Top 10 Little Healthy Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday Season

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Note: The sale / offer has been extended through December 9, 2014!

Vine Market is offering 30% off over 30 natural brands for Cyber Week, starting today! Simply use the coupon code: JOLLY14. They also have free 2-day shipping on orders over $49! In honor of this big sale event with tons of dairy-free goods, I’ve put together my personal stock-up list of healthy necessities that I’ll be purchasing…

Top 10 Little Health Necessities for Surviving & Thriving this Holiday Season (Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free)

Healthy Necessities: Good Eats

Nourishment is key, but during these busy days, we don’t always have time to cook everything from scratch. Portable snacks, sweet hits, and quick breakfasts are my go-to “cheats”.

Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonPurely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Oatmeal & Hot Cereal – Oatmeal was on the outs in my house for a couple of years, but I’m back into warm, filling hot cereals, and I’m quite excited about this one. It contains puffed amaranth, quinoa flakes, and is very, very low in sugars (uses just a touch of coconut sugar).

Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonHealth Warrior Chia Bars – Taking the seed trend seriously, the first ingredient in these snack-sized bars is chia! I love that they are just fruit, nuts, seeds, crisps, and a light amount of sweetener – no supplemental ingredients – just whole food. They come in scrumptious dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan flavors like Acai Berry, Coconut, and new Dark Chocolate Cherry.

Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonSweetriot Chocolate – Yes, chocolate IS one of my healthy necessities. Without a little dessert, my sweet tooth can get the best of me as I start running on empty and holiday treats beckon. Portable chocolate is often my savior and it does contain good-for-you antioxidants – really, it does. And when you pair it with sea salt, my oh my.

Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonEarth Balance Nut Butter Squeeze Packs – Eating out isn’t easy for our household, so I like to keep a stash of nut butter packs to supplement rice cakes, bars, or bread when we are away from home, and was elated to discover that Earth Balance has these new single-serves of their PB and PB-coconut spreads.

Healthy Necessities: Stamina Support

Everyone is different, but my supplement arsenal always contains these items.

Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonCelestial Seasonings Wellness Teas – You won’t find less than 10 types of tea in our home at any given time, and during the winter, I supplement our rotation with these wellness teas (the ones in blue). The collection includes some new selections, including the Sleepytime Sinus Soother and Antioxidant Max, which I have on order now.

Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonBoiron Arnicare Gel – ‘Tis the season for injuries and aches! I use arnica often to get my knees back on track for winter workouts. It helps with swelling, pain, and bruising, and is my favorite for natural healing. I recently discovered this Arnicare Gel, which I like even better than the creams.

Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonNew Chapter Rhodiola – If you haven’t already, expect to hear more about this amazing herb for anxiety. I sing the praises of rhodiola regularly and proudly proclaim it as my daily “must have” supplement for keeping calm when life gets too darn overwhelming.

Healthy Necessities: Skin Savers

Hello dry, sensitive skin and parched lips! My body loves winter sports, my soul loves snuggling up with a hot beverage, but my dermis does not love these cold arid days.

Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonBurt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – This popular brand is even better when pretty tints are added to it! From pink Petunia to red Rose, Sweet Violet to Caramel Daisy, there is a perfect color hint for every mood. For my fair skin, I’m ordering the Blush Orchid, but may have to put some of the other shades on my Christmas wish list!


Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonSeventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent
– I don’t know about you, but I wear clothes every day. And I have what you might call “cranky” skin. Even the slightest irritant causes redness and itching, particularly in winter. Naturally, Tide was thrown out the window of my laundry room years ago, but I take it a step further with “free and clear” natural detergent brands, like this one.

Top 10 Little Dairy-Free Health Necessities for Surviving and Thriving this Holiday SeasonNature’s Way Organic Coconut Oil – I know you might expect to see this product under the “Good Eats”, and coconut oil is indeed a staple ingredient in my kitchen. But in the winter months, it’s even more beloved for skincare. I’ve been using it for years as the world’s most gentle and efficient eye make-up remover, recently discovered it is good for shaving, and it’s also shown to be healing for very dry skin.

The Vine Market Cyber Week Sale - Healthy Necessities

Other awesome brands on sale (30% off) include:

  • Kind
  • 18 Rabbits
  • Glutino
  • Vita Coco
  • Angie’s Popcorn
  • Udi’s
  • Peeled Snacks
  • Annie’s
  • Method
  • Mrs. Meyer’s
  • And many more…

This post is sponsored by Vine Market for their big sale event, but I did not receive a store credit or any of the above items for free. These really are things I purchase! I choose to work with and shop from Vine Market as they have great search functionality for special diets and show readable package labels.

Also, they have a fantastic Gift Guide with other food and non-food items for people who are interested in natural, healthy living.

The Vine Market Gift Guide

What are YOUR healthy necessities for this time of year?

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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