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Spread Healthful Holiday Cheer: A Wellness Gift Guide

Heinen’s Wellness Consultant, Andrea, shares simple and meaningful wellness-based gifts for the holiday season.

The holiday season is upon us! What makes this time of year so special is giving from the heart and knowing that you have found that “perfect” gift for the friends and loved ones on your list – something that makes them smile!

While holiday shopping trends abound, it is always fun and rewarding to find that unique gift that makes someone’s holiday sparkle.

You can be sure that Heinen’s has you covered with options for everyone on your list, and with a dedication to supporting healthy lifestyles, you are bound to find gifts that are healthy too!

Here are a few of our favorites!

For the Fitness Fanatic

  • Nooma Organic Pre-Workout
  • Nuun Hydration Tablets
  • Epic Organic Protein Powders
  • Life-flo Pure Magnesium Flakes, Magnesium Spray & Magnesium Lotion
  • Morning Song Gardens Sore Muscle and Joint Rub
Morning Song Garden Sore Muscles and Joint Rub

Your active friends will love Nooma Pre-Workout energy drink made with an adaptogenic herb blend of ginseng, cordyceps mushroom extract, maca and ashwagandha and electrolytes to support energy, stamina and recovery.

Nuun Hydration Tablets are convenient to drop in a water bottle to balance electrolyte levels post-workout.

Epic Protein is an organic, plant-based sprouted whole food and nutrient-dense superfood protein blend that has a complete amino acid profile to promote strength and replenish the body after a good workout. It also has a prebiotic blend to support gut health. It’s naturally flavored with real vanilla or cacao and real green stevia leaf, so there’s no weird aftertaste! Thoughtfully sourced, it contains no gums, artificial flavorings or additives. It is available in Vanilla Lacuma or Chocolate Maca flavors, and easily used in coconut water, plain water or a milk or beverage of choice.

Life-flo Magnesium products are a great way to soothe and relax tight muscles after a long day or intense workout. Use the 100% pure magnesium flakes during a deep, long soak in a hot bath, or use the convenient magnesium oil spray and lotion on-the-go.

The grand finale is the Morning Song Gardens Sore Muscle and Joint Rub made with pure essential oils, arnica, St. John’s Wort, rosehip, calendula and black pepper oil to warm and soothe tired muscles and joints. The added benefit of natural ingredients will also keep skin soft and supple without the strong chemicals and scent of most athletic rubs.

For the Wine Lover

  • Biodynamic Wine (Lobetia Tempranillo)
  • Republic of Tea Cardamon Cinnamon Tea
  • Spices
  • Lakewood Organic Fruit Juices

Wine is a symbol of celebration for the holidays and Heinen’s offers wines that utilize biodynamic farming practices, which are beyond organic, sustainable, in harmony with nature and 100% chemical free. Lobetia Tempranillo, farmed on an organic vineyard in sunny La Mancha, Spain, is a biodynamic wine characterized by a deep, rich flavor of red berries and cherries and a fresh and harmonious finish. It pairs wonderfully with paella, roast beef, stews, game meats, cheese, pizza and pasta. Mulled wines are a holiday favorite, so mull Tempranillo with mulling spices for that added holiday flare.

Republic of Tea Cardamom Cinnamon Tea offers a wonderful blend of aromatic spices to warm the palate. It also adds the perfect finishing flavor to wine or, with a quick travel down the spice aisle, you can select your own spices to make a signature mulling blend to share with friends and family!

For the young ones, you can achieve rich holiday flavor without the alcohol by mulling Lakewood Fruit Juices . Heinen’s offers pomegranate, tart cherry and cranberry for the season and all varieties are organic.

For a Seasonal Pick-Me-Up

  • Swell Skin Products
  • Aura Cacia Body Soaks
  • Zevana Essential Oils Roller Kit + Essential Oils
  • Plantlife Bar Soaps, Hand Lotion, Body Oils, Carrier Oils & Lip balm Trio
  • Rising Star Coffee
Rising Star Coffee

The Swell Skin skincare line is Cleveland-based and utilizes the amazing benefits of Sea Buckthorn oil, which softens, nourishes, moisturizes and replenishes the skin in addition to its anti-aging qualities. It has a 1,000 year track record as a skin regenerator! Proven testimonials show that it works.

Aura Cacia Body Soaks turn bath time into spa time using blends of essential oils, herbs and ingredients to relax and revive. For DIY aromatherapy, use Zevana Roller Kit, Heinen’s Essential Oils and Aura Cacia and Plant Life Carrier Oils so your loved one can make their own unique signature blends.

For a truly clean and chemical free body care line, Plantlife is at the top of the list! They offer bar soaps, body oils, carrier oils, body lotion and a lip balm trio set. Each product hydrates and nourishes skin without the use of ingredients that harm you or the environment. They are infused with organic botanicals and 100% essential oils to soothe, moisturize and soften skin. They are also free of chemicals, synthetics GMOs and gluten.

Rising Star Coffee is a Cleveland-based coffee roaster. Their crafted approach to coffee extends to everything that they do and you can taste the difference in their hand-selected brews and blends. Unlike most coffees, their beans are not acid washed, which makes a world of difference in flavor. Some of their blends even use the entire coffee bean! Their Peacemaker is an in-house South American blend with the taste of milk chocolate and figs. The Apocalypto offers the flavor of baker’s chocolate with a smoky, spicy undertone. The Illuminator is also South American with a soft caramel and bright nutty flavor. Last but not least is the Central Cooperativa Indigena del Cauca with notes of sugar cookie, tart cherry and ginger. What a delicious way to wake up in the morning!

For the Power Snacker

  • Navitas Organic Power Snacks
  • Artisana Organics Raw Almond Butter
  • Pan’s Mushroom Jerky
  • Go Raw Organic Snacks
  • Organic Traditions Dark Chocolate Almonds
Organic Traditions Dark Chocolate Almonds

Navitas Power Snacks are a healthy, organic and naturally sweetened combination of dates, nuts, seeds and superfood blends. A nice grab-and-go treat that packs a lot of satisfying flavor and nutrition!

Artisana Organic Raw Almond Butter is a smooth, creamy and healthy topping to sliced apples, healthy crackers or rice cakes.

Pan’s Mushroom Jerky is a flavorful vegan jerky for the plant-based foodie. It is lightly seasoned and made from Shitake mushrooms, but offers the chewiness of real jerky for a simple and filling snack or salad topping.

Go Raw Sprouted Organic Cookie Crisps are minimally processed sprouted snacks made from only 4 ingredients for a healthy powerhouse of crunchy, satisfying flavor.

Organic Traditions Dark Chocolate Almonds provide the ultimate indulgence in one delectable snack. These sustainably-grown-and-harvested organic almonds are lightly dusted with cocoa powder and easily enjoyed right out of the bag or used in recipes.

I hope that you take time to experience all the joys of the holidays and treat your friends and family to the wholesome goodness of a good-for-you seasonal gift.

Happy Holidays!

Looking to get ahead on your holiday shopping? Order your favorite gifts online for Curbside Grocery Pickup or Delivery.

By Andrea Slobodian
Andrea Slobodian is a Heinen’s Wellness Consultant, with over 36 years experience in health and wellness. She enjoys finding opportunities to share her experience and learning with others who are looking to find healthy ways of enriching their lives. Formerly a professional artist, her creativity flows into many new outlets and forms.She also is very connected to nature and gardening and incorporates that into all that she does.

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