Coastal Virginia's Local Healthy Gift Guide, Part I

CoVa Health Habits Local Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

Having trouble picking gifts for your loved ones this season? If you’re looking for great gift ideas that will help your family and friends stay healthy, while also giving back to local small business owners, look no further. Here’s your Coastal Virginia healthy holiday gift guide!

Share the gift of healthy local cuisine. When it comes to eating out, we in Coastal Virginia are faced with tons of options, but they certainly aren’t all healthy or supportive of our local farmers. Help your loved ones make health-conscious dining decisions by giving them a gift card (or taking them yourself!) to a restaurant that’s dedicated to serving healthy options and using local ingredients that give back to our community.

Here are a few of Coastal Virginia’s healthy dining options:

Citrus, Virginia Beach

Pasha Mezze, Norfolk

The Cutting Edge Café, Chesapeake

Fruitive, Virginia Beach

Lemongrass Grille, Chesapeake

Burrito Perdido, Chesapeake

Chartreuse Bistro, Norfolk

Azar’s Natural Foods, Virginia Beach

Help them get started on their fitness journey. We all have that friend who wants to try out that yoga class or the new gym that opened up close to their house. Some people just need an extra push to get started. Many of our local fitness studios and gyms have holiday gift options, and this year, many are giving the gift of amazing discounts!

Here are just a few ideas (find more on Groupon!):

10-class pass for $49 or one month unlimited yoga classes for $39:

Bikram Yoga, Virginia Beach (Sandbridge)

$29 for 10 group fitness classes, $39 for 20 group fitness classes, $39 for 10 beginner Crossfit classes, $49 for 20 beginner Crossfit classes:

Wellness One Fitness/Crossfit Great Bridge, Chesapeake

$39 for 10 boot camp classes or $59 for 20 boot camp classes:

TNT Bootcamp of Hampton Roads, LLC, Hampton

$25 for 10 yoga classes, $39 for one month unlimited classes, $99 for three months unlimited classes:

Atma Bodha Yoga Studio, Virginia Beach

$35 for 10 barre classes:

Pilates-4, Virginia Beach

$39 for 10 dance fitness classes or $99 for all-access pass for 25 classes:

N.I.A.A. Studio, Norfolk

Treat them to all-natural sweets. No, cookies and cakes are never going to necessarily be super nutritious for you. However, you can find options that taste delectably indulgent but are much better for you than your average pre-packaged, preservative-filled snack. There are several local treat shops dedicated to serving healthier options, like only natural, non-artificial, gluten-free or sugar-free ingredients.

Check out these yummy options:

Ethereal Cupcakes and Coffee Shop, Newport News

Grassfield Cookies, Chesapeake

My Vegan Sweet Tooth, Virginia Beach

Flour Child Bakery, Virginia Beach

Carolina Cupcakery, Norfolk (Kosher bakery) & Chesapeake (dedicated wheat/nut-free kitchen)

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Chelsea Sherman is a writer/communication guru living in Virginia Beach. She currently serves as the copywriter for PSIGEN Software. She is also a health blogger and freelance writer for Coastal Virginia Magazine and the volunteer Communication Manager for the nonprofit All We Are. She loves Jesus, spending time with her daughter and her husband, working out, eating bacon and Netflix binging.




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