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Nutrition Nerd & Runner’s Plate: Holiday Gift Guide for Nutrition Conscious Runners

Posted Dec 01 2011 10:57am

Happy December! You know what that means – time to squeeze in gift shopping between all your other responsibilities. We know holiday shopping can be stressful, so today Sarah of Runner’s Plate and Tanya, aka Nutrition Nerd, have teamed up to provide you all with the top 10 nutrition-related gifts for runners and other athletes.

Price Guide:

$: less than 20

$$ = 20-50

$$$ = greater than 50

1. Sports Nutrition Books. Give the gift of “Nutrition Nerd” for the bookshelf. These are some of our favorite sports nutrition resources. All gifts are written by experts in the field, are designed to be easy to read and understand, and provide practical applications for your training

2. Bondiband Wicking Sweatbands. You have probably seen the t-shirts with sayings like “Will Run for Beer/Ice Cream/Etc”, and while Bondiband certainly has their share of those sayings on their Wicking Headbands – they also have other creative, more nutrition focused ones as well. Bonus: these headbands can keep your ears warm and wick away your sweat on chilly winter runs. Two of our favorites: $

3. Stocking Stuffer of the Season: Clif Bar Peppermint Stick . Stock up, because like Santa, these bars onlyappear once a year! $
4. Fuel belt/hydration pack pre-filled with their favorite during run foods! If they already have one and are not in need of another consider instead purchasing replacement bladders and/or bottles. Available at most running and sporting good stores and on Amazon.com
Fuel/hydration belt $$

Hydration backpack $$$

Replacement bladders/bottles $

Gels/bars/etc for filling them up $

5. An appointment with a Registered Dietitian to help fine tune his or her nutrition game plan. Find a sports RD in your area using this find a SCAN RD tool $$$

6. Running-themed cookie cutters ( runner or running shoe ). Great runners who loves to bake! Spice it up with the ingredients to make their favorite cookies artistically arranged in a mason jar! $

7. For the peanut (or other nut) butter lover – buy one or more flavors of the fancy peanut butter no one wants to pay for themselves. A few recommended brands: $

8.  Mad Hectic Oatmeal . With flavors like French Chocolate and Strawberry Pecan, this is the ultimate oatmeal indulgence. $
9. Runner-focused cookbooks: perfect for the runner who loves to cook! $
10.  Food scale with nutrition information for the true nutrition nerd $$
Have you started your holiday shopping yet? What’s on your list? What food or nutrition related gift are you hoping for this year?

(Tanya is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and is pursuing her PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Science at Virginia Tech. After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Dietetics, Tanya completed an American Dietetic Association (ADA) approved Dietetic Internship through the University of Houston. She has completed many road races from 5k to 25k. Follow her on Twitter  @nutritionnerd  and at her personal blog  Dine, Dash & Deadlift .)

(Sarah is a 2nd year grad student pursuing her MS in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University Friedman School in Boston. She is also completing the requirements to become a registered dietitian and will begin her dietetic internship in 2012. Sarah is a certified spin instructor and an avid runner and regularly participates in road races from 5k to a 1/2 marathons. Follow her on Twitter  @SpinnerSarah  and at her personal blog  Food and Fitness Friend .)
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