Healthy Indulgences

Holiday food gifts don't have to be bad for you, says the celebrity chef.

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Better Blueberry Muffins: “The secret ingredient is applesauce, which allows you to use less fat,” Krieger says. (Photo by Quentin Bacon)

Holidays are about celebrating what’s most important in life, and at the top of my list is the health and happiness of my friends and family. I always treat them to “good for you” gifts that also feel decadent and indulgent. Here are a few of my favorite healthy holiday gift baskets that are sure to get raves.

Healthy Indulgences: Put together a collection of luscious treats packed with nutritious perks. My favorites: toasted or spiced almonds; sweet, tart dried cherries; top-quality extra-virgin olive oil; local honey; bottle of red wine; selection of dark chocolate.

Tea for Two: A cup of hot tea is one of life’s simple pleasures, and to top it off you even get a healthy dose of antioxidants. For a simple but thoughtful gift, gather an assortment of tasty teas that will help your loved ones stay warm and relax during the holiday season.

Breakfast Basket: One of the things I enjoy the most about holidays is having the time to lounge around in the morning with my family, relaxing in our pajamas. A breakfast basket is a great way to share some of the things that help make those holiday mornings. Try homemade muffins, like my Better Blueberry Muffins; a jar of apple butter; bottle of pure maple syrup; fresh oranges or clementines; and package of exotic coffee.

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Clusters: Chocolate is one of the first things that come to my mind when I think of indulgences. For a decadent, homemade chocolate treat, try my Dark Chocolate Pretzel Cluster. They look gorgeous packed in a little gift box.

Click here for Ellie Krieger’s Pumpkin Bread with Cranberries recipe.

For Ellie Krieger’s Better Blueberry Muffins and her Dark Chocolate Pretzel Clusters recipes, pick up the November/December 2015 issue of The Saturday Evening Post on newsstands or …

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