I LOVE DIY gifts. I think it is far more meaningful to give a gift that you have taken the time to make yourself.
What makes DIY even better is doing it with the kids!
School holidays are here and Christmas is just around the corner so we have been hard out with our DIY healthy gifts.
As a gift to you; we decided to write a blog explaining how you too, can create affordable DIY health gifts.
1) Dairy- free & Egg- free Gingerbread People
My Daughter's friends all agreed that these wholemeal gingerbread people tasted so good!
Honestly, you could increase the molasses and skip on the Coconut Sugar if you wanted to, but these were for my daughters class so I sweetened them a little ;)
3 TBSP unsweetened Apple Sauce
5 TBSP unsulfured molasses
1/2 Cup Coconut sugar
1/2 cup dairy-free buttery spread
2 + 1/4 cups wholemeal flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 + 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Baking soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
-Melt spread and sugar together
-Mix in the rest of ingredients and mix until combined. (If cooking with children then don't use the mixer, as this gives the kids something to do haha)
-Divide into 2 batches and let it chill in the freezer for an hour.
-Preheat oven to 180C
-Roll out and use a cookie cutter to make your gorgeous little ginger people.
-Cooking time depends on how thin/ thick you make your people. But I will say about 10 minute-ish?
-Allow to cool
-Gift in a groovy-looking cookie jar
2) Probiotic gummies
These cute little chewable gummies are so easy to make and are packed full of beneficial probiotics and nutrients to promote healthy gut bacteria, boost bone health, assist with allergies, digestive issues and boost immunity, to name just a few!
My Daughter and I used a cute little Christmas silicon mold to get little santas and christmas trees.
You can use any fruit juice or puree.
We chose Apples.
I have typed 2 options below. One using Agar-Agar and one using Gelatin.
If you're wondering what Agar- Agar is; it's a vegetarian gelatin substitute which is produced from seawood
6 TBSP Gelatin OR Agar- Agar powder (NOT Flakes)
1 cup Apple Sauce
2 TBSP Honey OR Maple Syrup
1+ 1/4 cup Water Kefir
-Heat puree in a pot with Gelatin/ Agar-Agar until dissolved.
- Let it cool before stirring in Kefir and Honey/ Maple
(Too hot and it will start killing your Kefirs good bacteria, but too cool and it will start to firm up!)
-Pour/ scoop into molds. Work quickly!
-Place in the fridge and you're done!
3) Wax wraps
Say goodbye to plastic cling wrap and plastic bags!
Cover bowls, plates or food items with these wax wraps.
OK. Now THIS was Mummas project. Yes, I let my daughter help. But I WAS EXCITED about making these!
Once again, I have also provided an animal-friendly option using plant-based Candelilla wax. Candelilla wax is twice as dense, which means the wrap will not be as pliable as the beeswax wrap.
I trialed both the beeswax and candelilla wraps and both were great.
I have experimented and made these a few different ways.
You can make these simply, using only wax if you prefer a no muck-around quick and easy wrap. Just sprinkle the wax onto the cotton, cover with parchment paper and Iron or place in the oven.
However, if you are needing a clingy/ tacky wrap, you may want to consider adding the following ingredients:
A few drops of Organic Jojoba oil- This also contains anti-fungal properties
A few drops of Organic Pine Resin- makes it tackier/ clingy
If using all ingredients, I have found it easiest to place them into a mason jar and submerge the jar into a bowl of hot water to melt/ mix together.
You can then paint it onto the wrong side of the material (working quickly!) before ironing/ placing into oven.
4) Merry Minestrone Soup
A "Merry Minestrone" for my daughter's teacher. She absolutely LOVED IT! Turns out
that she used to get given Minestone soup at her school in Tazzy, so it bought back some lovely childhood memories. (We had no idea when we gave it to her!)
This soup contains herbs & spices, so the flavours in this are amazing!
NOTE: Don't forget, that if the person doesn't own a pressure cooker then the beans and lentils will need to be soaked prior to cooking. So PUT YOUR SPICES IN A BIODEGRADABLE ZIP-LOCK BAG just in-case they do need to pour it all out to soak!
Ingredients: In order
1/2 cup black rice
3/4 cup split peas
1 cup kidney beans
1/2 cup lentils
1/2 cup yellow pea
1/3 cup pasta
Bag of spices : 2TBSP dried basil, 2TBSP dehydrated onion, 1 TBSP dried parsley, 2 bay leave, 1/3 tsp thyme
Make a label that says:
"Merry Minestrone. Just add 12 cups of water "
5- Chia Jam
This will be the easiest jam you will ever make, yet it tastes amazing, it's nutritious and looks super cute in a mason jar dressed with a ribbon!
Simply add all ingredients listed below into your blender.
Pour into jar.
2 cups fresh or defrosted Strawberries/ fruit
2 TBSP chia seeds
2 TBSP warm water
2-4 TBSP honey or maple
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
Yours in health; Kristy L Hebbard x
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