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FitViews' 2014 Holiday Fit List


It's that time of year again! I just love the holidays. The music, the decorations, the extra time spent with family and friends...

What I don't love about the holidays is trying to figure out what to get people! Some people are easy, but for those on my list that are tough to buy for I love gift guides. I've found the best presents on gift guides.

I thought this year I'd expand my best of fitness gift guide to include everyone, not just runners and fitness fanatics. Because really, we want everyone in our lives to have a healthy and happy 2015, right??


FitViews 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

For ANYONE on your list
Fitness Wearables- you can't go wrong with a fitness wearable. The market is flooding with them and they're hugely popular with just about anyone. My 11 year old even wants one to track his steps! You can find wearables in all price ranges too, depending on what capabilities they have. There are models that do everything from simply tracking steps to ones that have GPS and heart rate monitoring capabilites (or even give you email alerts!). 

Wearables for Runners:
TomTom Runner Cardio
(Retail $269.99)

  • Integrated Heart Rate Monitor (NO chest strap needed)
  • Graphical Training Partner helps you train more effectively with full-screen graphics and three unique training modes.
  • One-Button Control allows you to easily navigate through menus.
  • Extra Large Display
  • Quick GPS Fix Technology helps you get out on your run faster.

(Retail $169.99, sometimes cheaper on Amazon.)

  • Tracks distance, pace, heart rate and calories
  • Activity tracking counts steps and calories and reminds you when it’s time to move
  • Compatible with foot pod for recording distance indoors
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life with GPS on or 5 weeks in watch/activity tracking mode
  • Save, plan and share your activities at Garmin Connect

Wearables for Everyone:
(Retail $149, sometimes cheaper on Amazon.)
  • EKG-accurate heart rate data, with no chest strap required
  • Tracks steps, pace, distance and calories to provide a complete assessment of your daily effort
  • Customizable display and configurable heart rate zones
  • Connects to fitness apps with Bluetooth Smart (4.0) 
  • Sync heart rate to bike computers & GPS watches via ANT+
  • Stores activity data and wirelessly syncs to the Mio GO app
  • Water resistant to 30m (3ATM)
  • Mio FUSE Crimson fits large wrist sizes: 156 -208mm / 6.1”-8.2”
  • Mio FUSE Aqua fits regular wrist sizes: 149-179mm / 5.9”-7”


Microsoft Band
(Retail $199.99, but currently only available at a Microsoft Store.)

  • Microsoft Band, the first device powered by Microsoft Health, helps you achieve your wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality. It also helps you be more productive with email previews and calendar alerts - right on your wrist.
  • Device works across iPhone, Android, and Windows Phones.
  • Email previews and calendar alerts appear right on your wrist so you know what you have to do and where you have to be even on the go.
  • For customers using Windows Phone 8.1, ask Cortana to take notes or set reminders with your voice. She'll give you driving directions and keep you on top of traffic, sports, stocks, weather, and more. She is ready to help whenever you need it.

For the At-Home Workout-er

Piyo
(Retail $59.85 + S&H for the Base Package.)

One of my favorite trainers, Chalene Johnson's latest program. 
"Who says you have to jump, grunt, strain, and punish your body to get amazing results from your workout? Not with PiYo…PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. And, we crank up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined."





Bosu Balance Trainer
(Retail $119.95)

"Known industry-wide for training balance, building strength, fine tuning skills for sport, enhancing flexibility, and delivering killer cardio workouts, the BOSU® Balance Trainer challenges the entire body."

Custom Shoes!


This is so cool. I've designed my own shoes from Reebok and think a gift card to do this will thrill just about anyone.

From Reebok

From Nike 

Under $50





Reusable Water Bottles
Pedometers
Socks (Yes, really. I find fit folks are crazy for specialized socks, myself included. Check out compression socks too.)
Hoodies

Last minute or just not sure?
You can't go wrong with letting them pick their own great gift! Great places for fit gift certificates:
Dick's Sporting Goods
Nike
Athleta


What's on your Fit Wish List this holiday season??


More ideas for runners and triathletes from my friend Amanda.

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The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.



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Problem is I like them, miss them, and would really enjoy them all season long!
So..... I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with Paleo-friendly version. With this simple recipe, I can have a peppermint mocha anytime.


