Gifts for the low-carb love in your life

I love this time of year! Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are my favorite! The food (oh so much of it), the parties, the decorations, the music, family, friends, all of it. Shopping has evolved for me a little over the years. I now much prefer to shop online and I’m more careful about what I spend our money on. I’d rather buy someone something they really want than 5 things that they maybe want. So, I’m going to do a 2 part series on a few Christmas ideas that I would love and maybe someone you know would love as well.

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First up, are the low carb / keto people. Do you or someone you know eat low carb? I’ve made a list of a few things my husband and I use and have tried, they would make great gifts for someone watching their carbs and sugar.

I LOVE Mexican food. Specifically, tortillas. Imagine my dismay when I realized tortillas aren’t exactly keto friendly. I was beyond ecstatic to come across these wraps that are only 9 net carbs for a 12 inch wrap. We have used them for quesadillas (both for dinner and breakfast), chicken salad wraps and I really love them fried as chips. I just cut them into strips or triangles if you are fancy and very quickly fry them in coconut oil. I’ve also seen some people bake them. There are tons of ways to use these wraps from Cut da Carb. There’s usually a buy 1 get 1 free coupon on Instagram too!

Here’s a photo of fajitas and the chips. So good!

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Next would have to be Good Dee’s Baking mixes. SO GOOD. I think I tried her Blondie’s first, I’m not even sure what my favorite is anymore. I currently have Blondie’s, yellow cake mix and pancake mix at home. The Yellow cake mix is amazing with lemon extract, and I added a powdered sugar glaze made with Swerve. The pancakes were a game changer for us. I really, really miss pancakes. These are a good substitute though. The muffins are unflavored, you can customize with your own ingredients and extracts or eat them plain with butter!

I have a 15% off code for any of Good Dee’s mixes, use HMWR15.

Here’s the Yellow Cake Mix with the Swerve Confectioner’s drizzle.

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And my half eaten pancakes!

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Next on my list is a book called Keto Clarity, by Jimmy Moore. I read this book while on our cruise this summer. I learned a lot! And there’s so much research being done on how the keto diet can help. I found it very interesting and helpful. Not just for newbies either!

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Next favorite is MCT oil and MCT Powder. John prefers the oil for his coffee, but since I don’t drink coffee I prefer the powder. The kind we buy is unflavored from Perfect Keto. I actually mix it with my Crystal Light. I’m actually on auto-ship every 30 days for the MCT oil powder.

The MCT oil is Bulletproof. John did some research and found this company on Amazon. They do not use palm oil. Some companies that use palm oil are cutting down rain forests which in turn destroys orangutan habitat. The bottle says “100% orangutan friendly oil”.

MCT oil has many benefits, including healthy fats (Medium chain triglycerides), and eating healthy fat can help you lose fat (hence the Keto diet). Also claims to aid in digestion, helps clear your mind, keep you focused, improve mood as well as a few other benefits.

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The next one is Swerve Sweetener. I tried a few others to bake with and nothing has tasted as good as Swerve. I’ve seen several bakers that mix their own, I have not tried that yet. There is a “cooling” effect with Swerve, it’s less than others I’ve tried. Stevia is awful to bake with, in my opinion. They have a granulated version and confectioners version. I have made cream cheese frosting and a drizzle with the confectioners. See below muffin with frosting. So good! They sell them each individually or as a 2 pack.

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That’s my list of favorites! These would make great gifts for yourself or someone else. We have really adapted to this life and normally I don’t even think twice about skipping the sugar or carb-laden foods. These items can make that easier and hopefully you don’t feel deprived.

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Gifts for the Fitness Fanatics

Wondering what to get the person in your life that loves to workout? Here’s a few ideas and things I love or would love to get.

Check out Sara’s list at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs.

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GPS Watch: I’ve only owned one watch and it’s the Nike + Sport Watch. There are a ton of choices out there and they all do different things. The Nike watch will track laps and do intervals. You can set the intervals on the computer for any time that you want. It will give you calorie burn but it’s most accurate with the added heart rate monitor strap. I wear the foot pod and the miles are also more accurately tracked and it works indoors on the treadmill as well.

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Love my Yurbuds head phones. They really do stay in and they guarantee their products. You can find them at Target and probably Best Buy or a running store.

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Foam Roller: I love, love, love my foam roller! It’s not just for runners. This would be a great gift and the one I have from Target is $20-25.

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Bondi Bands: These make great stocking stuffers too! They keep hair back, can cover ears when it’s cold, machine washable and stay in place!

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Compression socks: Pro Compression and Swift Wick are my favorite!

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This skirt from Lulu Lemon is on my list!

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Stocking Stuffers and small items:

  • Chews or Gu. Presonally I prefer the Honey Stingers chews.
  • Ponytail holders like these.
  • iTunes gift card
  • Hand weights
  • Socks. There are so many brands out there, try to find out which ones your loved one prefers.

What’s on your Fitness list?

What have you bought the Fitness Fanatic in your life?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1