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6. On the sixth day of Christmas, my FOODIE gave to me… 6 faux frying essentials.

This Faux Frying Gift Basket uses a brand spanking new nonstick frying pan as the basket (item No. 1). The pan is filled with these 5 other faux frying essentials:

  • A nonstick spatula to help "fry" food in your nonstick frying pan and bakeware.
  • A silicon brush, for brushing canola oil lightly onto food or your nonstick frying pan and bakeware.
  • A can of canola cooking spray for lightly covering your food or pans.
  • A small bottle of canola oil. Light frying often requires a small amount of an oil that can handle higher temperature oven-frying and light pan-frying.
  • A cookbook that contains recipes for lighter versions of "fried" foods. Of course, I recommend my own book Fry Light, Fry Right, which is all about having your favorite fried foods and eating light, too.

7. On the seventh day of Christmas my FOODIE gave to me … 7 festive food bars.

To all your sporty friends, give the gift of fast fuel. Assemble an assortment of 7 of your favorite power bars, packaged with a new sports towel and sports bottle, and maybe even a small workout bag. A box of 12 bars costs about $15. Here are some suggested flavors:

From Clif Bar:

  • Iced Gingerbread
  • Caramel Apple Cobbler
  • Spiced Pumpkin Pie (include 2 of these bars for your total of 7)
  • Banana Nut

From Luna Bar:

  • Peppermint Stick
  • Chocolate Pecan Pie

You can find Clif and Luna bars at grocery stores and health food stores across the country, or order online at: www.clifbar.com or www.lunabar.com

8. On the eighth day of Christmas my FOODIE gave to me … 8 Easy Cinnamon Rolls.

This bread machine recipe for lighter, higher-fiber cinnamon rolls makes two cake pans filled with eight rolls each. They rise in the refrigerator overnight and are ready to bake in the morning. You can either give them ready-to-rise, ready-to-bake, or ready-to-eat -- it's your choice! The best part is that this recipe makes one pan to keep and one pan to give.

Easy & Light Cinnamon Rolls

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal 1 roll as 2 small muffins OR 3 pieces of pancake, waffle, French toast

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