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Nourishing Hope Holiday Guide

 

Holiday Gift Guide

 

I get many in my community who ask about my favorite products. When we are looking to nourish our families in the healthiest ways possible, having great kitchen tools are a must!

The holidays can be a great opportunity to change our our kitchen equipment and having ideas to send to family can be handy.

I’ve created the gift guide below with some of my favorite products for both parents and kids! Foods and treats can be a big part of our holidays and I wanted to share some of the products and brands I use personally.

For Kids

 

For kids who have higher sensory needs, there are some great products to help! Noise cancelling head phones can be terrific for helping children who have auditory sensitivities be more comfortable in loud places. Whether this is the grocery store, outing with family, or even a home celebration, overwhelming noises can be really challenging for those who are sensitive and this can be a wonderful support.

Sensory swings can also be a fun gift that provide support in addition! These can easily be used at home and provide a cozy haven when a little sensory downtime is needed.

I have also had clients share that their children really enjoy calming sensory lights as a focal point. These can be used near bedtime or even during the day in a darker room.

Sweet treats are something special many children look forward to at the holidays. But, with special diets, food allergies or reactions, and just the desire to have the healthiest diet possible, that can be a tricky topic. These Enjoy Life Rice Milk Christmas Minis can be a good option.  No Whey Santa is another festive and allergen-friendly option. And for that classic holiday treat, Yum Earth Candy Canes give you the delicious peppermint taste without the high fructose corn syrup and food dyes found in other brands.

Gifts for Mom and Dad

 

Staying hydrated is important for the whole family, including mom and dad! When we take care of our own health, we can better care for our loved ones. I like Hydroflasks or this glass bottle that I use almost daily.  For a truly special gift, my friend and colleague Terri Hirning told me about these VitaJewel bottles or pitchers. They blend the health of drinking out of glass with the stunning beauty of gemstones. Terri loves hers!

Essential oil diffusers can make beautiful yet functional gifts for moms and dads! In this recent blog, I brought up the topic of certain scents causing meltdowns. This can include even more natural scents like essential oils. If your child is reactive, you will want to be careful and avoid those that trigger behavioral issues. But, there are oils that are lower in phenols and can be very soothing and pleasant. This marbled glass diffuser is a beautiful option, as is this domed version with a smaller profile.

Our special dads who shave will love this Harry razor! Another Close Shave makes a clean shave gel that would be a great accompaniment.

My Favorite Tools For the Kitchen

 

I love things that make it easier and a high powered blender is one of those tools! I have a Vitamix but Blendtec is another great option. The advantage of a blender like these is that it blends foods really finely so when you want to add things like kale to your smoothie, you don’t have to chew it! Another great tool is a juicer. When we aim to get as many healthy vegetables and fruits into our children, smoothies and juices can be easy ways to do so. For juicers, I like masticating because more of the raw enzymes stay intact. This Omega juicer is a nice option. For my fellow gardeners, winter doesn’t have to mean an end to your growing season. I have an Aero Garden like this one. I love being able to have fresh herbs and veggies all year round!

For the Whole Family

 

As I referred to above, in this recent blog I talked about reactions to common holiday scents, including from candles that can cause meltdowns and other behavioral issues. Bluecorn Candles are 100% pure beeswax, scented by honey, colored by pollen, are paraffin-free and have a lead-free wick. Some of my favorite kitchen tools include this glass kettle and my Instant Pot. They even make an air fryer top that fits on your existing Instant Pot if you wanted to try air frying.

Give the Gift of Hope

 

And finally, we here at Nourishing Hope are on a mission to support individuals with special needs and their families. We have made it easy for you to give the gift of hope through our new Gift One promotion which gives a family the gift of our Nourishing Hope for Healing Kids program. This program is our most comprehensive offering for individuals and families, it takes you through my proven 12 step program which includes a private Facebook community and live weekly Zoom calls to ask your specific questions. If you know a family that could benefit (or want to pass this on to relatives asking what your family really wants or needs), click here

Ultimately the best gift we can give our loved ones is the gift of time. Special time together in the kitchen preparing delicious and healthy meals or special holiday treats can mean more than any wrapped gift. Baking cookies is a particular favorite for me and my daughter Ruby. We love these holiday cookie cutters to make delicious and healthy sugar cookies. If you need a GFCFSF sugar cookie recipe, I have a great one here. And for those families looking for a unique gift that also empowers and teaches kids, my good friend Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship has cooking classes for kids! Her classes help your kids learn basic cooking skills (ages 2-12) and encourage healthy eating, the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse makes a wonderful clutter-free gift! 

No matter what your plans are for this holiday season, from our Nourishing Hope family to yours, wishing you love and joy.

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Hi, I’m Julie Matthews, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Author, and Published Researcher. I teach parents and practitioners that children with autism, ADHD, and related disorders can improve and heal, and that there’s hope for their children. Then I educate and empower them to make strategic dietary changes that positively affect children’s health, which in turn helps their learning and behavior. With 18 years of experience and my unique range of knowledge, from nutrition research and clinical experience to cooking in the kitchen for my own family, I’ve created a much-needed community for parents and practitioners looking to help children with autism live happy, healthy lives. Join us.

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