Grocery Shopping Tips for Weight Loss and Saving Money

Streamline your Grocery Shopping Routine to Finally Get Healthy  and Save Money

Organize your grocery shopping routine and kitchen for a healthier lifestyle

One of the first steps to eating healthy is having the healthy and delicious option in your house. Deciding what to buy and figuring out how to eat healthy on a budget can feel overwhelming. Here are 21 grocery shopping tips to get your home and kitchen ready for a healthier lifestyle!

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Before Grocery Shopping Tips

To have the healthiest kitchen and save the most money, you may want to do a few things before you shop. A plan, a grocery list, and a phone full of discounts goes a long way. Getting a little organized before you go can relieve stress and help you feel less overwhelmed. Here are a few grocery shopping tips to try before you grocery shop.

  1. Clean out your kitchen of all unhealthy foods and donate them. Only have healthy foods and especially healthy snacks in the house. If you want to avoid temptation, make sure you clean out the fridge and the pantry of all your temptations. Be sure yo clean out all your most tempting foods before you go to the store.
  2. One day a week, plan your meals ahead of time and make a grocery list according to your planned meals and planned snacks. Only get food from your list at the grocery store. If you follow a list, you’re less likely to make an unhealthy last-minute food choice.
  3. Not sure how to meal plan and grocery shop? Try a healthy meal plan app.  For help preparing a HEALTHY meal plan and grocery list, you can visit several websites or apps like Mealime.com. The Mealime site and app helps you plan meals and  include a grocery list. You can find a healthy grocery list developed by a dietitian at http://dietitiandeanna.com/grocery-lists/
  4. Take it a step further, after planning your meals once a week and following your grocery list; then pre-cook, pre-portion, and freeze food for the week. Then you will be ready to go the whole week and won’t worry about what you are going to eat all week long. You can even plan frozen meals, make all the meals on one day and freeze them for the rest of the month!
  5. If you want to save money, the next step after planning your grocery list, is to find ways to save money. The best strategy I have found is using coupon and rebate apps. These apps are completely FREE!!!! By using these apps,  I was able to keep healthy foods in the house AND still save money. I don’t make it too complicated either. So I don’t get overwhelmed, I focus on only four discount apps. I just check these four apps before I shop for anything, not just groceries.

My Four Favorite Money Saving Apps

Ibotta App

The first is Ibottta. You can shop online by clicking on the store selections and shopping at your favorite stores right from the app. You can shop in a brick and mortar store as well, and you can even add your grocery store rewards card to the app! Before you shop, you just pick the coupons in th app that you think you might use. These coupons are added to your rewards card, and your discount will be added to Ibotta when you swipe your card at checkout. If you don’t have a card, no worries. You still pick out your coupons on the app before shopping. Then you scan your receipt in the app to receive the rebate. It is so simple. To sign up for Ibotta with my referral code click the link below:

ibotta.com

Coupons.com

The second app I use is coupons.com. This works much like Ibotta. I simply select the coupons I want to use before I shop, and then I shop. When I swipe my Food Lion card, for example, the coupons are used automatically! Check it out at Coupons.com

Swagbucks

I also use an app called swagbucks. For this app you get points for shopping at certain stores. These store selection is huge. I can buy groceries on amazon or a birthday present for my daughter at The American Girl store and earn points. You can also earn points by answering daily questions and taking surveys through the swagbucks app. You can use the points to get gift cards!!! And these are legit great gift cards. You can get $25 gift cards to Amazon, “Bath & Body Works”, Walmart and so much more! It is pretty amazing. Start getting swagbucks as my referral by clicking on the link below:

Swagbucks.com.

Ebates

The final app I use doesn’t really have many grocery coupons, but I like to mention it when I mention my other apps. This is ebates. You can buy all kinds of products and save. Again, this app gives you discounts to a huge number of popular stores like Kohl’s, “Bed, Bath, and Beyond”, and of course, Amazon. The list goes on and on. Whenever I am about to buy somehting online, I check this app along with the other three apps to see if a coupon or rebate is available. You can download this app through my referral link by clicking on the Ebates button below.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

I can not emphasize enough how huge these saving have been for my family. My friends are amazed at how many groceries I am able to buy for the amount of money spent. When I get that rebate, I feel like I am bringing in money for my family!

