Homemade + edible Christmas gifts

Edible Christmas Gifts

Feeling festive?

I am getting in the spirit of Christmas by making some yummy, homemade + edible Christmas gifts. These are always a hit with friends and family and perfect for any last minute visitors or party invites.

So put your favourite tunes on the stereo, light your cinnamon and allspice candles and spend some time in the kitchen creating these gorgeous gifts. Be sure to make a few extras so you can keep some for yourself.

Enjoy my top five, edible christmas gift recipes. Be sure to share your photos on Instagram.

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Try this! simple sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is an amazing addition to your diet. It has a long shelf life, a distinctive sour flavor, and is rich in probiotics to support your digestive system and immune system.

Fermentation has been used for centuries to preserve seasonal vegetables beyond their standard shelf-life. In addition to preserving the cabbage, the fermentation process also transforms it into something incredibly tasty and gives it additional health benefits — fermented sauerkraut contains a lot of the same healthy probiotics as a bowl of yogurt.

Enjoy this probiotic-rich side dish with all of your favorites! It’s amazing for your digestion.

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Grape and Almond Frappe

grape and almond frappe

Made with almond milk, this drink is dairy-free but it still has a smooth and creamy texture. Almonds are hight in vitamin E, good for healthy skin, hair and nails.

I used green grapes, but you can also use red grape – what ever is in season in your part of the world, just make sure to use seedless grapes.

Grapes contain powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, which may slow or prevent many types of cancer, including esophageal, lung, mouth, pharynx, endometrial, pancreatic, prostate and colon

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Fennel and Pine Nut Polpette

Polpette

Polpette is an Italian meatball. In this recipe the meat has been replaced with roasted fennel and pine nuts – a most moorish combination of ingredients.

Fennel is highly prized for its licorice-like flavor and the myriad of health benefits it provides, and has been used in natural remedies since ancient times. The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K content present in fennel all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength.

Pine nuts (despite their name) are actually not nuts, but an edible, nutrient-dense seeds that can replenish, revitalize, and rejuvenate the body. Whether you’re on a diet, want to reduce your risk of chronic illnesses, or simply want to add a crunchy texture to your meals, enjoying a handful of these seeds per day may increase your longevity.

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Green Detox Bowl

Detox greens

Green veggies are chock-a-block full of nutrients, are alkalising and help detox the liver. All particularly useful when you live a busy life.

This dish is a great way to use up any left over veggies hiding in the back your fridge – the more green veggies the better. Add any other veggies you like kale, coriander stems or even fennel into this detox bowl for the perfect breakfast or lunch.

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After a spooky Halloween recipe?

Image via Miss Marzipan

Image via Miss Marzipan

Are you after a spooky (but stylish) Halloween recipe?

My chocolate mousse is to-die-for with a few added healthy ingredients to keep the nutritional value higher – AKA raw cacao and cashew nuts.

It is an easy one-pot (blender) recipe, just need to leave it to set in the fridge overnight.

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Choc Brownies – Can you guess the healthy secret ingredient?

Brownies

Hmm, chocolate brownies with a cup of herbal tea – a perfect way to have a mid afternoon break.

These brownies are to die for – fudgy, nutty and super chocolatey. Quick and easy to make. This recipe can easily be changed up by adding different nuts, seeds or dried fruit such as cranberries. They are gluten-free and diary-free (if you so choose).

But can you guess the healthy ‘secret’ ingredient that makes these brownies healthy? I’ll give you a hint…… it is not beetroot.

 

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Tone, Treat, Sip – Beauty Inside and Out

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Feeling great and looking fabulous is a combination of what you put inside your body to nourish it, as well as what you put on your skin in the form of beauty products, lotions and potions.

Your skin the largest organ in your body and 60% of what you put on to your skin is absorbed into your blood stream. Scary stuff when you consider what is lurking in many beauty products (you can read more about the top 12 nasties to avoid here).

Today I am sharing with you three recipes that will support your beauty from both the inside and the outside.

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Medicinal Mushroom Soup + Book Review

Mushroom soup

This week I am bringing you a recipe for healthy promoting mushroom and miso soup from the new book by Meghan Telpner.

I am a big fan of Meghan Telpner over here. When I picked up her first book, UnDiet, I was hooked from start to finish — it was a complete lifestyle guide to being healthy and awesome (with a little pinch of quirkiness), plus recipes to get you started. You can imagine how thrilled I was to learn that Meghan was releasing a follow-up cookbook, The UnDiet Cookbook.

The UnDiet Cookbook is jam packed with over 130 gluten-free and dairy-free, plant-based recipes to suit all types of diets. Meghan offers modifications to make the recipes nut-free, grain-free, and protein-powered. This is an essential cookbook for health, and with all the recipe options you will have no problem accommodating a whole household. These are approachable and delicious recipes.

I’ve already been whipping up recipes since I got a peek at the book. Medicinal Mushroom and Miso Soup and Sparkly Ginger Chip Cookies have emerged as early favourites. Another bonus? There is an entire chapter devoted to beauty care recipes because what we put on our skin should be good enough to eat.

Read on for the recipe for this super medicinal mushroom soup.

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Recipe magic: Dal and roasted sweet potato

Dal

There is something comforting about sitting down to a homemade dal. This dal is ready to eat in about 25 minutes, no soaking of lentils required. I served mine with roasted sweet potato but it also works brilliantly in a toasted wholemeal wrap or on some crusty rye bread.

Red lentils are packing with nutrients (potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, are particularly rich in fiber, lean protein, folate and iron) and will keep you feeling full and satisfied for hours. The sweet pop from the pomegranate seeds adds some freshness and gorgeous ruby red colour.

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