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My Must Haves for Kitchen, Workout and Yoga

I wasn’t planning on doing a “favorite things” post for the holidays but a few people have inquired about my favorite fitness and yoga gear and kitchen tools so I thought I’d put together a quick list of some of my must haves.


Kitchen Aid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Mixer. My baby. Seriously the most cherished thing in my kitchen. This was my Christmas gift from my parents the year after I graduated from college. I use it for everything from baking cookies to mashing potatoes.

Cuisinart Grind and Brew 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker. We’ve had this coffeemaker for over five years and there’s no way I could ever go back to buying pre-ground coffee. Using whole beans makes so much difference in the flavor of the coffee. There is a little more to clean but it’s totally worth it. Also, the thermal carafe keeps the coffee warm for hours which is perfect for us since I get up so much earlier than Brandon. The coffee doesn’t sit on a warmer and get that burnt taste.

All-Clad Stainless 2-Quart Saucepan. I think it’s important to invest in quality cookware, especially if you enjoy cooking. I use this 2-quart saucepan daily. It’s the perfect size for oatmeal, heating soup and sauces and for cooking rice and other grains.

Dizzy Pig Seasoning Rubs. My dad discovered these rubs years ago and we’ve been huge fans ever since. We have every single rub that they offer and use them not only for grilling but also for seasoning meats and veggies for indoor cooking. Very high-quality product and excellent and very personal customer service.

Peugeot u’Select Lacquered Salt and Pepper Mills. I love these salt and pepper mills from Williams-Sonoma. I keep them on my stovetop so that I can season my food as I cook with freshly ground sea salt and peppercorns.

William-Sonoma Goldtouch Nonstick Jelly Roll Pan. I adore the entire Williams-Sonoma Goldtouch line and use it exclusively for baking. I particularly love this jelly roll pan because it’s perfect for cookies but it’s also my go-to for roasting veggies since it has the raised edges.


Sweaty Bands. I don’t wear headbands often but when I do these are my headband of choice. They stay in place and come in tons of cute designs and colors.

Lululemon Wunder Unders. I live in these pants. I love the crop and the full-length legging.





Garmin Forerunner 305 with Heart Rate Monitor. I love my Garmin and the ability to synch it to my computer to track my workouts. I totally credit the Garmin with making me a faster runner. It’s crazy what being aware of your pace can do for your running. It’s a great training tool!

Zensah Compression Sleeves. I got hooked on compression sleeves when I was training for Marine Corps last year and I still like to wear them for runs (and post run) on days when my legs are feeling a little fatigued.

Lululemon Stride Jacket. I wear this jacket pretty much every day. I’m sure that people at the studio and at the gym think that I have no other clothes. It’s so comfortable. My favorite features are the thumbholes and the turtleneck collar and hood. You can bundle as much as you need to!

Lululemon Destined for Greatness Duffle. For the longest time I did not own a gym bag. I carried my stuff around like a hobo using shopping bags. I finally invested in this bag this year and I carry it everywhere I go. It has a padded sleeve for my laptop, a special compartment for sweaty clothes, a mat strap and more. Love it!




Manduka Black Mat Pro. I’ve had my Manduka for a year and a half now and it’s still just as good as the day I got it. These mats are thick, easy to grip and sturdy. A bit on the expensive side but completely worth the price.




If you practice hot yoga or just tend to get really sweaty in yoga and slip on your mat, Yogitoes are a must. You place the towel over your mat and it provides a no-slip surface. The sweatier you get, the better it works!

So there is my holiday roundup! Let me know if you have any questions and I’d love to hear what some of your “must haves” are for kitchen, workout and yoga!

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  • 1
    itsrobfiasco December 10, 2011, 11:39 am

    these are my favorite posts of yours Jen!! it’s great to find out about what other products people are using, and loving that I might not be aware of. Whehter it’s kitchen appliances, foods, books or music, i’m always interested! Keep it up!

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    Sarah December 10, 2011, 11:47 am

    Great list girl! Sort of like Oprah, but with less yelling “FAVORITE THIIINGS”!

    So funny how I have all of these items as well (sans Compression Sleeves & Dizzy Spices)!! I wish I had more of the gold pans though…maybe Santa will bring me some 🙂

    • 4
      Food Babe December 11, 2011, 12:44 am

      Haha – I felt the same way – I have a lot of these items – except the Lululemon – which I want!!! I have a Holiday Gift Guide on my blog – check it out – I think you’ll like it too! I wonder if you have all of these 🙂 http://foodbabe.com/2011/11/28/holiday-gift-guide/

  • 5
    Paul December 10, 2011, 11:53 am

    This is such a fun little list. It’s always neat to see what people gravitate towards. I *just* tried the Black Mat last night. I received it for my birthday in October (!) and just got around to using it because I’ve been so busy with school. It was my treat I told myself when I finished classes. I think I’ll like it once it’s broken in. It’s super slippery right now!

  • 6
    Ally December 10, 2011, 11:54 am

    Oops, Paul should be Ally 🙂 Forgot to switch!

  • 7
    Alaina December 10, 2011, 3:39 pm

    I love All Clad!! David and I received a whole set as a wedding present. They really will last for so long. 🙂

  • 8
    Courtney @ Fitness with a Fork December 10, 2011, 7:44 pm

    Such a good idea for a blog post! I may have to follow in your footsteps! 😉 I also need to check out Lululemon, everyone keeps talking about it!

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    She Rocks Fitness December 10, 2011, 8:06 pm

    I just went to Lulu on Thursday and picked up a running jacket, mittens, and a long sleeve thermal. Early Christmas gift for me. Nothing beats the Wunder Under! That pant is the perfect fit and makes the booty and legs look amazing. I live in them too. Have a wonderful weekend and love all of your kitchen ideas. 🙂

  • 10
    Holly @ Pink Runner December 10, 2011, 8:08 pm

    I would really like to try a new yoga mat… maybe I’ll be able to invest someday!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 10, 2011, 10:27 pm

    People always ask my what the compression sleeves are for. I was probably asked AT LEAST 5 times during the marathon today and tons of times before that if people have seen me wear them. They’re amazing!

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    Food Babe December 11, 2011, 12:42 am

    I like all your Lululemon suggestions, I totally want a gift card for xmas – check out my Holiday Gift Guide too! Let me know what you think! http://foodbabe.com/2011/11/28/holiday-gift-guide/

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    Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement December 12, 2011, 8:24 am

    I just got the stride jacket last night and its good to hear it’s tried and true. You mentioned the Yogitoes a while back and I got it and loved it. Great recommendation.

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