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12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Aida’s Fruit Chips

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 6, 2010
Fruit Chips
Aida Mollenkamp's Fruit Chips

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Help a friend get their apple a day this holiday season with a container of Aida’s easy spiced fruit chips. These festive chips are super-simple to make, and they’ll stand out from the crowd of cakes, candies and cookies.

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12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Flavored Vinegar

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 5, 2010
Flavored Vinegar

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

I start brainstorming holiday gifts for friends and family almost as soon as Thanksgiving ends!  I love to use my culinary inspiration to create handmade gifts for loved ones, and this year I am making flavored vinegars. The fun thing about flavored vinegars is that they are super simple, so you can literally make each one personalized for the recipient and their tastes without a lot of hassle.

Get Katie’s easy vinegar step-by-step »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Ina’s Homemade Marshmallows

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 4, 2010
toasted coconut marshmallows
Ina's Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

If you’re a fan of fluffy marshmallows, try making your own  — you’ll never want the bagged ones again! Ina Garten likes to top them with crunchy pieces of toasted coconut. We’ve got a few more ideas to transform this childhood favorite into an amazing holiday treats.

How-to: Make homemade marshmallows »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Herb’s Eggnog

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 3, 2010
Herb-Mesa-Coquito
Herb's Coquito

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

We all know that eggnog is creamy goodness in a cup. And if you add bourbon, it’s creamy bliss in a cup! But that’s also a creamy 9 grams of fat … in just one glass.

Puerto Ricans have our own version of eggnog: coquito. My mother would always make this icy coconut-based drink for the holidays — a mouthwatering tradition.  But it can still be high in fat, so these days, I make it lighter with a few easy tweaks.  Here’s how to make this classic holiday drink, plus how to package it up for a unique, delicious homemade gift.

Get Herb’s coquito recipe »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Homemade Spice Blend

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, 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 »

Holiday Cookie Roundup

by in Cookies & Other Desserts, Healthy Holidays, December 2, 2010

lemon ricotta cookies

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
Orange-Chocolate Cookies
Espresso Chip Meringues
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Gingerbread Boys and Girls
Triple Chocolate Cookies

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12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Homemade Vanilla Extract

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, 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 »

But I Just Want A Doughnut!?!

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 1, 2010
Mini Banana Beignets
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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5 Ways to Cut 100 Calories: Thanksgiving Dinner

by in Thanksgiving, November 24, 2010
Orange-Scented Green Beans
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 »

Travel Tips For Turkey Day

by in Food Safety, Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 23, 2010
Lunchbox
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 »

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