Instead of giving boxes of chocolate or batches of homemade brownies, why not give the gift of time and health this holiday season? Sure, it is the thought that counts. Giving is giving. Kindness is kindness. But wouldn’t it be super cool to give thoughtful presents that also make the recipient healthier? And what about the gift of time? If you give away healthy breakfasts and snacks, you’ve given someone free minutes in their day. Time is so precious and everyone wants more of it. To me, there’s nothing more generous than that!
I’ll provide some of my favorite gifts to give right here for you. Feel free to swap flavors and tweak things to suit your needs. The goal is to just get you thinking beyond cookies and sugar-laden treats.
If you make someone a gift, don’t forget to include a cute tag and little accessories, like spoons, colorful straws, or maybe even a mug or good book. This matcha latte starter is one of my favorites because it is so darned healthy. Matcha green tea provides a tremendous amount of antioxidants, but most people don’t know how to make it taste delicious. I crave mine every day, but that’s due in large part to how I make it.
Matcha Latte Starter
TO MAKE: (10 servings)
In a small mason jar, scoop 10 teaspoons of matcha green tea. Add 8 teaspoons of cocoa powder, 10 mini scoops of organic concentrated stevia and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Shake the mason jar to combine.
Add a gift tag that says:
Matcha Latte Starter
Heat 16 oz of almond or coconut milk.
Add 1 heaping teaspoon of Matcha Mix. Whisk until combined. Enjoy!
To a Mason jar, add 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/2-1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 tablespoon chocolate flax, 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, pinch of stevia, 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
Pour almond milk to the brim. Refrigerate overnight, and serve.
If you want to include Homemade Coconut Milk, click here for my recipe.
Mine are delish! Click on the link above to learn how to make this inexpensive super-food gift!
Crispy Zucchini Chips:
Slice 4 medium zucchini to 1/4″ thick. Toss in a large bowl with 2 teaspoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Lay in dehydrator and set to 160 degrees for 10 hours.
GIVE TO THOSE IN NEED!
These adorable fruit wreaths are inexpensive and nonperishable. Make several with your kids, and leave them in your car. Drive past areas where you see homeless people and hand them one. Be sure to add a tag that says: “I made this just for you” or “May your year be fruitful.”
Buy a long ream of cello wrap. Tie off one end with ribbon. Slip a pieces of fruit into the tube and keep repeating the tie/fruit process until you reach the end. Then tie both ends together.
These make great teacher gifts too. The last thing they need is more chocolate or another Starbucks gift card. Get crafty and give a wreath of health, along with a few other healthy ideas instead.
Dinner in a Jar!
Simply fill a very large glass vessel with all the fixings for a vegetarian chili or taco soup. Make sure your instruction card tells the recipient how to prepare the meal.
For taco chili, I include: 1 can organic black beans, 1 can organic crushed tomatoes, 1 can organic corn, 1 onion, 1 taco seasoning packet or a container of Flavor God “Taco Tuesday” and two avocados.
Recipe Card (serves 4):
Chop 1/2 cup of onion. Pour un-drained beans and tomatoes into a crock pot (or stove-top pot). Drain corn and add with onion and taco seasoning to taste. Heat on low in a crockpot for 3 hours, or stovetop on low for 20 minutes. Top with chopped avocado (sour cream, chopped chicken and cheese-optional).
Cinnamon Chocolate Peanut Butter
In a large food processor, add 20 ounces of dry roasted peanuts, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Process until smooth (about 8 minutes). Pulse in 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 1/2 cup Lily’s sugar-free chocolate chips.
Pour into two 8 ounces Mason Jars and add a cute tag.
Such a great way to gift a healthy morning!
In a Mason jar or glass milk bottle, add 2 scoops peanut butter protein powder, 1/4 cup peanuts, 4 mini scoops of concentrated organic stevia and 2 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate chips.
Recipe card (serves 2):
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Shake:
Add starter kit to a large blender with 2 cups of ice and 2 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk. Blend until thick and smooth. Serve. Enjoy!
For another flavor option, click here.