by Janel Ovrut Funk in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 2, 2010
by Dana Angelo White in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 2, 2010
- Janel's Cinnamon-Chipotle Spice Blend
We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.
Big things can come in small packages, especially when it’s big flavor in a small container. Making your own spice blend is a great DIY holiday gift for foodies in your life who are looking to shake up their cuisine. With some baby food jars and festive ribbon, you can easily craft up homemade spice blend gifts for friends and family.
This cinnamon-chipotle blend is my favorite one to make in the winter. The fiery chipotle spice heats things up, while the cinnamon adds a sweet contrast to the smoky flavor. It reminds me of curling up by the fire with some Mexican Hot Chocolate!
Get this easy, versatile spice rub recipe »
by Dana Angelo White in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 1, 2010
Cookies help you satisfy that sweet tooth with built-in portion control (as long as you just eat one or two). We’ve rounded up some Healthy Eats-approved favorites — classic recipes, plus a few fun twists.
Ginger Pecan Oatmeal Crisps
Holiday Sugar Cookies
Crispy Rice Squares
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Biscotti
Espresso Chip Meringues
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Gingerbread Boys and Girls
Triple Chocolate Cookies
Get more smart cookie picks »
TELL US: What’s your no-fail holiday cookie recipe?
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 1, 2010
- Dana's Homemade Vanilla Extract
Starting today, we’re serving up a new healthy gift idea every day for 12 days! First up: from-scratch vanilla extract your friends and family will love.
Using high-quality, pure vanilla extract can make all the difference in baked goods and whipped cream, but the good stuff can get pricey! You can make some that’s beyond better for a fraction of the cost. This gourmet-caliber extract makes an ideal hostess gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who loves to cook.
Make homemade vanilla extract »
by Dana Angelo White in Thanksgiving, November 24, 2010
- Try two or three mini-doughnuts instead of a full-sized one.
Every year I celebrate Hanukkah by enjoying the infamous holiday doughnut. Yes, I am a registered dietitian who’s telling you that it’s okay to eat a doughnut — can you believe it?! This doesn’t mean you have permission for a free-for-all indulgence, but if you really want a doughnut, go for it! Just use our tips to do it the smart way.
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by Toby Amidor in Food Safety, Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 23, 2010
- Rachael Ray's Orange-Scented Green Beans
There’s no shortage of extra calories at the Thanksgiving table. While we’d never tell you not to indulge, these effortless options can shave more than 500 calories off your holiday meal.
5 easy ways to trim 100 calories »
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 17, 2010
- Tools of the Trade: Use heat and ice packs to maintain temps as you travel.
A friend or family member asks you to chip in a dish for Thanksgiving dinner — now what? This can get tricky, especially if you’ve got a long car or train ride ahead of you. Here are some things to consider before you decide what to tote along.
Thanksgiving potlucks: What to bring and how to bring it »
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, Thanksgiving, November 17, 2010
Growing up with a vegan chef (my mother), I’ve had the most wonderful vegetarian Thanksgiving experiences. She’d load the table with creative dishes made from seasonal fruits and veggies, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. We’ve put together vegetarian (and even some vegan) options for Thanksgiving day — and you don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy them.
Get our mix-and-match menu »
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 10, 2010
- Dana's Vegan Pear Tart
I don’t follow a vegan diet, but find myself experimenting with all kinds of vegan recipes, just because they’re delicious. Instead of the classic apple desserts this Thanksgiving, try another seasonal treat in this simple and rustic tart.
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by Toby Amidor in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, November 9, 2010
- Should You Go Organic or Conventional With Your Bird?
For my family, the Thanksgiving meal is all about digging into to a seasonal bounty of our favorite foods. While I may be able to find many turkey day must-haves organically produced, they come at a much higher price. Do I need to go for broke this holiday?
Our take: Are organic turkeys and produce worth the high price tag?
- Instead of buying instant potatoes, make your own lighter mashers.
Shopping for the right Thanksgiving ingredients can make all the difference. Simple changes can cut down on calories, sugar, fat and preservatives without compromising flavor. As you hit the market to pick up your Thanksgiving fare, think about making these swaps.
Make these healthy Thanksgiving swaps »