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Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2016: $50 or Under + Safe Skincare Giveaway!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway
It’s officially holiday season! As stressful as December can be, I do love all the twinkly lights, family time, and decorations. I know many of you have started doing some holiday shopping already, but I wanted to help you out if you need more ideas for those hard-to-get folks and I also have a healthy skincare freebie and a giveaway for you at the end of this post!

I love giving gifts that inspire a healthy and happy lifestyle, because of course I want my loved ones to live a long life full of vitality! This gift guide does just that and these items are also easy on the wallet because they are all $50 and under! Hope this helps your holiday shopping go much easier.

2016 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

  1. Naughty to Nice Charcoal Bar and Mask Gift Set, $48. I’ve talked before about my love for activated charcoal for skin care and how much it’s helped me reduce my hormonal acne. This gift set from Beautycounter contains 2 of their most popular items at a reduced price! I love all their safe and toxin-free skin care products, and I use both the bar soap and the mask regularly to detox my skin of impurities and oils.
  2. Foam Roller, $24.97. When I first bought a foam roller, I didn’t realize how much I would LOVE using it! It works incredibly well at loosening up sore and tight muscles, speeding up recovery time after a workout, and my favorite: massaging my back and shoulders. I hold a lot of stress in my neck and upper body, and foam rolling every night has helped a ton in getting out the kinks and stiffness. It’s one of those gifts that the recipient doesn’t even know if he or she needs it until they try it!
  3. Meditation Pillow, $32.95. I’m a huge proponent of meditation, and I think everyone should try to incorporate it into their daily lives. Having something so comfortable like a meditation pillow will make it so much easier to sit on it and learn to breathe. This one comes in 6 different colors and it’s made with organic cotton. I also love that you can remove the inner fill for easy washing!
  4. Salad Dressing Bottle, $6.99. What a fun little stocking stuffer! This glass salad dressing bottle has 8 different dressing recipes on the bottle with fill lines for the different ingredients. Salad dressing is something that’s so easy to make at home and the typical store bought ones contain crazy ingredients and hydrogenated oils. Now this gift can make it even easier to enjoy homemade dressing. Some of the ingredients suggest vegetable oil and sugar, but you can just omit those and it will still be delicious!
  5. Luminous Nudes Gift Set, $48. Another awesome Beautycounter gift set! This one contains Sheer Lipstick in Twig and Lip Gloss in Bare Shimmer, 2 colors that go with every skin tone. I was a bit nervous about buying these colors because of my dark complexion, but they complement my skin really well. I actually didn’t like to use anything other than lip balm until I started using these! They contain jojoba esters and vitamin E to moisturize and nourish, so your lips are never chapped while using them.
  6. Adult Coloring Book, $9.57. Coloring has become one of my favorite ways to unwind and relax at the end of the day, and this coloring book contains such pretty details and designs. It’s become increasingly important for many of us to slow down and do something we enjoy, especially because we are always on the go and busy at all times, and coloring is a great, calming way to do that. I mean, who doesn’t love to color? It works for many people because you don’t have to be artistic to enjoy this simple activity.
  7. Zoya Nail Polish, $10-20. Since I regularly talk about the importance of safe skincare, I’ve been asked several times what nail polish I like to use. I love a good manicure and pedicure and nail polish wasn’t something I wanted to give up on. Luckily, Zoya’s nail polish is toxin-free and made without common harmful ingredients like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). Plus, it stays on for a long time which is important for someone like me who cooks all the time. You can buy their nail polish individually (so many colors!), or they have a some great gift sets that you can buy for a reasonable price!
  8. Stainless Steel Lunch Box, $28.95. I’m all about encouraging bringing your lunch to school or work. You just eat so much healthier and more nutritiously when you make your own food. However, the quality of containers that you put your food in is important as well. This stainless steel lunch box is free of BPA, BPS, lead, toxins, and harmful phthalates, and I love the different compartments it comes with! It comes in 2 sizes, but I would go for the large size to pack meals and snacks to hold you over during a long day.
  9. US Wellness Meats Gift Card, $25-250. Some of us are fortunate enough to live near farmers markets and stores that have a great variety of high quality meats. However, there are others who do not have easy access to grass fed beef and pasture raised pork and chicken near them. Well, good news! US Wellness Meats is an awesome company that uses proper farming techniques to raise healthy and happy animals, and they deliver these meats straight to your door! Plus, I love that they have hard-to-find items like rabbit, liver, bones, and even wild-caught seafood. I think their gift cards, ranging from $25-$250, is a great way to support these farmers while encouraging your loved ones to eat better quality, healthier meats.
  10. Homemade Mixed Nuts, $5-10. I love homemade gifts because there’s always so much thought and love that go into them! It’s even better if it’s something you can eat. There are many recipes out there, but my Spiced Maple Rosemary Mixed Nuts are a hit every time and people really love them during holiday season! It’s a perfect combination of salty, spicy, and sweet. Put it in a glass jar, tie a bow around it, and it instantly becomes so pretty and fun. These kinds of gifts are also perfect when you are trying to save money over the holidays.

