Homemade "Healthful" Holiday Gifts
Try these festive goodies for giving
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
Reviewed By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
People love getting edible gifts from the kitchens of friends of family; at least that's what they tell me when I give them something healthful and homemade each year! Homemade food gifts are particularly welcome during the holidays because this is the time of year when people are busier than usual and could use a beverage or food break.
I brought 9-inch pans of light cinnamon rolls to neighbors one year. Another year I made my less-sugar triple berry jam, and last year I left loaves of cranberry walnut bread on their doorsteps. But just in case you don't want to brave the kitchen right about now, I included a list of some healthful food and non-food gifts that you can purchase instead of make.
10 Healthful Food Gifts You Can Buy for Your Friends and Family
10 Healthful Non-Food Gifts You Can Buy for Your Friends & Family
And for you kitchen-friendly folks, here are a few recipes that work out great as homemade holiday gifts:
Cranberry Eggnog Quick Bread
Journal one slice as: 1/2 of a small muffin.
This bread tastes even better the next day. Cute little loaves make excellent gifts because the color and flavor of this bread epitomizes the holiday season! These loaves also freeze well.
1 large egg
Makes two 8x3 3/4 inch loaves, one 9x5 inch loaf, or three 5 3/4x3 1/4 inch loaves.
Per serving (about 20 servings altogether): 135 calories, 3 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 3.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 1.8 g monounsaturated fat, 0.9 g polyunsaturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 118 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 24%.
Cinna-nilla Hot Cocoa Mix (with Splenda)
Journal as: 3/4 cup of skim milk.
Hot cocoa mix with a twist! This recipe makes enough hot cocoa mix to fill about four 1-pint jars. Many of the hot cocoa mixes you buy in the store contain partially hydrogenated fats, which mean they contain the undesirable trans fats. By making your own hot cocoa mix, you can use a fat-free nondairy creamer and powdered milk to almost eliminate the trans fats and Splenda to replace the sugar.
4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
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