План урока по английскому языку на тему “Healthy Lifestyle. Bad habits. I wish/If only “

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

Date: ____



Зам.директор по УР

Бисалиева Ж.Е_____

Groups: 7,11

Lesson №15

The theme of the lesson: Healthy Lifestyle. Bad habits. I wish/If only

The aims of the lesson:

Educational: to study new words connected with healthy lifestyle and to practice for talking about bad habits.

Developing : To develop students’ speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. To develop creativity, imagination, cognitive interest, and initiative; the ability to analyze and express their opinions, the ability to engage in questioning, the ability to request additional information.

Bringing- up: to bring up the interest to the health and take care about your health.

The type of the lesson: Competition lesson

Methods: Discussion, explaining, question-answer, brainstorming, comparing, giving information, acting out and vocabulary, individual and pair, group work.

Interobjects connection:Kazakh language, Russian language, Sport, Healthy Lifestyle.

The visual aids: Materials, cards with words, papers with exercises.

The procedure of the lesson:

I.Organization moment:

1.Greeting. Good morning? Glad to see you! How are you?

2.Conversation with on duty:

Check up the educational accessories.

What date is it? Who is absent today? What problem has he (she)? Are you ready for the lesson? Let’s start!

3.Creation the language atmosphere

What is the weather like today? What season is it now? Is it snowing today?

II. Phonetic drill:

Please, have a look at the blackboard, please.

I eat to live, but I don’t live to eat

Who can read the words?(P1 читает слова) Thank you. What does this sentence mean? (P1, P2 отвечают.) So, what shall we speak about? (P1, P2 отвечают).Correctly, we’ll learn what should we do and eat to be healthy

III. Brainstorming

Today we`ll devote our lesson to reading, writing, speaking about WHAT??? Have a look at these pictures and guess WHAT ARE WE GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT?

P: I think we are going to speak about smoking…….., alcohol drinking……., taking drugs………., about regular meals……, healthy food and going in for sports.

T: Yes of cause, you are right we are going to speak about health, health problems and healthy lifestyle. And also we’ll speak about good and bad habits.

IV. Warm –up.

I am sure it is very important to be healthy. Health was valued greatly in all times and in all countries. People can buy different things but they can’t buy their health.

b)Активизация познавательной деятельности учащихся (работа в парах)

Teacher :Are you healthy? Ask each other questions and put “one” for each “Yes”



1. Do you often eat vegetables and fruit?

2. Do you eat chocolate, sweets, chips and biscuits every day?

3. Do you drink one glass of milk every day?

4. Do you never eat in front of the TV?

5. Don’t you like McDonald’s food?

6. Do you think about health?

What is your score?

Now read about yourself: (сопровождается презентацией)


Oh, dear! Forget about sweets and chips. You need fruit and vegetables and lots more exercises


Do more exercises and eat more carefully.


You are healthy! Well done!

b) Здоровы ли вы? Почти каждому из вас есть, над чем задуматься.

Что же значит «быть здоровым» и вести здоровый образ жизни?

Люди всегда заботились о своём здоровье и берегли его. Существует много пословиц и поговорок об этом.

Знаете ли вы пословицы о здоровье?

Здоровье дороже денег.

Держи голову в холоде, живот в голоде, а ноги в тепле.

Деньги потерял – ничего не потерял, время потерял многое потерял, здоровье потерял – все потерял.

Где здоровье, там и красота.

В здоровом теле – здоровый дух

Если хочешь быть здоров – закаляйся.

V. Checking the homework. Sport. Sport in my life.

Find eight sports in the crossword.


VI. Today we have a competition. So we have two teams. And at the end of the lesson we’ll make the rules how to keep fit. But now I wish you good luck.

The 1st task is match the beginning and the ending of the proverbs:

  1. 1.Health is

  2. 2.An apple a day

  3. 3.A remedy is

  4. 4.Early to bed and early to rise

  5. 5.The early bird

  6. 6.Prevention is

  7. 7.A sound mind

  1. A.worse than disease

  2. B.better than a cure

  3. C.the greatest wealth (above wealth)

  4. D.catches the worm

  5. E.keeps the doctor away

  6. F.in a sound body

  7. G.makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

Key: 1-c, 2-e, 3-a, 4-g, 5-d, 6-b, 7-f.

T: The score is 7:7. Smart, brilliant!

The 2nd task is giving the Russian equivalents for these English proverbs


Key:1.d 2.c 3.a 4. b

T:The score is 2:2. I see, students, you know English and Russian proverbs well.

The 3rd task is matching the words from the 1-st and the 2-nd columns. You see different parts of habits on the screen.

1. Physical a. low-fat food 1. влияние окружающей среды

2. Taking b. breakfast 2. есть низкокалорийную еду

3. Personal c. activity 3. регулярные приемы пищи

4. Skipping d. alcohol 4. пить спиртные напитки

5. Regular e. drugs 5. принимать наркотики

6. Environmental f. diet 6. привычки здоровья

7. Health g. hygiene 7. физическая активность

8. Healthy h. meals 8. пропускать завтрак

9. Eating i. influence 9. здоровая диета

10. Drinking j. habits 10. личная гигиена































The 4th task is saying if they are good or bad habits. You see different health habits on the cards. What are they? Match the cards.

Health Habits

Good habits Bad habits

Exercising Drinking too much alcohol

Good plain food Smoking

Taking a cold shower Snacking

Personal hygiene Taking drugs

A healthy diet Physical inactivity Eating too much sweets

How do they influence our health and our appearance?

What habits have you got more? (высказывания учащихся)

The 5th task is looking at the list of words and word combinations. Try to put them into the correct column:

to sound one’s heart, to catch a cold, to suffer from, a scarlet fever, to examine, tonsillitis, to recover after illness, to be a chain-smoker, to take one’s temperature, cough, to prescribe medicine, a sore throat, to have a running nose, a toothache, to have one’s chest x-rayed.

names of diseases

people can

doctors can

Посмотрите на список слов и словосочетаний. Попытайтесь поместить их в правильную колонку:прощупывать свое сердце, простужаться, страдать от скарлатины, исследовать тонзиллит, восстанавливаться после болезни, быть курильщиком цепи, принимать температуру, кашель, назначать медицину, боль в горле, иметь бегущий нос, зубную боль, чтобы получить рентген грудной клетки.

names of diseases

названия болезней

people can

люди могут

doctors can

врачи могут

to catch a cold

a scarlet fever


a sore throat

to have a running nose


a toothache

to recover after illness

to be a chain-smoker

to sound one’s heart

to examine

to take one’s temperature

to prescribe medicine

to have one’s chest x-rayed

The 6th task is calling “ Health Code”. And the next task will be given by the doctor.

D. Now I will give each team a leaf sheet with a list of recommendations which we should follow or shouldn’t follow to be healthy. Your task is to make Health Code. The first team will discuss and tell us what we should do to be healthy and the second team will tell us what we shouldn’t do. I will give you two marker pens so you can tick the right points in your leaf sheets.

T: Are you ready? We’ll start with the things which we should do.

T: And the second team will tell us what we shouldn’t do.

You should

You shouldn’t

Get up early and go to bed early

Wash your hands before eating

Do sports

Clean your teeth twice a day

Sleep enough

Take a cold shower

Eat more fruit and vegetables

Air the room


Watch TV too long

Drink Coke

Surf in the Internet all day long

Eat too many sweets

Skip meals

Eat between meals

Spend much time indoors

Get up early and go to bed early

Wash your hands before eating


Watch TV too long

Do sports

Clean your teeth twice a day

Sleep enough

Drink Coke

Take a cold shower

Skip meals

Surf in the Internet all day long

Eat too many sweets

Eat between meals

Eat more fruit and vegetables

Air the room

Spend much time indoors

T: The score is 8:8. Great! Good for you.

VII.Физминутка Your eyes are tired.

Look left, look right.
Look up, look down.
Look around.
Look at your nose.
Look at me.
Close your eyes.
Open. Wink and smile.

VIII. Practice

Совершенствование и контроль навыков аудирования, говорения.

a)Read the words with the translations. Pay your attention to the pronunciation of the words.

to consult a doctor-дәрігерден кеңес алу/советоваться с врачем headache-бас ауруы/головная боль

complain of – шағымдану/ жаловаться

heartache-қайғы-қасірет/страдание;боль в сердце


rest – демалыс/отдых

cure- емдеу/вылечить

patient – науқас/пациент

strictly-қатаң түрде/строго

treatment –емдеу/лечение

b)Reading and speaking

A visit to the doctor

Once an old gentleman came to consult a doctor.

What do you complain of?” – asked the doctor.

You see, doctor, my nervous system is in a bad state. I have a heartache, often headache and my sleep isn’t good. Sometimes I cannot sleep all night long.”

The doctor examined the patient very carefully and said: “Your treatment will be very simple, is other words it will be a rest-cure. You should go to a quiet place in the village for a month and have an active rest there: get up early, do morning exercises, have breakfast and go for a walk. You should walk much, go to the forest for fresh air, eat much fruit and vegetables and drink milk before going to bed. And you can smoke only one cigarette a day.

A month later the gentleman came to see the doctor again.

How are you?”- asked the doctor.

I am quite well now,” –answered the patient – “I’ve done everything that you recommended me, doctor. I strictly followed all your orders. I walked much, ate much fruit and vegetables and drank milk before going to sleep. But one cigarette a day almost killed me.”

But why?” –asked the doctor.

It’s not a joke to begin smoking at my age, I had never smoked before,” –answered the gentleman.

IX. Group work.

Listen the text again and who can answer the questions quicker and give the correct answer.

1.What did the old gentleman complain of when he came to consult the doctor?

2.What did the doctor recommend the patient after examining him carefully? How many cigarettes could the man smoke every day?

3.When did the patient come to see the doctor again?

4.How did the patient feel after the rest-cure?

5.Did the patient follow all the doctor’s orders?

6.Why did one cigarette a day almost kill him as he said?

X. Practice. Fill in the blanks with the suitable words.

1.Once an old gentleman came ____ ____ a doctor.

2.The doctor asked the patient: “What do you ____ ___?”

3.The doctor ____ him _____ .

4.“Your _____ will be very simple, said the doctor.

5.“You ____ go to a quiet place in the village for a month and have an _____ rest there.

6.And the doctor recommended the patient to smoke only ____ cigarette a day.

7.____ ____ ___ the gentleman came to see the doctor again.

8.“I strictly ____ all your ____, doctor,” said the patient.

9.But one cigarette a day ____ killed me.

10.It’ not a _____ to begin _____ at my age. I had never smoked before.

How to remain healthy? What should we do to be fit and healthy? (высказывания учащихся)

XI. Grammar material.

XII. Reflection «Рефлексия»

T: Let`s summarize our lesson.

1)Which letter is the second letter of the alphabet?

2) Which letter is the fifth ?

3)Which letter is the eighth ?

4) Which letter is the fifth ?

5)Which letter is the first ?

6) Which letter is the twelfth ?

7) Which letter is the twentieth ?

8) Which letter is the eighth ?

9) Which letter is the twenty – fifth?










So today we have spoken about different problems concerning health. Now I want you to make a conclusion and make up health rules for you. Your friends. Parents foe everybody who wants to be healthy and happy.


1) the food we eat 2) our good or bad habits 3) our physical activity

Conclusion T-S,S.. Estimating the activity

Who was the TOP student today? – кто был лучшим сегодня, по вашему мнению?(Учащиеся оценивают свою работу на уроке).

Feedback – обратная связь

What was new for you?

What was the most interesting to you?

What  could  be improved?

Who was the TOP student today?

Write down your homework, please: You should write short composition about the 16th of November is the day when people all over the world quit smoking? or to smoke or NOT to smoke that is the question…

Teacher: I want you to say that you are brilliant. You all get excellent marks today. You have worked very hard. Thanks for your work. I hope our lesson will be useful for you. You should always remember that health is above wealth. Try to follow these rules and you will be strong? Healthy and study well.

Making Healthy Choices For Life, Small Steps, Sensible Choices, Superior Health.

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

Small Steps, Sensible Choices, Superior Health.

Search This Site:

It’s never too late to start making healthy choices because your body is constantly re-generating itself.  This means you can always improve your health!

Are You Looking For Answers?

  • Do you want to “get healthy” but don’t know where to start?
  • Confused by all the conflicting information on what to eat?

  • Are you looking for relief from a chronic disease or illness?
  • Do you have a condition that the doctors can’t figure out?

