Sunday, December 15, 2013

DIY Healthy Holiday Gifts

Do you have a  large number of friends or family to get holiday gifts for and you don't want to break the bank?

This is when DIY (do it yourself) food gifts come in handy!  

Pumpkin Spice Granola - Nutrition Stripped
Don't offer your recipients more baked sweet treats.  You do not need to contribute to the potential weight gain.  The holidays are already a time when calorie laddened sweet treats are available in excess.  

Head to your kitchen and make a healthy homemade gift!  Be creative and allow the children to help make the gifts.  Your recipients will appreciate a yummy food gift they can enjoy without feeling guilty.

Here are some of our favorite DIY Healthy Holiday Gifts: 

1.   Granola: Make a large batch of flavored granola and pour into a holiday bag or put a ribbon around a mason jar for a festive gift.  Granola is loaded with fiber, which promotes increased satiety due to greater digestion time.  Be sure to minimize the sugar and added fats used to make the granola.
Suggested recipe: Pumpkin Spice Granola from Nutrition Stripped

Vegetable Five Bean Soup - Back to Her Roots
2. Bean Soup: Fill a mason jar with a variety of uncooked beans and your favorite seasonings.  Tie a gift tag with preparation instructions on the outside of the jar.  Beans are an excellent source of protein and the soup will provide an easy lower calorie meal.
Suggested recipe: Vegeterian Five Bean Soup Mix from Back to Her Roots

3.  Spiced Nuts: With only a few short steps you will be able to make this delicious healthy treat.  Pour the finished product into a cute holiday bag.  Like beans, nuts contain a large amount of protein and offer a satiating snack option.
Suggested recipe: Spiced Pecans from Elana's Pantry

4. Herbal Tea Sachets: Purchase bulk herbal tea leaves or blossoms from a tea store, health-food store, or online.  You can purchase empty tea bags or use coffee filters or cheese cloth.  Fill a tea bag with 1 heaping tablespoons or leaves, petals, or blossoms.  For variety make some tea sachets with one single ingredient and others with a combination of ingredients.  The flavonoids in tea offer numerous health benefits including reduced risk for hearth disease and cancer.
Suggested recipe: Homemade Tea Bags from The Comfort of Cooking
Spiced Pecans - Elana's Pantry

5.  Homemade Jams: Package the completed product in a small glass bottle or mason jar.  The advantage to making a homemade jam is the ability to reduce the sugar content. Try sweetening with a natural sugar substitute like stevia or honey.
Suggested recipe: Magical Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam from Oh She Glows

If you must make baked goods try our recipe for Low Fat Sugar Cookies With Icing.

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

1 comment:

  1. Great list of healthy, homemade treats! Who wouldn't just love receiving one of these!?!? Thanks for the wonderful ideas! :D



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