Gifting Health

Healthy gift ideas for loved ones this holiday season.

Do you have a friend, family member, hostess or favorite person that you want to treat this holiday season? Finding a gift that is personal, thoughtful and healthy may seem to present some challenges, but that is where your friendly Hy-Vee dietitians can help. Heather Ware stopped by Good Morning Heartland to tell us more. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE or CLICK HERE to see more.

When giving a gift this year, try the dietitian pick of the month for December, LaCroix sparkling water. LaCroix sparkling water can easily be a part of any beverage-themed gift basket or a great addition to any hostess gift. LaCroix is a healthier option to include in holiday cocktails and mocktails this season because it is a zero-calorie beverage, with no added sugar or artificial ingredients. This holiday season, try these great "Gifts of Health" ideas from your Hy-Vee dietitian.

Gifts of Health

Fresh, homemade spiced pecans, chai tea and cinnamon sticks wrapped up in a festive mug topped off with a store tour with your favorite Hy-Vee dietitian. Put a health spin on a classic holiday gift with the addition of a store tour with one of our Hy-Vee dietitians. Our dietitians can provide store tours on a variety of health topics including healthy eating, diabetes, heart health or food allergies.

LaCroix gift basket featuring Holiday Faux Martini. Include in the gift basket two cans of peach-pear LaCroix sparkling water, a small bottle of orange juice, agave nectar, fresh rosemary spring and a set of martini glasses. For added holiday cheer, include mini bottles of tequila. See the recipe below.

Safe and healthy travels with LaCroix Rudolph Mocktail and Iced Gingersnap Trail Mix. A little travel is often required during the holiday season to visit family and friends. Send safe travel wishes with a gift basket that promotes hydration and happy snacking while on the road. See the recipes below.

LaCroix Mimosa Mocktail with clementines

The gift of health continues with added vitamin C from clementine's to add garnish to LaCroix's Mimosa Mocktail (see recipe below). Include in a gift basket 4-6 clementines, 1 grapefruit and 2-4 cans of grapefruit LaCroix Sparkling water. You can even include the champagne glasses to top off the perfect gift for any host.

Pair a "nutrition check-up" with a Hy-Vee dietitian. The gift of a "nutrition check-up" will show someone special that you care about his or her health. Meeting with a Hy-Vee dietitian can aid in improving or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Holiday Faux Martini

Serves 1.

All you need:

3 oz peach-pear LaCroix sparkling water

1 oz orange juice

1/2 oz agave nectar

Rosemary sprigs, for garnish

1 1/2 oz tequila, optional

All you do:

1. Combine sparkling water, orange juice and agave nectar and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.

2. To turn this mocktail into a cocktail, add tequila.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 150 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 13g sugar, 0g protein.


LaCroix Rudolph Mocktail

Serves 1.

All you need:

Juice from 1/2 lime

1 oz cranberry juice

2 oz coconut LaCroix sparkling water

2 oz lime LaCroix sparkling water

Ice, for serving

All you do:

1. Combine lime juice, cranberry juice, coconut sparkling water and lime sparkling water with ice.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 20 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 3g sugar, 0g protein.


Iced Gingersnap Trail Mix

Serves 20 (1/2 cup each).

All you need:

4 cups Angie's Iced Gingerbread Holidrizzle kettle corn

1 cup Annie's gluten-free gingersnap Bunny cookies

1 cup vanilla yogurt raisins

1 cup Hy-Vee dried cranberries

All you do:

1. In a large bowl, combine kettle corn, Bunny cookies, raisins and cranberries.

2. Portion out 1/2 cup trail mix per person.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 130 calories, 4g fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 280mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol, 23g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 9g sugar, 1g protein.


LaCroix Mimosa Mocktail

Serves 1 (6 oz each).

All you need:

2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice

1 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

4 oz LaCroix sparkling water

Orange wedge, for garnish

All you do:

1. Combine orange juice, grapefruit juice and sparkling water and serve in a champagne flute. Serve with orange to garnish.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 35 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 5g sugar, 1g protein.


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