Healthy Holiday Gifts

‘Tis the season for gift giving! However, your gift ideas shouldn’t be limited to non-food goodies. If you have a natural talent for concocting dishes or “gift-able” stuff in mason jars wrapped up in a gold or red ribbon, then these healthy holiday gift ideas are going to be useful to you. Since I’m assuming that you already have that talent, I’m not going to list down the long process of creating them. All you have to do is be creative and do a little labor of love.

Home-Made Salsa

I’ve never met a person who doesn’t love salsa. It’s rich in Vitamins C and A too! Fresh homemade salsas are the best because you can customize them and add a little twist to your own recipe. You can choose the level of spiciness too! From mild, medium, hot to habanero and ghost pepper heats, your family and friends will surely love this gift! (Oh, not to mention you can invent cool names for your very own salsa!)

Healthy Holiday Gifts

Poptastic Popcorn

Just like your very own salsa, you can mix and match your own popcorn flavors! From the extra spicy jalapeno cheddar, Starbucks-like pumpkin spice caramel, gingerbread or cinnamon bourbon, you can never run out of popcorn flavors that you can add to your jar of goodies. Feel free to glaze them however you want! Get creative! Popcorn isn’t superfood, but it’s a healthier alternative to chips. Just watch out for the serving size.

Tip: You can also add nuts or dried fruits too!

Healthy Holiday Gifts

Spice Jar

We said in our previous article how certain spices can give us health benefits while adding a pop of flavor to our dishes. That in itself is a good reason on why it’s awesome to gift our loved-ones with a spice jar that can boost their health in an instant!

Tip: You can write small notes on every jar on the health benefits that each spice has. This way, you’re letting them know that you’re not just giving away spices that they can get in any grocery store! It’s a jar full of love.

Healthy Holiday Gifts

Nuts About Nuts

Just like the popcorn, you can glaze or add flavor to any kind of nuts. You can even add spices too, for an edgy twist. Nuts are packed with protein and contain at least heart-healthy substances like unsaturated fats. It can also lower bad cholesterol levels and has Omega-3 fatty acids.

Healthy Holiday Gifts

Tea Mix

Since we’re advocating that tea is healthier than coffee, we might as well share to our family and friends our favorite tea and put it in a jar! If you’re not a fan of mixing the tea leaves in one jar, you can always use small mason jars and give it in 3’s. You can put herbal teas, black teas, green teas, or even jasmine and lavender teas! There’s a lot of teas available in the market and all you have to do is pick your top 3 and gift them!

Tip: You can add edible flowers that can add to the zen-tea experience! Not only does it improve the aroma and taste, it would also look good in the jar.

Healthy Holiday Gifts

Using Green Tea Ice Cubes To De-Puff Eyebags

Blessed are those who have no puffy eye bags or dark circles under their eyes. Those bags and panda eyes are the only thing in this world that seems to be permanent and stick with you forever–and that sucks big time. However, we might have found a natural way to “de-puff” those bags. It’s nothing like botox though! Don’t get us wrong. It’s just a quick remedy that can reduce those cursed bags when you can’t afford to look too tired because you have a party or an important event to go to. Or simply, when you’ve had quite a lot of colleagues asking you if you’re stressed or if you haven’t been sleeping at all. You can do this once or twice every week, like a pick-me-up when your bags look too heavy!

Green Tea Ice Cubes To De-Puff Eyebags

Green Tea has been one of our all-time favorites. Plus, it is one of Mother Nature’s miracle cure. It is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids that are anti-aging, repairs skin, and soothes irritated skin. As Green Tea ice cubes, it can boost the blood circulation underneath your eyes and drain the fluid that causes the puffiness. However, it’s good to remember that you should not rub the Green Tea ice cubes on your undereye area. The skin there is very delicate so be careful about putting any pressure. Just pat it gently against the area but don’t leave it on for too long. Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

4 green tea bags
2 cups of water
1 ice tray

Instructions:

  1. Pour 2 cups of water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn off the heat. Place 4 green tea bags into the hot water. Let steep for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bags. If you have fresh Green Tea leaves, you can add this too!
  3. Wait for the tea mixture to cool. Then, pour into an ice tray.
  4. Place the tray in your freezer and leave overnight.
  5. To use, pop out an ice cube and wrap it in any clean cloth. Gently dab underneath your eyes.

Green Tea Ice Cubes To De-Puff Eyebags

Coconut Oil As Makeup Remover

Using Coconut Oil as a makeup remover has been quite a controversy in the beauty world. It is said to have comedogenic properties that can clog pores and lead to blackheads or breakouts. There are also a lot of people who don’t swear by having oil on their face especially if their skin is already on the oilier side. However, recent studies have proven that in order to be able to use Coconut Oil as an effective makeup remover, it needs to be organic, unrefined and cold-pressed. It also has anti-bacterial properties, anti-yeast, and yes, it is safeJust by the sound of that, I’m already starting to be a fan.

Since the ingredients in the Coconut Oil has saturated fatty acids, and if the quality of the coconut oil is poor, it can be contaminated and badly purified. If this is the case, it can be highly comedogenic. It is recommended that you only use the purified, cold-pressed coconut oil in liquid form. Always check the label for these properties!

Cold-Pressed VS Regular Coconut Oil

Now, what exactly differentiates the cold-pressed to the regular one? When it is manufactured, oils are extracted with chemicals that bind to active ingredients. The solvent agents bind to the lipids in coconut oil. Which basically means that the harmful chemicals can be absorbed by the skin when you apply it. Cold-pressed Coconut oil doesn’t have harmful chemicals or toxins that can affect the skin. Thus, it is highly recommended that you choose this.

Coconut Oil As Makeup Remover

While Coconut Oil isn’t exactly a holy grail makeup remover that can remedy all your skin woes and makeup cleansing, it’s a good substitute for those who have sensitive skin and loves going all-natural with their products. Not only that, but it is also a cheaper alternative to makeup wipes and store-bought makeup removers that have more harmful chemicals than you can imagine. Just the jar and your fingers to apply it all over your face and you’re good to go. Again, don’t rely on this to do the moisturizing for you.

However, it is good to take note that not all skin types can be compatible with it as a makeup remover. As one may have allergic reactions and the other may not. Always do patch tests even with natural ingredients! Also, don’t forget to rinse this off properly. (Imagine cleansing then leaving what you just cleansed on your skin, again?)

Coconut Oil As Makeup Remover

We highly recommend purchasing a big jar, since Coconut Oil can be used in many ways.