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2016 Healthy Living Gift Guide

The Suzlyfe Healthy Living Gift Guide is your resource to treat yourself, your family, and the odd stranger this holiday season! If you are shopping for a runner or fitness enthusiast, start here.

Miss any other posts from this week? Here you go!

Though I know that some of you all aren’t so interested in product reviews, I think you will be glad that I do them when you check out this healthy living gift guide! Any fitness enthusiast (not just runners!) would be very thankful to receive any of these gifts!  All opinions are my own.

2016 Holiday Healthy Living Gift Guide

This 2016 Holiday Healthy Living Gift Guide is perfect for the runner or fitness enthusiast on your list! Favorite stocking stuffers, gear, and the best gift you can give! @suzlyfe

Food and Nutrition


RXBars continue to be one of my favorite pre- or post-workout fuel options. I love that they have no-nonsense ingredients and are delicious to boot! Favorite flavors? Chocolate Sea Salt is my number one, and then Chocolate Coconut and Mint Chocolate, then Blueberry. I have to say, Peanut Butter is probably my least favorite, but honestly? Not a bad one.

Clif Nut Butter Filled Bars

Refueling with Clif Bar and more at the BTN B10K in Grant Park Chicago. Check out the race review and recap at!

Another bar that I am obsessed with is any flavor of the Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar. I recently found them on Amazon on major sale, and I bought four 12-count boxes. I’ve had one every night for the past week, and I’m not going to stop any time soon! Love love love the coconut almond butter (it isn’t overly coconuty!) and the Chocolate Hazelnut butter.

Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Could supplementing with collagen peptides help your running as well as your skin and nails? Find out at this week's Running Coaches Corner!

Another major love. Prior to this year, I wasn’t really a smoothie or shake person. But my commitment to getting back to my healthy weight while supporting my running started me with a shake-a-day habit (sometimes two a day!). Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides is the best protein powder I’ve used (and there is a Marine Collagen Peptides for vegans!). 

Arctic Zero

I have fallen in love with Arctic Zero Fit Frozen Desserts! The Cake Batter is amazing! Non GMO, lactose free and gluten free!

I tried Arctic Zero years ago, and I was #notimpressed. But then I tried it again at Blogfest/IDEA World, and I found myself changing my mind. When they reached out with the offer for me to try it again, I decided to go for it. Cue Arctic Zero hording. Even ALEX likes the new flavors! Faves include Cake Batter, Cookie Dough, Key Lime Pie, and Brownie Blast.

Fitness Gear

JLab Epic 2 Wireless Earbuds

You all know the story. I was totally holding out, refusing to be involved with Bluetooth earbuds. These have 100% changed me. I haven’t worn another pair of headphones since getting these Jlab earbuds, and now that winter is here, having the wireless capabilities is more necessary than ever! I 100000% recommend them!

Moto 360 Sport Smart Watch 

Loving my new watch face for my Moto 360 Sport watch! Get a full review at

In this day and age, smart watches are de rigeur. Being able to send texts, check email, track your workouts, control your music, and sync everything with your phone? Kind of a big deal.

Yogdev Yoga Wheel

The Yogdev yoga wheel is quickly changing my thoughts on yoga props. They are truly for more than just yoga, and while I love my foam roller, I am looking forward to using the yoga wheel during my hormone treatments to help me meditate, relax, and get loose.

Fitness Apparel

My Trainer Says Customized T-shirt


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Is there something in particular that you (as a trainer or coach) always say to your clients or that you (as a client) are consistently told by your trainer/coach? Wear it on your chest and remind the world to work hard and have fun! Choose from the sayings that others have come up with, or even customize your own My Trainer Says shirt!

Customizable Leggings from Pins to Kill

Curtsy Lunges are a great exercise for runners. Unilateral Core and Glute Exercises for Runners. These are the best functional exercises to help you run faster and prevent injury! Find out more at

Because awesome leggings are always in style. Do you have a totally unique style or want to show off your tribe? Create customized leggings with Pins to Kill!

Feetures Merino + Elite Socks

The best socks out there, in my opinon. Period. Feetures are actually the only non-compression socks that I wear, and I’ve heard that they have some awesome compression socks as well (ppssstttt there might be a final giveaway for the year hidden in my Instagram soon)!