Not only is this recipe Paleo, but it's also Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, primal, and 100% junk-free. Paleo Peppermint Mocha RecipeIngredients:
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(Regular, NOT light. Seriously, ew.)
1/3 cup Organic Cocoa Powder
2 to 3 Tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (Optional, leave out for keto or Whole30.)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint Extract(Depending how pepperminty you like it. I do 1/2 teaspoon)
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KETO Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes

I have gone back and forth with low carb since I was 24. I feel better when eating keto and I definitely have good progress with weight loss when I eat that way, but it can be a challenge to stick with. As I get older I find that the feeling better part of being low carb has become my driving motivation for sticking to it. I'm completely committed to keto now and that has me finding new ways to stick with it!

Ways such as keto pancakes. Say what-what? Yes. Low carb pumpkin pancakes no less. And? They're pretty darned yummy...

Whether you're seriously bored with your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes are for you! With only 5 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE they'll fit nicely into your plan. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option. Plus, yes, they're delicious! And oh so appropriate for pumpkin spice season. Oh, who am I kidding, I eat them year-round.

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Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Growing up the only encounter I had with sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving dinner. I hesitate to even call them sweet potatoes though. They were more like sugar coated sugar, with a side of sugar. Seriously!
The recipe was to coat a baking dish in margarine, add diced sweet potatoes, top with more margarine and a healthy heaping of brown sugar. Bake. And then? At the end you top the whole thing with a bag of marshmallows and bake again.
Blech! Needless to say I was never fond of sweet potatoes.
When I first went paleo I decided to reacquaint myself with sweet potatoes. They’re a great paleo-friendly carb source. I must confess the thought made me shudder, but I persevered. I tried them simple. Baked. I was so shocked. They're so good!
Now, I love sweet potatoes. They’re a go-to side dish for family dinners. Not only are they delicious, but they’re good for us and easy to make. The funny thing about sweet potatoes is they taste amazing all on their own. When it comes to sweet potato r…

KETO Hot Cocoa Pancakes

OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low carb...ooo, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

You know, bloggers area always talking seo this and seo that (seo stands for search engine optimization if you're not a blogger) and I'm just over here yammering. I'm pretty sure when google's spider crawlers (anyone shiver at that word picture? eesh) get to FitViews they just think, "Yeesh, move along. Nothing to see here." Ha ha ha!

Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 


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When it comes to Whole30 lunches, 3 things worked best for me:


Quick and easy salads.Prepping food on Sunday.Cooking too much at dinner and eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
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I was almost to resign myself to black coffee forever, but then I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. This version is simple and quite delicious. Not only is it keto paleo, but Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox friendly as well.




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Ingredients
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(the kind in the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Vietnamese Organic
1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla for 100% Whole30 compliant swap for vanilla powder
2 teaspoons raw local honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, leave out for KETO, Whole30, or 21DSD)





Directions
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Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes:


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BodyShred Meal Plan
BodyShred Rotational Calendar
BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
DVDs-
     8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts
       1. Launch
       2. Rise
       3. Amplify
       4. Escalate
       5. Conquer
       6. Triumph 
       7. Zenith
       8. Apex
     2 - Straight Cardio Workouts
       1. Fire Up
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It's that time of year again. Pumpkin-time that is! Yes, yes, I want all. Things. Pumpkin. Right now. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spiced everyyyyythingggg.

Sorry, not sorry.

However, I'm currently doing pretty strict Keto Paleo (more on that in another post). So no PSL's for me. Dangit.

Unless....


Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

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1 Tablespoon Organic Pumpkin (YES, it has real pumpkin it it. Seriously, they all should...)
2 teaspoons Organic Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Organic Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Organic Cloves
1/8 teaspoon Organic Ginger
2 Tablespoons Grade B Organic Maple Syrup (completely optional- leave out for a sweetener-free, strict Paleo, 21 Day Sugar Detox, KETO, low carb, and Whole30 friendly coffee creamer. Or swap for Truvia or Monk Fruit.)


Directions
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I'm completely obsessed with keto pancakes lately. Oh, you've caught on to that? Well, these Sweet Cinnamon KETO Pancakes are a seriously tasty addition. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option.  Whether you're getting bored on your egg fast or are low carb or into the keto diet lifestyle, these are for you! With only 4 grams of total carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE, they'll fit nicely into your plan.

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