Holiday Food Gifts: Healthier Goodies (cont.)
6. On the sixth day of Christmas, my FOODIE gave to me... 6 faux frying essentials.
This Faux Frying Gift Basket uses a brand spanking new nonstick frying pan as the basket (item No. 1). The pan is filled with these 5 other faux frying essentials:
7. On the seventh day of Christmas my FOODIE gave to me ... 7 festive food bars.
To all your sporty friends, give the gift of fast fuel. Assemble an assortment of 7 of your favorite power bars, packaged with a new sports towel and sports bottle, and maybe even a small workout bag. A box of 12 bars costs about $15. Here are some suggested flavors:
From Clif Bar:
From Luna Bar:
8. On the eighth day of Christmas my FOODIE gave to me ... 8 Easy Cinnamon Rolls.
This bread machine recipe for lighter, higher-fiber cinnamon rolls makes two cake pans filled with eight rolls each. They rise in the refrigerator overnight and are ready to bake in the morning. You can either give them ready-to-rise, ready-to-bake, or ready-to-eat -- it's your choice! The best part is that this recipe makes one pan to keep and one pan to give.
Easy & Light Cinnamon Rolls
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal 1 roll as 2 small muffins OR 3 pieces of pancake, waffle, French toast
Icing1/2 cup light cream cheese
2 tablespoons less fat margarine or whipped butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yield: 16 cinnamon rolls
Per roll: 370 calories, 7.5 g protein, 66 g carbohydrate, 8.5 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 330 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 21%
9. On the ninth day of Christmas my FOODIE gave to me... 9 ounces of nifty nuts.
You can find festive, 9-ounce cans of nuts from Planters in your neighborhood grocery store. Dress it up with a colorful bow and gift tag, and you're good to go. One of my favorite Planters Nut can collections is the lightly salted Heart-Healthy Mix with peanuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts.
As a bonus, the health claim on the label reads: "Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as peanuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and not resulting in increased caloric intake, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease."
10. On the 10th day of Christmas my FOODIE gave to me ... 10 facts about flaxseed.
Send your special someone the healthy gift of flax, which I consider one of the most nutritionally powerful plant foods on the planet. You could send a pound of ground flaxseed along with a printed version of the "10 Facts about Flax" below. Or put together a Flax Pack: Package a cookbook with flaxseed recipes (like my book, The Flax Cookbook) with a pound of ground flaxseed, all wrapped up in ribbon with a shiny new tablespoon measure dangling from the bow.