Dietitians’ top Christmas gift ideas

Do-it-yourself recipe books, herb and vegetable seeds, healthy hampers and home-made chickpea snacks – Accredited Practising Dietitians have come up with a list of healthy gift ideas to treat all those on your Christmas list.

These gift ideas should provide plenty of inspiration:

Put together a little recipe book (on Word – nothing fancy!) for family and friends, which includes a week worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas. Base your recipes on seasonal produce, which will be both delicious and cheap. Joyce Haddad, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Homemade pickles, vinegar, salad dressings or infused extra virgin olive oil. Caroline Trickey, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Make small bags of healthy snacks, such as roasted chickpeas with honey, rosemary and sea salt. A great way to ‘up’ intake of fibre and low GI carbs, but also feels quite indulgent! Chloe McLeod, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

If you have your own vege garden, put together bunches of homegrown herbs, such as rosemary, parsley or basil, or trays of vegetables you may have in excess. Caroline Trickey, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Cooking workshops for adults or kids are a great way to increase a loved one’s repertoire of home cooking using real ingredients. Melanie Marino, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

A selection of teas and an ‘old fashioned’ tea pot. Simone Austin, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Fruit platters, fruit baskets or fruit bowls are a great way to enjoy all the beautiful seasonal fruit on offer. Milly Smith, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Give loved ones some herb and veggie seeds to start their own garden. There are some fantastic kits out there, or simply pick up sachets from your local garden store. Fresh herbs and vegetables are so tasty and nutritious. Melanie Marino, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Make up bottles of homemade nut and cinnamon muesli, tied with twine and labelled in fancy handwriting. A homemade gift is always lovely! Lisa Donaldson, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

A foodie walking tour. There are lots of variations, including a dumpling walking tour I recently discovered in Melbourne! Simone Austin, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Give your friends and family a pleasant Christmas surprise by gifting a hamper of fruit or healthy home-made snacks like mini quiches or muffins. This practical gift will give the family a break from cooking and encourage healthy snacking, which is good for everyone! Gabrielle Maston, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Make up calendars which feature your own recipes and photography. A fun, useful and practical gift! Lisa Donaldson, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Healthy cookbooks or cooking equipment, such as a new non-stick frying pan. Themis Chryssidis, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Rather than store-bought biscuits, bake some biscuits at home, then pop into a jar with a personal label. Go with recipes which include healthier ingredients, and are easy to make! Anika Rouf, Accredited Practising Dietitian.

A simple soccer ball or frisbee can bring hours of fun outside. Or if you’re heading to the beach, a boogie board makes a top Christmas present. Christmas time in Australia can be a great time to get everyone outdoors and away from the TV screen. Ashleigh Feltham, Accredited Practising Dietitian.