Healthy gift ideas and better for you Christmas cookies

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas will be here in 10 days!  Have you gotten all of your holiday shopping done?  As the new year approaches, many people will be thinking of what their new year’s resolutions will be.  For many people, it will be health related…to lose weight, follow a healthier diet, exercise more, etc.  So, if you are having a difficult time deciding what to get someone for Christmas, why not give the gift of health to help them start their new year off right.

Some of the suggestions that I have as far as healthy gift ideas are:

  1. Kitchen appliances such as a juicer or blender, a mandoline (to slice veggies really thin to make veggie chips), ceramic, stainless steel or cast iron cookware (as other types can leach chemicals into your food), or a veggie spiralizer (to make zucchini/other vegetable noodles as a healthier option to pasta).
  2. Gift certificates for something healthy such as exercise classes, personal training sessions or a massage.  I also have gift certificates available for purchase that can be used towards any of my programs (except the cleanse with essential oil supplements) or my one-on-one health coaching.  Please contact me by clicking here or by emailing me at coastalwellnesscoaching@outlook.com if you are interested in purchasing a gift certificate.
  3. Essential oils, diffusers or essential oil supplements.  Essential oils are used as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, and have been used have been used for many years in food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about them.
  4. Cookbooks that have healthier options.
  5. Anything that they might need to start exercising more such as a workout mat, workout clothes, a pedometer, a Fitbit or heart rate monitor, a foam roller, weights, workout dvds, or a pull-up bar.
  6. Health/nutrition books or a subscription to a health/nutrition/fitness magazine.

These are just some of the suggestions that I have.  I also wanted to give some suggestions of some Christmas cookies that are better for you.  Most people will be making Christmas cookies this time of year, which is fine because I believe that you shouldn’t deprive yourself, but the ingredients in “traditional” Christmas cookies can actually be quite harmful with the white all purpose flour and sugar.  White flour is actually bleached with toxic chemicals to give it that white appearance.  Conventional wheat also is heavily saturated with chemical pesticides.  And, of course, we know that white sugar is bad for us.  So, what are some possible alternatives?

  1. You can choose to buy organic, unenriched, unbleached flour, and, instead of using granulated sugar, you can use alternatives such as coconut sugar, and even organic pure cane sugar would be better, although it will still raise your blood sugars depending on how much of it you eat.  But, everyone deserves a treat some of the time.
  2. You can also choose to make cookies that are grain free or gluten free. These cookies will be made from other flours such as almond flour or coconut flour.These flours are more nutritious than the all purpose flour. Also, as they are made with nuts, you are likely to get full quicker than you would with the all purpose flour.  I recommend looking for different recipes on Pinterest, or, one of my favorite places to look for recipes is http://brittanyangell.com/.  She offers a lot of different options as food intolerances go too.  I made these cookies last year, and they were so good!
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