  • Do you want to live a more natural lifestyle?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you’ve come to the right place.  Here you will find common sense suggestions on ways to help you feel your best.  

The Benefits of Healthy Choices

Start with small steps, one change at a time, don’t get overwhelmed. As you continue making healthy choices, these are a few of the things you may start to notice:

  • more energy, less tired
  • quality sleep
  • less coughing, sneezing or sniffling
  • skin issues are improved
  • headaches have stopped
  • better focus, less mental fatigue
  • more positive outlook
  • better digestion and elimination
  • less gas and bloating

I could go on, but let’s move forward on how to get these results.

Healthy Food Choices

Food choices today are greater than ever.  But you must be selective, the choices you make will determine your health. 

Give your body the nutrient dense, healing foods it needs and it will serve you with incredible health.  Feed your body with processed, nutrient depleted food and it will be unable to sustain you in good health.

This section contains numerous articles on what’s healthy and what’s not in all the foods groups.  Learn how to shop, prepare and make healthier food choices. Start here with the basics, Healthy Eating Guidelines.

Healthy Body and Home Choices

Being healthy involves your body, your mind and your daily environment.  Today we live in a wi-fi world, wired 24/7. Convenient yes, but did you know that you’re being exposed to environmental pollution? Your daily routine, your choices in personal care products and cleaning products and even home furnishings can affect how you feel.

This section has articles on ways to better manage your personal health in the areas of sleep, stress, weight, exercise and more.  You’ll also find important information on limiting toxins in your personal care products, your home and your environment. Learning to get a quality night’s sleep is a good start for this section.

Natural Wellness Choices

Doctors say that viruses and bacteria are becoming antibiotic resistant and are no longer working in many cases.  Learn what you can do to get back to the basics of good health with time-tested natural remedies.  Foods, supplements and herbal remedies were the “medicine” of choice back in our grandparents time.

This Section has numerous articles and questionnaires that will help you learn how to get back to the natural healing basics.  Start here by learning how to make soup, nourishing and healing, just like Grandma’s.

Health Disorders & Choices

God’s design of the human body is simply amazing. So amazing that medical researchers are still not done learning about it.  Pain and disease is the body’s way of telling us that something is out of balance. Taking a pill only takes away the symptom.  It doesn’t address the cause of what’s wrong.

This section has numerous articles about certain health disorders that are common today.  Why so many, why now and what is really causing them?   Here, you may be surprised to find a little different perspective on these topics.  After all these years, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the US, ever wonder why? 

Making Healthy Choices For Life

Just like mine, your health problems probably took years to develop.  I had digestive issues, sleeping problems, severe skin rashes, weight problems, unmanaged stress, just to name a few.   It didn’t happen overnight, but I started with small steps and just kept making healthier changes to live in a more natural way.   

Today I am full of energy, I take no medications, I rarely get sick and I feel great!  I am one blessed “Grandma”!

Improving your health will be a journey, not an overnight assignment, but I know you can do it. If  you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

HEALTHY LIVING GUIDE | Газета «Английский язык» № 22/2003

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

Getting Ready for Exams

I. Reading

1. Read the text


A vegetarian is someone who avoids eating the flesh of animals (meat,
poultry, or fish, including shellfish). Most vegetarians will also not eat eggs or cheese
or use cosmetics or toiletries made that contain animal ingredients or are tested on
animals. The word “vegetarian”, coined around 1842, comes not from “vegetable” but
from the Latin word vegetus meaning “whole, fresh, full of life”.
People are vegetarians for a number of reasons. Some think that it is wrong to keep and
kill animals for use as food and in other products. Others choose to be vegetarians
because they believe that a vegetarian diet is healthier than a diet that includes meat.
Indeed, a vegetarian diet fits in very well with modern medical advice to cut down on
fats, salt, and sugar, and to eat more fibre and fresh vegetables. It is also cheaper than
meat. Some people are vegetarian because of their religious beliefs. Some people have
chosen to be vegetarian for ecological reasons. They argue that the growing of vegetables
takes up much less valuable space than the raising of livestock; moreover, it is easier to
provide food for all the people on Earth by growing vegetables for food rather than
raising vegetable-eating animals.

livestock домашний скот

This paragraph summarises the text. Put one missing words in each gap
to make the paragraph complete.

A vegetarian is someone who (1)_________ eating meat. The word
“vegetarian” comes from the Latin word vegetus (2)_________ “whole, fresh, full of
life”. According to the text people (3)_________ to be vegetarians for six reasons. Here
they are:

1. It’s (4)_________ to kill animals for food.

2. A vegetarian diet is (5)________ than a diet that includes meat.

3. A vegetarian diet is (6)________ than a diet that includes meat.

4. Some people are vegetarian because of their (7)_______ beliefs.

5. Some people have (8)_________ to be vegetarian for ecological

6. It’s easier to grow vegetables than to raise vegetable-eating
animals to (9)_________ food for all the people.

2. Read the text


Nowadays, it seems, everybody is “watching their calories”. There
are even restaurants which print the number of calories each dish contains right on the
menu. To understand what a calorie is and the part it plays in the body, let’s start
with the subject of nutrition in general.
Today, science is still not able to explain exactly how a cell transforms food into
energy. We just know it happens. And we also can’t explain why the cell in the body
needs certain foods, and not others, in order to function properly.
We do know that food is broken down in the body by combining with oxygen. We might say it
is ‘burned” up like fuel. Now, the way we measure the work a fuel does is by means of
A “gram calorie” is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one gram
of water one degree centigrade. The “large calorie” is 1,000 times as great. In
measuring the energy value of food, we usually use large calorie.
Each type of food, as it “burns up”, furnishes a certain number of calories. For
instance, one gram of protein furnishes four calories, but one gram of fat furnishes nine
calories. The body doesn’t care which “fuel” is used for energy, as long as it gets
enough of that energy from food to maintain life.
The amount of calories the body needs depends on the work the body is doing. For example,
a man who weighs 150 pounds needs only 1,680 calories per day if he is in a state of
absolute rest. If he does moderate work such as desk work, he needs 3,360 calories per
day. And if he does heavy work, he may need as much as 6,720 calories a day to keep the
body functioning properly.
Children need more calories than adults, since older people can’t burn the fuel as
quickly. Interestingly enough, we use up more calories in winter than in summer. Suppose,
however, we take in more fuel than we need? The body uses up what it needs and stores some
of it away for future use. The body can store away about one-third of the amount it needs
each day. The rest becomes fat! And that’s why we “watch our calories”.

1) Which of the following would be the best title for the passage?

a) A caloric count down
b) What is a calorie?
c) Everybody is watching their calories

2) According to the passage, which of the following is true?

a) A calorie helps us to understand why the cell in the body needs
certain foods, and not others, in order to function properly.
b) The body cares which “fuel” is used for energy.
c) We don’t know how a cell transforms food into energy.

3) According to the passage, how does the body use the fuel it
doesn’t need?

a) it becomes added weight
b) it stores it away for future use
c) it burns it but not so quickly

II. Listening

1. Listen to this passage and choose the best answer for the question


…Giving up smoking is a good idea – in fact, it is one of the most
important things that someone can do to improve his or her health. I recommended having a
No Smoking Day. And it took place at the end of April at my school. But we found that
nothing unusual resulted. Nothing had changed – smokers think that a lack of nicotine
means that they are more likely to have problems at school or at home if they try to give
up smoking.
As you see, some of my friends think that No Smoking Day could damage one’s health.

Which of the following statements is NOT supported by the passage?

a) they think that lack of nicotine resulted in problems at school and
at home
b) they won’t try to give up smoking
c) they will try to give up smoking and improve their health

2. Listen to the text.


It has been known since ancient times that there is a link between
pollution and poor health. Many scientists believe our health is in trouble because we
have been polluting the earth’s land, air and water for too long. But most citizens have
the greatest contact with toxic pollutants not outside but inside their homes, offices and
The main sources of indoor pollutants are right under people’s noses – dry-cleaned
clothes, dusty carpets, paint, fumes from cooking, and heating and cigarette smoke. Of
course, this list is incomplete.
Indoor air and house dust contain poisons that can be tracked in on people’s shoes.
Carpets are most troublesome. They act as deep reservoirs for pollutants, dangerous
bacteria and asthma-inducing allergens even if they are vacuumed regularly. Wiping one’s
feet on a door-mat reduces the amount of pollutants in a carpet by a factor of six.
Removing one’s shoes before entering is even more effective than just wiping one’s
shoes. These preventative acts are very simple but effective.

Complete the sentences with a word or phrase.

1. It has been known since ancient times that there is a link between
pollution and _________.

2. Most citizens have the greatest contact with toxic pollutants
_________ their homes, offices and cars.

3. The main sources of _________ are right under people’s noses.

4. _________ are most troublesome.

5. They act as deep reservoirs _________.

6. Wiping one’s feet on a door-mat reduces the amount of pollutants
_________ by a factor of six.

7. ________ before entering is even more effective than just wiping
one’s shoes.

III. Vocabulary

1. A. Match words with their equivalents.

1. to avoid

2. to coin
3. to furnish
4. to maintain
5. nutrition
6. amount
7. properly
8. moderate

a) the act or process by which organisms
absorb into their systems their proper food
b) to keep away from
c) to make, fabricate or invent
d) the sum total of two or more quantities
e) rightly, correctly
f) to provide
g) to support
h) not extreme

B. Make the sentences complete using the words from A.

1. The word “vegetarian” _______ around 1842, comes not from
“vegetable” but from the Latin word vegetus meaning “whole, fresh, full of life”.

2. One gram of protein _______ four calories.

3. The ______ of calories the body needs depends on the work the body
is doing.

4. Professor Johnson specialises in the science of __________.

5. The body doesn’t care which “fuel” is used for energy ________

6. A vegetarian is someone who ________ eating meat, poultry, or fish.

7. He holds _______ rather than extreme or radical opinions.

8. If you do heavy work, you may need as much as 6,720 calories a day
to keep the body functioning __________.

2. A. Complete the table.






1 thoughtful

























B. Complete these sentences using one of the words from the table
above. Don’t forget to use the correct form of the verbs.

1. The United States is ______ a temperature rise of 5 to 10 degrees.

2. Warmer weather might make some areas more ________ and other less

3. The most important ______ on the weather of the future is likely to
be global warming.

4. We don’t know how ________ such warming.

5. The book is intended for ______ people.

6. Russia has always been a country of mystery and _______ for

7. Winston Churchill once said that Russia “is a riddle wrapped in a
________ inside an enigma (загадочное непостижимое

8. It was very _______ of you to meet me – I’m very grateful.

9. The audience didn’t like the unusual _______ of Hamlet.

10. His fears haven’t ________ despite the new sucurity.

11. They predicted that unemployment ________.

12. Why do you think that teen problems will _______?

IV. Phrasal Verbs

A. Match phrasal verbs with their Russian equivalents.

1. to cut down on
2. to cut down
3. to cut out
4. to cut up

a) прекратить,
перестать что-либо делать, отказаться от
b) сокращать потребление
c) сокращать, снижать
d) разрезать

B. Complete these sentences using the correct form of one of the
phrasal verbs above.

1. The doctor told me to __________ meat.
2. He’s trying to __________ cigarettes.
3. He __________ his sleep to six hours.
4. A child has to have his food __________ for him.

V. Grammar


When there is more than one adjective before a noun, the order of the
adjectives is usually:

opinion (irritating)
size (smallish)
age (old)
shape (round)
colour (pink)
origin (from where) (English)
material (made of) (handmade, leather)
purpose (use) (shopping)
noun (toy)

You usually don’t use more than three adjectives before a noun.

1. Put the adjectives in brackets in the correct order.

Example: an European-style leather jacket (brown)
a brown European-style leather jacket

1. heart-shaped white chocolates (tasty)
2. a dark object (mysterious)
3. an international student (qualified)
4. a huge black monster (ugly)
5. a brand-new coffee-coloured wool pullover (Iceland)
6. a young jazz singer (interesting)
7. a glorious, action-packed adventure (comedy)


Irregular forms



late later (более поздний)
latter (последний из двух упомянутых)

latest (последний, очередной)
last (самый последний,больше не будет)

old older (старший по возрасту)
elder (старший по рождению: о детях, братьях,

oldest (старейший, самый старый)
eldest (самый старший)

far farther (указание на расстояние)
further (указание на расстояние и дополнение)

farthest (указание на расстояние)
furthest (указание на расстояние и дополнение)

little less


next следующий по порядку,

2. Choose the right form to complete the sentences. In some sentences
both forms are right.

1. Do you have the (latest/last) edition of English-Russian Dictionary
of Finance?
2. It is the (less/lesser) of two evils.
3. Is this building the (oldest/eldest) in the city?
4. My father has got (less/lesser) patience than my mother.
5. My (elder/older) brother has come up with his answer yet.
6. Have you heard the (last/latest) news?
7. His (last/latest) film is very popular. What is he shooting now?
8. What was the (last/latest) film you saw?
9. He doesn’t think of his (further/farther) education.
10. I’ll phone you if I have (further/farther) information.
11. When is the (last/latest) bus?
12. Is ‘Holiday Inn’ the (nearest/next) stop?

