This Christmas, instead of gifting sugar-packed and unhealthy fat loaded sweets and super salty snacks, try giving healthier and more nutritious foods. Your family and friends will appreciate having these delicious and nutritious healthy alternatives to Christmas treats.
Sometimes little things make a huge difference. Here's the list of healthy Christmas gift ideas. You can make small healthy gifts, or combine some of them in one Christmas wellness hamper.
Nut boxes and bundles
Nuts are one of the healthiest things you can eat. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, dietary fibre and healthy fats. Buy large bags of nuts online and make mixed nuts bundles as Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
You can roast your own nuts at home and then give them to someone special in a nice box! Such a small gift but when it's made by you it means a lot more. Read more how make roasted nuts at home - recipe here.
Dried fruit boxes and bundles
Dried fruits are a very healthy snack option. They are a great source of vitamins and fibre. Buy large bags of fried fruits online and make mixed fruits Christmas boxes and bundles for your family and friends. Choose unsweetened dried fruits to avoid extra sugar!
Organic spice bundles & homemade spice mixes
If you want to spice up the life (and meals) of your loved ones, give them some organic spices. You can buy spices online and make your own spice mixes and spice coatings. The best gifts for Christmas would be mulled wine spice mix and mixed Christmas spice for baking. Check the recipe here. Then you pack it a small glass jar which is perfect for storing spices and wrap it up with a lovely festive ribbon and a gift is ready!
Regular supermarkets usually offer limited selection of herbs in small packaging. If you want to surprise someone who love to cook, buy organic herbs online for them. In a wholefood speciality shop you will find rare organic products and herbs from all around the world. You can mix and match different rare herbs and pack them into small jars that will be the best way to store them for many months.
Organic dark chocolate & vegan chocolate
If you are looking for a gift that is still chocolatey and sweet but healthy go for organic dark chocolate. Dark chocolate bars are available in amazing flavours, from lemon and orange, nut coated to salted caramel. Pay attention to cocoa content - the higher percentage the better but also slightly more bitter.
Organic tea & organic coffee
In winter, a glass of hot beverage is there to keep us warm. Unfortunately, there are many pesticides and artificial fertilisers used in tea and coffee farming. These chemicals can be toxic to the human body and the environment. When you buy organic tea and coffee, you can be sure that there are no toxins in what you drink. Instead you get a drink which is high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and it helps to boost immune system. And that's why organic coffee and tea are great gifts for your loved ones.
Good quality olive oil & vinegar
You may not think about it as it is a pantry staple, but think about a high-quality organic olive oil and you may have a great gift for someone who cooks and loves good food. This kind of gift will truly delight the taste buds. There are also other speciality oils, such as pumpkin seed oil, hemp oil, walnut oil, avocado oil that you may consider for a gift.
Another kitchen must-have is vinegar. The vinegar you find in normal supermarkets is usually cheap and poor quality. In specialty shops for food lovers you will find vinegars made in natural way from best ingredients such as organic fruits with amazing flavours that will enhance the taste of food in amazing ways. A bottle of great quality vinegar will be a great gift for your friends and family who love to explore new flavours.
Homemade cookies & cakes
When you make your own cakes you can decide about the ingredients you choose and you can choose the best quality ingredients that are healthy. You family and loved ones would love to receive something made by you. During Christmas period you can easily find healthy recipes for cakes and cookies. Here's a recipe for Christmas cake that can offer to someone special.