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Healthy Holiday Favors & Gifts
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • Posted November 30, 2011

1. Almond & Apricot Biscotti. When making the biscotti, add some almonds and apricots for extra nutrients! Use whole wheat flour, low-fat milk, egg whites, and canola oil for a healthy alternative!

2. Fruit Baskets. Gather a bunch of little baskets, cut up fruit of your choice (use cookie cutters to make it fancy), and place on skewers for a wonderful gift! 3. Cinnamon Apple Chips. These tasty chips only require 2 apples, 100% apple juice and cinnamon sticks! Cinnamon Apple Chips Perfect as a party snack or wrap them up as a holiday gift.

Makes about 40 chips.

o 2 cups unsweetened apple juice o 1 cinnamon stick o 2 Red Delicious Apples Directions

Preheat oven to 250° F. In a large pot, combine apple juice and cinnamon sticks and bring to a simmer while cutting the apples. Slice off ½ inch from the tops and bottom of the apples. Cut cross wise into 1/8-inch even slices—a mandolin slicer works best. (No need to peel or core the apples—the seeds will come off in the next step.) Drop slices into simmering juice and cook until slices are translucent and slightly golden. With a slotted spoon, remove apples and pat dry.

Arrange slices on wire racks, making sure slices do not overlap. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until slightly browned and almost dry to touch. Let chips cool on racks completely. Store in an airtight container. For gifts, arrange slices in clear plastic bags and tie with ribbon.

Source: Washington Apple Commission

4. Fruity Trail Mix. Everyone loves trail mix because it’s full of vitamins and minerals plus … it’s delicious! Try mixing heart-healthy nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios and pecans with dried fruit and dark chocolate. Here’s another example that kids will love:

Fruity Trail Mix

Great as a snack or a topping for low-fat frozen yogurt!

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

½ cup honey roasted almond slices

½ cup dried sweetened cranberries

½ cup raisins

½ cup dried apricots

½ cup sweetened whole grain cereal

Cut apricots into eighths.

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Portion equally into 6 servings.

Place portions into small plastic containers or sandwich bags for convenient, grab-n-go snacking.

Source: Fruit and Veggies- More Matters

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