Sparkly lights. Long winter nights. Spending time with the family. Eating your weight in egg nog and cookies. Wait, one of these things is not like the other! The holidays should definitely be a time of joy and even a few treats here and there. But staying healthy throughout the holiday season will help you ring in the new year a little brighter.
Below is a list of some of my favorite things! These presents help you stay, well, present to the healthy living you’ve been doing the rest of the year. Forward this blog to your Santa or be the Santa you want to see in the world and get your loved ones presents that will make them feel great all year long.
Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask from Fresh: Delicious smell of citrus and collagen boosting vitamin C combined with a gentle exfoliator to scrub off stressful city life and leave you glowing.
Living Luminizer from RMS Beauty: Made from certified organic ingredients, RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer helps your skin look “young, moist, dewy and succulent.” It gives you an ethereal glow that looks natural, not flashy or shiny like some highlighters. Long post-holiday party nights get instantly erased with a small dab or two.
Honest Lip Crayons: Give your lips a little moisturizing love with Honest Beauty’s lip crayon. Three natural colors look good on almost every skin tone, plus the ingredients are simple and easy to pronounce since Honest Beauty’s products are made without parabens, paraffins, talc, PEGs, polysorbates, mineral oil or synthetic fragrances.
Pressed Juice Cleanse: Spend that little break in between the holidays and New Years on a good-for-you juice cleanse! Cold-pressed juice gives you a lot more vitamins and nutrients than regular juice and Pressed Juicery is some of the best! They have three different kinds of cleanses, depending on how intense you want to go.
Teavana Holiday Dessert Teas: Cold weather and holiday cheer have you constantly craving a sweet treat? Beat the cravings with Teavana’s Season’s Treatings dessert teas. Gingerbread, White Chocolate Peppermint, Caramel Almond Amaretti and CocoCaramel Sea Salt sound like a decadent box of cookies. Instead, you have a calorie-free treat that you can drink down guilt-free.
Almond butter trio from Solstice Canyon: This is next-level artisanal almond butter that will have you licking your knife. Almond butters are full of healthy fats that keep you full and help your skin and hair look gorgeous, basically the perfect edible accessory to a hectic holiday season. Keep it every classier with delectable flavors like Cardamom & Clove and Aztec Chocolate. Enjoy in solitude or share with your friends on a fancy vegan cheese plate.
Reusable bottles from Swell: Plastic bottles are so old-school. Go BPA-free and reduce your carbon footprint with one of Swell’s elegant reusable bottles. In colors like champagne, sangria and pink diamond, these bottles are a stylish reminder to stay hydrated after all those impromptu cocktail parties.
Nutrition Stripped Cookbook: McKel Hill from Nutrition Stripped (http://nutritionstripped.com/) is a dietary superstar and a total inspiration to me. I love her laidback approach to wellness that makes eating and living healthy approachable. Have a few healthy resolutions? Break into the recipes in her cookbook after the new year and get a delicious start to the new year.
Raw chocolate from Pana Chocolate: Go ahead. Indulge yourself! Chocolate—raw and dark—is actually great for you in moderation. It’s good for your heart, brain, skin and mood. Have a square or two of chocolate during the holidays can help you beat fatigue and some of my favorite is Pana Chocolate. Not only is it delicious and raw, its organic, handmade, low GI, non-dairy, non-soy, gluten-free and has no refined sugar. Perfect for the health-conscious chocolate lover in your life—or me, if you want to get me a little something. 😉
Fitbit: It’s the little things that count. All the superfoods you infuse into your diet, all the steps you take. When life gets hectic, electronic tracking devices like Fitbit help you keep tabs on your healthy lifestyle, inspiring you to get up, go out and take a walk, get to sleep and keep going! Plus, Fitbit’s are sleek and stylish, coming in colors to match any outfit.
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