Safe Skincare Freebie & Giveaway time!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway

Now it’s my turn to gift YOU something. I’m in such a happy holiday mood, that:

I’m giving anyone who orders from Beautycounter through me in the entire month of December a free sample of the Purifying Charcoal Mask – no minimum orders!

I absolutely love the charcoal mask and I use it about twice as week, and it’s also great as a spot treatment on acne. It really is one of the best methods to cleanse and detox your skin! This offer ends on 12/31/16, 11:59pm PST.  Start shopping HERE!

Now for the giveaway

1 lucky winner will score Beautycounter’s travel set, worth $48, which includes:

  • Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa
  • Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa
  • Daily Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Travel Bag

All these items are safe and toxin free, and perform beautifully. It’s a perfect set to pack for your holiday travels! To win, enter below:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will be open for entry until Friday, 12/9/16 at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced above and will also be contacted by email.

Happy Holidays and good luck!

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway

2016 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Safe Toxin-Free Skin Care Freebie Giveaway

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The Paleo Kids Cookbook Giveaway + Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

It’s time for another giveaway (and a delicious recipe)! Jennifer Robbins of Predominantly Paleo has come out with another amazing cookbook, and this time it’s to get kids into the kitchen! I don’t have kids myself, but I AM passionate about getting them involved with cooking at an early age so they can learn the importance of healthy, home-cooked meals.

The Paleo Kids Cookbook is filled with nutritious, allergen-free recipes without grain, gluten, dairy, or refined sugar, and majority are also nut- and egg- free. It’s perfect for parents who are transitioning their kids to the paleo diet without having them feel deprived or left out because they can’t eat certain foods that their friends can. Food allergies in children are becoming more and more common these days, and this book has 100 recipes that are kid-friendly, seriously delicious, and so much fun! I’m always a kid at heart so yes, I’ll be trying out all the recipes that take me back to my childhood like Gummy Worms, Graham Crackers, Grain-Free Corn Dog Dippers, and Strawberry Shortcake Bites!

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

The thing I love most about this cookbook is that for every recipe, there’s a “For Little Hands” section that gives suggestions on how your child can help with the preparing and cooking, and what they’ll need supervision on. Even if you aren’t Paleo, it’s a must-have cookbook for your family if you need help getting them to eat healthier but aren’t sure where to start. All the recipes are easy to follow and made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients. And I’m so excited to give away a copy to one of my readers! If you want to get your hands on a free copy, enter below:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will be open for entry until September 21st at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced below and will also be contacted by email.

As a sneak peek, I’m also excited to share one of the recipes from the cookbook with you today! I had to try this Sweet Potato Bacon Tots recipe when I saw it because I used to love tater tots as a kid, and I just couldn’t get past it when I saw the addition of bacon. And you honestly can’t go wrong with the combination of sweet potatoes and bacon.

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots

By the way, that dipping sauce you see? It’s called Awesome Sauce, and it truly does live up to its name and I wanted to dip EVERYTHING in it. I can’t share the recipe, but you can grab it in the cookbook!

As for these tots, they were ridiculous (in SUCH a good way). Crispy on the outside, warm and soft in the inside, and the bacon just elevated it to a whole new level. I can honestly say that they were better than the ones I used to eat at as a child. I will mostly definitely make these the next time I want to cook up something fast and tasty for brunch.

Sweet Potato Bacon TotsWant more tasty and healthy kid-friendly recipes like this one? Enter the giveaway above or purchase The Paleo Kids Cookbook on Amazon!

