‘Tis the season…for gifts! The holiday season is an exciting time filled with family, friends and shopping. Give yourself a break this year and make some of your gifts instead of buying them. Not only will you save money, but the recipient will appreciate the effort and thoughtfulness of a homemade gift.
Here are a few of my favorites. All your gift recipients will need is milk or yogurt in their fridge to mix in and they are on their way to delicious and healthy treats!
Hot Chocolate Mix
A cup of hot cocoa is one of the hallmarks of the season, so spread holiday cheer with a gift of Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix. There are so many things you can do with the mix—from adding spices and crushed peppermint candies to chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. However, the real treat that you’ll be giving is the gift of health. By adding milk to the mix, your friends and loved ones will be getting 9 essential nutrients with every sip.
My favorite basic muffin recipe includes 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder & 1/2 teaspoon salt. You can add anything to the mix from cinnamon and pecans to blueberries and oats. Attach a note on the mix with instructions to add 1 beaten egg, 1 cup milk and ¼ cup oil, mix well and bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes in greased muffin tins.
If you or your gift recipient wants to decrease the fat, use a conversion chart, which shows you how you can replace fat in recipes with yogurt to pack a real nutrition punch!
A great dip is perfect for any occasion, so the gift of a dip mix is ideal. Simply mix all of the ingredients in this Homemade Ranch Dip Mix together, place in a glass or plastic bottle and jazz it up with a bow. Include instructions to mix with 1 cup of low-fat, plain Greek yogurt for a delicious treat.
Spread holiday cheer and save money this holiday season by exploring all of the wonderful homemade gifts that you can make.
Lanier Dabruzzi MS, RD, LD