Holiday Food Gifts: Healthier Goodies (cont.)
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.
10 Facts about Flax
To help motivate you to add flaxseed to your diet, here are 10 interesting facts about flax:
1. Flaxseed has been on the planet for thousands of years, and is now mostly grown in Canada and the Dakotas.
11. On the eleventh day of Christmas my FOODIE gave to me... 11 cups of coffee
But not just any coffee. Give them the best coffee on the planet (at least what you think is the best coffee). You might want to know if they like their coffee locked and loaded (with caffeine) or if they are discrete decaf-ers. Obviously the "best" coffee is highly subjective. But if you're looking for a company that sells coffee befitting fine restaurants around the world and that packages that fabulous coffee in sleek, festive-looking tins, give Illy at look.
Illy is not just for espresso machines anymore. They now sell coffee ground perfectly for a drip coffee system. For $26, you can get two tins (8.8 ounces each) of medium grind for drip coffee in medium or dark roast, with an Illy-engraved measuring spoon thrown in. The Illy company was founded in Italy in 1933, and now its coffee is brewed in more than 41,000 restaurants and coffee bars and is sold in over 100 countries around the world --- totaling over 6 million cups of Illy espresso a day! It's been my own experience that Illy offers coffee enthusiasts an authentic Italian experience in every cup. I will travel to Italy one of these years, but in the meantime, at least I've got my Illy coffee. Visit them at www.illy.com
12. On the 12th day of Christmas my FOODIE gave to me ... 12 pieces of personalized fudge.
What candy says "Christmas" more than fudge? And this lighter fudge recipe is super-special because it literally takes 5 minutes to make in the microwave. The recipe also gives you some options to personalize your fudge. Your recipient will know the fudge was created just for him or her.
Personalized 5-Minute Fudge
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1 portion light dessert (without mix-ins). With mix-ins, journal as 1 portion medium dessert.
3 cups chocolate chips, according to preference (such as 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips plus 1 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate chips)
Yield: 64 squares
Per 2 squares (not including mix-ins): 110 calories, 1.5 g protein, 16 g carbohydrate, 4.5 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, <5 mg cholesterol, 1.0 g fiber, 19 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 37%.
Recipes provided by Elaine Magee; © 2006 Elaine Magee
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.
Published December 8, 2006.
SOURCES: The Flax Cookbook, Elaine Magee, 2003. Lilian Thompson, PhD, professor of nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
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