Healthy Stocking Stuffers | Julie Daniluk's Guide for Healthy Holiday Giving

I am here to tell you that stocking stuffers can be fun and healthy for every member of your family! In the Daniluk household, I'm called Santa because I looooove filling my family’s stockings with good cheer and health-inspired treats.

These are a few of my favourite things!

So wake up the kids and put on some tea, let's light up the tree...

Is there anything better than a cozy snuggle with a mug of steaming tea and a roaring fire? Yes! Well, only when it's a healing tea!

Meals That Heal Julie's Hot Detox Teas

I partnered with Lemon Lily Organic Teas to develop 2 fantastic teas : Julie's Digestive Chai and Julie's Hot Detox.
 
Julie's Hot Detox tea has become their best-selling tea of 2017 for its effectiveness and great taste. I'm thrilled that it's now even easier for you get your Hot Detox on, easier for you to spend less of your valuable time following my tea recipes and more time enjoying my tea recipes, and easier to spread the love and healing from Meals That Heal.
 
Ingredients : Organic Fair Trade Hibiscus, Organic Ginger, Organic Elderberries, Organic Schisandra Berries, Organic Nettle, Organic Apple, Organic Aloe, Organic Beetroot.
 
Available online at lemonlily.ca and select health food stores across Canada.
 

When they pass around the chocolate and the pumpkin pie...

Chocolate is a holiday favourite that can be healthy, ethical, fairtrade and GMO-free. Conventional chocolate is often produced with child labour and toxic pesticides. I encourage you to always read the package carefully and then vote with your wallet for ethically-traded organic chocolate!
 
It's true; organic, fairtrade chocolate may cost a bit more than conventional chocolate. However, if you choose to increase your support for your health, control your blood sugar and  decrease your chocolate calories consumption, here's a great way to start. My favourite chocolate, stevia -sweetened Lily's Dark Chocolate Coconut bar, helps keep my blood sugar completely balanced!
 
Cocoa is very calorically-rich – no one needs to eat a huge amount of chocolate – and should be used sparingly unless you are doing a daily aerobic workout. Most importantly, avoid any chocolate product that is sweetened with sugar (even organic sugar), and look for chocolate sweetened with stevia or coconut palm sugar.
 

Cinnamon cider, sparkling diamonds, presents too big for the tree...

Spice up your loved one’s life with gift of organic herbs and spices – mouthwatering, powerful seasonings that add decandent flavour, high amounts of anti-oxidants and potent anti-inflammatory properties.
 
Cha's Organics is my very favourite brands for turmeric, cinnamon and cumin! They are packaged on these beautifully simple zip-closure satchels which means they'll stay fresh.
 
Opting for organic herbs and spices means that no irradiation process was used to kill microbes, a process to which conventionally-grown herbs and spices are often subjected.
 

She’d been drinkin’ too much eggnog...

And said, "Doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take,
I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"
I say,
Give the gift of digestive relief!
 
Calm tummies and treat holiday indigestion by promoting enzymes that break down protein, carbohydrates and fats into progressively smaller components, increasing the level of digestion in the stomach, increasing the amount of food broken down and making food nutrients more available for absorption.
 
 

Sing we now of Christmas, sing we now...

Need a treat for a singer in the family? How about a treat for that talkative cousin or laryngitis-suffering, froggy-throated Great Aunt? Hosting, imbibing, singing, parties and the weather outside being frightful can all take a toll on your voice and throat. Share your remedy... as I share with you.
 
 

Shake it up, shake up the happiness...

For as long as humans have been travelling, salt has long been used for trade and gifts. Sadly, this precious element can either feed you or deplete you. Regular, processed table salt is  refined sodium chloride (NaCl) with a little bit of dextrose (sugar) and iodine added. Sodium chloride is harmful in large quantities.

Conversely, natural, unprocessed salts enhance the flavour of your food, and provide many trace minerals that help to balance your body’s electrolytes.

A.Vogel has done an amazing job of creating an anti-inflammatory blend of herbs and sea salt... a great way to encourage healthy meals!

