4 Holiday Gift Ideas From Your Kitchen

Sugar and Spice Pecans

This snack has everything your taste buds could possibly want: sweet, spicy, salty, and crunchy. Toast up a batch, put them in jars and tie on ribbons. Voila, a gift worth fighting over.

1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
1 pound pecan halves (about 4 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt, preferably kosher
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together the egg white and water in a large bowl until well blended. Add the pecans and toss to coat evenly.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar and spices, then sprinkle it over the nuts. Toss until well coated.

4. Spread the pecans in a single layer on the baking sheet, and bake until the glaze is crisp and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 16 servings (1/4 cup)  
Total calories: 3,500
220 calories per serving
10 g carb, 3 g protein, 20 g (healthy) fat

From No Whine With Dinner

Crunchy Trail Mix

This is a perfect snack for calming the afternoon munchies. Sweet, but not too sweet.

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, raisins and/or slivered almonds

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

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, then add the brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix well, then pour over the cereal mixture.

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 twice.

6. Let cool; add the dried fruit; store in airtight container.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 10 servings   
Total calories: 2,000
200 calories per serving    
40 g carb, 5 g protein, 2 g fat

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association

From Food Guide for Marathoners: Tips for Everyday Champions

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Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD (Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics) helps both casual and competitive athletes learn how to eat a winning sports diet. Her practice is at Healthworks, the premier fitness center in Chestnut Hill MA (617-795-1875). Her Sports Nutrition Guidebook and food guides for new runners and marathoners offer additional information. They are available at www.nancyclarkrd.com. See also sportsnutritionworkshop.com.

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