By using these apps, you can shop healthy and save money.

5. Okay, so you planned your week or month, you made a grocery list, and you have found all your discounts. Now you are ready to grocery shop. Hold on! Are you hungry? Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry. If you are hungry, eat a healthy snack before grocery shopping.

Now you are ready to shop healthy and save money!

 Grocery Shopping Tips: At the Store

6. Stick to THE Grocery List. Sticking to a grocery list can keep you from having the unhealthy foods in your house. If the unhealthy food is not there, then you cannot eat it. Vise versa, if only healthy food is in your house; then all you have to eat is healthy food.

7.  Get your children involved by letting them pick a different fruit or vegetable to try each week at dinner. Have them pick a variety of colors.

8. Buy only the lower fat or lower calorie versions of foods. Check the labels on all the different brands of foods and select the brand that has the least calories per serving. Make sure you look at serving sizes when comparing the foods. Some foods will list a different serving size. For example, some cereals say 1/2 cup is a serving and some say 3/4 a cup. This could affect which one wins the lowest calorie award.

9. Make sure the majority of your grocery items be lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains.

10. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store; avoid the center aisle. (The healthiest food are usually located along the perimeter.)

11. Stock up on frozen and canned fruits and vegetables like canned peaches and pears so that a healthy option is always on hand. Pick up several SteamFresh microwavable vegetables like BIRDS EYE STEAMFRESH VEGETABLES WHOLE GREEN BEANS 10.8 OZ PACK OF 3. These Steamfresh microwave frozen vegetables are so quick to fix for meals. Just put the bag in the microwave and follow the directions on the bag.

11. Don’t buy your most tempting foods. If you know that you will eat a whole carton of ice cream in two days or that you can’t stop munching on chips when they are in the house, then don’t buy them.

12. Do your grocery shopping with a time limit.

13. Save time and money during the week by buying foods in bulk like lean protein (chicken breast and ground turkey), pasta, rice, beans, pretzels and cooking a week’s worth on Sunday night. Then, pre-portion the chicken or other meat into deck of card sized portions and store in freezer. Divide other foods into portions after getting back from the grocery store. (Example: make zip lock bags of pretzels.)

14. Know your trigger foods. These are foods that you cannot stop eating once you start. Once you know your trigger foods, it is a good idea to avoid these foods when you first start your weight loss program. You can add these foods back into your life occasionally once you feel that you can handle them. Once you determine your trigger foods, avoid them

15. Also avoid sections in the store that are tempting. Examples would be the sweets or chips aisles for me

16. Don’t buy food just because you have a coupon. Use a coupon only for foods already on your list.

17. Don’t try free samples while you are in the grocery store. If you go shopping when you are not hungry you can better resist the samples.

18. Avoid buying sugary desserts. Eating sugar causes us to want to eat more so limit sugary foods. In other words, the sweeter the food, the more we want sweeter food. The less sweet the food, the less we desire sweets. For example, if you go a long time without sweets, then a piece of fruit will taste plenty sweet to you and a piece of chocolate cake may taste too sweet to you. But if you continue to eat sweet foods, a piece of fruit will not taste sweet enough and a piece of chocolate cake will be needed to feed your sweet tooth.

After Grocery Shopping Tips

Once you are home from your grocery trip, you can unpack in a a way that can help you eat healthier throughout the day.

Kitchen organization and grocery shopping tips

19. While you are unloading the groceries, wash fruits, and pre-portion healthy snacks in small ziplock bags as part of your unloading routine. I keep pre-portions snacks in a lower side shelf of the fridge. I wash grapes, strawberries, blueberries, etc and put a small amount in little ziplock bags. Then I store these indvidual bags in this lower refrigerator shelf. This is the “kids grab and go” snack shelf. My children know that if they are hungry they can always grab anything from this shelf. I also include cheese squares and yogurt on this healthy snack shelf as well.