Sweet Potato Bacon Tots
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 5 strips of crispy bacon, chopped
  • Up to 1 tsp garlic sea salt (to taste)
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ cup (80 g) potato starch or cassava flour
  • Avocado oil or light olive oil for frying
  • Awesome Sauce (optional - recipe in the book!)
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potato submerged in water for about 10 minutes. Remove the sweet potato from the boiling water and once cool enough to handle, peel or slice the skin off. Grate the sweet potato, using a hand grater, mandolin, or food processor.
  2. Once the sweet potato is grated, use a hand towel or a few paper towels to squeeze out the excess water from the potato. This step is important, as you do not want to have soggy tots!
  3. Add the other ingredients (minus the oil and sauce) to the grated sweet potato in a mixing bowl and combine by hand. Preheat the oil for frying in a large skillet over medium/high heat; it does not need to be enough oil for deep frying, but it should be enough to generously cover the bottom of the skillet.
  4. While the cooking oil heats, begin shaping your tots. Roll about a tablespoon (15 g) of the dough into a ball, and then elongate it and flatten the ends to give it that distinctive tot shape.
  5. Fry the tots, rolling them around on all sides to make sure they crisp up. Once all sides are cooked, around 5 minutes or more, use a slotted spoon or skimmer to remove the tots and transfer them to a towel-lined plate to cool slightly. Serve along or with Awesome Sauce.
Notes
FOR LITTLE HANDS: Allow your child to help shape the tots. It's okay if they are not shaped perfectly as they will fry deliciously regardless. Older kids can help fry the tots while supervised.

 
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Kid-friendly Paleo Sweet Potato Bacon Tots - Gluten Free

The New Yiddish Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway + Pan-Roasted Chicken with Figs & Olives

pan roasted chicken with figs olives

I grew up in a small suburb in New Jersey, in which almost half of my friends were Jewish. Because of the big Jewish community in my town, it wasn’t unfamiliar for me to hear Yiddish slangs and be invited to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs all throughout middle school. And, most importantly, there was a delicious diner where we can get our fix of matzoh ball soup and a bagel shop that we frequented every weekend.

My exposure to the Jewish culture and food continued when I went to college in New York City, and my late night snacks involved going to our favorite diner to stuff our drunk faces with potato latkes and challah french toast. Of course, the morning after, we would just walk across the street to get our everything bagel with lox and extra cream cheese. Oh, the good old days of glorious carbs and gluten! And how I’m paying for it now with my health.

This is why when my fellow bloggers Simone Miller of Zenbelly and Jennifer Robins of Predominantly Paleo came out with their new cookbook, The New Yiddish Kitchen, I jumped at the chance to review it! This book contains over 100 Kosher recipes adapted for anyone living with food allergies, and I love that there are little tips for each recipe that are passed down from Jewish grandmothers. There’s even a glossary of all the common Yiddish terms. So cute and fun!

It was so amazing to open up the book to find beautiful photos of gluten-free and paleo recipes and I cannot wait to try them all! Here are the ones I’m the most excited about: matzo balls, challah bread, Bubbe’s brisket, rugelach, tabbouleh, and ALL THE BAGELS! You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the dishes in the book. If you love good food, you’ll love all the recipes. And I’m thrilled to give you a chance to win a free copy of the cookbook! Enter below:

This giveaway is open to US residents only. It will be open for entry until April 4th at 11:59pm PST. The winner will be announced below and will also be contacted by email.

The one recipe I HAVE tried from the cookbook and I’m so excited to share with you is the Pan-Roasted Chicken with Figs and Olives! I mean… what about the name of that dish is not to like?

pan roasted chicken with figs olives

pan roasted chicken with figs olives

pan roasted chicken with figs olives

I love the balance of sweet and salty in this recipe. The flavors of figs and olives complement each other so well. And also, who doesn’t love to cook with wine? I felt so fancy and Julia Child-like. The chicken tasted so delicious that I’m thrilled that we have leftovers of it for the next several days. It’s also a fairly simple recipe that looks like you put a ton of work into it. So great for a special occasion!

http://www.savorylotus.com/pan-roasted-chicken-with-figs-and-olives/If you want to get your hands on The New Yiddish Kitchen, which I know you’ll love, enter the giveaway above or order it on Amazon!

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Figs & Olives
 
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  • 1 whole chicken, cut up into 8 pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) avocado oil or schmaltz
  • 1 cup (160 g) slice shallots (about 2-3 medium)
  • 6 dried figs, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup (135g) kalamata olives
  • 1 cup (240 ml) white wine
  • 3 sprigs thyme
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and place a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the chicken all over with the salt and pepper.
  3. Add the oil to the skillet and swirl to coat.
  4. One shimmering, add the chicken, skin side down and allow it to sear for 5-10 minutes, or until the skin is brown. Flip and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side. Remove to a platter.
  5. To the hot pan, add the shallots and figs and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until the shallots are golden brown.
  6. Add the olives, wine and thyme sprigs and boil for a minute or so, scraping up any browned bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  7. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up and place in the oven. Roast the chicken for 30 minutes, or until it reaches and internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

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Paleo Gluten Free Pan Roasted Chicken with Figs and Olives