Hy-Vee at Midday: Gifts with Good Taste

By Linda Ashley, Hy-Vee Dietitian

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By Ashley Hinson

Gifts with Good Taste
More personal than a gift card, gifts of good food suit every gift-giver’s budget & are the perfect size for any recipient! Everyone appreciates a gift of good food & making it healthy shows you care. Today your Hy-Vee dietitian features ideas for delicious, healthful food gifts suitable for teachers, neighbors, friends and family. A few suggested combinations:

Treat Your Teacher
Go to the head of the class with Stash brand teas paired with Madhava flavored agave nectar or crystallized ginger for sweetness and, of course, a fresh apple.

Love Your Neighbor
As a way to remember your neighbors during the holiday season make homemade granola from the current issue of Hy-Vee Seasons and place it in a canning jar. For a professional touch, visit www.hy-vee.com/seasons to download the printable labels to complete your gift.
Or simply tie together a package of gourmet pasta, Hy-Vee Select classic olive oil, and a jar of World Classics Tomato Basil pasta sauce. Add an invitation to bring the items over to your house for dinner in the New Year & this simple, thoughtful gift encourages both good health and friendship.

Holiday Help for Special Nutritional Needs
Keep in mind your Hy-Vee HealthMarket and your Hy-Vee registered dietitian are your resources for food gifts that easily accommodate those with special nutritional needs at the holidays. For instance,
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop popped corn paired with unsalted nuts make a diabetic-friendly food gift that shows your thoughtfulness.


Homemade Granola
Dress up simple canning jars and fill them with this delicious, energy-boosting granola. Visit www.hy-vee.com/seasons to download the printable labels to complete your gift.



All you need:
2 ¾ cups Hy-Vee quick oats
1 cup chopped Hy-Vee pecans
1 cup dried Hy-Vee cranberries
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1 medium Granny Smith apple, diced
1 tablespoon Hy-Vee cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup packed Hy-Vee brown sugar
1/3 cup Hy-Vee Select 100% pure maple syrup
1/3 cup Hy-Vee Select olive oil

All you do:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, pecans, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, apple, cinnamon and salt.
3. In a small saucepan, warm the sugar, syrup and olive oil over low heat until the sugar has just dissolved. Fold syrup mixture into oat mixture, stirring to coat well.
4. Spread granola over prepared baking sheet. Bake until dry and lightly golden, about 30-35 minutes, stirring a few times. Remove granola from oven. Allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to storage container.
Serves 32 (1/4 cup each serving)

Nutrition facts per serving: 110 calories, 6gm fat, 0.5 gm saturated fat, 0 gm trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 15gm carbohydrate, 2gm fiber, 9gm sugar, 2gm protein. Daily values: 0% vitamin A, 2% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 4% iron.
Source: Hy-Vee Seasons, Holiday 2013
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