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FREE Printables for Food Pun Gift Tags

Don’t give just any ordinary food or snack gift when you can make them punny! We had a lot of fun coming up with just the right sentiment to complement some of our favorite healthier snacks and hope you have an easier time sharing the goods. We purposely left them generic enough to not require any particular time of year or holiday. And we also purposely made them completely free so that you can spring for the really good treats!

Just click, print the PDF, and trim them out. Then, share with the special friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and other dear ones in your life.

JUSTIN Case You Didn’t Know

justins pb gift tags

This gift is butter than every other choc + pb cup out there (#fact)! And with this sweet tag, it makes Justin’s a pretty easy (and organic!) gift to share. Wrap one pack or a few and seal the deal with our simple message.

Download the Justin’s Gift Tag PDF. 6 tags/sheet

Thanks for Being EXTRA Nice

extra gum gift

This simple gift is a real mint that doesn’t require too much extra effort on your part. We filled a small jar with sticks of Extra sugar-free gum and delivered with the tag affixed to the lid.

Download the Extra Gift Tag PDF. 5 tags/sheet
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Thanksgivukkah Means Latkes for Everyone! Celebrate with Elana from a Meal and a Spiel

Meet someone who not only seems to speak my language about life in general, but speaks my food language fluently. Elana Horwich does her thing with food and words over at MealAndASpiel.com, which serves as a web presence for this worldly chef’s fun-having cooking school. Rustic Italian techniques, prioritized flavor, and a loveable sass… see, Elana is like my culinary kindred spirit.

She kind of summed up the enthusiasm around this rare two holidays in one so well that we wanted her to tell you for herself. So enjoy Elana’s Thanksgivukkah message, which is as much a lesson in embracing our diverse, multi-cultured landscape as it is a free invitation to gobble down on her Thanksgivukkah Latkes with Butternut Chutney.

Why did you start your food blog?

Before I am a cook, I am a teacher. It is intrinsic to who I am. Since I truly believe that cooking with love adds genuine goodness to the human condition and since I can personally only teach so many people at a time in a cooking class, I started my food blog to share my passion and knowledge with those I will never have an opportunity to meet. It is my gift to the world.

How would you describe your approach to eating/health?

My definition of good food is that it should make you roll around on the floor shouting “MAMMMMMMAAAAA!!!!” While you are there rolling around on the floor your belly shouldn’t hurt and it should be easy to stand up afterwards. That about sums it up.
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2012 Holiday Gift Guides: Shop and Win This Year’s Hottest Fitness and Foodie Gear

Not only do we get to help you through your gift-giving list by playing personal shopper, but we also get to play Secret Santa. Talk about two jobs we love!

Click through to each gift guide to see all 50 gift ideas and where to buy each item. Plus, enter to win each of the five gift guide prize packs, valued at almost $1800. For the first time ever, we’re giving you FOUR chances to win EACH gift guide, by commenting, Tweeting, Pinning, and sharing on Facebook.

We’ve sought out the best gear that makes the best gifts for every person on your list. Once again, we’ve filled five separate gift guides with the coolest stuff of the year for runners, foodies, yogis, gym rats, and of course healthy, active kids!

It’s our best giveaway of the year for the most wonderful time of the year!

View Gym Rat Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Slideshow

Gym Rat Prize Pack: Inflatable stand-up paddle board from West Marine, weight lifting gear from Harbinger, Candi Factory panties, Moso air purifying bags, Contigo water bottle, DOD Fitness Donuts, and a Wello 30-minute personal training session. Value: $776.90

View Runner Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Slideshow

Runner Prize Pack: UA Spine RPM Storm shoes, Omron pedometer, Mile22 race bag souvenir bag, Flight001 shoe bag, My Arm Pocket, My Ring Guard, Gel-Bot, 2 8-packs of Gu, and Gold Bond’s Friction Defense. Value: $360.10

View Yogi Holiday Gift Guide for 2012 Slideshow

Yogi Prize Pack: custom Yogamatic yoga mat, Portable Pilates kit, 30-minute personal yoga session on Wello, The Big Book of Yoga, ToeSox, Yummi Yogi tree pose cookie cutter, Elements yoga DVD, and a Moso air purifying bag. Value: $240.42

View Foodie Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Slideshow

Foodie Prize Pack: Ninja Professional blender, Black+Blum Soup Pot, Canadian Maple Syrup gift pack, and a copy of Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes. Value: $157.98

View Healthy Kids Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Slideshow

Healthy Kids Prize Pack: Zoku Quick Pop Maker, JumpSport iBounce, Unreal Candy sampler pack, Contigo Kids water bottle, Sip’n Spoons, Copy Kids DVD, and 4-pack of Little Green Pouches. Value $241.30
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The Scramble’s Aviva Goldfarb Shares her Healthy Hanukkah Menu

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday that celebrates an ancient battle victory and the re-dedication of a holy temple in Jerusalem. Though it isn’t the holiest Jewish holiday, it is one of the most anticipated; it typically falls within several weeks of Christmas and is associated with the festive holiday season.

Like other winter holidays, there are a number of traditional dishes that are essential to the Hanukkah celebration. It can be difficult if you are on a diet or trying to maintain a healthy weight, especially since the Hanukkah celebration lasts eight nights as opposed to many other holidays, which last one or two.

“As with any holiday, plan to allow yourself a little bit of indulgence,” said Aviva Goldfarb, author of The Scramble. “Different people have different traditions. I don’t bake a lot of cookies during the holidays but my family loves sweet potato pie as a side dish. I also make latkes baked or pan fried in less oil.”


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Recipe Swaps for a Healthier Hanukkah

flamesIt’s almost time to light the menorah, spin the dreidel and of course, indulge in some of your favorite healthy Hanukkah recipes. If there is ever an occasion to indulge, a holiday is certainly a good one. Though it’s reasonable to help yourself to small portions of your favorite dishes on a day of celebration, you can also create lighter alternatives.

Instead of Beef Brisket…make Spiced Pot Roast. Brisket is a notoriously fatty cut of meat. To trim calories and get more bang for your nutritional buck, purchase the flat “first-cut” section and prepare it with plenty of fresh herbs and spices instead of in a sauce with added fat.

Instead of Noodle Kugel…make Sweet Potato Kugel from Cheap, Healthy, Good. Kugel, which some liken to a “Jewish casserole” is traditionally made with noodles cooked in a creamy base with raisins, nuts or fruit. A healthier version is made with sweet potatoes, which are full of Vitamin A, fiber and potassium.


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