The Perfect Gift for the Runner (or Aspiring Runner)

Coach Suz Training offers running coach and personal training services for all levels of fitness and running goals! From marathoner to bikini competitors, let Coach Suz help you live beyond expectations! Find out more at

What do you get the person that has all the gadgets in the world, all the goals and dreams, but needs a little extra support, expertise, and help in their healthy living, fitness, and running journeys? A customized coaching experience with Coach Suz! I have a variety of packages, all of which are 100% customized and personalized to the client. I’m tough, fair, and your biggest cheerleader, and I would love to talk to you about how we can work together to help you live beyond expectations! Email me or check out my training plan options!

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Linking up with Heather for Friday Favorites, myself, Rachel, Lora, and Debbie for Running Coaches CornerPatty, Erika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run, Nicole, Annmarie, Michelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday, Nicole for Fit and Fashionable Friday, and Ilka and Angela for Food and Fitness Sunday.

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  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Those shirts are awesome!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Gingerbread Protein Pancakes {GF, Low Cal}My Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 5:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think they are hilarious!

      December 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Ok still want the yoga wheel and I also tried the Arctic Zero last year and was not impressed. Perhaps I should try it again.
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…A Few of My Favorite Things-Winter Running GearMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 7:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Try the new chunky versions–they are really good!

      December 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I ask for more running socks each year, and my family is always like, really you want socks? But good running socks aren’t cheap!
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Fuel Your Running with PotatoesMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SERIOUSLY! But luckily, they last forever.

      December 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Those legginnggggss….
    My middle brother is SO damn hard to buy for. The only thing he wants is beard oil. Wish I could get him some of those leggings. Though some good protein bars is an excellent idea. Thanks!
    Cora recently posted…Embracing My Better Qualities: Confessions of a 20 Something WanderlustMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 8:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Beard oil? Yeah. well, I guess you know what he is using it for?

      December 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I love how tiny those ear buds are. I got a pair and they were huge (my ears are tiny) and it just wasn’t a good fit. I’m going to have to try those out!
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Fashion Friday – The Perfect Gym to Street ShoesMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You definitely should, Julie. These come with all those size options!

      December 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Kit

    Great article! I’ve never heard of a yoga wheel before , I’m gonna have to check into it! I got my friend lifting gloves for Christmas haha so your on point with ur blog topics!!!

    December 9, 2016 at 9:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awesome! That is a great present!

      December 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Those leggings are so cuuuuuuuuute!!
    Suzy recently posted…The BumpsMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 9:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need ones with poo on them. Figuratively, of course.

      December 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I would love a fun fitness shirt; I did have one earlier this year, but sadly, I lost it in Ireland. It was a good lesson to me to keep track of my stuff when I’m traveling. 🙂
    Emily recently posted…Why I’m Thankful for the Food Blogger And Recent Recover StrugglesMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 10:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I HATE that. I’ve left a couple of things along the way!

      December 9, 2016 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I REALLY want to try Vital Proteins, but I don’t think they’re in Canada yet because OF COURSE.
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Gift Guide for the Runner in Your LifeMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 10:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t you have an American address that you can use??

      December 9, 2016 at 12:05 pm
      • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

        I have a PO box, but it’s a 4 hour drive (one way) so I don’t use it much.
        When I have a trip planned, I’ll ship to my friend’s houses and pick up when I visit. Haha. (So, yes because I have a trip in January)
        Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Gift Guide for the Runner in Your LifeMy Profile

        December 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    You definitely have some great options here! I was hooked on Clif bars but never heard of the nut butter version, yum! I need those Feetures merino socks!
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…November Monthly Goal Recap and December Running GoalsMy Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 11:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The nut butter bars are the BEST

      December 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Those socks are my favorite!

    December 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The only ones worth wearing!

      December 9, 2016 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Heather @ FITaspire

    I’m seeing that yoga wheel everywhere – I have got to check that out. And I need to find my yoga mojo again. 🙂 Kirk is always the hardest to buy for – because he isn’t much of a stuff person and when he actually wants something he gets it! Still have to shop for him.

    December 9, 2016 at 1:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m the same way–I’m rather particular, and I am very self sufficient!

      December 9, 2016 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    That Yoga wheel looks awesome! And <3 Feetures <3 we have the same pair, for real. LOVE YOU!
    Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete recently posted…Five Races I Want to Run in 2017My Profile

    December 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When are we going to start twinning??

      December 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    OMG, I want it all! I’ve never tried RXBars, and it’s about time I do! Happy Friday! Great ideas, Suzzzzz:)

    December 9, 2016 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Shaw

    Seriously I am OBSESSED with RX bars! I think the blueberry are my fav, and the dark chocolate! Okay, I love them all!

    December 9, 2016 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, I know, choosing a favorite is so freaking hard.

      December 10, 2016 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Sarah @ Sweet Miles

    Girl, this is such a great list!! I loved your thoughts on Arctic Zero – glad you came around!

