Holiday feasting, snacking and partying could add extra weight that is difficult to shed in the new year. Many times around the holidays we give gifts of candies, cookies, pies and other baked goods.
While these items could be eaten in moderation, we also have the option of giving gifts that would improve the health of family members, friends and co-workers. As you consider gift giving this year, include gifts for people on your list that would help them increase their health.
Suggestions for healthy food related gifts include
Fruits – Give fresh fruits in a basket. Place some straw or crinkle paper at the bottom of a basket. Place a variety of fruits in the basket and wrap, tie a bow. Using under ripe fruits is best. Other basket ideas include:
Cheese, crackers, dried fruits and nuts wrapped similar to the fruit basket
Olive and flavored vinegars – add a loaf of whole wheat or other whole grain bread
Salsas and dips
Herb seasonings and rubs
Pasta basket – whole wheat pasta, spaghetti sauces, olive oil, dried parmesan cheese
Seeds and grains
Healthy non-food gifts
Gym and fitness class membership
Certificate for massages
Active family vacation
Clothes and gears for work-out
Action for Healthy Kids has some ideas for activities and gifts for your kids:
Make a healthy toolbox for kids. Give toys that can be used inside during inclement weather. Include balls, jump ropes, bubbles and chalk for hopscotch.
Embrace the cold. Snow toys, skis, sleds and skates make cold weather fun.
Make the most of screen time. Kids of all ages love motion-controlled video games, music video dance games and exercise DVDs.
For more information, contact the Whitley County Cooperative Extension Service at 549-1430; visit the office or email DL_CES_WHITLEY@EMAIL.UKY.EDU.