5 Last Minute Heart-Healthy Gift Ideas

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Last Reviewed 12/07/2015

5 Last Minute Heart-Healthy Gifts

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.

  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

  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, warm hat and gloves, and water bottle so they can enjoy walking all winter long.

  3. Green Tea: There’s nothing  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.

  4. 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 one of the powerful countertop blenders Cuisinart offers that has a glass blending chamber, not plastic. They are available in department stores and online.  

  5. A Crockpot & Ingredients for Overnight Oatmeal: One of the best holiday gifts that my wife Jan and I have received was a crockpot and all of the ingredients to make overnight oatmeal. Here's my "heart smart" version of this delicious recipe.

Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite healthy gift to give?

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