For a gourmet sea salt with 12 anti-inflammatory herbs try Herbamare. For those following a sodium-reduced menau plan, try Low-Sodium Herbamare. It's higher in potassium and free of sodium, yet tastes like salt. PLEASE TAKE NOTE... This product should not be used by anyone with reduced, or non-existent, kidney function. 
 

Hearts will be glowing, when loved ones are near...

I love Manitoba Harvest's Hemp Heart Toppers seasoned with herbs and spices!
 
Great-tasting Hemp Heart Toppers have a slightly nutty taste, similar to a sunflower seed or pine nut. Simply sprinkle on salad, cereal, granola, oatmeal or yogurt, add to smoothies and recipes, or eat straight from the package.
 
Hemp Hearts contain more protein and omega oils and fewer carbs than the same serving of chia or flax... though the real treat is, these taste ahhhhh-mazing!
 

The happiest Christmas, was shared by candle light...

Light your home with the warmth of beeswax. There is nothing like burning a beeswax candle to set the holiday mood. The aroma and natural glow from 100% beeswax cannot be duplicated by its paraffin counterpart. Paraffin wax is a dangerous product to burn, especially in an enclosed, unventilated space. Beeswax, on the other hand, doesn’t pollute the environment and it produces negative ions that circulate in the room and attract pollutants when burned. This helps to reduce pollutants such as dust, odours, mould, bacteria, viruses and other toxins.
 
Honey Candles is a wonderful Canadian company that makes a range of high quality beeswax products.
 

Come together one and all, in the giving Spirit...

David Suzuki Foundation

Dr. Suzuki is one of my biggest heroes. When I had an opportunity to work with him a few years ago, he challenged and inspired the members of The Big Carrot Natural Food Market to get serious about GMOs. Our Non-GMO Project led to a huge change in the natural food industry in Canada that pushed producers to use organic and/or non-GMO ingredients.
 

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) 

CBAN brings together 16 groups to research, monitor and raise awareness about issues relating to genetic engineering in food and farming. CBAN members include farmer associations, environmental and social justice organizations, and regional coalitions of grassroots groups. CBAN’s mission is to promote food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada and around the world by facilitating, informing and organizing civil society action, researching, and providing information to government for policy development.
 
 

Then I'll awake on Christmas morning, and find my stockings filled...

 
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The Mason Jar Personal Blender uses glass Mason jars as the blending, serving, and storage containers. It is compatible with most regular-mouth mason jars, making the possibilities for upgrading limitless... no waste, no mess, and no hassle.
 
The PureGuardian SPA260 Deluxe Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and Alarm Clock with touch controls uses ultrasonic technology. Simply add just a few drops of your favourite essential oil and the ultrafine mist will quickly and continuously fill the room with the natural oil essence. The diffuser is quiet and won't disturb you when you're sleeping. The elegant, deluxe design has a clock display and includes an optional night light control and timer so you can set it to turn off once you've drifted to sleep. A gentle alarm will wake you and start your day with the oil essence. The 100ml water reservoir is BPA-free and treated with Silver Clean Protection, which fights the growth of mold on the surface of the tank. 
 
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker is a smart electric pressure cooker designed by Canadians aiming to be safe, convenient and dependable. It speeds up cooking by 2-6 times using up to 70% less energy and, above all, produces nutritious healthy food in a convenient and consistent fashion. IP-DUO is a 7-in-1 programmable cooke with the functions of pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer. 14 built-in smart programs (Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice, Porridge, Multigrain, Slow Cook, Keep-Warm, Yogurt, Pasteurize and Jiu Niang) cook your favourite dishes with the press of a button. A 24-hour timer allows for delayed cooking. Automatic keep-warm holds the temperature of the food until you serve it. Instant Pot generates almost no noise and leaks no steam. It traps all the aromas in the food without heating up the kitchen. Its elegant and durable design makes it easy to clean and pleasurable to use for the years to come.
 
The versatile Big Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filtration System is the ideal system for use at home with small or medium-sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies. This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available. The Big Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.
 

And don't forget to buy my trilogy of books for your loved ones... they make a fantastic gift of health!

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