2017 Health Nut Christmas Gift Guide

Last year the gift guide I posted was such a huge hit that I had to do it again!  I broke it down into price points this year from least expensive to “break the bank and spoil your person rotten”.

Make sure you check out last years post too for even more ideas!

High quality chocolate!  I am hard pressed to pick a favorite brand so I included a link HERE to PaleobyMaileo, a site that carries only the cleanest varieties.  All Paleo approved too.  Some of my personal favorites are… Hu Kitchen Cashew Butter and Pure Vanilla Bean Dark ChocolateHeavenly Organics Double Dark Chocolate Honey Patties, and Eating Evolved Dark Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups in Mint flavor (like a healthy york peppermint patty!).  Stuff the stocking with these babies!

Jem nut butters come in two sizes and multiple flavors.  The 1.25 oz jars are perfect for travel, your lunchbox or desk.  Plus the smaller size means you can try the flavors out before purchasing a large jar of it.  Loaded with super foods like maca and camu powder, these nut butters are a perfect stocking stuffer!

Charcoal bar soap!  I have an addiction to natural, clean beauty soaps and charcoal bars top my list!  They are amazing for helping clear up any skin issues and leave your skin smelling clean.  This particular one is inexpensive and has squeaky clean ingredients.

Dryer Balls are amazing! I’ve been using them for years and love them. They eliminate the need for one of the most toxic things in a home…fabric softener.  Yuck. “Hedgehog Dryer Balls, White – Set of 4 – The reusable hedgehog dryer ball reduces drying time, fewer clothes wrinkles and less static cling.”

Epsom salt! Anyone into living a healthy lifestyle would appreciate Epsom salts to soak in the tub with. Plus they’re inexpensive and you can doctor them up but putting them in pretty glass jars with some essential oils! It’s detoxifying and adds much needed magnesium!

Stasher bags!  These silicone storage bags are multi purpose and healthier for you and the environment.  You can use them to sous vide, put them in the microwave, fridge, freezer, and are dishwasher safe!  They come in multiple sizes and colors too.  (I basically want them all!)

Reusable organic cotton produce bags!  I hate using all those plastic produce bags at the grocery store, but I also hate sticking my produce in those dirty, gross carts!  This is the perfect solution.  These bags can be washed, and are very affordable too!

Know Brainer coffee creamers!  I purchased these last year for a vacation and immediately fell in love with them.  The mocha flavor is the only one I’ve had but it was delicious! They are made with MCT oil, clarified grass-fed butter and come in individual little packets.

Green Beauty Makeup like a beautiful red lipstick from Crunchi is the gift that keeps on giving all year.  Lipstick is one of my favorite makeup items and since it is applied to the lips can very easily be ingested.  Be sure to use a brand that is safe and free of harmful chemicals.  This brand is touted by all the green beauty gurus on the internet because it lasts, works, and is safe!  The color Serendipity is calling my name!

Jade Beauty Rollers are more than just for “beauty”.  They also help increase blood flow and lymph drainage, reduce tension headaches, help release sinus congestion, AND reduce the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness and so much more.  It’s so pretty too!  Use the code “LUCKYJADE” to get $7 off.

Perfume that won’t mess with your endocrine system, give a headache, or cause cancer…it does exist!  This sampler “minibar” set of Strange Invisible Perfume is the PERFECT gift.  With 7 different scents to try, plus a $50 gift card towards a full size bottle after you choose the one you love most, this gift is sure to be a winner.  I haven’t worn perfume in years because of how toxic it is, but this one is right up my alley!

Luxurious, natural, cruelty free makeup and skincare products that actually work are at the top of my list.  Beauty Heroes has a monthly subscription service that includes over $90 worth of high end, clean beauty products for a fraction of the price!  I have been dying to try this service!  I’m secretly hoping my husband gets me this for Christmas.  They also have hundreds of other truly amazing products, from all price points to pick from without using the subscription.

