Why jeopardize your health for a gift when you can have both? As fad diets and false claims riddle the internet, it is increasingly important to be aware of your health and how your diet can impact it. Cutting snacks and sugar from your diet is unsustainable and can lead to unhealthy eating habits. Instead, try substituting some of your favourite snacks for other foods packed with nutritious ingredients!

With a healthy gift basket, you are not only supporting the health of whoever you are gifting but also showing them the ultimate care package! Nothing says “I love you and have thought about you endlessly” better than a gift basket. It’s possible to pack your gift baskets with love, care, and nutrient-dense ingredients. They sound so delicious that the healthy food will leave your recipients wanting more!

Here are eight delicious healthy food gift basket ideas:

Idea #1: Crackers

Crackers can be healthy food if you choose the right ones. If you choose to include crackers in your gift basket, look for ones high in fibre and low in sodium. These will provide the energy boost many people look for during the day and keep you satisfied for hours.

Whole grain crackers, as well, are the healthier versions of your traditional crackers. You could even top the crackers with many of the food selections below! What a great combination gift.

Idea #2: Fruits

Fruits as healthy food is a no-brainer! Their natural sugar provides sweetness, while their composition provides many much-needed nutrients. If you are giving them the basket immediately, you could pick up some fresh fruits from the supermarket or your local farmer’s market.

If you are unsure when you might give them the gift basket, opt for dried fruits that provide the same nutrients and sweetness but are less perishable.

Idea #3: Nuts

Nuts are an amazing source of healthy fats. They provide a wide variety of nutrients your body needs, are loaded with antioxidants, and help with weight loss, cholesterol, and inflammation. You could purchase mini packs of assorted nuts or perhaps a trail mix for them to enjoy on their adventures!

Idea #4: Jams and spreads

The versatile nature of jams and spreads makes them the perfect food to add to your gift basket. They come in many different kinds, from chutney and fruit to jelly and marmalade. Not only do the types of jams and spreads vary, but the flavours also span a wide range. You will be sure to find one that suits your needs!

Studies have also found that fruit jam can improve hair and skin health, decrease blood pressure, alleviate constipation, and reduce the risk of heart attacks.

Idea #5: Honey

Include a honey jar to show the gift recipient how sweet they are. Not only does honey show that you think they are the bee’s knees (sorry, I’ll stop with the puns), but it is also a fantastic source of antioxidants with antibacterial properties that can soothe sore throats, protect your brain, and heal wounds.

For a little twist, you could add flavoured honey such as lavender honey, citrus-scented honey, or even wildflower honey.

Idea #6: Tea

Tea is another fan favourite in a healthy gift basket. Numerous studies have shown that many teas can reduce inflammation, prevent heart disease, encourage weight loss, lower cholesterol, and boost your immune system.

There are so many options you are sure to find one that is right for the gift! If you can not settle on one, try including a variety set. You could even tie the basket together with a cute tea mug!

Idea #7: Chocolate

Chocolate can be healthy for you! Dark chocolate (anything over 70% cocoa) is packed with important minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and copper. These help support a healthy immune system and keep your bones strong.

Chocolate’s versatility makes it a great gift to pack in a basket. Try adding chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate bark, chocolate-covered pretzels, or very simply, and you could give a dark chocolate bar.

Idea #8: Candy

Candy does not have to be synonymous with “junk food.” Candy is an all-encompassing term for sweet food that brings joy to one’s life. For a healthier spin on classic gummies, try ginger gummies. Ginger contains antioxidants that help preserve your body— and it tastes amazing too!

For other healthy gummies, opt for fruit gummies, especially ones made from whole fruits with no added sugars. Although these are just a couple of examples, there are undoubtedly many more healthy candy options. When spotting them, look for low sodium, no/low added sugar, high protein, and high fibre. These are just guidelines, though. Make sure to use your discretion as well!