Oodles of Holiday Gift Ideas

With Christmas just a week away, I'm sharing some last-minute gift ideas for the favorite plant eaters/vegans in your life, or to give that special someone a little inspiration to eat better.

Personally, I have always loved receiving homemade gifts. You know that a lot of time, effort and love went into your gift and it makes it feel that much more special.

For those of us eating whole food plant-based (WPPB), we are always on the search for low/no sodium, no oil salad dressings, dips, and spreads.  Here are three recipe ideas that you can put in various sized mason jars, empty dressing or other bottles, and wrap with some twine or ribbon.

This Creamy Italian Dressing from Klunkers Kitchen is just what I have been looking for, without the fat! Oh, how I’ve missed you!

Chef AJ’s Yummy Sauce is great over potatoes, vegetables, as a dip for pita chips and more.

Who doesn’t like salsa and chips? Pair with a bag of no fat/ low-fat corn tortilla chips or pitas and you have a fantastic homemade gift to gift. Check out this easy Mango Salsa from Forks Over Knives, and if you want to kick it a notch, I suggest adding a little minced ginger.

No time to make one of these? There are many buying options when it comes to dressings or salsas. Some of my favorite store-bought low/no sodium, no oil salad dressings come from Whole Foods (pictured) and I’ve also ordered them from Forks Over Knives. Speaking of one of my favorite sources, check out Forks Over Knives online shop. Wishing someone would eat healthier? Why not buy them the Forks Over Knives documentary, a subscription to their recipe magazine or other healthy product?

From books to cookbooks and kitchen gadgets that make the cook's job easier, there are plenty to choose from. Here are some of my favorites because I know how it is… I’m always on the hunt for the next best book or cookbook to infuse some new inspiration into the dishes we whip up.

Here's a list of my go-to's that educate on the health benefits of whole food plant-based eating, as well as WFPB cookbooks to feed your culinary creations. While you can likely get these at your favorite online or storefront retailers, I know these doctors would appreciate a direct purchase so I have included their websites.

“How Not To Die” and the “How Not To Die Cookbook” (pictured) by Dr. Michael Greger https://nutritionfacts.org/

“Unprocessed: How To Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight” by Chef AJ (pictured) http://chefajwebsite.com/index.html

“Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” by Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. http://www.dresselstyn.com/site/

“Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes” http://www.pcrm.org/media/experts/neal-barnard-diabetes-book

“The End of Diabetes” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman (also author of “Eat To Live”) https://www.drfuhrman.com/

“The Starch Solution” by Dr. John A. McDougall https://www.drmcdougall.com/

“The China Study – The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever” by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Thomas M. Campbell II http://nutritionstudies.org/the-china-study/

And let’s not forget those of us who LOVE kitchen gadgets. I’ll be way over the word count if I listed all my favorites here, but I’ll give you what I consider to be my top five favorites.

#1 – The Pampered Chef Food Chopper. I don’t know how I lived without one of these before I found it!

#2 – The Ninja Master Prep Professional Chopper/Blender/Food Processor. I got mine at BJ’s wholesale for under $50, have had it for 1 year, and give it a daily workout. Double thumbs up!

#3 – Sprayers and spritzers make it easy to cook without oil. Just add water or your favorite citrus and get spraying. I like the Citrus Sprayer (pictured) and the Misto Sprayer that I DON’T use any oil in.

# 4 – Glass storage containers. We all have way too much plasticware in our cabinets that breaks down and allows chemicals to seep into our foods. This year I’ve been doing my part to lessen my footprint by replacing my Tupperware with glass. These nifty glass containers come with locking lids. And who doesn’t love Pyrex?!

#5 – Not using oil means you often need to line your pans with something else. Parchment paper is great, but I’m loving using these silicone mats. They can even be used on your BBQ grill!

Whatever you decide to make or buy to give this holiday season, be sure to drink a toast to the gift of good health!

(Pssst – In the next blog I’ll share what recipes I’ll be making for the Christmas festivities.)


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