If you still haven’t found the perfect gift for everyone on your list this year, what could be better than giving the gift of health and possibly a longer life?
Here is a list of the Top Five healthy gifts you can give your loved ones this year compiled by some top fitness “gurus.” And who knows, one of these may just help make up for their Holiday indulgences and help them keep their New Year’s resolutions!
- Apple Watch
While admitting it is a rather expensive gift, Samantha Cassetty, nutrition and wellness expert and co-author of Sugar Shock, says, “The Apple Watch is a great gift for people who like to track their workouts. I personally love my Apple Watch SE because it reminds me to move more than I might without it. It measures my steps, other activities (like yoga or a session on my spin bike), and how many hours I’ve stood for at least a minute. If I’m lagging behind in any area, I can add more movement to my day.”
- Box of Teas
Amy Gorin, a plant-based registered dietitian and owner of Plant-Based Eats in Stamford, Connecticut, is also a huge fan of tea. “I love to give tea as a gift. I love to use it as a stocking stuffer and group together several really gourmet boxes for larger gifts. Tea has so many health-helping benefits because of the antioxidants it boasts,” states Gorin.
- Sound Machine
Patricia Bannan, nationally-recognized registered dietitian nutritionist and author of “From Burnout to Balance,” votes for a sound machine for the healthy holiday gift.
“Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with a sound machine. Quality sleep affects everything – your mood, appetite, food choices, immunity, and ability to focus. Filling your environment with soothing tones, as well as masking loud disruptions, creates a more relaxing bedroom environment that promotes high-quality sleep and overall wellness. Whether you choose to listen to white noise, chirping birds, or ocean waves, a sound machine is a healthy gift that keeps on giving.”
- Air Fryer
“An air fryer is a must-have gift for any friends or family members who like to cook but are short on time. It’s especially perfect for any new moms. It cooks food super quickly, and you can make just about anything in it,” says Sammi Haber Brondo of Sammi Brondo Nutrition in New York. Her personal favorite is the Ninja AF101, 4 QT. Air Fryer.
- Monthly Fruit Basket Delivery
According to Joan Salge Blake, a nutrition professor at Boston University and host of the hit nutrition and health podcast Spot On!, “Most Americans are falling painfully short of consuming the recommended 2 cups of fruit daily, and hence, aren’t meeting their daily potassium and fiber needs. When that box of Mother Nature’s finest arrives with the most delicious, sweetest fruit, it is guaranteed to be a treat and help with these diet deficits.”
A Happy and Healthy Holiday Season to one and all!