Presents for the pantry

Many people believe the way to a person's heart is truly through their stomach. Enjoying the company of family and friends is a great opportunity to share fresh, high quality, and nutritious foods and drinks. Given as gifts or enjoyed together, you can help support nutritious eating habits this holiday season. Eating a healthy diet can help to lower risks – of heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes, to name just a few.

  • Give subscriptions to a fresh produce (fruit and vegetable) delivery service.
  • Create a gift basket of beneficial teas and tea accessories, such as cups and saucers, infusers, or a small kettle or single-cup brewer. Stock it with varieties of beneficial teas – green tea (antioxidants), cranberry tea (antioxidants and urinary tract health), peppermint tea (for fresh breath and relief from nausea), and ginger tea (for digestive health).
  • Give a healthy-heart gift basket: pack an attractive basket with heart-healthy goodies like dried blueberries, almonds, dark chocolate, and red wine.
  • Gifts such as handy kitchen tools – a juicer, apple peelers, corers, or slicers – make healthy snacking easier.
  • Enhance a loved one's healthy recipe repertoire by giving a healthy cookbook (e.g., a cookbook from the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada). Cookbooks with descriptive photos or illustrations may entice hesitant cooks to get more adventurous in the kitchen. Or you could lovingly handwrite and illustrate your own favorite nutritious recipe and assemble a charming homemade cookbook.
  • Home stores, garden supply stores, or natural health food stores often stock kits for creating window or potted gardens. Find one that has an assortment of herbs for cooking – a medley of savoury basil, oregano, and thyme could inspire culinary creativity.
  • How about a gift certificate for a restaurant that offers healthy meal choices (ones that are low in fat and salt and rich in fruits and vegetables) for a night away from the kitchen?

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