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Yummy holiday gifts for active friends

Posted by Nancy Clark RD CSSD on Nov 28, 2012 6:07:21 AM

Are you searching for the perfect holiday gift for your teammates and exercise buddies?

Remember that active people welcome healthful food gifts, such as a baggie filled with homemade

trail mix then tied with a bow, a loaf of bread warm from the oven, a nutrition book with recipes.

 

Here’s a favorite trail mix recipe from my Sports Nutrition Guidebook, a popular gift in itself!

 

Sugar and Spice Trail Mix

This tasty pre-exercise snack is sweet, but not too sweet.

Put it in small baggies tied with a bow, and you’ll have gifts for the whole team! 

 

            3 cups oat squares cereal

            3 cups mini-pretzels, salted or salt-free, as desired

            2 tablespoons tub margarine, melted

            1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

            1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

            1 cup dried fruit bits or raisins

 

1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. In a large resealable plastic bag or plastic container with a

   cover, combine the oat squares and pretzels.

3. In a small microwavable bowl, melt the margarine; add the

   brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix well; pour over the cereal.

4. Seal the bag or container and shake gently until the mixture is

    well coated. Transfer to a baking sheet.

5. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once or twice.

6. Let cool; add the dried fruit. Divide into 10 baggies.

 

Yield: 10 servings   

Total calories: 2,000

200 calories per serving; 40 g Carb; 5 g Protein; 2 g Fat

 

Recipe courtesy of the Amer. Heart Assoc. (www.deliciousdecisions.com)

 

Recommended Reading

Helpful sports nutrition books can also be a welcome gift.

Here are a few suggestions from the books that I have written :

 

Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook

            The sports nutrition bible for learning how to eat to win.

The Cyclist’s Food Guide: Fueling for the Distance

            For cyclists who are doing long rides or tours.

Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions

            Perfect for novice marathoners who fear hitting the wall!

Food Guide for New Runners: Getting It Right From the Start

            For the novice runner who wants to lose weight and run well

Food Guide for Soccer: Tips and Recipes From the Pros

            Useful gift for coaches, players, and soccer parents. Yummy recipes, too!

 

With best wishes for a joyful holiday season,

Nancy

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