Thoughtful presents from the loved ones is what make Christmas special. But how many of us know the art of choosing a right one? We bring you some ideas-
A perfect gift is a good mix of emotions, novelty and element of surprise. Often, for the want of ideas, people end up giving same mundane presents, year after year. So if you want your gift to stand out in the crowd of assorted dinner sets, gadgets and the likes, take the health route. Pack in a healthy idea and your loved ones will cherish it for sure. We give you six suggestions:
The Home truth
Sometimes the best gifts are those you can sink your teeth into. People go nuts over homemade chocolate-covered-cherries or chocolate-dipped-spoons. Get hold of these recipes and make them. Let me share my mom’s cinnamon sugar recipe: Put castor sugar in a jar. Put 5-7 large cinnamon sticks in this sugar for four weeks. Every time the family uses it for baking they’ll remember you. Also, there’s nothing like home made sweets. Pure and healthy by far. So, bake a cake or make besan laddoos or barfi or phirni and send over.
Go to the seed
Seeds make for extremely small, compact yet very potent gift and deliver magnified health benefits — from a healthy heart to lowering blood pressure and blood sugar. Gifting is a great way of familiarising someone with these seeds. Put together an assorted box of sesame, flax, pumpkin and gift brilliant health.
There are many super grains floating about but amaranth is special. For one, it is home grown and the benefits are immense. It is a brilliant source of fibre and complete protein unlike other vegetarian sources and contains all the essential amino acids, including lysine. Plus, it is gluten-free making it a great choice for people who are celiac or gluten intolerant. It’s a great breakfast option: amaranth’s tiny grains take on a porridge-like texture when cooked. Finally it also has cancer-preventive benefits and also blocks inflammation that leads to several chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Brain healthy spices
Do you know people who love to cook? Spice up their life by gifting them brain healthy spices. Put together good quality sage, saffron, cinnamon, curry powder, ginger, thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, marjoram… These are loaded with antioxidants and are brilliant for the health. You could even gift a herb garden kit, and provide inspiration to cook natural, healthy meals with fresh produce from an indoor herb garden.
Dark rich secret
Most people will appreciate a well-made, rich bar of dark chocolate (no chalky milk chocolate here). Go for good dark chocolate (with at least 70 per cent cocoa). Chocolate is a source of polyphenols, the same kinds of antioxidants found in red wine and green tea. The fat it contains is mostly stearic acid, which doesn’t raise cholesterol levels. And the flavonoids in dark chocolate are good for the heart — they reduce the stickiness of platelets, inhibiting blood clotting and reducing the danger of coronary artery blockages.
A pack of green teas
If you know people who have a bad caffeine fixation, help them break their habit with a green tea gift set. You’ll help give their health a big boost. The polyphenols found in green tea boosts the metabolism, helps slow down the rise of blood sugar after eating, thus prevents high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage. It also improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol and as it is loaded with powerful antioxidants (polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins), it also function as an effective anti-ageing agent.
Benefits of green tea
Compounds in it can improve brain function and make you smarter
It has been shown to increase fat-burning process and boost the metabolic rate
Antioxidants in green tea are said to lower risk of various types of cancer
It is said to protect your brain in old age, lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Green tea can also kill bacteria, which in turn improves dental health and lowers your risk of infection
Cinnamon & winter
It is one of the most loved and popular holiday scents.
Besides the popular Christmas cake recipe, the spice is also used in desserts and treats like apple pie, doughnuts, cinnamon buns, spicy candies, coffee, tea, hot cocoa and liqueurs.