20. You can also have a similar healthy snack spot in your pantry.  I bought a new shoe rack like the 24 Pockets – SimpleHouseware Crystal Clear Over the Door Hanging Shoe Organizer, Gray (64” x 19”)and hung the rack over the pantry door. I like the clear shoe racks so that my children can easily see what is inside. I keep healthy snacks like popcorn, cups of mandarin oranges, and whole-wheat crackers on the lower shoe compartments. These are snacks my children (and I) can easily grab anytime. I keep a small portion of their favorite not-so-healthy snacks in the higher shoe compartments. My children can’t reach these compartments and have to ask me if they can have these snacks.

Healthy Snack Door Shoe Rack
Healthy Snack Fridge compartment

21. Store foods out of site. If snacks are sitting on the counter, you are more likely to munch on them throughout the day. When you see them you will constantly crave them.

I hope you found some grocery shopping tips you can use in your home. Which grocery shopping tips did you find most helpful? What grocery shopping tips and tricks do you use when shopping?

You can find over 400 weight loss tips on the Mindfulness in Faith and Food website. If you would like to evaluate your own diet and determine which of these weight loss tips works best for you, please take the free DIY Diet self assessment and evaluation developed by a registered dieititian.

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3 Social Media Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

Updated on November 13, 2017

You can Show Random Acts of Kindness on Social Media Too

I love Random Acts of Kindness. My family did a year of Random Acts of Kindness once, but that is a post for another day. Since, I have been a blogger, I have noticed that Random Acts of Kindness can extend to Social Media as well. Sooo here are 3 Social Media Random Acts of Kindness Ideas.

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  1. Spread Compliments on Social Media

If a positive thought pops in your head about the post or picture you see as you scroll through your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram feeds, share it with the person! If we keep the compliment to ourself, we will miss a chance to lift someones spirits.heart photo

 

2. Write a Positive Review

If you love a store, restaurant, or business, go to one of their social media pages and leave a nice review or comment. Make sure to mention by name any employees who were particularly helpful. This will not only put a smile on the employees face, but could also potentially improve their chances of getting a raise or promotion.

3. Uplift a Blogger

I never realized how much heart, sweat, and soul a blogger puts into a post. I just never thought about all the work that goes into a post. Now that I know, I try to comment and show my support for any blog post I find helpful.  Sometimes, when I am in between books or devotionals, I use Christian blog post as a way to do little” devotionals.” I simply read and take notes on Christian blog posts. When I do this, I try to leave a comment to let the blogger know their post was used in this way. In fact, when I use a tool or product a blogger recommended or I follow a bloggers “how- to” steps, I try to let them know in the comments as well. Sometimes just this little comment of encouragement, is just what a blogger needs to stay motivated.

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For more Random Acts of Kindness ideas check out the Kindness Matters Cards – Box of 100 – Kindness Is Contagious Challenge Card

 

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Travel Soccer Meal and Snack Ideas for Optimal Performance

Travel Soccer is no cake walk especially if you are eating cake before the game! Travel soccer players often have to play two games a day and games are frequently on back-to-back days. The soccer player’s meals should provide adequete fuel, hydration, protein, and electrolytes and post-meals also need to replenish nutrients lost during the prior competition. Players want to eat these meals in a time frame that can help prevent hunger AND prevent GI problems due to undigested foods.   With the busy schedule and frequent games, sometimes deciding on meals and snacks is overwhelming. This post provides travel soccer meal and snack ideas. Whether you prefer to cook at home or need something you can grab and go, this post has it coverd.