VI. Speaking

1. Your classmate doesn’t look well. He has a runny nose. It is
probably a cold. But his temperature is normal and he doesn’t want to go to the doctor.
He wants to use some folk remedies. You can advise something useful. You begin the


Y – you; C – your classmate

Y: You look ill. You have a runny nose, don’t you? Your eyes
are red. Have you taken your temperature?
C: I don’t feel well. But my temperature is normal.
Y: Evidently you have a cold. If I were you, I’d stay home from school. Why
don’t you go to the doctor?
C: I’d love to, but I can’t. We have a test in maths. I have to write it.
Y: You’d better go to bed and take some medicine. At least, aspirin: besides, it
is contagious.
C: I don’t like tablets. I’d rather use some home remedies: hot tea with honey
and raspberry jam.
Y: Drink hot chicken soup. It clears the head and the nose. They say it is good for
a cold.
C: What other useful home remedies do you know?
Y: Rub oil on the chest. I know a recipe for nose drops to stop a runny nose: mix
together carrot juice with vegetable oil and garlic juice. Try to use them several times
in the evening and you’ll be much better the next day. I’m sure these drops work

2. Study the table below and give advice how to treat people with



Try to get medical help

Let the victim walk

Move the victim to a dry place

Warm the victim by rubbing his/her skin

Replace wet clothing with dry

Give the victim alcohol

Give a warm (not hot) drink

Warm the victim by applying direct heat

If the victim is well enough place in a warm (not hot)



I. Read the texts below and look carefully at each line. Some of the
lines are correct, and some have a word which shouldn’t be there. If a line is correct
put a letter R. If a line has a word which shouldn’t be there, write the word.

susceptible подверженный
to take toll on наносить урон
salvation спасение


1 The lack of vitamins and sunlight takes its toll on people making
2 them susceptible to colds and flu. This year, as is usual, doctors expect
3 seasonal influenza. How should people to prepare themselves?
4 Very simply: by gradually building up of their immunity. Sun,
5 fresh air, and water will help to you. An incremental decrease
6 in water temperature, hot/cold showers, exercise and
7 sunbathing will be your salvation. You have to get your body
8 used to some radical temperature changes, and you should not be
9 afraid of the cold and drafts. Contrasting showers are wonderful.
10 The body needs minor stresses: stand under a warm shower,
11 then under a cold one for a few some seconds.
12 Do not forget to keep your immunity up. Take off normal doses of
13 vitamin C as a preventive measure, but if you have feel you are
14 coming down with an illness, take an entire gram at a time.

II. Read the text and think of the word which best fits each space.
Use only one word in each space.

sea-buckthorn облепиха


Preventive measures

Fresh garlic is very beneficial. Eat two or three cloves every three
hours (1)______ a preventive measure. Thanks (2)______ their high content of protein, nuts
also increase resistance.

Runny nose

Nose drops to stop a runny nose can (3)_______ made from one part
fresh-squeezed carrot (4)_______, one part vegetable oil, and (5)_______ few drops of
garlic juice, mixed together. Use several (6)______ a day.


Beet syrup works wonders. Wash the beet, clean (7)_______, cut it,
remove the heart, fill the cavity (8)______ sugar, and place it (9)______ the oven. The
resulting beet (10)_______ is very tasty, and relieves a (11)______.


Take one tablespoon each of sea-buckthorn oil and olive (12)____, hold
the mixture in the throat, and lie on your back (13)____ a short while.


Mix finely minced garlic (14)______ honey. Take one tablespoon every
hour. For flu, take one tablespoon (15)______ bedtime, with warm water.

III. Read the text below and decide which answer A, B, C or D best
fits each space.

airborne переносимый по воздуху
pollen цветочная пыльца
ragweed амброзия полыннолистная


Hey fever is a seasonal allergy to pollens; the term hay fever,
(1)_______, is less than an adequate description (2)_______ an attack can be (3)_______ on
by sources other than hay-producing grasses. Hay fever is generally caused (4)_______
airborne pollens, particularly ragweed pollen. The amount of pollen in the air is largely
(5)_______ on geographical location, weather, and season. In the eastern (6)_______ of the
United States, for example, there are generally three (7)________ when pollen from various
sources can (8)_________ intense hay fever suffering: in the springtime months of March
and April when pollen from trees fills the (9)________, in the summer months of June and
July when grass pollen fills the air, and at the end of August when ragweed pollen is at
its (10)________ concentrated level.

IV. Choose the answer A, B, C or D that best complete each sentence.

1. Professor Johnson _______ eating habits of children since 1999.

A. has investigated
B. has been investigating
C. is investigating
D. had investigated

2. Though meat provides a range of proteins and vitamins that are
essential for a healthy body, she _________ it for a long time.

A. has not been eating
B. has been eating
C. was eating
D. wasn’t eating

3. He’s given up smoking, ______?

A. hasn’t he
B. does he
C. isn’t he
D. he hasn’t

4. You’d better make a carrot salad and eat it with a beefsteak, ___?

A. would you
B. hadn’t you
C. wouldn’t you
D. you hadn’t

5. He ______ fat if he stopped exercising.

A. will be fat
B. is fat
C. would be
D. had been fat

6. _____ eating habits in Russia changed recently?

A. Why
B. How much
C. Is
D. Have


I. 1. 1. avoids; 2. meaning; 3. choose; 4. wrong; 5. healthier;
6. cheaper; 7. religious; 8. chosen; 9. provide
2. 1. b; 2. c; 3. a
II. 1. c
2. 1. poor health; 2. not outside but inside; 3. indoor pollutants; 4. Carpets; 5.
for pollutants; 6. in a carpet; 7. Removing one’s shoes
III. 1. A. 1. b; 2. c; 3. f; 4. g; 5. a; 6. d; 7. e; 8. h
B. 1. coined; 2. furnishes; 3. amount; 4. nutrition; 5. to maintain; 6. avoids; 7.
moderate; 8. properly

2. A.






1 thoughtful
2 thoughtless





1 representation
2 representative




















B. 1. facing; 2. attractive; 3. influence; 4. to prevent; 5.
influential thoughtful; 6. attraction; 7. mystery; 8. thoughtful; 9. representation; 10.
decreased; 11. would increase; 12. increase/decrease
IV. A. 1. b; 2. c; 3. a; 4. d
B. 1. 1/3; 2. 1/3; 3. 2; 4. 4.
V. 1. 1. tasty, heart-shaped, white chocolates; 2. a dark mysterious object; 3. a
qualified international student; 4. an ugly, huge, black monster; 5. a brand-new,
coffee-coloured, Icelandic wool pullover; 6. an interesting, young, jazz singer; 7. a
glorious, action-packed, comedy adventure
2. 1. latest; 2. the lesser; 3. oldest; 4. less; 5. elder; 6. latest; 7. latest; 8.
last; 9. further; 10. further; 11. last; 12. next
VI. 2. Hypothermia means very low body temperature (under 35 degree). If you find a
person with hypothermia, you must get expert medical help. But you must begin first aid
immediately. Make sure that the victim is dry. You mustn’t try to warm him/her by
rubbing or applying direct heat. Give the victim a warm drink – but you mustn’t give
him/her anything alcoholic. Don’t allow the victim to walk. If he/she is well enough,
you should put him/her in a warm bath.


I. 1. R; 2. is; 3. to; 4. of; 5. to; 6. R; 7. R; 8. some; 9.
the; 10. R; 11. some; 12. off; 13. have; 14. R
II. 1. as; 2. to; 3. be; 4. juice; 5. a; 6. times; 7. it; 8. with; 9. in; 10.
syrup; 11. cough; 12. oil; 13. for; 14. with; 15. at
III. 1. C; 2. A; 3. D; 4. A; 5. B; 6. C; 7. C; 8. A; 9. D; 10. B
IV. 1. B; 2. A; 3. A; 4. B; 5. C; 6. D

By Youdif Boyarskaya,
Moscow, School No. 814


Healthy eating over 60 | healthdirect

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

Your body changes as you get older, but a balanced diet will help you stay healthy. Here’s what to eat and how to keep healthy as you get older.

Whatever your age, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. This means you should try to eat:

  • plenty of fruit and vegetables — aim for at least 5 portions of vegetables and 2 portions of fruit a day
  • some bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods — choose wholegrain varieties if you can
  • some milk and dairy foods
  • some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein — try to eat at least two portions of fish a week, including a portion of oily fish
  • just a small amount of foods and drinks that are high in fat or sugar

Eat food rich in fibre

Eating foods containing fibre could be good for your digestion. Constipation tends to become more of a nuisance as you get older, but fibre-rich foods can prevent constipation and other digestive problems.

Using raw bran as wheat bran in cereal can reduce the absorption of calcium in foods such as dairy or when you take a calcium containing medication if taken at the same time. This may be an issue in managing healthy bones.

Eat iron-rich foods

Iron is important for our general health. A lack of iron can make us feel as though we have no energy, so include some iron-rich foods in your diet.

The best source of iron is lean red meat. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend older men over 51 should eat 2 ½ serves and women over 51 should eat 2 serves of protein a day. A serve is 65g of cooked lean red meat such as beef, lamb, veal, pork, goat or kangaroo (about 90-100g raw).

Iron is also found in legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils), oily fish such as sardines, eggs, bread, green vegetables and breakfast cereals with added vitamins.

Liver is a good source of iron. However, be careful how much liver you eat as it’s also rich in vitamin A, too much of which can be harmful.

Eat calcium-rich foods

Calcium is essential for building and maintaining bone. As we age our requirement for calcium increases as calcium from food is not as absorbed as well. and we need extra serves of low fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Eating calcium-rich foods can help you avoid osteoporosis.

Good sources include dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt. Choose lower fat varieties when you can, or eat higher fat varieties in smaller amounts.

Calcium is also found in canned fish with bones such as sardines, green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage (but not spinach), soya beans and tofu.

Use less salt

Too much salt can raise your blood pressure, which puts you at increased risk of health problems such as heart disease or a stroke. 

Most of the salt we eat is already in foods such as cereals, bread, tinned soups and other ready-prepared foods. Check food labels before you buy and choose ones that contain less salt. Don’t add salt to your food when cooking.

Enough vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for bone health and to prevent osteoporosis. The best source of vitamin D is safe exposure to UV sunlight. You only need to spend a short period of time in the sun each day to get enough vitamin D. Food alone can’t provide enough vitamin D, however dietary sources include eggs, oily fish, some fortified breakfast cereals and fortified spreads.

Vitamin A

Having too much vitamin A (more than 1.5mg of vitamin A a day from food and supplements) might increase your risk of bone fracture.

Liver is high in vitamin A. Don’t eat liver or liver products, such as pate, more than once a week, or eat them in smaller portions. If you do eat liver more than once a week, don’t take any supplements containing vitamin A or fish liver oils (which also contain high levels of vitamin A).

Keeping healthy

As well as making sure you eat enough of the right types of food, try to follow these food and diet tips described below to stay healthy.

Stay a healthy weight

As you grow older, if you’re overweight, you’ll become less mobile. This can affect your health and quality of life. Being overweight also increases your risk of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Being underweight isn’t healthy either and may be a sign that you’re not eating enough or that you’re unwell. Being underweight also increases your risk of osteoporosis.

If you’re worried about your weight, ask your doctor to check it. They may refer you to a dietitian, who can advise you about changing what you eat to meet your current needs.

Are you at risk?

Watch out for lack of appetite

However, it’s important to get all the energy and nutrients that your body needs.

If you don’t eat as much as you used to, eat smaller meals more often and supplement them with nutritious snacks, such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain toast.

You may eat less because you find it more difficult to buy or prepare food, or because you find it harder to get around if you have a condition such as arthritis.

Eat regularly, at least 3 times a day. If you don’t feel like cooking from scratch, have a tinned, chilled or frozen ready-prepared meal instead. It’s a good idea to have a store of foods in the freezer and cupboard in case you cannot go out.

Drink more water

Drink plenty of fluids every day to stop you getting dehydrated.

Aim to drink at least 6 times a day, and more in warmer weather or if you’re exercising. Tea, coffee, mineral water, soda water and reduced fat milk can all count towards your fluid intake during the day, but water is always best.

Drinks that contain a lot of caffeine, such as strong tea and coffee, might make your body produce more urine. If you mostly drink strong tea or coffee (or other drinks that contain a lot of caffeine), make sure you also drink some water or other fluids each day that don’t contain caffeine.

Definition of Healthy Lifestyle | Healthfully

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle leaves you fit, energetic and at reduced risk for disease, based on the choices you make about your daily habits. Good nutrition, daily exercise and adequate sleep are the foundations for continuing good health. Managing stress in positive ways, instead of through smoking or drinking alcohol, reduces wear and tear on your body at the hormonal level. For a longer and more comfortable life, put together your plan for a healthy lifestyle and live up to it.


Your cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, immune and other body systems depend on a continual supply of nutrients to feed cell growth and metabolism. According to the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, your diet should contain mostly whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Consume lean meats such as chicken and turkey, along with legumes, eggs and healthy nuts. Limit your portion sizes at meals to control your weight and your risk for cardiovascular and other diseases through your lifestyle.

  • Your cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, immune and other body systems depend on a continual supply of nutrients to feed cell growth and metabolism.
  • Limit your portion sizes at meals to control your weight and your risk for cardiovascular and other diseases through your lifestyle.


What Makes Up a Healthy Lifestyle?

Calories accompany the nutrition in foods, and if you don’t expend them all, you’ll gain weight. Carrying extra weight increases your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Your lifestyle should support a constant healthy weight, so remain active daily. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlined the Physical Fitness Guidelines for Americans, and these guidelines focus on muscle strengthening exercise, such as:

  • walking or running [5](http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter4.aspx ‘inline-reference::U.S

Department of Health
* Human Services: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans’). The guidelines suggest working toward completing 150 hours of exercise a week, but inactive adults should build to this gradually under the supervision of their doctor. You should also include exercise, such as yoga to improve flexibility.

  • Calories accompany the nutrition in foods, and if you don’t expend them all, you’ll gain weight.
  • The guidelines suggest working toward completing 150 hours of exercise a week, but inactive adults should build to this gradually under the supervision of their doctor.


Daily metabolism perpetuates the decline and rejuvenation of cellular tissue, and the body’s self-repair takes place when you are asleep. Memory consolidation and appetite regulation also occur during this time of reduced physical activity. The National Sleep Foundation considers seven to nine hours of sleep a nightly criterion for a healthy lifestyle 34.

Reducing Stress

10 Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Your body responds to everyday stress with a release of hormones that prepares you to react. If you don’t relieve this state through relaxation, the effects build and can create muscular pain, headaches, sleep disturbances and other symptoms. A lifestyle that includes regular stress management breaks this cycle before it can progress to unhealthy levels. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests limiting some of your activities to make time for relaxation 5. Achieve physical release through stretching, massage, yoga or enjoyable exercise. Connect with friends and family to relieve mental pressures, and take time out to read, pursue a hobby or experience another activity that makes you feel good.

  • Your body responds to everyday stress with a release of hormones that prepares you to react.
  • Connect with friends and family to relieve mental pressures, and take time out to read, pursue a hobby or experience another activity that makes you feel good.

The Top 10 Functional Food Trends

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

Today’s consumers are looking for customizable foods, beverages, and dietary solutions that will help them more aggressively meet their own unique nutrition and personal health goals. General health and wellness products and programs no longer fit all.

Over the past three years, consumers have redefined a healthy lifestyle to include regular exercise, relaxation, and attention to mental/emotional health (Mintel 2017). Eight in 10 (82%) now say that mental/emotional balance is as important as physical health (Hartman 2019a). Four in 10 consumers closely monitor what they eat; 43% try to eat healthy but don’t pay close attention; and 9% claim to be on a strict diet (Datassential 2019). Nearly half of U.S. consumers say their diet could be somewhat healthier; 23% say it could be a lot healthier (FMI 2019a).

Fit consumers, who live a healthy, active lifestyle differentiated by integrating frequent physical exercise (three to five days per week) and a focus on enhancing their everyday mental/physical performance, now represent about 40% of the general population (Sloan and Adams Hutt 2019).

With 109 million Americans aged 50 or older and 48 million aged 65 and older, lifestyle issues and conditions of aging will increasingly drive functional food sales (U.S. Census 2020).

Lastly, functional foods are becoming more influential in foodservice. High-protein, vegetable-rich foods and superfoods are the most attractive to diners; heart health, energy, weight management, and gut health are the most influential issues (Datassential 2019).

Globally, fortified/functional food sales topped $267 billion, and naturally healthy food sales were $259 billion in February 2020; U.S. sales reached $63 billion and $42 billion, respectively (Euromonitor 2020). Asia Pacific continues to lead global health/wellness growth in food and nutrition (Barbalova 2019). China tops the list of markets with the highest growth potential for fortified foods; it is followed by Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Malaysia, and Brazil (Mascaraque 2018).

Global sales of organic food and drink topped $105 billion, up 6% in 2018 (Ecovia 2019). U.S. organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, up 5.9% in 2018 (OTA 2019).

In 2019, 77% of U.S. adults used dietary supplements, an all-time high (CRN 2019). U.S. supplement sales are estimated to have reached $49.3 billion in 2019, up 6.2% (NBJ 2019).

Sales of plant-based foods totaled $4.5 billion for the year ended (Y/E) April 2019 (PBFA 2019). Refrigerated and frozen plant-based meat alternatives, rice cakes, and waters were the fastest-growing U.S. specialty food items last year (SFA 2020).

Retail sales of cannabis edibles are projected to grow from nearly $1.2 billion in 2019 to $4.9 billion in 2024 (Packaged Facts 2020).

1. Eating Well

Eating high-quality, nutritious foods and beverages is second only to consuming tasty foods as the criteria consumers use to define that they have eaten well (FMI 2019a; see figure 1). In addition, for the first time, eating foods that deliver “specific benefits for my body” has surpassed consuming foods that are “good for me in a holistic way” as an essential element in eating well.

Top 10 Fig 1

Figure 1. Essential and Important Components of Eating Well. From The Food Marketing Institute 2019

The concept of eating in moderation as important to eating well has fallen 5% in the past year across all age groups (FMI 2019a). Forty percent of consumers are unfamiliar with the term “mindful eating” (IFIC 2019). Perhaps most revealing is that while millennials, millennials with children, and older Gen Zers are on par with other age groups in citing the importance of eating tasty, nutritious, and high-quality foods and eating in moderation in order to eat well, they are much more likely to choose foods with “specific benefits for my body,” followed by foods that are holistically good for them (FMI 2019a).

Top 10 Lean Cuisine

Microwaveable meals in a cup under the Lean Cuisine Marketplace label are designed to provide an easy dinnertime option with a bit of ethnic flavor.

Interest in the uniqueness of healthy foods and ingredients is also increasing and paving the way for superfoods and more novel food ingredients. Half of older Gen Zers and over four in 10 millennials cite unique foods as important to eating well versus 24% of baby boomers (FMI 2019a).

At the same time, healthy eating has turned toward finding the right balance—reducing what consumers personally perceive to be “bad” nutrients (e.g., sugar, sodium, or carbohydrates) while increasing those that they believe are “good” nutrients (e.g., fiber and protein). A balanced diet also means that consumers increasingly lean toward the full-fat version of a product but consume less of it. Unhealthy products are thought of as acceptable in moderation, which allows for permissible indulgence (FMI 2019a).

In addition, eating with family and/or friends is an increasingly important component of eating well/healthy eating for 60% of consumers. Eating socially in the company of others has increased in importance by 4 percentage points in the past year (FMI 2019a).

Eating foods and beverages that were sourced ethically and produced in a sustainable way is seen as essential to eating well for four in 10 consumers. Half of millennials include “ethical” and “environmentally sustainable” among their criteria for eating well versus just over one-third of their older counterparts (FMI 2019a).

Lastly, consumers most want to see action taken on major sustainability issues such as waste, pollution, and climate change (Hartman 2019b). Moreover, seals/certifications are playing an increasingly important role. Since 2017, the influence of the non-GMO certification seal has increased by 14% and use of the Rain Forest Alliance icon is up 12%; also showing double-digit increases are delineations for Fair Trade, Humane Certified, and Certified Carbon Neutral (Hartman 2019b).

2. Buying In 

Increasingly, consumers are opting in to buying foods and beverages that have specific healthy ingredients. Fiber, followed by protein, vitamin D, calcium, nuts/seeds, and whole grains are the healthy ingredients that more than half of consumers are trying to increase in their diet; more than four in 10 are adding antioxidants, omega-3s, green tea, and probiotics (Hartman 2019a). Half of consumers are choosing to use more olive oil; 41% are using more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils; 25%, more coconut oil; 23%, more flaxseed oil; and 21%, more canola oil (Hartman 2019a). Dollar sales of snacks that make a differentiating oil claim jumped 71% in 2019 over 2018 (Lyons Wyatt 2019).

Top 10 Boom Chica Pop

Gluten-free Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP Flavored Kettle Corn now comes in a trendy new flavor, Rosé. Photo courtesy of Conagra Brands

One-third of adults look for sea salt as a preferred ingredient; one-quarter look for prebiotics, chia seeds, or natural sweeteners other than sugar; and one in five looks for ancient grains (Hartman 2019a).

“A good source of vitamins/minerals” was the most loved/liked healthy food claim last year, cited by two-thirds of adults (Datassential 2019). Eight in 10 adults (82%) strongly agree that it is important to eat foods that are naturally rich sources of vitamins/minerals; 57% also strongly agree that it is important to consume foods that are fortified/enriched with added nutrients (HealthFocus 2019).

Moreover, although inherent nutrition is currently in vogue, only one-quarter of adults are aware of and able to explain the concept of nutrient density (IFIC 2019). Over three-quarters of all U.S. adults take dietary supplements; 58% take multivitamins; 31%, vitamin D; 28%, vitamin C; 21%, protein; 20%, calcium; 20%, B complex; 16%, omega-3s; 15%, green tea; 14%, magnesium; 13%, probiotics; 13%, iron; 12%, turmeric; and 12%, vitamin E (CRN 2019).

More than half (56%) of adults are interested in eating more superfoods (Datassential 2019). Fermented foods, followed by avocados, seeds, exotic fruits, ancient grains, blueberries, nuts, nondairy milks, beets, and green tea are the hot superfoods for 2020 (Pollock 2019).

Superfoods, including kombucha, coconut water, matcha, goji, edamame, turmeric, black garlic, dragon fruit, heirloom vegetables, and hemp, are showing triple-digit growth on restaurant menus. Among ancient grains, farro, chia, quinoa, and millet are posting the strongest gains (Datassential 2019).

Half of supplement users now take an herbal/botanical supplement (CRN 2019). Herbals are the fastest-growing supplement category, with sales reaching an all-time high of $8.8 billion in 2018, up 9.4% (Smith et al. 2019).

In descending order, horehound, echinacea, turmeric, elderberry, green tea, ivy leaf, garlic, fenugreek, and black cohosh are the best-selling herbal supplements in mass channels. In the natural channels, the best sellers are cannabidiol (CBD), turmeric, elderberry, wheatgrass/barley, flaxseed/flax oil, aloe vera, ashwagandha, milk thistle, echinacea, and oregano (Smith et al. 2019).

Nearly one-third (31%) of adults now consider herbal flavors highly appealing, up 5% over the past two years (Technomic 2019).

Eleven percent of adults currently use a food or drink that contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and 8% use a hemp-derived CBD food or drink; another 18% and 13%, respectively, have tried them but don’t currently use them (Mintel 2019a). Twelve percent of supplement users take CBD supplements (CRN 2019).

Twenty-eight percent of consumers are interested in trying a collagen-containing food but have not yet done so; 27% are interested in trying hemp-based CBD; 25%, an adaptogen (e.g., maca or ashwagandha); 24%, MCT oils (especially for weight loss); and 16%, THC (Mintel 2019a).

Top 10 SRooms

Shrooms Snacks tap into the health-promoting cachet of mushrooms, which are considered an up-and-coming ingredient. Photo courtesy of Shrooms Snacks

Natto, beets, manuka honey, ginger, maca, primrose oil, lingonberries, mushrooms, cumin seeds, yerba mate, and acerola are other ingredients to watch (Datassential 2018). Turmeric supplement sales are projected to reach $500 million in 2021 (NBJ 2019).

3. Mind Matters

When asked about what healthy means, 57% of consumers cite being able to deal with stress, 47% say being alert/bright minded, and 45% mention being able to relax and have a good time (Hartman 2019a). Brain health ranks sixth among the benefits consumers would most like to get from foods; better emotional/mental health is tenth (IFIC 2019).

Top 10 Good Source Snacks

Good Source Snacks are formulated with ingredients that are associated with health benefits—walnuts in Afternoon Boost, for example, have been shown to improve cognitive performance, the company says. Photo courtesy of Good Source Foods

Among those aged 50 and over, memory, focus, and cognition ranked fourth among the health benefits they want most from foods; mental/emotional health ranked seventh (IFIC 2018). Retaining mental sharpness with age tops the overall list of health concerns globally, and U.S. consumers are extremely/very concerned about it (HealthFocus 2018, 2019). In the United States, memory ranks third among top health concerns, tiredness is fifth, and stress is ninth; among those aged 18–29, sleeplessness is fourth. Stress/anxiety has replaced being overweight as the top health condition those in U.S. households are trying to manage or treat (Hartman 2019a).

Eight in 10 U.S. adults (82%) have trouble sleeping at least one night a week; 39% report sleep issues five or more nights a week (Packaged Facts 2017). A similar percentage rank “getting enough sleep” as the most important factor for maintaining good health and preventing health issues (HealthFocus 2019).

Four in 10 of those who used a hemp-based CBD food or supplement did so for anxiety; 36%, for pain; 34%, for relaxation; 29%, for sleeplessness; and 24%, for depression (NBJ 2019).

Stress relievers (ingredients that promote relaxation/relieve stress) ranked eighth among the hot culinary trends for 2020 (NRA 2019a). CBD snacks/sweets were the No. 1 hot dessert trend; CBD-infused meals/drinks were the No. 2 culinary innovation trend for 2020 (NRA 2019a).

Four in 10 adults link protein to improved mental energy and brain nourishment; 52% believe that plant-based foods provide mental energy (HealthFocus 2019). Over half of consumers believe that their digestive health and microbiome play extremely/very important roles in mental well-being, aging well, mood, and stress prevention (HealthFocus 2019).

Sixty million U.S. consumers took a traditional supplement for brain health last year (e.g., omega-3s, gingko biloba, green tea, or combination herbs); only 10 million took a proprietary brain supplement, (e.g., Prevagen) (AARP 2019). For Y/E August 11, 2019, dollar sales of brain health supplements jumped 24%, per IRI; sales of supplements to promote sleep and improve mood were up 16%. One in five consumers (22%) took a supplement for emotional well-being (Sanders 2019).

Melatonin, combination herbs (e.g., chamomile, lavender, valerian), magnesium, 5-HTP, kava kava, hops, ashwagandha, and L-theanine (traditionally found in tea) will be getting more attention as sleep or relaxation aids (NBJ 2019). 

Lastly, one-quarter of consumers want more functional products (e.g., DHA and choline) for children’s brain development (Datassential 2018). Brain function was the most popular claim on new global infant formula products introduced in 2018 (Innova 2019).

With 50% of consumers experimenting with a new diet/eating plan in the past year, per Hartman (2019a), eating plans that enhance brain health will likely be well received. The Mediterranean diet has long been recognized for its positive impact on cognitive function, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease; social interaction and dining with friends are part of the lifestyle.

4. High Octane

Quick, easy, and high-nutrient solutions continue to drive growth in the functional nutrition marketplace. SlimFast’s sales grew 29%, adding $280 million to the bottom line for Y/E August 11, 2019, per IRI (Sanders 2019). Sales of Atkins products increased 27%, +$529 million; Premier Protein sales climbed 18%, +$692 million; and PediaSure sales increased 4%, +$228 million (Sanders 2019). RXBAR led gains in the bar category, with sales up 48%, +$178 million; Clif Bar sales were up 12%, +$724 million; and Kind bar sales were up 3.1%, +$329 million, per IRI (Sanders 2019).

Sales of meal replacement/weight loss beverages are projected to reach $6.6 billion by 2024 (Mintel 2020). Twenty-six percent of households use meal replacement drinks; 19% use weight control beverages. Those aged 55 and older are the least likely to use meal replacement products. Consumers want more meal replacements that boost immunity and aid digestion (Mintel 2020).

High-protein is important to 61% of nutritional beverage users; low sugar/no sugar, low carb, and no artificial sweeteners are also important to them. Only 16% said plant-based was important; 17% considered superfood content important; and 18% said gluten-free was important (Mintel 2020).

Top 10 PopWo Figbar

Dymatize sports nutrition supplements are formulated to deliver high-quality protein, the company emphasizes. Photo courtesy of Dymatize

Half of those who exercise at least once a week always or usually choose specific foods after exercise, and more than a third (36%) choose specific foods before exercise (HealthFocus 2019). Hydration, protein, and electrolytes are the most important sports product attributes (Mintel 2019b).

Marketers of sports nutrition products may need to reformulate protein-based products in order to offer different options for mainstream fit consumers versus competitive athletes, both of whom have different nutritional needs (Sloan and Adams Hutt 2019).

Just over half (53%) of adults meet the Centers for Disease Control’s Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic exercise, but only 23% meet the muscle strength goals (CDC 2019). Building strength is now the third most important reason to exercise, after general health and weight management (HealthFocus 2019).

Muscle health/muscle tone is the top benefit consumers associate with a high protein intake, cited by 56% of those surveyed by HealthFocus (2019). Other benefits associated with high protein intake are physical energy; weight management; healthy hair, skin, and nails; mental energy; brain nourishment; bone health; sports recovery; and athletic performance (HealthFocus 2019).

As consumers become more familiar with an ever-widening array of proteins, they’ve begun to focus on the quality and completeness of the protein and on finding the type of protein that is best for their needs. Two-thirds (67%) of adults say consuming a complete plant-based protein is important to them; one in five says it is very important (USB 2019).  

Marketers should talk more about the amount and type of protein needed to trigger muscle synthesis, including the presence of essential amino acids (specifically, leucine) and the timing of protein consumption for optimal muscle development.

In 2019, 27% of supplement users took a protein supplement; that includes 30% of men and 24% of women. Those aged 18–24 were most likely to do so. Of those who took a protein supplement, 44% opted for plant protein (CRN 2019). Sales of sports nutrition powder supplements are projected to approach $7 billion by 2022 (NBJ 2019).

5. Reconditioning

The way consumers think about health benefits derived from food appears to be changing. In 2019, heart health fell from first to fourth place among the health benefits consumers would most like to get from foods; weight management, followed by energy and digestive benefits, now tops the list (IFIC 2019). In descending order, muscle health/strength, brain function, bone health, immunity, emotional health, inflammation, and diabetes round out the list. Heart health still tops the list of benefits that those aged 50 and older most want from foods, followed by muscle health/strength, energy, brain health, and weight management (IFIC 2018).

Sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss), diverticulitis, stroke, osteoporosis in men, and mobility are among the conditions of aging that are getting more attention (NIA 2019). Nearly half of U.S. adults have some form of cardiovascular disease; 116 million have high blood pressure; 70 million have undesirably high LDL cholesterol levels; and 46 million have undesirably low HDL levels (AHA 2020). Three-quarters of those aged 50 and older are aware of the natural process of muscle loss with aging; 28% have noticed muscle loss, and 40% have noticed a loss of strength (Abbott 2016). In the United States, 45% of those over 65 years of age already have sarcopenia (NIA 2019).

More than half of consumers are extremely or very concerned about tiredness/lack of energy, especially young adults aged 18–34 and those with children. Products that deliver energy for adults aged 50 and older offer a fast-emerging opportunity for product developers (HealthFocus 2019).

Top 10 PopGo Fig Bar

The POGO brand name stands for “power on the go,” which makes clear the brand’s positioning. The wraps are formulated using colors derived from vegetables, fruits, and spices. Photo courtesy of Sweet Earth Foods

One-third of consumers are trying to manage digestive problems, and one in five is dealing with it daily (Mintel 2019c). One-third (37%) of U.S. consumers are extremely or very interested in the gut microbiome, led by those aged 18–39 and those in households with kids (HealthFocus 2019a). Moreover, 58% believe that digestive health/the microbiome plays an extremely or very important role in weight management, and 57% believe it affects daily energy levels to that extent. In addition, more than 50% believe it is extremely or very important to overall mental well-being, immune function, aging well, mood, and stress levels. Nearly that many (48%) think it is extremely or very important to physical appearance.

One-quarter of adults are regular probiotic food users (Mintel 2019). Nutrition Business Journal projects that probiotic supplement sales will top $3.2 billion by 2022 (NBJ 2019).

Prebiotic supplement sales are projected to top $399 million by 2020; symbiotic supplements are expected to reach $881 million in sales (NBJ 2019). Consumers most often cite the benefits of prebiotics as regularity, fiber, immunity, and brain health (Monheit 2018).

The demand for diabetic-friendly fare continues to grow; 26 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, and 9.4 million remain undiagnosed; there are 1,500 new cases per year. Ninety-two million have prediabetes; one-third of U.S. adults have metabolic syndrome (AHA 2020).

Conditions that consumers say they are trying to treat or prevent via their dietary choices include diabetes, food allergies/sensitivities, high cholesterol, irregularity, fatigue, acid reflux, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis (Hartman 2017).

Four in 10 consumers (44%) would like more foods/drinks that are anti-inflammatory, 42% want more products for detoxification, and 39% seek products to curb hunger (Datassential 2018).

6. Assisted (Healthy) Living

Consumers are looking for easy ways to eat healthier and live a more active lifestyle. Although six in 10 adults are simply motivated to eat healthier by general well-being and the hope of feeling better, 47% want to lose weight, 45% seek to prevent disease, and 37% want to boost energy (Mintel 2019d).

Top 10 White Pizza

Cappello’s grain-free pizza crust is made with almond flour. Photo courtesy of Cappello’s

Half of adults (50%) experimented with a new diet or eating approach in 2019, up from 40% in 2017 (Hartman 2019a). Twelve percent tried a low-carbohydrate regimen. A dairy-free/lactose-free diet, intermittent fasting, or a gluten-free plan were each an option for 9% of adults. The Mediterranean diet was the choice for 8%, followed by 7% who opted for either the Whole30 diet or a juice/detox cleanse, and 6% who chose Weight Watchers. The elimination, ketogenic, and paleo diet each attracted 5% of consumers (Hartman 2019a).

But what is different from previous dieting behaviors is that only 3% of those who tried these diets stayed on a specific eating plan exclusively. Moreover, they often interchanged them by eating occasion or daypart to meet their personal diet plans or spur-of-the-moment nutritional needs (Hartman 2019a). Although some marketers are using these diet descriptors on packages to signal a healthy product, it’s important to note that they appeal to a relatively small core of consumers. Additionally, scanner data does not measure intent to buy, just sales of products with a claim.

Similarly, paleo descriptors appeared on 0.7% of U.S. menus last year; keto appeared on 0.2%. But while diners gave them credit for being unique, they received relatively low scores for purchase intent (Datassential 2019).

Nearly two-thirds of adults are simply “not interested” in the keto, paleo, Whole30, or Atkins diet (Datassential 2019). For Y/E August 11, 2019, SlimFast Keto had sales of $63 million, per IRI (Sanders 2019). But with 168 million U.S. adults overweight or obese and 120 million U.S. adults trying to lose weight last year, other new weight control solutions may find fertile ground (Mintel 2019d).

The four major weight loss companies, NutriSystem, WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Medifast, and Jenny Craig, posted sales of $3.2 billion last year, up 3.6% versus 2018; total industry revenues topped $3.9 billion (Marketdata 2020).

Targeted at healthy living with a new focus on mental health, these companies now offer personalized plans based on taste preferences, body type, and DNA testing. Jenny Craig has teamed up with Walgreens. Personalized nutrition diet plans prescribed by various food apps are also trending. It is important to note that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not reviewed the efficacy of the algorithms used to support these programs nor have clinical studies been conducted to verify their validity.

DNA-based personalized nutrition kits are on the front burner, despite an accuracy of only 40%, per the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (2019).

Programs that deliver health benefits beyond weight control (e.g., energy, anti-inflammation, or gut health), will continue to find a welcome market. But going forward, eating plans must be contemporized and integrated into an active, healthy lifestyle to be sustainable. An expert 2019 meta-analysis of leading diets cited the Mediterranean diet as best for diabetes and best for healthy eating. The keto diet ranked 31st out of 41; the paleo diet was 38th (U.S. News & World Report 2019).

Lastly, with retail pet food sales projected to reach $39 billion by 2023, targeting the owners of the 60% of cats and 56% of dogs that are overweight or obese is a very big idea (Packaged Facts 2019a).

7. Claiming It!

Despite slowing sales in the fresh perimeter of the grocery store, fresh remains the most sought-after food claim by 77% of consumers (Sprinkle 2019).

No artificial ingredients, no preservatives, all natural, and locally grown/locally raised claims positively influenced food purchases by two-thirds of consumers (LEK 2019). Fifty percent said they were fully or casually committed to buying non-GMO, clean label, and antibiotic-free/hormone-free foods.

Top 10 Chobani Oil

Chobani Oat, offered in three varieties in addition to plain, is among the growing array of plant-based milk alternatives.

The number of those committed to buying non-GMO foods and drinks increased 9% last year; the number of those looking for antibiotic-free/hormone-free products climbed by 8%. Meanwhile, the number of those for whom low-calorie claims was a purchase motivator fell 12%, and the impact of low-carbohydrate, sugar-free, and low-salt claims also decreased (LEK 2019).

Eight in 10 consumers buy some form of organic food; 29% of U.S. households are regular organic users. Organic produce, followed by organic eggs, milk, meat/poultry, yogurt, bread, juice, and cheese have the highest U.S. household penetration (Packaged Facts 2019b).

According to the Organic Trade Association, consumers purchase organic foods primarily for reasons of health and to avoid chemicals, preservatives, and synthetic ingredients. Non-GMO has moved up to the fourth reason for buying organic foods; humane treatment of animals is now sixth, and positive impact on climate change is seventh (OTA 2019). Non-GMO is very important to just over one-third of plant-based food purchasers (Hartman 2019a).

Consumers of organic and natural products are much more likely than the general population to be foodies, to eat ethnic foods with a lot of spices, to buy gourmet foods as often as possible, and to prefer foods presented as an art form (Packaged Facts 2019b). Half of consumers are extremely or very interested in clean label (HealthFocus 2019). Nearly nine in 10 private label manufacturers cited clean labels as their biggest growth opportunity for 2020 (FMI 2020).

Members of higher-income households with children and those under age 39 are more likely to choose clean label foods versus organic (Packaged Facts 2019b).

Top 10 Avocado Oil

Primal Kitchen mayonnaise in multiple varieties is made with simple ingredients such as avocado oil and is formulated to adhere to keto, low-carb, and paleo diet principles, the company says. Photo courtesy of Primal Kitchen

Clean label and organic consumers are nearly twice as likely as the general population to be on a diet plan, especially Atkins, keto, Whole30, paleo, Mediterranean, WW, and NutriSystem (Packaged Facts 2019b). Clean label consumers eat out more frequently; are more likely to say they eat vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free; and over index for avoiding sugar (Packaged Facts 2019b).

With awareness/understanding of the kosher symbol at 59% (up 6% versus 2017) and halal at 30% (up 8%), these food practices may be a missed opportunity for flagging cleaner fare (Hartman 2019b).

Just over one-third of consumers are committed or casual gluten-free shoppers (LEK 2019). Six percent say they eat gluten-free all the time; 18% of consumers who always buy organic products say they avoid gluten (Packaged Facts 2019b). Trying something new and the belief that gluten-free is healthier are the top reasons for use of gluten-free products (Packaged Facts 2019b).

“Farm fresh” and “seasonal” were among the most loved or liked food claims last year, cited by 60% of consumers (Datassential 2019). Scratch made, house made, hyperlocal (e.g., restaurant gardens and hothouses) remain among the hot culinary trends (NRA 2019b).

Six in 10 consumers believe that hydroponically grown produce is more nutritious than produce that is grown conventionally (FMI 2019b). One-third buy local meat directly from a farmers market and/or farm on occasion (FMI 2019c). Natural/minimally processed, vegetarian, gluten-free, locally sourced, vegan, and eco-friendly are projected by limited-service restaurant operators to be among the fastest-growing healthy menu claims (NRA 2019b).

8. Grazing . . . Semi-Herbivores

Americans’ passion for plant-based foods continues to grow. One-quarter of consumers say they ate more plant-based foods last year versus 2018 (IFIC 2019). A pseudo-vegan movement is sweeping the nation. One-third of adults are very interested in vegetarian and 28% are very interested in vegan foods, although only 5% are strict vegetarians and 3% vegans (Datassential 2019). Of the 50% who tried an eating plan last year, 9% tried a vegetarian and 6% a vegan diet (Hartman 2019a).

Plant-based proteins are the second overall hot culinary trend for 2020; specialty burger blends rank ninth. Vegetable noodles/rice, edamame noodles, lentils, and farro are the hot side dishes; oat milk ranks fourth among 2020’s fashionable beverages (NRA 2019a). Mushrooms, pulses, and new varieties of chili peppers have been recast as on-trend flavors for 2020 (NRA 2019a).

At least on occasion, 73% of meal preparers serve plant protein–based meals for dinner. Beans, chickpeas, lentils, and legumes are used by 49%; nuts/seeds, by 48%; veggie burgers, by 30%; quinoa or other grains, by 29%; and tofu/tempeh, by 17% (FMI 2019b). Just over half of consumers eat legumes at least once a week (Datassential 2019).

Four in 10 U.S. households (39%) now buy refrigerated nondairy milk; 15% buy meat substitutes; 10%, frozen plant-based meals; 9%, plant-based yogurt; 7% each, plant-based ice cream and creamers; and 5%, plant-based protein bars (Grzebinski 2019). Sales of plant-based milks reached $1.9 billion, up 6%, for Y/E April 2019, per the Plant Based Food Association; almond milk holds a 70% share (Grzebinski 2019).

Nondairy creamers and hybrid drinks of milk and nondairy milks are another fast-emerging trend. For Y/E April 2019, sales of nondairy creamers grew 40% to $226 million; nondairy yogurt sales climbed 39% to $230 million; and frozen nondairy dessert sales were up 26% to $304 million. In addition, sales of nondairy cheese grew by 19%, reaching $160 million; and nondairy butter sales were up 5% to $189 million (PBFA 2019).

Meat alternative sales topped $878 million in 2019 (FMI 2019c). Marketers need to pay more attention to cleaner labels, as well as the nutrition profile and price differential of plant-based products versus meat.

Plant-based burgers are the most popular meat alternative, followed by tofu, chicken/poultry, breakfast items, and pizza (Packaged Facts 2019c). Alternative pork products, seafood, and eggs are among the new generation of plant-based products.

Tofu and tempeh sales reached $118 million in 2019 (PBFA 2019). Sales of plant-based dips skyrocketed in 2019 and appear poised for more explosive growth (Grzebinski 2019).

Top 10 Thats Good Pizza

One-third of the crust in O That’s Good! Fire Roasted Veggie Pizza is made with cauliflower, addressing consumers’ mounting interest in plant-based eating. O That’s Good! products were introduced by Kraft Heinz in collaboration with Oprah Winfrey.

Plant-centric fare is an important opportunity for product developers; consumers are looking for foods that contain more fruits and vegetables. One-third of consumers most associate plant-based eating with consuming more fruits and vegetables, and to a slightly lesser extent, they associate it with consuming more ancient grains (Hartman 2019a). Nine in 10 millennials and Gen Zers want more plant-based items in their foods (Culinary Visions 2018).

One-third of adults define plant-based foods as containing some meat (Datassential 2019). Three-quarters of those who buy meat alternatives also eat meat (FMI 2019c). Two-thirds of consumers are interested in buying blended meat items such as mushroom burgers.

Lastly, among the most familiar plant-based proteins, consumers rate the overall quality of bean/legume-sourced protein the highest with 42% categorizing it as excellent. That compares with 34% who rate soy as excellent, 25% who rate pea as excellent, and 24% who categorize wheat as excellent (USB 2019). Soy, quinoa, chia, and buckwheat are the only complete plant proteins.

9. Basic Upgrades

Although better-for-you positionings have become a proven driver for making basic staples more profitable, consumers’ nutritional/health priorities differ by retail category.

Top 10 Egg Cheese Pocket

Feel Good Foods, which just launched a line of breakfast pockets, is committed to formulating products without preservatives, artificial ingredients, or genetically modified ingredients. Photo courtesy of Feel Good Foods

Two-thirds of shoppers are looking for healthier options in the frozen food case. Half of frozen food shoppers look for healthier ingredients (e.g., more vegetables); 47% seek better nutrition (e.g., higher protein/lower in calories); 41% want no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives; and 39% seek healthier preparation (e.g., grilled or baked) (AFFI 2019).

“Real” ingredients (e.g., cheese) matter to 48% of frozen food shoppers; “fresh when frozen” matters to 39%. Other attributes important to frozen food shoppers include all natural, which is important to 35%; made in the USA, 29%; the type/quality of meat, 27%; non-GMO, 24%; and organic, 22%. Shoppers pay most attention to salt/sodium, calories, protein, and fat/saturated fat, in descending order (AFFI 2019).

When ordering grocery foodservice, 17% of shoppers place a lot of emphasis and 48% place some emphasis on making healthy choices. Six in 10 want more items that include healthier ingredients or are prepared in healthier ways (FMI 2019d).

Although health claims still represent a small share in grocery food-service, GMO-free and gluten-free are driving strong growth; interest in organic products has declined. Two-thirds of prepared food shoppers never look for trendy diet claims. Only 8% of food shoppers want recipes to help meet diet plans (FMI 2019d).

In the meat category, consumers’ health strategies include purchasing leaner cuts, which 53% of shoppers do regularly; avoiding second helpings; and buying smaller portion sizes. In addition, 24% report choosing proteins other than meat/poultry (FMI 2019c).

Just over half of shoppers would like their meat department to carry more grass-fed, all-natural, antibiotic-free/hormone-free offerings, as well as more products raised in the United States. Free-range meats/poultry are important to 47% of shoppers; organic is important to 38%; locally raised, 38%; non-GMO, 35%; and vegetarian fed, 19% (FMI 2019c).

Most consumers associate meat/poultry with nutrients (e.g., high protein, iron, energy, and building physical strength); millennial consumers are most likely to do so. One-third of those aged 65-plus link meat to mind health, which presents an interesting opportunity for marketers to explore (FMI 2015).

More than half of shoppers would like to see more nutrition callouts/claims, origin information, and preparation/storage instructions on produce packaging (FMI 2019b). Millennials prefer packaged produce over pick-your-own produce displays.

When buying bread, rolls, or other bakery products, whole grain is important to 43% of consumers; multigrain is important to 37%; no artificial ingredients, 33%; minimally processed ingredients, 26%; and the absence of allergens, 17% (ABA 2019).

When purchasing indulgent bakery products, “made with real ingredients,” such as chocolate or milk, is important to 50% of shoppers, smaller portions are important to 42%; no artificial colors/flavors, 40%; lower calories, sugar, or fat, each 36%; use of fresh fruit/vegetables, 35%; added protein/fiber, 25%; and no high fructose corn syrup, 11% (ABA 2019).

Eight in 10 operators of in-store bakeries sell gluten-free bakery products; nut-free and egg-free bakery products are also on the rise (Martin 2019).

10. Family Ties

The presence of young children in the home continues to be a significant motivator for healthy eating. Households with kids are much more likely to strongly agree that it’s important to eat foods fortified/enriched with added vitamins/minerals—66% for households with children versus 54% for households without children (HealthFocus 2019).

Healthy kid-specific foods and take-out/take home–oriented menus are becoming increasingly important as parents make separate meals for adults and kids on 49% of family eating occasions (FMI 2019a). 

Households with kids are among the most likely to have increased their use of plant-based foods; one in 10 describes their household as vegetarian (FMI 2020).

Moms place a priority on having their children eat a balanced diet; other top concerns among moms are related to developing strong bones/teeth; protection from diseases later in life; mental development; healthy appearance; and proper growth/physical development, including muscle, height, immunity, eyesight, and attention span/concentration in school (HealthFocus 2017).

Two-thirds of adults want more snacks that provide an energy boost; 57% want snacks that contain vitamins/minerals; 50% seek snacks that provide a serving of fruits/vegetables; and one-third want more organic snacks (Lyons Wyatt 2019).

