12 Days of Holiday Food Gifts
Give the gift of healthier edible goodies this season.
4. On the fourth day of Christmas, my FOODIE gave to me… 4 whole-wheat cake mixes.
Whole-wheat cake mixes? That's right. They're brand new from Bob's Red Mill,
headquartered in Oregon. There are four flavors, each calling for a small
amount of vegetable oil and each with its own topping suggestion printed on the
- Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Mix.
- Chocolate Cake Mix.
- Gingerbread Cake Mix.
- Spice Apple Cake Mix.
A serving of each of these cakes contains around 2 grams of fiber, 220
calories, and 17 grams of sugar. A nonstick, 9-inch cake pan completes the gift
nicely. Find them at www.bobsredmill.com
5. On the fifth day of Christmas my FOODIE gave to me … 5 chocolate bars!
Remember the "5 golden rings"? I can't think of anything, food-wise,
that compares to the preciousness of gold other than chocolate. Here are a
couple of options (but there are, of course, many more wonderful chocolate bars
out there to behold).
Moonstruck Chocolate Co. sells a 5-bar pack of elegant chocolate bars for
$15. It includes the standard milk, ivory and dark chocolate, plus Chile
Variado and Espresso Bean flavors. Find them at www.moonstruckchocolate.com
Dagoba Organic Chocolate is one of a few organic chocolate companies in the
U.S., and their bars are loaded with the phytochemicals that the cocoa bean is
naturally endowed with. May I suggest their 12 Bar Alchemist's Blend box? It's
a mix of their top-selling dark and milk chocolate bars, including flavors like
"Brasilia," with coconut and roasted exotic nuts, "Chai" with a
secret blend of chai spices and crystallized ginger, and "Mon Cherri"
with cherries/vanilla. According to my calculations, if you give away two gifts
of 5 chocolate bars each, that leaves two bars for you. But who's counting?
Find them at www.dagobachocolate.com
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
- A nonstick spatula to help "fry" food in your nonstick frying pan
- 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
- 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.