Pre-game Meal Overview

The Pre-game meal should be high in carbohydrates (to maximize glygogen stores, which is the storage form of readily available energy), moderate in protein, low in fat, spicy foods, simple sugars, and fiber. The meal should be eaten 2-4 hours before the game. (I lean towards 2 hours)

During the Game Nutrients Overview

Hydrating with just water is recommended if your competition last for less than an hour. Since soccer is a one-hour sport, frequently drinking water throughout the game is usually preferable. If you are attending a long practice or an all day soccer camp, consume 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrates after an hour to enhance endurance. Consume electrolyte-replenishing products like Gatorade or nuun tablets along with water when you are practicing for longer than an hour. When exercising for an extended period of time (marathon time frame), consume carbohydrates every 15 to 20 minutes. Ex: Gel packs, energy bars (See links below)

A Note about Electrolyte Replenishers

Note that limiting simple sugars is a pre-game recommendation to prevent GI distress, and yet some sports drinks contain simple sugars. This can be confusing since after an hour you will need electrolytes and carbohydrates, but you are also trying to avoid simple sugars. I have heard testimony from some runners that the simple sugars in sports drinks do, in fact, bother their stomach. Everyone is different, and some can tolerate simple sugars a little more than others.

Here are my thoughts on this subject. Ideally you will eat more complex carbohydrates and less simple sugars in your pre-game meals or between game meals and snacks. However, sometimes our bodies run out of energy. Have you ever seen a runner “hit the wall?” These runners have literally run out of fuel. They no longer have the fuel to be able to move! So in a crutch and when you don’t have the time to get the fuel from elsewhere, simple sugars found in sports drinks will do the trick.  Sports drinks have the needed carbohydrates, electrolytes, and water all in one place. Therefore, sports drinks are good to have handy in a pinch. Plus, if your glycogen storage (storage form of carbohydrates) is extremely low, these simple sugars are faster acting.

But…

You do have other options. Remember, when you are exercising for over an hour, your body is going to need more electrolytes, carbohydrates, and, of course, water. One option is to get your electrolytes and water through your beverage and your carboydrates through food. You can do this by using electrolyte tablets like nuun tablets in your water. Another option is to get your electrolytes and carbohydrates through food; then, drink plain water to rehydrate. Many energy bars contain electrolytes and more complex carbohydrates like oats. I also love no-bake energy bites as an electrolyte and carbohydrate source. You can find several excellent dietitian developed recipes below. In other words, sports drinks contain all three components: water, electrolytes, and carbohydrates. However, you can combine other options to get all three componets and still consume less simple sugars.

*Note if you have decreased kidney function, be sure to talk with your doctor before using electrolyte supplements or enerygy bars. When you have decreased kidney function, you may need to limit the amount of electrolytes in your diet.

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Ideas to Replenish Electrolytes During a Long Practice or All-day Camp:

 

 

Two Games a Day: Meal Between Games Overview

The goal of the between game meal is to replenish glycogen stores, replenish fluid loss, and replenish electrolyte loss. Your meal should be higher in carbohydrates and moderate in protein. You want the meal to satisfy hunger, but not cause GI distress. In other words, you don’t want to eat something too heavy between games.

Ideas to Replenish Electrolytes Between Games:

  • See above “Ideas to Replenish Electrolytes” 

Post Game Meal IF you do NOT have a game the next day: Overview

Your number one priority is to hydrate. The goal of this meal is to replenish glycogen, lipids, and protein lost during the game. You can replenish these adequately with a normal healthy meal. A healthy plate should be ¼ lean carbohydrates, ¼ lean meats, and half fruits and vegetables.

Post Game Meal IF you have another Game AGAIN the Next Day: Overview

The #1 priority is to replace fluid loss. If you have a game the next day, the meal should take place within 30 minutes after the competition. The meal should be high in carbohydrates to replace glycogen loss and moderate in protein. Make sure half your plate is filled with fruits and vegetables as well. THEN, if you are competing AGAIN the next day, you should eat 1 to 1.5 grams of carbohydrate per kg body weight every 2 hours for 6 hours.

Carbohydrates Ideas to Eat Every 2 Hours for 6 Hours (When playing AGAIN the next day)

  • Banana
  • Pita bread and hummus
  • Whole Wheat Crackers with babybel cheese

  • Whole Wheat Crackers with peanut butter or cheese

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites (See Recipe)

Remember your pre-game meal, between game meal or snack, and your post game meal especially if your are completing AGAIN the next day should be high in carbohydrates and moderate in protein. Use the table below to pick a meal high in carbohydrate, moderate in protein, and low in spicy foods, simple sugars, and fat.

