I don’t know about you, but my wife Jan and I still have a few more holiday gifts to buy. In case you’re in the same boat, I thought I would give you a few healthy gift ideas that would not only be nice to receive—but give your recipients the gift of a longer, healthier life.
5 Heart Healthy Gifts
Heart Healthy Gift Idea #1: Homemade Harvest Trail Mix. Nuts and seeds are the perfect heart-healthy foods, supplying healthy fats and protein. Try mixing up a batch of my Harvest Trail Mix, which contains nuts, seeds and dried fruits, and give it to your gift recipient in a great reusable glass jar, along with a copy of the recipe.
Heart Healthy Gift Idea #2: A Winter Walking Kit. One of the most powerful ways to improve your heart health is with walking, and one of the best incentives for adding more steps to the day is by strapping on a pedometer that counts your steps. Consider giving your recipient a “winter walking kit” that includes a pedometer, a warm hat and gloves so they can enjoy walking comfortably all winter long.
Heart Healthy Gift Idea #3: Grounding (also called “Earthing”) is a powerful healer in which you reconnect to the earth’s negatively charged surface to restore electrical balance to your body. We can ground ourselves by simply walking barefoot or sitting/laying on the earth. But in the winter when it’s cold, you can also ground yourself by wearing leather shoes, or using a grounding device for your home or automobile. You can find unique healthy gift ideas at http://www.grounded.com/.
Heart Healthy Gift Idea #4: Green Tea. There’s nothing that could be more relaxing on a cold winter day than a steaming cup of green tea—plus, it’s one of the healthiest teas you can drink. Green tea contains potent phytochemicals which are powerful antioxidants that protect your body from harmful free radicals. Green tea is also a powerful immune booster, and studies have shown it helps to support healthy cholesterol levels. You can give your recipient a “green tea kit” with loose green tea (organic if you can find it), a tea ball and a personally chosen mug.
Heart Healthy Gift Idea #5: A Juicer. Juiced fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of heart-healthy antioxidants, minerals and fiber. One of the best ways to capture that fiber is by using a blender instead of a traditional juicer. Any blender will work, but my personal favorite is the Cuisinart Blender, which is available in department stores and online. If you’d like, you can print out and attach my favorite juicing recipe to the blender with this hearthealthy gift, along with a basket of fruits and vegetables.
Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite healthy gift to give?
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