My Top 10 “Health” Gift Ideas!

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Every year, I post my top 10 list of “health” gift ideas.

This might be an excuse to give yourself something  for all the hard work you’ve done this year! Or, of course, to treat someone you love.

It’s also a chance to review new product discoveries I have made this year.

1) Jupiter Citrus Juicer

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$105-120

I love the concept of a manual juicer. It will never break and can be used anywhere! The Jupiter is a great buy. I use it for any citrus juice, but also for pomegranates! Get it on Amazon. 

2) “That’s It” Fruit Bars

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$20-25 for a box of 12.

Is the protein bar craze finally over?? Look at the ingredients of a typical protein bar, even the so-called healthy kinds, and you’ll find a ton of ingredients that you don’t want in your body. And some protein bars pack over 300 calories a bar!

But the reason to eat a bar is to curb  hunger until you can eat something more  substantial — not to fill up on your protein requirements for the day (let alone more fat, refined sugar and salt than you really need).

Enter: That’s It. I discovered this bar a few years ago and love it. I always travel with them. As the name implies, they only contain fruit, and that’s it!

Get the sampler pack on amazon

My favorite is the apple-pear.

3) Chilipad

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$500-1000

This product was recommended by Tim Ferriss on his podcast. I was hesitant at first, due to the cost and some negative reviews on Amazon. But I’m glad I got it, as it has improved the quality of my sleep more than expensive matresses or any other product. It works by cooling the pad as you sleep via water tubes. There’s also a warming feature I haven’t tested. If you’re a hot sleeper, you will get the best sleep of your life with this. Also recommended for menopause. The half queen size is perfect for one person, even if you share the bed. There’s also a larger and more expensive “dual zone” version. Get it on Amazon.

4) Bose Quiet Comfort 

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$299

I hesitated buying a noise-cancelling pair of headphones for a long time, and once I got my Bose, I really wondered why I went so long without them. This is one of the very few items I consider “essential” in my life. I use it:

1) When I travel. Essential to block out noise from the airplane, trains, etc. When you listen to music or a movie, you’re in your world!

2) When taking public transportation. It blocks out surrounding noise.

3) At the gym: I don’t like the music that plays at the gym — against my will. And I definitely don’t like hotel gyms that blast CNN on TV non-stop in the background.  The noise-canceling headphones are perfect for those moments when I want to say “bye-bye” to Justin Bieber.

4) As an insomniac. If I get up in the middle of the night and can’t fall asleep, I find that listening to music (classical) is the best way to kill some time and find sleep again. The headphones are quiet for the person still sleeping next to you, and they sound great.

I like this model the best.

5) Coconut Grater

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$30-35

What is a coconut grater and what is it for, you ask? I really enjoy eating fluffy fresh coconut flakes, dipping bananas in them, or using them in morning “cereal.” Coconut flakes can also be used to make fresh coconut milk.

However, if you try making them with a food processor, it will never give the right texture. Too much oil will be extracted. Also blending coconut with water to make coconut milk is not how it’s done in Asia. They soak fresh coconut flakes in water, and strain with a cheese cloth.

In Tahiti they use a machine for this. But this inexpensive manual coconut grater is perfect for occasional use! Get it on Amazon. 

6) Zojirushi Stainless Mug

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$20-30

Ok, this is like the greatest water bottle ever. Keeps liquids at the perfect temperature, either hot or cool. And the design is very good. I like the lock feature, so that the bottle won’t accidentally open in your bag and spill water everywhere! Get it on Amazon.

7) Artelegno Cutting Board

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$115

You can’t go wrong with this gift as EVERYBODY can use a good cutting board. This is my favorite one. There are many things that I like about it:

  • The wood quality. It cleans quickly and doesn’t easily absorb odors and colors from vegetable juices.
  • The sturdiness
  • The magnet under the top right corner. You can drop your knife there and it will stay in place
  • The design, making it possible to slide a plate under. Perfect for throwing cut ingredients there.

It’s available on Amazon.

8) Messermeister Knife

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$137

 

Probably the only knife you’ll need. And everyone needs a good knife!

Many rave about Global knives, but I find them too light. You need to feel that the knife has some weight, otherwise it’s less comfortable and more dangerous.

Most chef knives are 8 inches long. This one is 9 inches and the extra length makes a big difference! Get it on Amazon. 

9) Icebug Shoes

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I got a pair of shoes to run during the winter. The shoes are outstanding! Nothing can stop me: ice, mud, snow, you name it. The company is Icebug. The shoes are vegan and there are a number of models based on your needs. I think it would make a great gift for anyone living in a cold climate. Check it out here.

10) Instant Pot

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$135

This is a classic, but worth mentioning again. Get it! It is an electric pressure cooker that also turns into a slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, skillet, and more. I use it several times a week to make a big pot of beans. I also use it to make beans and to cook greens (literally in 2 minutes).  I love the “set-and-forget” aspect of it. You don’t have to worry about the pressure cooker overcooking everything. Just press a button, and you’re done! Get it on Amazon.com

Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

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