Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Hello, friends!  I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and ate some good food!  If you feel like you overdid it this past weekend and need to get back on track, come pay us a visit and find your motivation.

On another note, this weekend also signified the start of holiday shopping. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals…its hard NOT to start checking things off your list. Whether you’re looking for that special gift for someone special, or to add a few more ideas to your own wishlist, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few of our favorite food & fitness inspired gifts this season:

There’s a reason water is number one on the list…staying hydrated is SO important!  Not only does your body NEED water to maintain life, but can also be a powerful weight management tool by curbing appetite or cravings.  Although its winter, you can easily become dehydrated if you are not drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily (even more with exercise).  Grab one of these stylish and practical water bottles to remind you to drink up.

There really is a Fitbit for any fitness enthusiast out there, I feel like there is a new one out every time I look. The new Surge model features a heart rate monitor and GPS tracking to monitor distance, pace, split times, elevation, and route details for all your fitness routines.  The technology is amazing, and anyone interested in getting (and staying) more active would love to wear one.

This is a super fun and delicious way to incorporate MORE VEGGIES into your meals!  I am all about the veggies, but they can get boring if you don’t try some new ways of cooking them. Whether you are looking to jazz up your usual side salad, or want to cut back on pasta, these “zoodles” are noodles made from zucchini that you can heat or serve cold.  You can also spiralize carrots, potatoes…the possibilities are endless.

This one’s on my list!  ClassPass provides access to local fitness studios to try new classes.  I actually don’t have a gym membership, so I sleuth around for deals to try new places, that way I never get stuck in a membership or the same old workout routine!  From yoga to crossfit, there’s something for every fitness style and level:  M Power studio, Charm City Crossfit, and Rev Cycle to name a few.  Classpass isn’t just in Baltimore, you can send this gift to someone in another city.  Check their website for participating studios.

There are a lot of good reasons to cook with cast iron: durability, long-lasting, even heat distribution, versatility…I could go on.  Not to mention, I just love the look.  But, there is a hidden nutritional benefit to cooking with one of these bad boys. Since cast iron is made of, errr…iron, the food you are cooking takes on some of the mineral from the skillet.  Even better, you could cook your zoodles in the cast iron–double nutritional win!

I have been a big fan of the Skinnytaste blog featuring low-calorie (yet delicious) meals made with all-natural and easy to find ingredients.  If you love slow-cooker soups, stews, and roasts…of if you enjoy good food in general, this book is a MUST.

Speaking of slow-cooker meals, you’ll need one of these. They are super affordable and perfect for easy weeknight dinners.  My favorite meals are the ones I just throw everything into one of these pots and let it do the cooking for me.

For the cook or gardening enthusiast.  If you aren’t familiar with Etsy, it is a website for lots of handmade goodies.  The concept is simple yet creative–herb or flower seeds that are sown into recycled paper and ready for planting. They are sold as either “bombs” or folded into beautiful flowers.  Choose from a variety of wildflowers or herbs like basil, dill, and chives.  Eco-friendly and thoughtful!

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