pumpkin Patch: Don’t forget to think beyond ‘pumpkin spice’ to all the ways you’re serving pumpkin these days. Of course, if pumpkin spice is what you’re craving – because it’s finally getting cold where you live, go pumpkin spice all the way.”

I love pumpkin and pumpkin spice. A couple of years ago I found a pumpkin pasta sauce at Costco and was in pumpkin heaven!  I haven’t had the time to go to Costco (re: baby E), so I haven’t had any of their sauce this year yet.  With everything pumpkin around me, I needed this sauce in my life so I decided to re-make it at home.

This pumpkin pasta sauce is a savory blend of pumpkin, tomatoes, onions, garlic and other seasonings. It has a hint of sweetness from cinnamon and honey.  You can serve it over your favorite cooked pasta or even sautéed vegetables.

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Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
  • Author: Brittany Poulson
Description

This Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is a savory blend of pumpkin and tomatoes, with a hint of sweet.  Serve over your favorite pasta or even sautéed vegetables!

Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes in puree, no salt added
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp chopped dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried sage
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup half and half
  • dried parsley, for garnish
  • shredded parmesan, optional topping
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet; add the onion and saute for 4-5 minutes or until it begins to be translucent.  Add in the garlic and saute and additional 30-60 seconds.
  2. Pour in the pumpkin puree, tomatoes, all the seasonings and the honey.  Stir until well combined. Cook until the sauce begins to bubble, then stir in the half and half.  Continue cooking an additional 5 minutes, or until the sauce is heated through and bubbly.
  3. Garnish with parsley, top with shredded parmesan cheese.  Serve over cooked pasta.

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Your Choice Nutrition by Brittany - 2M ago

This simple fall trail mix combines classic fall ingredients and flavors into one delicious sweet and savory portable snack!

I love fall!  With fall comes sweater weather, hometown football games, Saturday soccer games, leaves turning beautiful shades of autumn and of course, fall foods!  Pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, pears, and more all make up the flavors of fall!  Fall is also a great time to go hiking here in Utah.  The canyons are absolutely beautiful this time of year!  Whenever I go hiking, I always like to take a snack along.

Hence, this recipe is inspired by some of my favorite fall foods and a favorite fall activity – Fall Trail Mix!  A fun and simple fall flavored snack to take along wherever you go!  You can certainly take some on a hike with you, but the list doesn’t end there.  Serve it at a party an appetizer, enjoy a handful after a workout, take some to work for your afternoon pick-me-up or give some to the kids as an after school snack (beware of choking hazard of nuts for small children).

If you’ve never made a trail mix before, it really is quite simple.  Choose all of your ingredients, or add-ins, then mix them all together!  Besides the usual nuts, dried fruit, seeds and chocolate, I added in a special ingredient: pumpkin pie spice!  Adding the spice really puts the fall in this fall trail mix.

This Fall Trail Mix combines classic fall ingredients and flavors into one delicious sweet & savory snack!
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Next time you’re in want of a simple fall inspired snack – toss together this sweet and savory fall trail mix. It’s sure to hit the spot!

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Fall Trail Mix
  • Author: Brittany Poulson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1/4 cups
  • Category: snack
Description

This fall trail mix combines classic fall ingredients and flavors into one delicious sweet and savory snack!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (only add if not using salted nuts)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, stirring until evenly mixed. Enjoy!  Store in an airtight container or zip lock bag.
Nutrition
  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Keywords: fall trail mix

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