A powerful food processor!  For anyone who cooks, at all, this is one tool that is an absolute must and can’t live without!  Breville is a known and trusted brand that lasts and works.  This particular model is 11 cups and has a powerful 1000watt motor.  Any chef/cook/foodie would love this!

The Oura Ring is undoubtedly one of the coolest new gadgets for tracking health.  It measures your movement, steps, sleep, heart rate, body temperature (eliminating the need to take a basal body temperature!!), respiratory rate and SO MUCH MORE!!  They are coming out with 3 beautiful new designs in April but are taking pre-orders now.  This is the IT gift this year for anyone who is a health nut.  Use code “HIH” for 15% off at checkout.

A Breville Smart Oven does it all!  “13 Pre-programmed settings include: Toast 9 slices, Bagel, Broil, Bake, Roast, Warm, Pizza, Proof, Airfry, Reheat, Cookies, Slow Cook, and Dehydrate.”  Yes, it does ALL that!  Which totally justifies it being front and center on the counter.  It would be an absolute perfect gift for any cook, but especially for someone short on space because it does the job of at least 5 appliances.  

Who People Think You Are And Why It Matters

There’s a famous quote that says it’s none of your business what someone else thinks about you. There is so much truth in that. Most people would be so much happier if they stopped worrying what other people thought about them. However, let me expand it from a slightly different point of view. What if you’re a Christian? Then your main goal in life should be to love God and serve God. Which also means your life should be a living example of Christ to others.

For instance, if people think you’re not a very nice person because of your words and your actions then you darn well better care what people think about you. It won’t matter if you go to church 7 days a week but the second you walk out that door you’re gossiping, putting others down to build yourself up, or the old school, mean girl, way of throwing out a compliment then getting in a dig. It leaves your fellow sister in Christ feeling wounded and not quite sure what just happened. Thinking, “I thought she was my friend so why is she trying to embarrass me?”

Here’s the thing, regardless if you’re a Christian or not, if you aim to be a good person then all of this still applies.

Would a stranger know you’re a Christian by your daily behavior? Would they take one look at your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter profile and know if you even believe in God? They will know what comes first in your life by a quick glance at your social media.   Our lives are supposed to be a living example to others of Christ.  Non-believers should look at believers and see the Love and Joy we emenate because of Christ living in us.

“So by their fruits you will know them” Matthew 7:20

I listen to a lot of podcasts. A recurring theme of some of them can be summarized in this quote by Father Mike Schmitz “We become what we consume. Then we’re known by what we witness to”. Let me pull this all together now. These topics have all been on my mind for awhile but it became glaringly obvious to me over the last few weeks. I had let myself consume too much social media and less time in prayer. I recognized it and am turning it back around to focus my life back on the Father. However, it was a lesson to me. I came to see new sides of people, sides that aren’t so pretty. It reflected parts of me that I know aren’t who I am, but I was guilty of doing.

I’m saying all this to lead by example. Last week I cleaned out some of the people I follow on Instagram. “We become what we consume”. I want to be more Christlike so I need to consume information, pictures, attitudes, etc that are more Christlike.  Negativity has no place in my life.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean we are perfect all the time. It means we try everyday to be better than we were the day before. We fail, we are human, but the important thing is we don’t stop trying to be better and to ask forgiveness not just from God but also those whom we’ve sinned against.

It matters who people think we are, because we are sons and daughters of the Living God, and our lives should be a living witness to that.

Easy Paleo and Keto Granola


Instagram has added so many fun updates lately and despite the pain of algorithms, I still love it.  One of the cool new features is the ability to do a poll on your stories.  I asked my followers last week if they’d rather have this recipe first or the recipe for my Mocha Chocolate Keto Pudding.  The votes were super close, but the pudding won.  So I knew I needed to get this one up asap too for all those that voted for it.


Most granola recipes call for baking it, or all kinds of honey or maple syrup.  If I can skip the baking step and make it keto while staying Paleo then I call that a win!  I figured if you can use these ingredients to make fat bombs (aka snack bites that are loaded with healthy fats) then I could alter it slightly and make it into granola!