Pick a Carbohydrate Pick a Protein
Baked Potato Lean Turkey
Whole Wheat Pasta Lean Ground Beef
Whole What Bread (Sandwich) Grilled Chicken
Brown Rice Cheese
Whole Wheat Pita Eggs
Whole Wheat Soft Tortilla Nuts
Whole Wheat Bagel Thin slices of chicken
Banana (Eat a whole wheat carb as well; natural simple sugars are ok as long as they are eaten with a complex carb. Complex carbs last longer.)
Orange (Eat a whole wheat carb as well; natural simple sugars are ok as long as they are eaten with a complex carb. Complex carbs last longer)
Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Recipe from Kelli Shallal, MPH, RD at www.hungryhobby.com

 

Sometimes you may not have time for a sit-down meal between games, or when your game is early. Below are some healthy on-the-go meal or snack options.

Use the table below to pick a On-The-Go meal high Carbohydrate, Moderate protein, low in spicy foods, simple sugars, and fat.

Pick a Carbohydrate Pick a Protein
Popcorn (It’s a whole grain!) Boiled Egg
Whole Wheat Bread Peanut Butter
Whole Wheat Bagel Lean Turkey Slices
Whole Wheat Pita Thinly Sliced Chicken
Whole Wheat Crackers Nuts
Whole Wheat wrap Cheese
Organic Boom Chick Pop Cream Cheese
Pretzels Hummus
Banana BabyBel Cheese
Orange Horizon Organic Cheese sticks
Low Sugar/whole grain cereal
If You Really Don’t Have time you can grab a Bar that has Both Carbs and Protein
Sustain Energy Bar Sustain Energy Bar
Power Bar Power Bar
ClifBar CliffBar
Unreal Bar Unreal Bar
Rx Bar Rx Bar
Gel Pack Gel Pack
No-Bake Energy Bites (See a list of Dietitian Developed Recipes Below) No Bake Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Peanut Putter Cherry Trail Mix Bites from Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RD at www.bucketlisttummy.com

Protein Brownie Bites by Lara Clevenger, RD at www.laraclevenger.com

Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls from Dixya Bhattarai, RD at www.foodpleasureandhealth.com

Almond Pistachio Cocoa Bites from Amy Gorin, RD at amydgorin.com

Brownie Pistachio Energy Bites from Jennifer Mulr Bowers, RD at dr.jennbowersnutrition.com

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Pre-game, post-game, and Between Meal Ideas:

 (Remember pre-game and in between meals should be high in carbs, moderate in protein, and low in fats, fiber, and spicy foods. You don’t want the between game meal to be too heavy since they meal will probably be within 2 hours of the game. Incorporate high fiber fruits, beans, and vegetables in the post-game meal.)

  •  Baked Potato with lean ground turkey and cheese
  • Whole wheat pasta with lean ground beef and tomato sauce
  • Whole wheat turkey sandwich with pretzels
  • Marinated grilled chicken with brown rice
  • Lasagna
  • Whole wheat bread with thinly sliced chicken
  • Omelet sandwich on whole wheat bread and a banana
  • Turkey and cheese wrap in a whole wheat soft tortilla
  • Whole Wheat Bagel with cream cheese
  • Pita bread (whole wheat) with hummus
  • Whole Wheat French Toast

 

On-the-Go Meal or Snack Ideas (great for times when you are in a hurry or in between two games):

  • Whole Wheat Bagel with Cream Cheese
  • Boiled egg, Pretzels, and a Banana
  • Popcorn and nuts
  • Turkey sandwich with pretzels
  • Peanut Butter or cheese with whole wheat crackers, or
  • BabyBel cheese and crackers

  • Total Cereal, orange slices and a boiled egg

  • Hummus on whole wheat pita bread
  • A ClifBar and a banana

  • Popcorn, nuts, and a banana

* Note: When stopping at a restaurant, try to follow the same meal guidelines. For example, when you are eating a pre-game meal, you may want to choose a grilled chicken sandwich without the fries. Fries are higher in fat and can cause more GI distress. Remember to try to avoid higher fat foods and fried foods.

