Fitness-Themed Holiday Gift Guide 2014

For reasons I don’t quite understand, not everyone is as much of a nutrition/food fanatic as I am. So, as a follow-up to the Nutrition Nerd Gift Guide posted earlier in the week, here are some ideas for the fitness freaks (from yogis to ultra runners and lifters to backpackers) you are shopping for.

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1. Folding Yoga Mat [12.99]: Help your jet-setting yoga-enthusiast friend get their vinyassa in, anytime, anywhere! This yoga mat folds up into a compact 9 x 12 x 2 inch grid, perfect for a suitcase. Bonus: when they encounter inevitable travel delays, this mat can be used to help soften a night spent sleeping on the tiled airline terminal floor!

2. Urbanful Bike Lane Safety Light [$29.99]: This ingenious product is not only a bright taillight, but it also uses laser beams to create a bike lane around the active commuter on your list – helping to keep them safe on those dark winter rides home from work!

3. Fuelshaker Classic [$15.00]: Because traditional shaker bottles are so 2012, give the “meat head” in your life the latest & greatest way to consume their post workout protein powder. Dishwasher & freezer safe, the Fuelshaker stores your powder and liquid in separate compartments. At the press of a button, the powder is released and the two are mixed. No DOMS-eliciting manual shaking required!

4. Skratch Lab Hot Sports Drink [$19.50 for resealable bag; single serve pouches also available]: Sometimes it is difficult to make ourselves drink a cold drink while out braving the frigid, wintery weather. Enter Skratch labs Apples & Cinnamon hydration mix, which tastes awesome when mixed with hot water. I tried this product out about a year ago and loved sipping it before and after my snowy workouts. Treat the weather proof athlete you’re shopping for to a full bag, or use the single serving pouches as stocking stuffers!

5. Personalized Workout Journal [$9.99 for one shown]: Whether for a perseon embarking on a new fitness plan or those who have been around the block a few times, everyone needs some motivation! Find a journal with an appropriate motivational quote on the cover, and then customize the inside to fit the needs of the giftee. I suggest writing motivational quotes, quick workout tips/ideas, etc. every few pages. As workouts are logged, your thoughtfulness will be remembered year round!

6. RoadID Personal Identification Gear [$19.99 and up]: No one wants to think something bad could happen while out enjoying their favorite activities, but it’s best to be prepared for those situations. The RoadID is a functional and fashionable way to carry personal and medical information that is accessible to first responders and medical teams, should the need arise. Give your loved ones {and yourself} piece of mind, wherever their adventures and athletic endeavors take them with their own RoadID personal identification gear.

Warmest Wishes for a Happy {and Healthy} Holiday Season!


Nutrition-Themed Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Holidays can be stressful, no doubt about it. To make things a bit simpler, here are gift ideas appropriate for the “Nutrition Nerds”, health-fanatics, and foodies on your list! Coming up later this week, a gift guide geared towards the fitness freaks you need to shop for.

2014 Nutrition-Themed Gift Guide

1. OCD Chef Cutting Board [$19.99]: Help your favorite home chef chop and dice with precision to their heart’s content.

2. Slim by Design [$15.19 on Amazon]: For the person on your list always eager to learn more, Dr. Brian Wansink, head of the Cornell University Food & Brand Lab, makes research findings applicable & easy for all to implement. Because “becoming slim by design works better than trying to become slim by willpower”.

3. Foodie Dice [$24.00]: Know someone stuck in a cooking rut? Help them shake up their meal plans with a roll of the dice! See other unique kitchen items at

4. Food Pun Pencils [$5.00 for a set of 8]: My favorite items in the Eat Healthy Designs product line are these food-themed pencils. Make work and more fun for the food lover in your life by reminding them they are doing an “Eggscellent Job”!

5. Spiralizer [$39.95]: Create envy-provoking vegetable “noodles” [and more!] in seconds with the spiralizer. Trust me- this is the kitchen gadget health nuts are going crazy for this year. It would sure make creating my zucchini pad thai recipe much easier! [hint, hint Santa!]

6. Escali SmartConnect Kitchen Scale [$99.99 through company; half price on Amazon]: Know someone who has a pretty close relationship with their food scale? Help them be more flexible in meal planning with this smart scale from Escali. Paired to a mobile app and food/nutrient database allows for automated and simplified food intake tracking!

7. Crazy Richard’s [Krema brand] Natural Nut Butter Sample Pack [$24.99]: Of course I couldn’t go a whole post without throwing in a plug for my favorite peanut butter company. Show someone special you love them enough to send only the best nut butters available, free from added sugars, HFCS, and salt! Sampler pack contains 1 jar each of: Creamy Peanut Butter, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Pure PB powdered peanut butter.

Id’ love to know – what food-related gifts are you giving this year?