What to Buy for the Health Conscious on Your List
Danielle is the owner of FilledPlate.com, an online platform geared towards busy professionals to help them achieve success by filling their plates with nutrient-dense meals and consistent activity. Coming from the corporate world, she understands the role of nutrition in fueling everyday life and is a true believer in the power of whole foods to treat and prevent disease. She is a certified personal trainer and studying to be a Nutritional Therapy Consultant.
By Danielle TysonIt seems like every day there are more and more gadgets, services and products to help us all stay active and healthy. The holidays and the beginning of the new year (and all of those New Year’s resolutions) are a great time to invest in some of the latest and greatest in the wellness industry. Even better, it’s a great time to share those gifts with the ones you love and the ones who love health and fitness.
Following is a list of local goods and services that you can feel good about giving away—and don’t forget to grab something for yourself, too!
For the Healthy Chef
Did you know that not all spices are created equal? Primal Palate offers a wide variety of USDA organic spices that they boast are the highest quality spices available. The Pittsburgh-based company carries traditional staples like paprika, sage and oregano, as well as carefully crafted special blends like Adobo, Apple Pie Spice and Super Gyro. Pick them up at Naturally Soergels, Connected Health or via their website. www.primalpalate.com/organic-spices
For the One Who Hates to Cook
Modern luxuries help us accomplish tasks quicker so that we can make time for the really important things in life (like binge watching Stranger Things). Food is no exception, and luckily for Pittsburghers, there’s a local company making it easier than ever to eat healthy. For your friends and family who hate to cook but want to eat better, pick up a gift card for Pittsburgh Fresh’s pre-made meals. These freshly prepared meals can be delivered to homes or gyms for pickup in the Pittsburgh area (several locations in the North Hills). https://pghfresh.com/mealdelivery
For the Seasonal Eater
By now, your farm-to-table loving friends are probably dipping into the homemade canned vegetables that they were forced to make when the farmers’ markets closed. Brighten their day and bring back farm-fresh food by ordering them Harvest Delivery—a company that brings local produce and meats straight to your door curated from local farms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and southern New York. With headquarters in Zelienople, you can feel good about supporting a local business and helping your friends and family stay healthy through the winter. www.paharvest.com
For the One Who Loves to Detox
Juice cleanses. Love them or hate them, they can be a great way to replenish the body when you’ve been consuming too many treats (pumpkin pie is a vegetable, right?) Thankfully, Fresh Farm Juices, located in Wexford, makes it easy as each juice contains 2.5-4 pounds of produce. They offer juice cleanses starting at two days up until six days, or you can purchase juices to supplement your diet. www.freshfarmjuices.com
For the Fit Fashionista
Started by two sisters in Wexford, urbanfitco is redefining the landscape of athleisure apparel. Their U.S.-made lifestyle clothing line is perfect for the fit fashionista who needs pieces that can transition from the office to a night on the town. You can order gift packages and items online or check them out at one of their various Pop Up stores around Pittsburgh. The next one will be at Journeyman Fitness in Wexford on December 10. www.urbanfitco.com
For the One Who Gets Bored Easily
Have a friend who hops around from gym to gym? Gift a membership for You Rock Fitness. Located in Wexford, You Rock has a variety of classes to keep clients on their toes (literally!) They offer everything ranging from TRX to Kettlebell to BOSU and Zumba and classes are offered at multiple times throughout the day. There really is something for everyone!
For the One Who Never Takes a Break
You know the person—always on the run, dropping kids off, working a full schedule, staying active at the gym. We all have someone in our life who Just. Doesn’t. Stop. Encourage them to slow down by purchasing a gift certificate to the Body Bar in Cranberry. Whether they want a massage, facial, fabulous brows or lashes, or all of the above, Body Bar will take care of them. www.bodybarexperience.com
For the One Who Has Everything
Sometimes we rack our brains trying to figure out what to get that person who doesn’t seem to need another thing! This is the season of giving, and encouraging generosity is healthy for our souls and for our community. Consider making a donation to local nonprofits that have healthy programs as part of their missions. Grow Pittsburgh and Venture Outdoors are great for friends and family who believe that every Pittsburgher should have access to healthy food and the great outdoors. Or search for one that you think may speak to your gift recipient.
Have some of your own gift ideas for the health-conscious ones in your life? We’d love to hear from you! Please share in the comments!