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Fill That Stocking With Healthy Gifts!

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If you are watching your health this season, you probably don't want a Christmas stocking full of chocolates and sugary sweets. So what's the alternative?

Loved by all, the obvious sweet treat is fruit. Fruit in its peel makes a great treat for a Christmas stocking. One fruit that works well is the tiny, vibrant globes called clementines.

Sometimes called "Christmas oranges" because they peak in supermarkets between Thanksgiving and early January, these small, slightly flat mandarins generally are sold in 5-pound boxes.

Thin-skinned, easy to peel and (most pleasantly) seedless, intensely sweet clementines stand out as snacking fruit, especially for children.

Other fruits that please are packaged dates, prunes, dried apples, apricots and cranberries.

You might even be creative and slip in an unusual fruit like the pomegranate or a star fruit. Have fun with it. Shop your grocery store produce section for unfamiliar fruits.

Nuts make a great Christmas stocking treat. You can purchase nuts in the shell or without the shell. You can find dry-roasted peanuts, smoked almonds, pistachios in Christmas colors, and a variety of other nuts perfect for munching. If you decide on whole nuts in the shell, remember the nutcracker.

You can make your own fruit and nut concoction or trail mix and bag it. You can decorate the bag and even tie on a ribbon.

Consider other healthy gifts like smart phone apps for health, food & fitness like PointsCalc which allows you to estimate nutritional value. Another great application is called 2Fat. This application will allow you to estimate body fat as well as your body mass index.

Epocrates Rx, The Weight Tracker and the Restaurant Nutrition are also among my favorites. With these applications, you will be able to monitor your health from your cell phone and even your weight if you are on a diet or you are working out.

Gift certificates to take a healthy class, a massage or spa, a local healthy restaurant also make nice stocking stuffers.

“You don’t have to break the bank to have a healthy Christmas. Give wisely and give from the heart.

From our house to yours, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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