logo

Nutritionist-Approved Holiday Gifts!

by Christina Wilson December 18, 2022

Nutritionist-Approved Holiday Gifts!

Nutrigenomics is the science of how nutrients in your food, drinks, and supplements may affect your health. You can't change your DNA, but you can modify how some genes are expressed and turned off and on through nutrigenetics and epigenetics (food and lifestyle). How we eat, drink, move, sleep and live matters.

Here are some fun, health-conscious gifts that are fun to give and receive:

Avocado slicer: Avocado toast lovers, rejoice. Not just for millennial brunchers, avocados are loaded with prebiotics, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats and should be enjoyed by everyone! 

Matcha Whisk Set  Have you tried matcha tea? Matcha is much more nutrient dense than traditional green tea as you're drinking the entire green tea leaf with matcha, not just the tea water. Matcha is high in antioxidants, amino acids, and chlorophyll, which is responsible for its bright green color. L-theanine is the most prevalent amino acid; it increases serotonin, dopamine, and GABA and is known to have a calming effect on the mind and body (most likely why monks sipped matcha tea). The caffeine content tends to promote focused energy without the jitters or the crash. If you are working on managing your cortisol, try a green tea swap occasionally and see how you feel. We’re constantly exposed to free radicals that can increase our disease risk and aging. Stress is a major cause of free radicals. Therefore, we need a regular dose of antioxidants to prevent cellular damage. Incredibly, just one cup of matcha tea is believed to have 10x the antioxidants of traditional green tea!

To make: Add 1 tsp matcha tea powder to one cup of hot water in your favorite mug. Using a small whisk, briskly blend. Add steamed nut milk, coconut cream, or a dash of turmeric and cinnamon. 

Classpass gift card  Why go to one gym when you can check out over a million boutique fitness classes? Perfect gift for fitness lovers or novices. 

Personal-sized Nutribullet  A wonderful gadget that can help you stay on track with an easy, nutrient dense meal. Protein smoothies promote muscle growth and help you lose weight. Amino acids are the building blocks for several hormones, including thyroid hormones and insulin. All of these hormones play a role in weight regulation. Having sufficient protein in your diet also helps immensely with blood sugar stabilization. 

A box of colorful, seasonal fruit such as pomegranates The juice of pomegranate seeds contains several different types of antioxidants and polyphenols that can promote heart health by lowering blood pressure levels.

Brussels + Pomegranate Winter Salad

Ingredients
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved and thinly sliced (about 84cups)
1/2 c. chopped toasted almonds
1/2 c. pomegranate seeds
Shaved Parmesan for serving

Directions
In a medium bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, salt (to taste), and one teaspoon of pepper until combined.
Add Brussels sprouts and toss until completely coated.
Let sit, occasionally tossing, for at least 20 minutes and up to 4 hours before serving.
Fold in almonds and pomegranate seeds and garnish with shaved Parmesan before serving.

Quinoa Salad With Roasted Squash, Dried Cranberries, Pomegranate seeds, and Pecans

Ingredients
1 c. quinoa
1 medium Delicata squash, seeded and thinly sliced into half-moons
1 bunch Tuscan kale, thinly sliced and stems removed (arugula is also great)
1/3 c. pecans, toasted
1/3 c. dried cranberries
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
½ tbsp of Dijon mustard
2 tsp of maple syrup (optional)
1/3 c. crumbled feta
Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt to taste

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425° and cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper. 
Meanwhile, arrange squash on a baking sheet and roast until tender and golden, 15 minutes. Let cool slightly.Toss quinoa, squash, kale, pecans, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Drizzle over salad and toss gently to combine.







Related Posts

Fitness Challenge Ideas
Fitness Challenge Ideas
Fitness challenges are a great way to stay in shape during the Summer. Here are some great fitness challenges to look...
Read More
Wellness Wednesday Tips
Wellness Wednesday Tips
Tips for living a healthier life start with taking action. As life returns back to normal, it's hard staying on track...
Read More
Sauna Therapy 101
Sauna Therapy 101
Does sauna therapy actually work? The answer is yes! Did you know that sauna therapy helps to liberate toxins stored ...
Read More
Beauty Trends: What is CoolTone?
Beauty Trends: What is CoolTone?
There are lots of beauty trends out there right now such as Coolsculpting and Cryotherapy. But, have you heard of Coo...
Read More
Wellness Wednesday Tips
Wellness Wednesday Tips
Another Wellness Wednesday is almost in the books. How are we doing on our 2021 goals so far? Today, we are going to ...
Read More
Is Overhydration A Thing?
Is Overhydration A Thing?
I made one of my New Year's Goals to drink more water. I've been drinking about 80 or more ounces of water per day. T...
Read More
Self Care Ideas To Use In 2021
Self Care Ideas To Use In 2021
We know 2020 has been rough for everyone, and we are hopeful for a brighter 2021. Here are some self care ideas to br...
Read More
Healthy New Year's Resolutions & Goals
Healthy New Year's Resolutions & Goals
2021 is right around the corner. Some of you maybe writing down your new year's resolutions or goals. Here are some g...
Read More
10 Healthy Holiday Tips
10 Healthy Holiday Tips
Holidays are usually enjoyable. Here are 10 tips to help you have a healthier holiday season: Don’t skip meals. Ski...
Read More
An Apple a Day...
An Apple a Day...
An apple a day can keep the doctor away.... Apple season is here. If you haven't gone apple picking yet, I highly rec...
Read More


Christina Wilson
Christina Wilson

Author



Also in Eating Healthy / Nutrition

It's January, should I do a detox?
It's January, should I do a detox?

by Christina Wilson January 02, 2023

Travel Tips
Travel Tips

by Christina Wilson December 04, 2022

Gratitude & Your Health
Gratitude & Your Health

by Christina Wilson November 23, 2022

close-icon