Stocking Stuffers & Holiday Gifts for Health Enthusiasts

Ever wonder what to get someone who loves staying healthy and fit (especially during the holidays!)? Take a look below for some ideas!

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  1. Justin’s Nut Butter Packets or Nut Butter Cups
  2. Fitness Tracker like the FItbit Force, Fitbit One, Jawbone Up, Polar Loop
  3. Thorlo Socks
  4. Smartwool Hats
  5. Body Fat Monitoring Scale
  6. Quest Bars or other healthy protein bars
  7. Hands Free Leash and Running Belt
  8. Indoor cycling trainer
  9. Headbands: VS Ruched Reversible (Larger), VS Headband (Smaller)
  10. VS Stretch Hip Pack
  11. Yogitoes Skidless Mat
  12. Wine Trax
  13. “Create Your Own” Element Bars
  14. Fitdesk
  15. The MP3 Hat
  16. Polar Bluetooth Heart Rate Strap (add watch if needed)

Recipes to Try

I am a huge fan of creative healthy eating! After having a weekend to relax and browse for new recipes, here are some I found that I would love to try!

Recipes from STUFT MAMA:

From Oh She Glows:


This one has two things that go together like peanut butter and jelly: Vitamin C and iron. Vitamin C is iron’s BFF. It makes the iron more biologically available (and iron is responsible for increasing your blood oxygen, giving you more energy). You’ll feel like a giant after this drink, but won’t look like one.

· 3 cups of spinach (about 40% of your day’s worth of iron)

·  2 tbsp. lemon juice

·  1 orange, without pits — squeeze first, remove pits, blend (over 100% of your day’s worth of Vitamin C)

·  8 ice cubes

·  5 fresh mint leaves


Vitamin A is essential for immunity and bone development. High levels of this in your body can reduce the risk of several chronic diseases. It’s great for your cell growth and vision. Since Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, you should maximize its absorption by combining it with a healthy fat, like nuts!

·  2 cups of Kale (>300% of you day’s worth of Vitamin A)

·  1 green apple

·  14 almonds

·  1 oz. of apple juice

·  8 ice cubes

·  5 fresh mint leaves

Sometimes when I feel like I’m getting sick, I try to maximize my Vitamin C. Strawberries have a very high amount — but combining them with other berries and lemon breaks down kale’s bitterness, and makes a naturally sweet-tasting shake!

· 1 cup of blueberries (15% of your day’s worth of Vitamin C

· 8 strawberries (>100% of your days worth of Vitamin C)

·  2 cups of kale (90% of your days worth of Vitamin C)

·  2 tbsp lemon juice

·  ½ tbsp. agave nectar

·  8 large ice cubes

For a more “nutrient rich” option, which works well as a lunchtime smoothie, I’ve added some magnesium, protein and beta-carotene. A high intake of magnesium can give you greater bone density. Magnesium works in muscle contraction as the relaxer, so it’s good for the heart.

·  2 large carrots

· 1 celery stalk

·  14 walnut halves

· 2 tbsp. fresh ginger

· 2 tbsp. lemon juice

·  1 orange, juiced seeded and added to blender

·  8 ice cubes


Green Sunrise

  • 15 Green Grapes
  • 3 Medium Carrots
  • 2 Cups of Spinach
  • 2 Green Apples
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Sweet Green Pepper
  • 1 Medium Whole Tomato

Green Lemonade Plus

  • 2 medium green apples
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 4 leaves of kale
  • 1 whole lemon
  • 2 cups of spinach

Mean Green Lean Machine

  • 2 Medium Granny Smith Apples
  • 4 Large stalks of celery
  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • 1 Thumb of Ginger
  • 6 Leaves of Kale
  • 1/2 Lemon


The Belly Settler: Juice Recipe for Digestion
5 Carrots
2 Apples
12 Spinach leaves

Beet Cool, Dude: Body Detox Juice
½ Beet
½ Cucumber
5 Carrots



Carrot juice provides vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin E and important minerals such as calcium.

  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled, seeded
  • 1 lb. large carrots, including greens


Mild flavored, spinach juice is sweet and enjoyable. Lemon adds a fresh bright note.

  • 2 apples
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled, seeded


NOTE: Bunch wheatgrass into a small, tight ball and push through the hopper with either a carrot or the food pusher.To ensure maximum results when juicing alternate between leafy, harder, and softer produce.

  • 4 apples
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 3 oz. fresh wheatgrass (6 bunches)


NOTE: Bunch wheatgrass into a small, tight ball and push through the hopper with the food pusher. To ensure maximum results when juicing alternate between leafy, harder, and softer produce.

  • 2 apples
  • 4 oz. fresh wheatgrass (8 bunches)
  • 1/2 lb. large carrots, including greens


Sweet Green

1 bunch of Spinach
2 cups Baby Carrots
1/4 Small Lemon
2 Granny Smith Apples

Kale Away

4 leaves of Kale
2 Carrots
1/2 cucumber
1 green apple

Apple Spinach Green Goodness

2 granny smith apples
1 good bunch of spinach
2 celery stalks
1 cucumber
1/2 lemon
1/2″ ginger
1/4 of pineapple

Daily Detox Juice

by Tiffany

I am on week 3 of a 45 day juice fast. After much trial and error, this is the best recipe I’ve landed on. I make this in the morning before I go to work, and it makes enough to get me through the entire day.
1 cup greens (kale, chard, spinach, romaine, beet greens, or a combination)
1 cup green or red cabbage
1 cup napa cabbage
1 Granny Smith apple
4 stalks celery
4 carrots
3 red or golden beets (or a combination)
1 large cucumber
1 lemon
1 lime
2 bell peppers (any color)
1-2 inch piece of ginger root
Make sure all the veggies are washed and scrubbed, don’t bother peeling anything, cut the apple down to the size your juicer will tolerate, juice lemon and lime WITH PEEL.It’s a lot of ingredients, but I find if you make this one recipe at the beginning of the day, it will carry you all the way through. It’s delicious and it cleanses/detoxes like a champion! Hope you try it and like it!

Victoria’s Secret Beauty Tips!!!

How to get beautiful waves like Lindsay Ellingson! I’ve done this twice already and it comes out pretty well! 🙂

Questions about metabolism


I’ve heard that dieting can wreck havoc on your metabolism. This morning I looked into how to “fix metabolic damage” and how to rev up your metabolism, and these were some ideas that I found:

-Eat more (especially if you were eating below your caloric needs)
-Eat often (every 3 hours or so)
-Eat natural foods
-Carb Cycle
-Destress (as stress can affect your metabolism)
-Exercise with intensity
-Include weight and cardio training

I also found more specific nutritional guidelines here, which outlines the usage of different macronutrients to make changes to metabolism.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever struggled with your metabolism? How have you lifestyle to make positive changes on your metabolism?

Sources I looked at: