Enjoy this fun Holiday Gift guide for all your shopping needs from @danielleomar

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

This Holiday Gift Guide was so fun to put together. My picks include affiliate links and direct links for easy shopping. I hope you find something special for someone you love! 


alex and ani expandable rings

These expandable wire bangle charm rings from Alex and Ani are the perfect gift for the jewelry lover in your life. The charms are crafted beautifully and there are so many fun options to choose from. I have the Om and the Laughing Buddha rings and I love to hear them jingle as I move through my day. Mix up the charms to create a fun and unique gift. Each charm is expandable from 2” to 3.5” in diameter.  Buy from Alex and Ani here: // Charm Rings



soapbox holiday soap bundle

Soap = hope is this company’s mission. Buy this lovely holiday gift set and your purchase keeps on giving: once to your friend and again when SoapBox donates 9 bars of soap to communities in need. Check the HopeCodes from the back of your products to see exactly where your donations are going!  This gift set includes 2 Tea & Ginger Bars, 2 Hibiscus Bars, 2 Tea & Ginger Hand Soaps, 2 Hibiscus Body Washes and 1 Bonus Black Bar. Buy from Soapbox.com here: // Soapbox Holiday Set



peppermin-lip-duo (1)

Introduce a gal pal to the Beauty Counter line this holiday season. I can’t get enough of this line. It’s toxin-free skin care and makeup that is safe to use. I love this lip care collection. Many lip formulas contain unhealthy ingredients, including BHA, parabens, and undisclosed “fragrances.” Some lip balms also contain petrolatum, which may be contaminated with toxic chemicals like PAHs, which are endocrine disruptors. BC Lip Conditioners do not contain any of the dangerous, unregulated ingredients.  Buy this lip collection or check out the other Holiday collections here: //Beauty Counter




I’m a huge fan of the French press. Once you start your mornings off with a rich french pressed roast, it’s difficult to ever go back to drip. It’s eco-friendly because there are no filters involved and the grinds serve a dual purpose: creating a delicious cup of coffee and fertilizing your garden (or house plants). Buy this Bodum Chambord 8 cup French Press on Amazon here: // Bodum French Press



presecco glasses

Nothing is more fun than being a newlywed. Life is good, optimism is high, and fun is always high on the agenda. Toast your favorite newlyweds this holiday season with these unique prosecco glasses. I love the shape and versatility of this unique gift. Buy from Food52 here: // Prosecco Glass (Set of 2)




The Passion Planner is perfect for the person who still enjoys seeing their goals on paper. It’s more than just a planner. It’s a compass; teaching you not only to think about your goals, but to actually take action towards reaching them in your daily life. Perfect for the recent graduate, student, or anyone who loves a written planner. Buy the Passion Planner for 2016 here: // Passion Planner 



spire wearable tech

Tracking your steps is so 2015. Next year start tracking your mood! SPIRE is a stress monitor that measures your mood and tracks not only your activity, but your breathing patterns. How often are you calm, tense, active, or focused? Discover which of these realms you live in most often and what is causing it. If Spire thinks you’re stressing out, it sends a notification to your phone so you can take a deep breath and try to calm down. Wearing this device should help to induce a more Zen-like state and increase mindfulness exactly when you need it most. Pretty freaking cool, right? This one is on my own gift list for a certain someone who needs it. Buy it here: // SPIRE 



cookbook and spiralizer

Any clean eater will love this Cookbook and Spiralizer combo. I mean who wouldn’t want to turn veggies into healthy, creative, and satisfying meals? I know I sure do. Ali Mafucci, the author of Inspiralized is the Queen of spiralized vegetable dishes and her cookbook will keep the clean eater on your list busy spiralizing for years to come. Buy both the cookbook and the spiralizer on Amazon here:  Spiralizer // Cookbook



diffuser & essential oil Holiday gift set

Transform a friend, colleague or loved one’s space into a spa-like atmosphere with Young Living’s Dewdrop Diffuser. It functions as a humidifier, atomizer, and aroma diffuser in one. I use my diffuser every day in my office and can attest to the effects: it’s relaxing, calming, and just makes me happy.

Right now get a free Northern Lights Black Spruce with any diffuser purchase. Buy this Essential Oils Diffuser at YL here: Dew Drop Home Diffuser



workout tees

We are a huge fan of Andrea’s tee shirts at our house. They’re workout clothes fit real people with real bodies. They’re also soft, easy to throw on, and not overpriced. Choose a special message for a friend who needs a little motivation to keep working at her fitness goals. My Beast Coast tee always get a laugh! I love what this company stands for: fitness looks different on everyone, and that every body is capable of achieving it. Shop for all types of teeshirts here: // Thick to Thin

Happy Holidays and happy shopping!



Enjoy this fun Holiday Gift guide for all your shopping needs from @danielleomar

sliced cauliflower salad with fennel and green apple

Cauliflower Salad w/ Fennel & Green Apple

This holiday-worthy cauliflower salad is a unique mix of sweet, savory and delicious!

sliced cauliflower salad with fennel and green apple

If you read my blog regularly you know I love salad! I eat it most days of the week. I hear from my clients all the time that salad making is too time consuming, but I’ve always had the knack for whipping one up for dinner, lickety split. I actually enjoy it.

That being said, I get bored, too! I go through phases, experimenting with different types of lettuce, sprouts, and microgreens because for me, a salad is all about the greens. That’s why this sliced cauliflower salad with fennel and green apple is a bit of a stretch. Come on, no greens? Is it possible to create a delicious and satisfying salad without lettuce?

sliced cauliflower salad with fennel and green apple

Oh, yes it is! This sliced cauliflower salad is a tasty mix of flavor. It’s crunchy with a slight hint of licorice from the fennel. The green apple brings a little sweet and the pomegranate adds a shot of antioxidants (plus a gorgeous color!). The roasted pistachios add a salty bite, but you could certainly use walnuts, almonds or even pine nuts. I tossed it all together with a sweet and tangy maple and miso vinaigrette!

sliced cauliflower salad with fennel and green apple

I created this recipe for my Inspired Vegetarian column over at Healthy Aperture. Because of it’s holiday-inspired colors, I think it would be the perfect side salad for Thanksgiving or a New Year’s Eve bash.

Click here to get the full recipe!

Try this sliced cauliflower salad with fennel and green apple recipe for a gorgeous holiday side dish. Crunchy and delicious on it's own, too! via @danielleomar

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bites

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Krispies

Crispy no bake, fall-inspired energy balls bursting with pumpkin, peanut butter and just a hint of chocolate. The perfect mid-day snack!

No-Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Krispies

No Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Balls

I love a good no-bake bite so I was pretty psyched this month’s Recipe Redux challenge was to create a healthy recipe using nuts and nut butters in honor of National Nut Day. Yes, October 22nd is National Nut Day…who knew?  I certainly don’t need a special holiday to cook with nuts and nut butters, that’s for sure. They are a staple in my diet!

How Much Is Too Much?

I get asked a lot about how many nuts to eat and how many are too much. It’s a valid question. My standard advice is that nuts do well as condiments.  Sprinkling nuts onto salads or to finish off a dish is a great strategy.

If you want to enjoy nuts or nut butters in larger quantities, it’s all about the pairing. It’s important to balance out your calories. Nuts do contain protein, but they also contain quite a bit fat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fat phobe. The problem is that fat alone just doesn’t satisfy. If I’m having nuts or nut butter as an afternoon snack, I always pair it with a high fiber option, preferably produce.

Nut butters are great with sliced apples or spread onto celery. A handful of sliced almonds or chopped pistachios go well sprinkled on leftover roasted vegetables. For an on-the-go snack try these amazing No Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Balls. A Lara bar, Clif Mojo bar, or Kind bar are other energy bar options. These nut options are balanced and rounded out with other ingredients. The idea is not to just mindlessly eat nuts straight from the bag. That is a recipe for overeating!

No-Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bites

I love to make my own Lara bar-inspired bites because I can control the ingredients. I think Lara bars are pretty simple and I like a more complex flavor.

I’m not much of a baker so I don’t work with canned pumpkin often. It’s actually a lot more bland than I thought. There’s definitely a hint of pumpkin in these balls, but the main flavor is peanut butter. This doesn’t bother me at all because I could live off of peanut butter. When you make them yourself you can play around with the ratios to get the flavor profile that you prefer.

No-Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Krispies

Another fun add-in I used was Rice Krispies. I had some left over from who know’s what and thought I would throw them in instead of using oats. Yes, oats are a much healthier choice, but I was looking for a crispy, light texture to balance out the heaviness of the peanut butter. I think I succeeded! The balls are crispy and airy with a nice crunch!

Here’s how I made them:

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Krispies

Yield: 12-15 balls

Serving Size: 1

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Krispies


  • 10 Medjool dates
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, crushed
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 1 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp cacao nibs (or 1 Tbsp cocoa powder)
  • For Coating
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup Rice Krispies


  1. Make the coating first by pulsing the ingredients together until flour-like. Place in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. To the food processor add the dates, cashews, peanuts, and cocoa nibs together and blend well. Once pretty smooth and not too crunchy, add vanilla, pumpkin, peanut butter, and maple syrup. Once well combined, remove from food processor and place in a bowl. Stir in rice krispies.
  3. Roll mixture into balls and then coat the balls with the topping. Do this by just dropping each ball into the ball and coating.
  4. Store in the fridge.

No-Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Krispies. Perfect mid-day snack recipe, easy to make and rivals anything you can buy! via @DanielleOmar