The awesome part is, just like so many of my recipes, you can customize it to your liking or what you have on hand.  I have the options listed with the ingredients for ease of printing.  Plus it whips up in less than ten minutes!


This granola is delicious served countless different ways.  Pile it on yogurt, use it as cereal and just add milk,  mix with coconut cream or whipped cream and some berries for a quick and healthy dessert, or just eat it by the handfuls as a snack.


Easy Paleo and Keto Granola

  • Servings: 3 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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 INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup nuts (preferably raw, soaked, and sprouted)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (can use 2 cups nuts in lieu of this)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup cacao nibs (or Lily’s stevia sweetened chips for Keto, or Enjoy Life chips for Paleo)
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 coconut manna (also called coconut butter), softened
  • 3 Tb coconut oil, melted
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • *optional – 1 tsp cinnamon
  • *optional – 1/2 tsp monk fruit mixed with coconut oil until dissolved or 10 drops liquid stevia or 1 Tb maple syrup for Paleo version
  • *optional – 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a food processor, pulse the nuts, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, and cacao nibs (do not pulse chocolate chips) just until broken up.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the melted coconut oil, coconut butter, any sweetener, spices, vanilla, and sea salt. Whisk until fully combined.
  3. Add the nut mixture, the hemp hearts and chocolate chips if using in place of cacao nibs to the coconut oil mixture. Stir well.
  4. Spread the mixture out on parchment paper to set.  If you put it in a bowl to set it will harden into a block.  Once set, store in the fridge if your home is warmer than 70°.


Mocha Chocolate Keto Pudding


If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I started Ketogenic Paleo about two weeks ago.  I’ve already experienced quite a few positive results from it too!  But that’ll be in a later post after I’ve tried it for at least a full month.

This pudding is Ketogenic, Paleo, gluten, dairy, and sugar free.  Making it perfect for Diabetics too.  I found a recipe very similar to this last week but it was straight up nasty!  However, it got me thinking plus gave me the gist for how to make this one.

Why make Keto pudding, you might ask? Well, sometimes you want something sweet. Sometimes we just want a quick and easy breakfast…and yeah, this stuff is totally something you can eat for breakfast!  It’s also the equivalent of a fat bomb when you’re trying to increase the amount of fat in your diet.  I even pack it in my kids lunch as a main dish because it keeps them fueled all day with the help of all the healthy fats.

As with almost every recipe I post I like to give you options!  So I listed them in the recipe below for ease of printing!


Mocha Keto Pudding

  • Servings: 6 @ 2/3 cup each serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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*OPTIONS*

*Use all coffee, all water, or 1/2 of each.  *Add chocolate chips after blending.  *Omit the cacao powder and increase vanilla to 1 Tb. for vanilla pudding (it will be greenish because of the avocado though).  *Use maple syrup, raw honey, or coconut sugar in lieu of the stevia.   *Add 2 tsp ashwagandha or other adaptogens for an extra health boost!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 can liquid (all coffee, all water, or 1/2 of each)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2-3 tsp powdered stevia (see above for other options)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ Tb gelatin (such as Vital Proteins)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • *optional: Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate chips
  • *optional: whipped coconut cream (recipe below)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine/whisk everything BUT the gelatin and avocado.
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the mixture.  Let it sit and allow the gelatin to bloom. (This will take about 5 minutes).
  3. Place the pan on the stover over medium heat, whisking until the gelatin and stevia are dissolved.
  4. Pour into a blender and allow the pudding to set in the fridge.
  5. Once set, add the avocado and blend until smooth.

*Store in the fridge for up to a week.  You may need to reblend it or add a touch of water after the first day or two, in the fridge.

OPTIONAL WHIPPED COCONUT CREAM

Using coconut cream (I like the one in the pic because it’s free of any gums and thickeners), place 1 cup in a wide mouth jar.  Using an immersion blend, blend until thick and creamy.  You can add vanilla extract and liquid stevia to flavor and sweeten it.  Store in the fridge.

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