For more details on why these meal recommendations are helpful for the soccer athlete, see “Sports Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During, and After Competition for Optimal Performance.”

 

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The Ultimate Gift List for the Health and Fitness Fanatic

 

These are some of my favorite healthy and fitness products. They will surely be on my gift list. Happing gift list planning!

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The Health and Fitness Gift List

    1. 1. I love this water bottle!

30oz Inspirational Fitness Workout Sports Water Bottle with Time Marker | Measurements | Goal Marked Times Bottle For Measuring Your H2O Intake, BPA Free Non-toxic Tritan (Think Pink Fuchsia)

This pretty water bottle includes inspirational words to keep you motivated and uplifted. The water bottle is BPA free as well. My favorite water bottles provide a time marker/measurenent indicator on the bottle so that you can be sure you are taking in enough water throughout your day.

2. Fitbit

I am so excited about this Fitbit! The Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch, Slate Blue/Burnt Orange, One Size (S & L Bands Included) is amazing and looks cool too! Just like the other fitbits, you can track your steps, workouts, calorie burn, sleep, recieve call and text notifications, and many more features. This Ionic includes workouts on your writs with step-by step coaching. You can store and play 300+ songs and access your favorite apps! I would LOVE to get this as a Christmas gift (wink, wink to my husband)

3. Fitbit Bands

Ok, so if your loved one gets this Fitbit or has another Fitbit, you may want to give Fitbit accessories as a gift like a pretty Fitbit band. I am in love with the teal color band for the Fitbit Ionic! Check it out and other pretty colors by clicking the link below:

Quartly New Soft Silicone Replacement Sport Band Strap for Fitbit Ionic Smart Fitness Watch (D)

 

4. Fitbit Smartscale

Okay, Okay so there are a ton of awesome Fitbit accessories, but I will only recommend one more before I move on to other great gift ideas. The Fitbit Aria 2 Wifi + Bluetooth Smart Scale, Black kind of blows my mind! This scale syncs stats automatically to your Fitbit!

5. Fitness Dice

This next fitness gift is a cute inexpensive item that your fun health and fitness conscience friend would get a kick out of.  This gift is called Fitness Dice by Strength Stack 52. Bodyweight Exercise Workout Game. Designed by a Military Fitness Expert. Video Instructions Included. No Equipment Needed. Burn Fat and Build Muscle at Home. You just roll the dice to see which workout you will do next. This keeps your exercises interesting, and the dice are easy to carry with you when you are traveling. I would be so happy if someone got me these dice.

6. Color In Yoga Mat

I cannot believe this is even a thing. I love all things personalized, and I love coloring. This is a Color In Yoga Mat – Adult Coloring Book Style Exercise Yoga & Pilates Mats, Bonus Carrying Case with Pocket – Birds – By Yogartistic. Did you get that! You get to color your own yoga/fitness mat!!!! They have several different prints to choose from.

7. Personalized Duffle Bag

Sticking with the personalized theme, this is a PERSONALIZED Duffle Bag or Monogrammed Gym Bag by BROAD BAY. My favorite part is the compartment at the bottom where you can carry your dirty shoes separately.

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8. Include a Cooling Towel in a New Gym Bag

I actually mentioned the gym bag purposely above these next few gifts.  If you really want to wow someone special with an amazing gift, you could fill the above gym bag with a few of these smaller items like a water bottle such as the inspirational one mentioned above and the Chill Pal (Blue) PVA Cooling Towel Stay Cool Towel Cold Towel Sports Towel Chill Towels For Sports Men Dogs Kids Neck Bulk Athletes Instant Cooling Relief Yoga Camping Workout Running.

9. Fill a Gym Bag with Healthy Snacks

You could also add your friends favorite healthy snacks and nutrient replenishers to the gym bag like CLIF BAR – Energy Bar – Chocolate Chip – (2.4 Ounce Protein Bar, 12 Count) and Nuun Hydration: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Juicebox Mix, Box of 4 Tubes

10. Digital Measuring Tape

If your family or friend works in the health and nutrition industry, they might like the Health o meter Digital Measuring Tape, Accurately Measures 8 Body Part Circumferences

11. Digital Food Nutrition Scale

The nurtition conscience person or health professional would love the EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale – Professional Food and Nutrient Calculator. This scale not only weighs your food but also calculates the calories, carbs, fiber, sodium, fats, vitamin K and six other nutrients in the amount of food your are weighing!

