Healthy food lovers are a special breed – they dribble over raw cacao, new cafe launches, and things that nobody can pronounce. So buying these types of people healthy food for Christmas can be so hit or miss. But our Christmas Gift Guide will get you through any confusion and help you smile on faces.
Our Christmas Gift Guide for healthy food lovers combines the unusual, the strange and the terribly healthy.
Grow Your Own Mushrooms with GroCycle, £16.50
It may be that the last time mushrooms grew in the house, it was at university, however with GroCycle, oyster mushrooms are grown out a little cardboard box. All you have to do is water it and hey presto, mushrooms magically sprout and after 2 weeks, they’re ready for picking an eating. This is a present that gives back soon after giving. Who knows, you may be lucky enough to be invited over for dinner…
Cornish Seaweed, from £4
If you’ve got a friend who likes to experiment with their cooking, you can’t do any better than buy them a pack or so of seaweed from the Cornish Seaweed Company. For most people, seaweed is the stuff you get at Chinese restaurants (and it’s not even seaweed!). And seaweed isn’t just ‘seaweed’, you can buy things you’ve never heard of, including Kombu, Dulse, Sea Greens, Sea Spaghetti and more. If that’s not enough to get your friend whipping out her cookbooks and Googling ‘seaweed recipes’ then nothing will please them. Not even gold-plated truffles.
There’s also a plethora of vitamins and minerals packed into each and every pack so these are perfect for those looking for a health kick.
Miso Tasty, from £7.70 for a box of 8 Shiro Miso
Carefully hand-sourced in Japan by Bonnie, a passionate foodie, these aren’t your usual sachets of powdery flavours but a rich, wet paste, complete with separate pack of umami. Perfectly-sized to fit neatly in a work desk drawer or in a bag, these can be made into a snack or meal just by adding hot water. Got a friend who’s always hungry? This is for them.
Raw Chocolate Pie, £13.50 for a box of 7
Ok, so this is for serious healthy chocolate lovers only; they’re sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and utterly moreish. Now, we have to admit, they don’t look like ‘pies’ – they’re more little blocks of deliciousness. With the raw chocolate pie Christmas Box, you can pick and choose 7 delicious pies, from flavours such as Raw Chocolate Fudge, Peppermint, Cardamon & Apricot, Date & Walnut, Naked and Himalayan Sea Salt (our favourite). And all are handmade. Yum.
Aduna Baobab & Moringa Gift Box, £29.99
We’ve been watching Aduna since they first started out with their Baobab powder and they’ve only gone from strength to strength. We stick teaspoons of baobab (an off-white, yellowy powder from the African baobab tree, high in Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants) into our smoothies and now, with the recent launch of moringa (a dark green powder made from the leaf of the moringa tree that’s high in protein and nutrients), we can sprinkle that onto our pasta (goes well with pesto), smoothies and stews.
Bee Mercy Raw Honey, from £7.49 for a 500g jar
Raw Honey is honey that’s been cold extracted and not pasteurised and not flavoured, so it doesn’t lose any of it’s healing properties or nutrients. It’s also known for it’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as boosting immunity (perfect for winter weather) and also contains vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and loads of other good stuff. Raw Honey supplies 10 different ‘flavours’, including Heather, Eucalyptus (no, it doesn’t taste minty) and Rosemary.