    December 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I now love it!

      December 10, 2016 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    I just feel in love with those RX bars this week, so behind, I’m lame.

    December 9, 2016 at 4:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are so delicious!

      December 10, 2016 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    Apparently now I’M the last one holding out on the wireless ear buds LOL One would think runners friends are easy to buy for, but I find it challenging because we all have virtually the same stuff. On the off chance I find something that I don’t think a runner friend may have…I buy one for myself as well 😉

    December 9, 2016 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Which is why it is so fun “shopping for others” lol

      December 10, 2016 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I’ll take a lifetime supply of RX bars and Vital Proteins. k thanks!

    December 9, 2016 at 5:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Wouldn’t we all!

      December 10, 2016 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Farrah

    I’d be all over the cake batter + cookie dough! *-*

    December 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is really so good!

      December 10, 2016 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    That yoga wheel made my Christmas list! I hope someone gifts me!

    December 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Maybe you should send them this as a hint!

      December 10, 2016 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Carmy

    Those nut bars are everythingggggggggg. I got a preview of one (not in Canada!) and I LOVED them.

    December 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

    Thanks for the gift guide! These are great options for fitness friends that I haven’t seen everywhere already!

    December 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I tried to make it a bit different!

      December 10, 2016 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    I’m loving all of the gift guides lately! Those ear buds are an awesome gift idea and I always find myself gifting bars. Everyone loves them!

    December 10, 2016 at 9:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know! Plus, that way you get to share some of your favorites with others!

      December 10, 2016 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    SO many great items!! Love your list!
    Lisa @ RunWiki recently posted…DIY Microwavable Lavender Heat Pack with a No Sew OptionMy Profile

    December 10, 2016 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Toni

    This is a great guide! I love arctic zero, it’s in my holiday guide too.
    Toni recently posted…How To Prevent Common Running Injuries-Guest PostMy Profile

    December 10, 2016 at 12:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I need more, honestly.

      December 11, 2016 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Rebecca | NOURISHED. the blog

    Great gift guide!! I need to try the RX bars (I haven’t seen them in Canada yet… 🙁 ) and I definitely am putting one of those yoga wheels on my list this year!!
    Rebecca | NOURISHED. the blog recently posted…Superfood Gingerbread Granola (And a Giveaway!)My Profile

    December 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds like you are well on your way to a great list! I hope you find the RXbars soon!

      December 11, 2016 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Ilka

    I still haven’t tried Arctic Zero ! How is this possible??

    December 11, 2016 at 11:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I do not know, but you need to get on it!

      December 11, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    What a fun guide! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for that Arctic Zero and those socks are the best!
    Sonali- The Foodie Physician recently posted…Holiday Naan CrostiniMy Profile

    December 11, 2016 at 11:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Feetures or NOTHING

      December 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I really want to try the nutbutter filled Clif bars but haven’t found them anywhere! Good to know about the amazon boxes. Those leggings are awesome too!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted…5k training + meal planningMy Profile

    December 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely get them from amazon. Then you can get them all!

      December 11, 2016 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    Those Clif bars are delicious and borderline addicting.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Friday Five – Five Ways to Stay Motivated to Stay Active During the HolidaysMy Profile

    December 11, 2016 at 7:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I literally have one every night!

      December 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Wait, a smart watch that lets you send texts ON it?! NEED! My only gripe with the FitBit I have at the moment is that it sends event/call/text updates but that’s it!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recipe: Vegan Christmas Pudding Baked OatmealMy Profile

    December 11, 2016 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Michelle @ Fruition Fitness

    I have to get my hands on some Arctic Zero! I’ll also have to give the nut butter filled Clif Bars a try…I see them at Target all the time!
    Michelle @ Fruition Fitness recently posted…Gifts for Runners 2016My Profile

    December 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are my absolute favorite!

      December 17, 2016 at 7:44 am
  • Reply Ilka

    Featuring this list of fun goodies at this week’s Sunday Fitness & Food! Love your posts Susie!
    Ilka recently posted…Christmas Tree Banner – DIY Holiday Home DecorMy Profile

    December 18, 2016 at 5:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so so so much, Ilka!

      December 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Angela

    This is a great list! I need to try the yoga roller, it sounds awesome!!

    December 18, 2016 at 6:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The yoga wheel is great! A must for tight hamstrings.

      December 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply San

    Those leggins!
    San recently posted…Five holiday gifts for athletes My Profile

    December 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aren’t they fab!

      December 19, 2016 at 1:21 pm

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