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5 Healthy Foods That Make Great Holiday Gifts

With the winter holidays around the corner, it can be that time of the year to start showing up with gifts and presents for friends and relatives. Often celebrations this time of the year can lead to consuming lots of high-calorie foods and beverages. Instead, consider bringing some healthier options that are equally festive and fun.

Here are some great healthy gifts to bring.

Holiday Coffee

Consider bringing some seasonal coffee flavors like gingerbread, hazelnut, spice, dark chocolate peppermint, or eggnog. During the short days and the long nights, a festive cup of coffee can be a treat that everyone enjoys. Brew extra and you can save it to prepare your favorite holiday cocktails! Coffee brewed alone doesn’t have calories, so be cautious when adding too many sweeteners or syrups.

Satsumas

Satsumas are a winter favorite and actually become sweeter when exposed to cold temperatures. In addition to being a traditional stocking stuffer, these seedless citrus fruits can add color to your table and be a gift that everyone enjoys.

Mulled Wine

This is a fun gift to make and bring around the holidays or buy prepared. With traditional festive spices and flavors, mulled wine can be a treat on its own. The red wine is full of antioxidants that can help fight free radicals that can cause cancer in the body!

Roasted Nuts

So many different seasonings can be added but nuts are a great gift to bring. Nuts will add a protein-packed option that can help you feel full throughout the holiday festivities. Just be sure to consume in moderation. They can be a great snack while waiting for meals. Try seasonings like cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, or orange zest and cayenne pepper. Bringing a bag of mixed shelled nuts can also be a favorite holiday activity for kids and adults alike. Bring a traditional Nutcracker to play with, crack nuts, and they will add fun to the festivities.

A Tin of Popcorn

A tin of popcorn is a traditional holiday gift and can be very high in fiber! Avoid the options that are densely covered in sugar or butter but this gift is often a favorite, especially when in a traditional holiday-themed container. Fiber can help you feel fuller longer and help keep your digestion on track throughout the holidays.

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