The 5 gifts I am giving this year
The winter holidays are here: Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s. If you haven’t finished your gift shopping yet and are looking around for new and novel and inexpensive gifts to help your loved ones get healthy, I’ve got a few suggestions. These are the five gifts I am giving everyone in my life, both the nice and the naughty.
Roots: The Complete Guide to the Underground Superfood, by Stephanie Pedersen (Sterling Publishing). This is my latest book in Sterling’s Superfood series. It’s officially out in January, but Amazon has advance copies. Learn everything you ever thought possible about jicama, turnips, rutabaga, sunchokes, burdock, salsify,parsnips, radishes and more. These outrageously healthy foods are easy to find, economical, nutrient-packed and delicious. Check out my recipes for everything from drinks to condiments to pies, all using root vegetables.
Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm.
Every year I give what I call “food growing gifts.” Why? I grew up taking care of my family’s food garden and I firmly believe that if everyone grew something—even kitchen herbs on a window sill—we would be less reliant on agribusiness. Which is important to me. This fun kit is a great gift for foodies, gardeners and families. It’s the ultimate way to get kids to eat mushrooms! Plus, it’s easy! Just water and grow!
This Sew Grown Sprouting Garden
I love sprouts, of all kinds. They are great in salads, sandwiches, stir-fries, soups and all other dishes that start with S. Kidding about that last part, but they are great and so full of phytonutrients and chlorophyll. Growing your own is easy and provides you with the freshest, most nutrient-dense sprouts This is another gift I adore giving to families.(I’ve converted many a veggie-averse kid with this kit…)
If you do not yet own a slow-cooker (aka “Crockpot”) now is the time to change that. In a few weeks I’ll be running a detox that is heavy on soups and other warm meals. A crock pot will make it a cinch to dive in and get healthy with us. Plus, it will change the way you and your family eat. Look for recipes and tips in the weeks ahead.
Extravagant Nut Oils
These oils will change your life. As my 12-year-old says “Mom, enough with the hyperbole!” But when it comes to Pecan Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil and Roasted Walnut Oil, too many accolades are not enough—these are AMAZING! And healthy for your brain and your heart! I drizzle the Pumpkin Seed Oil on tomatoes in the summer and cooked grains in the winter. The Pecan and the Roasted Walnut Oil are outrageous in salad and with roasted veggies (enjoy the Pecan Oil with beets). Try these. Please! And let me know if you come up with any fun uses for them.
I will be back next week with easy, fun, practical ways to get and stay healthy. In the meantime, enjoy this gorgeous time of year and be good to yourself and others.
P.S. A few of you have asked if you could give my nutritional consulting services to loved ones as a gift. (Many of you have asked about setting me up with your mums!) My answer? Of course! I do offer gift certificates. Email me at email@example.com to learn more.