12 Days of Holiday Food Gifts
Give the gift of healthier edible goodies this season.
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
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm milk (105-110 degrees)
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups unbleached white flour (add 1/4-1/3 cup more if dough seems too wet in
the pan after the first 5 minutes of mixing in the machine)
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons bread machine yeast (rapid rise)
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup less-fat margarine (like Take Control) or whipped butter
1/2 cup light cream cheese
2 tablespoons less fat margarine or whipped butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place dough ingredients in a 2-pound bread machine pan in the order
recommended by manufacturer (usually in the order listed here). Set machine to
"dough" cycle and press START.
- When dough cycle is complete, roll dough out on lightly floured surface
with a rolling pin until it is about 21 inches long and 16 inches wide. It
should be about 1/4-inch thick.
- Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl with a fork or whisk.
Spread margarine evenly over the top surface of the dough. Sprinkle the
cinnamon mixture evenly over the margarine.
- Working carefully from the 21-inch side, roll the dough down to the bottom
edge. Cut the rolled dough into 16 slices (about 1 1/4-inch thick) and place
slices (8 per pan) into two, 9-inch round cake pans that have been coated with
canola cooking spray. Cover the pans with plastic wrap or foil and let rise in
the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for an hour.
- Bake in preheated, 375-degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until rolls are
light brown on top and cooked throughout. While the rolls bake, beat the icing
ingredients with an electric mixer until fluffy.
- When rolls come out of the oven, coat each generously with icing and
Yield: 16 cinnamon rolls
Per roll: 370 calories, 7.5 g protein, 66 g carbohydrate,
8.5 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 330 mg sodium.
Calories from fat: 21%