The holidays are filled with gift-giving anxiety. What if my mother-in-law hates her present? What if my hubby thinks I spent too much on his? The good news: A recent survey by Tada.com revealed that the majority of holiday revelers are happy with the gifts they give and receive. And with a brand new year (and new resolutions to make!) just around the corner, you can’t go wrong with health and wellness-related gifts. Here are my top five good-for-you finds for all the loved ones on my list.
Cissé Traing Company’s Delectable Dark Chocolate Cookie and Cocoa Gift Sets
One bite (or sip) of Cissé delicious chocolate goodness and you’ll be hooked. Not only are their cookie mixes and cocoas chock full of disease-fighting antioxidants, but they boast all-natural ingredients you can actually pronounce. A bonus: you can feel good about your indulgence since Cissé only uses fair trade cocoa powder in their mixes, which means fair labor practices and no child labor. Apparently, I’m not alone in singing Cisse’s praises: Food & Wine selected Cissé as one of their top Fair Trade picks in 2013. My favorite: The Gift That Makes a Statement.
$30 – $120, depending on the gift set, Opensky.com
Seven Sundays Muesli
Using only pure, unprocessed ingredients like organic whole grain rye, oats, barley, nuts and fruits, Seven Sundays’ signature mueslis contain an ideal mix of complex carbohydrates, clean protein and high quality fiber. In fact, a single serving of Seven Sundays muesli contains 1/4 of your daily value of fiber, six to eight grams of protein and less than 12 grams of all-natural, unrefined sugar (the Bircher muesli only has seven grams).
$8 a box, SevenSundays.com
From soups and smoothies to sauces and salads, the Vitamix 5200 is the it appliance for any home chef. After all, how many blenders can completely pulverize an entire apple — as well as myriad other fruits and vegetables — in a matter of seconds? Plus, clean up is a snap.
Spice Rubs and Pastes
Seattle chef, restaurateur and culinary innovator Tom Douglas has created a line of spice rubs that add flavor to your favorite grilled foods (without fat) and a healthful kick of antioxidants to boot. Plus, none of his rubs contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) and a few are lower-sodium. A hint: his salmon rub is the lowest.
$7 for a 3.5-ounce rub; $19 for a 16-ounce rub; TomDouglas.com
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Serum
SkinCeuticals’ dermatologist recommended, vitamin-c-and-E-infused CE Ferulic Serum is one of the best non-prescription defenses against aging skin. Not only does the product’s antioxidant combination deliver advanced protection against sun damage, but it also helps your skin produce more collagen — and that means younger looking skin.