12. Faith and Fitness Journal

I am a huge believer in journaling. I especially like journaling about my fitness journeys and my spiritual growth. The 40 Days of Faith and Fitness: A Devotional Journal lets you journal about both!

13. Food Journal

If you friend would rather have a straight health and fitness journal, try the Fitlosophy Fitbook: Fitness Planner and Food Journal, Black Single (12-Week)

14. Pilates Pants

I like comfortable and cool workout clothes. These Fitglam Women’s Soft Modal Yoga Harem Pilates Pants Long Baggy Sports Workout Dancing Trousers. ARe so comfy. I feel like they are flattering at the waist too! That is a huge plus in my book. You can get them in all sorts of colors.

15. Power Press Push Up

Fitness fanatics love getting new workout equipment. The Power Press Push Up – Complete Push Up Training System helps you target specific muscles!

16. Health and Fitness Inspired Purses

I want this MILATA Fruit Pineapple Shaped Women Pu Leather Clutch Purse Cross Body Bag (yellow)! They have several other fruit shaped purses as well! What a cute accessory for the health professional or the health conscience.

 

17. Insulated Water Purse

Okay so the Luxury Insulated Wine Clutch – Black Crocodile is technically for wine, but what a great way to keep your water cool and your veggie snacks fresh.  You can have healthy snacks wherever you go! I mean, its a cooler…in a purse! How awesome is that!

18. Fitness Cookie cutters!

Enough said! You CAN make your cookies healthier too! Yoga Silhouette Cutter Set

19. Fitness Inspired Jewelry

This Gmai Chic Jewelry Fitness Gym Barbell Plate Dumbbell Weight Plate Men Women Pendant Expandable Wire Bangle Adjustable Packing organza is so pretty and fun! You can add these fitness charms to a bracelet or necklace!

That is it! My favorite health and fitness gifts! Which were your favorites?

How to Get Coupons and Discounts When You Shop For Gifts

Lastly, I don’t want to write a shopping post without mentioning how to save money on many Amazon products plus products from a huge list of other stores. I always check three free apps before I buy anything.

These apps are Ibotta, Coupons.com, Ebates, and Swagbucks

Ibotta and Coupons.com

Ibotta and Coupons.com are very similar. I simply go to the app, select the coupons I want to use before I shop, and then I shop. I can either through the app if I am shopping online, or I can shop in a store and scan my receipt after I shop to get the rebates I selected. You can also add rewards cards to your app, and the rebates are used atomatically when you scan your store rewards card. For example, my Food Lion Card is on the app. I pick out the coupons I want to use on the app before I shop. Then when the cashier scans my card at checkout, the discounts are included.

These apps are totally free. To sign up for Ibotta, click on the link below:

Ibotta.com

Sign up from coupons.com below:

Coupons.com 

Swagbucks

I also like to use Swagbucks. For this app you get points for shopping at certain stores. These store selection is huge. I can buy all kinds of things like items on amazon or a birthday present for my daughter at The American Girl store and earn points. You can also earn points by answering daily questions and taking surveys through the swagbucks app. You can use the points to get gift cards!!! And these are legit great gift cards. You can get $25 gift cards to Amazon, Bath & Body Works, Walmart and so much more! It is pretty amazing. Start getting swagbucks as my referral by clicking on the link below:

Swagbucks.com.

Ebates

The final app I use is ebates. You can buy all kinds of products and save. Again, this app gives you discounts to a huge number of popular stores like Kohl’s, “Bed, Bath, and Beyond”, and of course, Amazon. The list goes on and on. Whenever I am about to buy somehting online, I check this app along with the other three apps to see if a coupon or rebate is available. You can download this app as my referral by clicking on the Ebates button below.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

 

If you want to see more fun gift ideas, check out “The Ultimate Gift List for the Christian Soul.”

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