Top 10 Veggie Cakes

Vegetables are the primary ingredient in Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes, which are positioned as breakfast, snack, or side dish options. Photo courtesy of Veggies Made Great

Snacks that are both healthy and indulgent drove growth last year, with sales up 3.9%, followed by traditional indulgent snacks, +2.9%; seriously healthy snacks, +1.6%; and treats, +1.2% (Lyons Wyatt 2019).

Two-thirds of adults frequently have a beverage as a snack (Lyons Wyatt 2019). Millennials regularly consume 10 beverage categories; for Gen X, it is 8.3 categories; and for boomers, 7.1 (Hartman 2019c).

Categorized by need state, 51% of drink occasions are for refreshment, 50% for energy, 48% to fuel or fill up, 47% for health, and 45% for pleasure/indulgence (Hartman 2019c).

Five of the top 10 trending consumables and snacks for Y/E Sept. 28, 2019, were beverages. Unit sales of energy beverages increased by 306 million units; other categories with strong unit growth include value-added water, +130 million units; sparkling water, +76 million units; lactose-reduced/lactose-free milk, +35 million units; and oat milk, +10 million units (Nielsen 2019).

Half of consumers are very concerned about the calories in their beverages; 45% would like their drinks to do more for them (e.g., provide energy, nutrients, or other benefits) (Hartman 2019c). In 2019, sales of beverages formulated with marijuana were up by 49% versus the prior year (Nielsen 2019).

Among candy/chocolate confections that are increasingly showcasing permissibly indulgent offerings, milk chocolate posted $326 million in absolute dollar growth for Y/E Oct. 26, 2019, followed by chewy candy, with growth of $66 million; gummy candy, +$54 million; and dark chocolate, +$27 million (Nielsen 2019).

Despite the widespread trend of avoiding sugar, some “sweet” categories grew last year. For Y/E Oct. 26, 2019, dollar sales of soft drinks were up 4.7% to $19.7 billion; desserts +2.0% to $18.5 billion; chocolate, +2.8% to $11.5 billion; cookies, +2.8% to $5.9 billion; fruit drinks, +1.7% to $5.5 billion; and candy, +2.0% to $5.0 billion. Companies that focus solely on exploiting this growth may gain in the short term at the cost of future potential, however.


AARP. 2019. AARP Brain Health and Dietary Supplement Survey. American Assoc. of Retired Persons, Washington, D.C. aarp.org.

ABA. 2019. The Power of Bakery. American Bakers Assoc., Washington, D.C. americanbakers.org.

Abbott. 2016. Managing Muscle Loss Survey. Abbott Nutrition, Lake Bluff, Ill. abbottnutrition.com.

ACMG. 2019. “Genetics in Medicine.” American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Bethesda, Md. acmg.org.

AFFI. 2019. Power of Frozen. American Frozen Food Institute, McLean Va. affi.org.

AHA. 2020. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics—2020. American Heart Assoc., Dallas. heart.org.

Barbalova, I. 2019. “Healthy Living; Prevention and Self Care as a Lifestyle.” Webinar. Euromonitor.

CDC. 2019. Exercise or Physical Activity. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Atlanta. cdc.gov.

CRN. 2019. Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements. Council for Responsible Nutrition, Washington, D.C. crnusa.org.

Culinary Visions. 2019. Mindful Dining 2018. Culinary Visions Panel, Chicago. culinaryvisions.org.

Datassential. 2018. Functional Foods. Datassential, Los Angeles. datassential.com.

Datassential. 2019. The New Healthy Keynote Report.

Ecovia. 2019. “Global Organic Foods Sales Break $100 Billion.” Press release, April 26. Ecovia Intelligence, London. ecoviaint.com.

Euromonitor. 2020. Health & Wellness 2020. Euromonitor Intl., London. euromonitor.com.

FMI. 2015. Power of Foodservice at Retail. Food Marketing Institute, Arlington, Va. fmi.org.

FMI. 2019a. U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2019.

FMI. 2019b. The Power of Produce.

FMI. 2019c. The Power of Meat.

FMI. 2019d. The Power of Foodservice at Retail.

FMI. 2020. The Power of Health and Well-being in Food Retail.

Grzebinski, T. 2019. “The Surge of Plant-based Foods.” Webinar. fmi.org.

Hartman. 2017. Health + Wellness. The Hartman Group, Bellevue, Wash. hartman-group.com.

Hartman. 2019a. Health + Wellness 2019: From Moderation to Mindfulness.

Hartman. 2019b. Sustainability 2019: Beyond Business as Usual.

Hartman. 2019c. Modern Beverage Culture.

HealthFocus. 2018. Global Consumer Health Survey. HealthFocus Intl., St. Petersburg, Fla. healthfocus.com.

HealthFocus. 2019. USA Trend Study.

IFIC. 2018. Nutrition Over 50. International Food Information Council, Washington, D.C. foodinsight.org.

IFIC. 2019. IFIC Food & Health Survey.

Innova. 2019. Trends in Infant Nutrition. Innova Market Insights, Arnhem, the Netherlands. innovadatabase.

LEK. 2019. Consumer Health Claims 4.0. LEK Consulting, Boston. lek.com.

Lyons Wyatt, S. 2019. “How America Eats: The State of the Snack Food Industry.” Webinar, April 9. iriworldwide.com.

Marketdata Enterprises. 2020. U.S. Weight Loss & Diet Control Market. Marketdata Enterprises, Tampa, Fla. marketdata.com.

Martin, K. 2019. “Bakery Review: In-Store Bakeries Still Play Vital Role in Grocers’ Freshness Image.” Progressive Grocer, July 3. progressivegrocer.com.

Mascaraque, M. 2018. Top 5 Trends Shaping Health and Wellness. Euromonitor Intl., London. euromonitor.com.

Mintel. 2017. Healthy Lifestyles—U.S. Mintel Intl., Chicago. mintel. com.

Mintel. 2019a. Functional Ingredients in Food and Drink—U.S.

Mintel 2019b. Sports, Nutrition and Performance DrinksU.S.

Mintel 2019c. Gut Health is Today’s Hot Health Issue.

Mintel. 2019d. “Live Panel: Diet Trends and Fads.” Presented at IFT19, Institute of Food Technologists, Chicago, July 12–15.

Mintel. 2020. Nutrition Drinks—U.S.

Monheit, L. 2018. “Prebiotics: Past, Present, and Future.” Presented at Supply Side West, Las Vegas, Nov. 9.

NBJ. 2019. Data Sheets. Functional Foods Sales and Statistics. Nutrition Business Journal. Boulder, Colo. newhope360.com.

NIA. 2019. Conditions of Aging. National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, Md. nia.nih.gov.

Nielsen. 2019. “How America Will Eat.” Press release, Dec. 11. Nielsen, Schaumburg, Ill. nielsen.com

NRA. 2019a. What’s Hot 2020 Culinary Forecast. National Restaurant Assoc., Washington, D.C. restaurant.org.

NRA. 2019b. The State of the Restaurant Industry.

OTA. 2019. Organic Industry Survey 2019. Organic Trade Assoc. Washington, D.C. ota.com.

Packaged Facts. 2017. Sleep Management in the U.S. Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md. packagedfacts.com.

Packaged Facts. 2019a. U.S. Pet Market Outlook 2019–2020.

Packaged Facts. 2019b. The Organic and Clean Label Food Consumer.

Packaged Facts. 2019c. Eating Trends: Meat, Dairy, Vegetarian, and Vegan.

Packaged Facts. 2020. Cannabis and CBD: U.S. Retail Market Trends and Opportunities.

PBFA. 2019. “Plant-Based Retail Market Worth $4.5 Billion, Growing at 5X Total Food sales” Press release, July 12. Plant Based Food Assoc., San Francisco. plantbasedfoods.org.

Pollock. 2019. What’s Trending in Nutrition. Pollock Communications, New York, N.Y. lpollockpr.com..

Sanders, R. 2019. “Today’s Dietary Supplement Marketplace.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, Carlsbad, Calif., Nov. 9.

SFA. 2020. The State of the Specialty Food Industry. Specialty Food Assoc., New York, N.Y. specialtyfood.com.

Sloan, A. E. and C. Adams Hutt. 2019. “Getting Ahead of the Curve: The Fit Consumers.” Nutraceuticals World 22(2): 28–31.

Smith, Gillespie, Eckl, et al. 2019. “Herbal Supplement Sales in U.S. Increase by 9.4% in 2018.” Herbalgram Issue 123 (Aug.–Oct.): 62–73.

Sprinkle, D. 2019. “Online, Omni Channel, Omni Market.” Presented at the Pet Food Forum, Kansas City, Mo., April 27.

Technomic. 2019. Flavor Consumer Trend Report. Technomic, Chicago. technomic.com.

U.S. Census 2020. U.S. Dept of Commerce. Washington, D.C. census.gov.

USB. 2019. Plant-based Protein and Soy: A U.S. Consumer Perspective Survey. United Soybean Board, Chesterfield, Mo. united soybean.org.

U.S. News & World Report. 2019. “U.S. News Reveals Best Diets Rankings for 2019.” Press release, Jan. 2. usnews.com.

“Go Vegan” they said, “It’s Healthy” they said… This was my 2017 results from a strict 1 year HCLF Vegan lifestyle… I was eating so many so called “healthy carbs” that I blew up like a ballon… : exvegans

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

Lifestyle Changes for Heart Failure

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

woman in a pool

Small changes can make a big difference

Following recommendations about diet, exercise and other habits can help alleviate heart failure symptoms, slow your disease’s progression and improve your everyday life. In fact, people with mild to moderate heart failure often can lead nearly normal lives as a result.
Important lifestyle changes may include:

Quitting smoking

Each puff of nicotine from tobacco smoke temporarily increases heart rate and blood pressure, even as less oxygen-rich blood circulates through the body. Smoking also leads to clumping or stickiness in the blood vessels feeding the heart.

People who quit smoking are more likely to have their heart failure symptoms improve.

Learn more about quitting smoking.

Maintaining or losing weight

Sudden weight gain or loss can be a sign that you’re developing heart failure, or that your heart failure is progressing.
Weigh yourself at the same time each morning, preferably before breakfast and after urinating. Notify your healthcare professional if you gain three or more pounds in one day, five or more pounds in one week, or whatever amount you were told to report.

Learn more about maintaining a healthy weight.

Tracking your daily fluid intake

If you have heart failure, it’s common for your body to retain fluid. So your healthcare team may recommend limiting your liquid intake.

Many people are prescribed diuretics (water pills) to help them get rid of extra water and sodium to reduce their heart’s workload.

Talk with your doctor about how much liquid to drink every day.

Avoiding or limiting alcohol

If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. This means no more than one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.
Talk to your doctor about whether it’s OK for you to drink alcohol.

Learn more about alcohol and heart disease.

Avoiding or limiting caffeine

Consume only a moderate amount of caffeine per day, no more than a cup or two of coffee.

Learn more about caffeine and heart disease.

Eating a heart-healthy diet

Eat an overall healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes, and non-tropical vegetable oils. Also, limit saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages.

Being physically active

If you’re not physically active, talk to your doctor about starting an exercise regimen. Schedule physical activity at the same time every day so it becomes a regular part of your lifestyle.
If moderate exercise isn’t possible for you, consider participating in a structured rehabilitation program.

Managing stress

Take 15 to 20 minutes a day to sit quietly, breathe deeply and think of a peaceful scene. Or try a class in yoga or meditation. (Check with your doctor first before undertaking a strenuous yoga class.)
When you get angry, count to 10 before responding to help reduce your stress.

Learn more about managing stress.

Keeping track of symptoms

Report any changes that concern you to your healthcare professional.

Monitoring your blood pressure

Monitoring blood pressure at home, in addition to regular monitoring in a doctor’s office, can help control high blood pressure.

Chart your blood pressure readings over time. This can reveal trends and help to eliminate false readings.

Find out more about how healthy eating can lower your blood pressure with the DASH eating plan.

Getting adequate rest

To improve your sleep at night, use pillows to prop up your head. Avoid naps and big meals right before bedtime.
Try napping after lunch or putting your feet up for a few minutes every couple of hours.

Learn about sleep apnea and heart disease.

Seeking support

Join a support group for people with heart failure and other heart conditions.

Contact local congregations and volunteer centers to find out about programs that provide meals, transportation and errand services for people who need assistance.

Avoiding flu and pneumonia with vaccinations

Flu and pneumonia pose greater dangers for people who have heart failure (or any heart condition) than for healthy people.

