What are your go-to gifts for the holidays? Cozy slippers? A tacky Christmas sweater? What about the gift of good health? This year, consider some of our favorite good-for-you cookbooks, ebooks, meal plan subscriptions, and online healthy lifestyle classes to place under your holiday tree or menorah. From better breakfasts and wholesome baby food to lightened up Italian and a year’s worth of healthy family dinners, there’s something for everyone on our list.
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Our Favorite Books
Natural Baby Food: Over 150 Wholesome, Nutritious Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler by Sonali Ruder, MD
Baby and toddler food gets a healthy and delicious makeover with these 150 easy-does-it recipes. From salmon to cauliflower, get ready to be creative in the kitchen and have some fun feeding the wee ones at your table.
Rise & Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings by Katie Sullivan Morford, RDN
Our friend Katie Sullivan Morford is at it again with her delicious guide to building better breakfasts. We love her Barely Banana Protein Pancakes and can’t wait to try the Roasted Root Hash with Poached Eggs featured on the cover.
Eat and Color the Alphabet: 26 Healthy Foods to Color and Explore by The Meal Makeover Moms.
Looking for a playful new way to inspire your family to eat right? Look no further than our newest book, Eat and Color the Alphabet. From avocados, blueberries and carrots to mangoes, nuts, oranges, and zucchini, each of the 26 coloring pages combines mouthwatering food images with mandala-style designs that are easy enough for kids to color but sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy too.
The Family Dinner Coloring Cookbook: Color, Cook, and Play Your Way to Healthy Meal Makeover by The Meal Makeover Moms
The Family Dinner Coloring Cookbook combines cooking, coloring, and hands-on activities designed to nurture healthy eaters of all ages. Included in the book are 10 classic dinner recipes made healthier—things like better-for-you fish sticks made with salmon and mac & cheese made with whole grain pasta and cauliflower “rice”—10 food-themed, mandala-style coloring pages, and 5 bonus activity pages including a Farmers’ Market Scavenger Hunt and a Foodie Word Search. We’re super excited about our new book!
Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation: 100 Full Flavored Vegetarian Dishes That Prove You Can Eat Pasta and Bread While Staying Slim by Alexandra Caspero Lenz, RD
Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation showcases how delicious a Mediterranean diet can be. Great for vegetarians and those looking to eat healthier, Alexandra’s filling and nutritious recipes keep the carbs, but focus on vegetables, making them better for you, too. Every recipe looks like something we’d want to make, especially the Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Bow Ties, Weeknight Noodle Soup, and Tofu Piccata.
The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden by Jen Haugen, RDN
This must-have book combines practical gardening tips with soul-nourishing inspiration to uplift and inspire moms to create lifelong memories with their family in the garden. You’ll find 30 recipes in the book along with everything you need to know to grow 35 different fruits and vegetables and a guide to planting for your plate. Each chapter serves up new ways to engage, savor and grow both as a mom and a gardener.
Our Favorite Meal Plan Subscription Service
Meal Makeover Mom fans can now sign up for the Super Healthy Kids Premium meal plan membership for just $89.10 a year. That’s a 10% discount, and you’ll get SO much for that price including: kid-friendly meal plans, printable recipes and shopping lists, printables to help you get organized in the kitchen, video support, and so much more. This is the deal of the century!
Our Favorite Stocking Stuffer
Lunch Bites™ Lunch Box Note Cards created by Jodi Danen, RD
Lunch Bites™ lunch box note cards let your child know you love them
and are thinking about them even when you are not there. Children
laugh and learn with these fun note cards that include love notes,
positive sayings, jokes, riddles, and fun facts all focused on food
Our Favorite Health and Wellness Plans and Programs
Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out and Never Say Diet Again by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN
Lauded by Publisher’s Weekly as “a rousing guide to better health,” Body Kindness is Rebecca Scritchfield’s debut book. Rebecca is on a mission to end all dieting in favor of practical, satisfying behavior changes that fit individual interests and lifestyles. The book is now available for pre-order.
21-Day Body Reboot™ by The Nutrition Twins
The Nutrition Twins are ready to take you on a journey to better health. Their 21- Day Body Reboot™ kicks off this January, and it’s designed to help you take off those last 10 pounds (and more!) and keep them off. With this customized plan you’ll jump start your fat loss, rejuvenate your body, and learn how to indulge guilt free while going wild on the weekends.
Our Favorite eBooks
The Snacktivist’s Handbook: How to Change the Junk Food Snack Culture at School, in Sports, and at Camp and Raise Healthier Snackers at Home by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD
Sally is an advocate for positive change, and one area of our diets that needs a makeover is snack time. In her information-packed ebook, Sally shares tips for adding better nutrition to kids’ snacks, serves up easy-to-make recipes, and provides sample letters to teachers and coaches. This ebook available as a download.
Date Night Dinners: A Mom’s Guide to Babysitter Friendly Recipes by My Menu Pal
A night out on the town just got a whole lot less stressful thanks to this new ebook. With 20 child-friendly entree recipes, 8 side dish recipes, and helpful hints for getting a nutritious meal on the table when your babysitter is in charge, this book is a must-have for any busy parent.
How to Raise a Mindful Eater: 8 Powerful Principles for Transforming Your Child’s Relationship with Food by Maryann Jacobsen, MS, RD
Whether your child is obsessed with sweets, a big (or small) eater, or you simply want to avoid future eating problems, How to Raise a Mindful Eater has the answers. The book pinpoints 8 Powerful Principles that give you the best shot at raising a mindful eater, someone who listens to their body, eats for nourishment and enjoyment, and naturally eats in moderation.
What are your favorite go-to gifts this holiday season? We hope you’ll check out some of our recommendations!