30+ Healthy Edible Holiday Gifts

by | Nov 12, 2020

Looking for ideas for healthy edible gifts to give this holiday season? From dry soup mix to healthier chocolate truffles— I’ve rounded up 30+ delicious and healthy homemade recipes to give to family, friends, and neighbors.

How do I stay healthy during the holidays?

During the holidays, try to find a balance between both enjoying your favorite indulgent bites and choosing healthier alternatives. Many classic holiday gifts like cookies and fudge are higher in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. These are all ingredients that provide flavor to holiday goodies. However, in excess they can supply unwanted extra calories and leave your stomach feeling unsettled.

It can be helpful to choose a reasonable portion size to start. This might look like a handful of caramel popcorn or one glass of eggnog at a time.

Make sure to have healthier holiday bites ready to go too. Yogurt covered strawberries, spiced nuts, or a festive wreath vegetable platter with hummus are good options to keep in your fridge or pantry.

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What makes a healthy holiday gift?

These healthy edible holiday goodies are ones with healthier swaps or a bit lower in sugar. Some of these healthier ingredients includes swapping white flour for whole wheat flour, using spices for salt-free flavor, adding zero calorie sugar-free substitutes like monk fruit, or using fresh fruit to provide natural sweetness.

These make great homemade gifts for friends and family you know are healthy eaters. It’s also perfect for households already brimming with indulgent holiday foods in need of some healthy bites.

How do you package holiday gifts?

I love to gift these recipes in mason jars with a cute bow and a label. This makes it both heartfelt and zero-waste. Reuse mason jars for making your herbs last longer, storing pantry goods, or creating rustic decor. You can find a hefty supply of mason jars at your local thrift shop or online. (affiliate link)

Can I make these healthy homemade gifts in advanced? 

Making christmas gifts ahead of time is ideal so you can spend more time with loved ones rather than worrying about what to make for them. Most of these recipes you make in advance and either store in your pantry or freeze until you are ready to gift. 

Are you ready to dive into these healthy edible food gifts?

These 30+ edible gifts are a great way to mix up your typical holiday giveaway. I’ve included some healthy highlights for each recipe too. Let’s dive in!

What healthy holiday treats are you planning on gifting?

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  1. Erica (@Erica's Recipes)

    Such a great collection of edibles! Honored to be included – thank you!

    • Mackenzie Burgess

      Thanks Erica, happy to include you! Thanks for sharing those lovely savory beef jerky ideas!


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