Pneumonia is a lung infection that keeps your body from using oxygen as efficiently as it should. Your heart has to work harder to pump oxygenated blood through the body. If you have heart failure, you should avoid putting this extra stress on your heart.

Ask your doctor or another healthcare professional about getting a yearly influenza (flu) vaccine and a one-time pneumococcal vaccine. (The latter guards against the most common form of bacterial pneumonia.)

Both vaccines are generally safe and seldom cause any severe reactions. It’s much riskier not to be vaccinated against flu and pneumonia.
You might have some pain or swelling at the site of the shot (on the arm), but this will go away after a few days.

Read more about flu and pneumonia.

Following heart patient guidelines for sexual activity

Many people with heart failure can still be sexually active. Choose a time when you’re feeling rested and free from the day’s stresses.

Learn more about sex and heart disease.

Selecting appropriate clothing

Avoid tight socks or stockings, such as thigh-high or knee-high hose, that slow blood flow to the legs and cause clots.
Avoid temperature extremes as much as possible, too. Dress in layers so that you can add or remove garments as needed.

Lifestyle changes worth making

Making some of these lifestyle changes can be easier said than done. But working these changes into your daily routine can make a real difference in your quality of life.

31 Simple Wellness Tips for Healthy & Happy Living // Four Wellness Co.

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

Sometimes it can feel like maintaining a healthy lifestyle is an overwhelming challenge that doesn’t fit within the realities of daily life. It’s tough to hold down a full-time job, eat well, train for a marathon, make homemade green juice, spend quality time with your family/partner, and meditate for an hour each day. 😰

Of course, healthy living can incorporate all of these things (if you want it to), but it doesn’t have to be defined by grandiose displays of health and fitness.

So much of healthy living is really made up of small things we do daily—things that are so small they don’t feel momentous, but that, done consistently over time, add up to produce big results.

Here are 31 tips to live a healthier, happier lifestyle—all simple, easy things that can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily life:

1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning

Coffee’s great too, but it’s best to start your day by re-hydrating with a full glass of water. Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to aid digestion, enhance skin health and boost energy.

2. Take the stairs

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to get a little more physical activity in your daily life. It also strengthens and tones your legs and core while you’re at it!

3. Make half your plate veggies

A simple hack for healthy eating (and portion control) is to make half your plate veggies at each meal.

4. Get a Fitbit & track your steps

Using a Fitbit (we like the Ionic and Versa) to track your steps is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough physical activity. We aim for 10,000 steps each day, which has significant physical and mental health benefits. The Fitbit will also remind you to get 250 steps each hour (another important measure of health—see tip #9!).

5. Switch to nontoxic household cleaning products

Conventional household cleaning products are full of harmful chemical ingredients that are not good for our health. Switching to healthier alternatives (we share a complete list in our Healthy Cleaning Guide) is a simple way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home.

6. Use nontoxic skincare & personal care products

Similar to cleaning products, conventional skincare and personal care products are formulated with toxic ingredients we should not regularly let absorb into our body’s largest organ. Reduce the toxic burden on your body by switching to nontoxic personal care and beauty products (see our specific recommendations on deodorant, sunscreen, and green beauty products).

7. Take a probiotic daily

A daily probiotic can help with digestion, skin health, immunity, mental health and more. Learn more about the health benefits of probiotics (and all the ways to get them in your diet), and shop our favorite probiotic here.

8. Eat real food

Aim to only eat real food that’s made of whole food ingredients you would have in your own kitchen pantry, or that your grandmother would recognize. (Yup, this rules out most packaged food, sorry!)

9. Stand up every 30 minutes while working

Reduce the harmful effects of sitting (like at your desk job) by standing up and moving around a bit every half hour.

10. Get sunlight every day

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for overall health, and sunlight is a great source of it. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day—preferably in the afternoon, and without sunscreen (read more about that here).

11. Fill your home with houseplants

Houseplants help to cleanse your indoor air (sadly, it probably needs it!), they’re pretty, and research even shows they improve mood, creativity and problem solving!

12. Sweat every day

Aim to sweat in some way each day—whether that’s via running, biking, dancing, hot yoga, or any other physical activity you enjoy.

13. Have a daily Green smoothie

Green smoothies as a snack or simple, on-the-go breakfast are an easy way to get your greens in each day. Check out our curated list of healthy (veggie-packed!) smoothie recipes.

14. Work hard & be kind

Enough said!

15. Cultivate a positive mindset

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” It’s true—mindset is everything! Cultivate a positive mindset by recognizing negative thought patterns and countering them with positive thoughts or affirmations.

16. Get enough sleep

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Follow our tips on getting quality sleep—things like keeping your bedroom cool at night, avoiding blue light after dark, and more.

17. Start your day with a healthy morning routine

Start each day with fulfilling activities that set the tone for how you want to feel—whether that’s inspired, relaxed, productive, or something else. Check out our list of ideas for your healthy morning routine.

18. Eat the rainbow

Aim to eat all the colors of the rainbow each day. (Natural colors only, no Skittles!) Get our free fillable/printable Eat the Rainbow daily & weekly tracker to help keep track!

19. Floss your teeth

Floss your teeth daily for good dental health and overall health. Not only does flossing daily protect your teeth and gums, but good dental health is also important for immunity and heart health.

20. Spend time alone

Spending regular time alone helps to get to know yourself, and check in with how you’re doing and what you want, so you can live your most intentional life. Some people enjoying hiking, going for a walk or run, meditating, or even sunbathing as a healthy source of alone time.

21. Do things you enjoy

This often gets overlooked as an essential element of healthy living—doing things each day that you enjoy! Whether that’s exercise, baking, crafting, reading a book or watching TV, reserve time each day to spend doing activities you personally enjoy.

22. Choose organic foods when possible

There are a gazillion health, environmental and social reasons to choose organic foods, so we’ll let that more detailed post do the talking and just remind you to choose organic foods whenever possible.

23. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar keeps the doctor away

Apple cider vinegar cures everything (well… almost everything!). A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water helps aid digestion, relieve bloat, boost immunity, regulate blood sugar levels and more.

24. Smile often

Smiling actually boosts your physical and mental health, so smile as often as you can throughout the day!

25. Work on overcoming your fears

Fears hold us back and keep us from living life as our best self. Acknowledge your fears and take steps to overcome them. (One example of this is overcoming your fear of public speaking to open new doors in your career and personal life.)

26. Use a yoga ball as a desk chair

Save your back/shoulders/neck and strengthen your core by using a yoga ball as a desk chair.

27. Manage stress with self-care activities

Chronic stress is detrimental to both your physical and mental health. Get to know your stress triggers and releases (the things that can help calm you when you’re stressed) so you can proactively cope with stress and maintain healthy levels.

28. Intermittent fasting can promote weight loss

We’re not really into dieting (restrictions are no fun!), but intermittent fasting is more of an eating pattern than a diet. It has several notable health benefits, and can help speed metabolism to promote weight loss.

29. Drink a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage

A glass of water after every alcoholic beverage helps to detoxify the alcohol from your body, as well as slow your alcohol consumption and keep you hydrated (a key factor in hangover prevention!).

30. Practice gratitude

Practice gratitude each day—this could be when you wake up, before bed, or during your lunch break at work. Here are our favorite tips for practicing more gratitude in your daily life, plus a rundown of the physical and mental health benefits of practicing gratitude regularly.

31. A walk around the block is better than no walk at all

When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, doing just a little bit is better than doing nothing at all. If you want to go on a walk but don’t have time for your usual hour-long walk, take a short walk around the block. A 5-minute walk is better than no walk at all!

And remember:
• You don’t have to do everything, and you don’t have to do it all at once.
• You’re more likely to do things you actually enjoy.

So, take note of which of these healthy living tips sound most enjoyable to you and start there!

23 healthy gifts for everyone in your life — under $50

Posted in Healthy lifestyle

Interested in gifting more purposeful gifts than socks? You’ve come to the right place. This list is full of healthy, useful gifts that will make your friends and family a little healthier AND happier. There’s something for everyone from your boss to your kid’s SAT tutor.


1. Joie Fresh Pod Avocado Keeper Storage Container, $5, Amazon


Avocado-lovers rejoice! Thanks to this nifty gift, you’ll never have to throw out a partially-used avocado again.

2. Stress Release Tension Reducing Mist, $16, Saje


This blend of grounding essential oils, combined with deep breathing, can help to calm your most stressed-out cube mate.

RELATED: 17 great gifts that say ‘thank you for being a friend’

3. Cookie Crate Trio, $36, Jane Bakes

Jane Bakes

High-fiber, low-sugar, whole-grain cookies are sure to please your health-conscious co-worker, with a sweet tooth. Choose from flavors like chocolate chip, hazelnut, raisin, coconut or lemon — which arrive in Mason jars.

4. Berry Branches Simplicity Teapot, $36, David’s Tea

David’s Tea

A compact, elegant teapot to make your caffeine breaks just a tad fancier.

5. Life Energy Ekosmart Yoga Mat, $46, Bed, Bath & Beyond

Life Energy/Amazon

These yoga mats are far from boring — the inspirational messages will motivate you to find your zen in 2017.


6. Gaiam Restore Deep Tissue Roller, $28, Target


The perfect gift for that family member who won’t stop talking about his back, knee or shoulder pain.

7. The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book, $14, Walmart


The next season won’t premiere for another six months, so pacify your “GOT”-fan relative with this meditative coloring book.

8. Wave Premium Sleep Therapy Sound Machine, $40, Amazon


Any new parents on your list? This sleep tool loops six soothing nature sounds all night long — sure to drown out cries and screams.

9. The Homemade Hot Sauce Kit, $45, Spring


For the sriracha lover who is ready to try his hand at creating a new, healthier hot sauce — made of all-natural ingredients.

10. Philips Freshtones Wireless Earbuds, $30, Target


Because soon, your iPhone won’t have an earphone jack… And who can run without their favorite tunes?

RELATED: The 13 best gifts for cats and the people who love them


11. Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer, $50, Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

Who needs pasta when you can turn zucchini, squash or other root veggies into angel-hair-like strands?

12. Wine Lover’s Herb Garden Kit, $24, Terrain


This all-inclusive kit comes with suggested wine-and-food pairings once your herbs are full grown. Wine not included (though that’s not a bad idea to include!).

13. Owl’s Brew Holiday Gift Set, $25, Owl’s Brew

Owl’s Brew

The perfect mixer for healthier cocktails — Owl’s Brew is a low-calorie, healthy tea-based mixer. The holiday trio includes mulling spices, salted caramel toddy and grapefruit Collins flavors.

14. Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations, $21, Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

A cookbook full of delicious and healthy recipes for all types of eaters: gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo-friendly.

15. S.W. Basics Starter Mini Kit, $27, S.W. Basics of Brooklyn

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn

Natural skincare products that are worth raving about: this mini set contains rosewater and tea tree cleanser, organic apple cider vinegar toner and shea butter cream.

Kid’s teacher, coach or babysitter

16. S’well bottle, $25, Nordstrom


This pretty bottle will remind busy caretakers to stop and hydrate!

17. Pure 7 Dark Chocolate Bar, $5, Thrive Market

Thrive Market

Made with 100 percent organic cacao, this rich, nutty chocolate bar is sure to be a hit.

RELATED: 15 perfect gift ideas for fans of ‘Gilmore Girls’

18. Relaxamat Acupressure Relaxation Pillow, $21, Open Sky

Open Sky

Though this pillow might take some getting used to — the spikes are used to help release tension in the body. Use the pillow for 20-40 minutes each day for optimal results.

19. Holiday Forest Glass Tumbler Candle, $18, Way Out Wax

Way Out Wax

This isn’t your average candle — made in Vermont, Way Out Wax products are 100 percent natural and biodegradable. They use only soy wax in candles, and scents are provided by essential oils (that don’t contain dyes or synthetic fragrances).

20. Goals Diary 2017, $27, Etsy


New Year’s resolutions are tough — the healthier way to approach them is through setting weekly goals. This planner will make it that much easier.


21. Gabba Goods Light-Up Disco Ball Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, $30, Nordstrom


This gift is sure to bring back impromptu dance parties — complete with flashing lights.

22. Junior Chef Gadget Set, $35, Williams-Sonoma


Pint-sized tools for tiny chefs — the set includes a garlic press, veggie peeler and grater.

23. Yoga Spinner Game, $15, Fat Brain Toys

Fat Brain Toys

You’re never too young for yoga! This game makes mastering poses even more of a challenge.