Con­sider gifts that sus­tain this hol­i­day

The Republican Herald - - LIFESTYLES - QUINN ON NU­TRI­TION ( Quinn can be reached at bar­[email protected]­nessen­tial­nu­tri­

Call me a tra­di­tion­al­ist but there’s no way my Thanks­giv­ing tur­keys and pump­kins get re­placed with red and green Christ­mas decor un­til Dec. 1. Gift ideas are an­other mat­ter. It’s never too early to shop, right? Here’s a few ideas that will last longer than Christ­mas morn­ing:

• Sus­tain the en­vi­ron­ment. For the take- your- lunchto- school- or- work bunch, the “ECOlunch­box” is a cute lit­tle stain­less steel 3- piece lunch box that re­places plas­tic bags and soggy sand­wiches. A mere 4 inches wide, 5.5 inches long and less than 3 inches high, it has room for di­eti­tian-ap­proved por­tions of a small sand­wich or other en­tree plus two side dishes. Dish­washer safe and avail­able at ecol­unch­

• Sus­tain those in need. Heifer In­ter­na­tional, www. heifer. org, has a 70- year his­tory of pro­vid­ing food- pro­duc­ing an­i­mals to im­pov­er­ished fam­i­lies around the world. A do­na­tion of $ 20 in the name of a spe­cial per­son on your Christ­mas list buys a flock of chicks that grow up to lay pro­tein- packed eggs — 200 per year per hen. Thirty dol­lars buys a hive of bees to pol­li­nate crops and pro­vide honey that a fam­ily can sell to buy food. Sixty dol­lars buys a tree that pro­duces fruit or nuts to nour­ish a needy fam­ily.

• Sus­tain hope. Vi­sion Trust, vi­sion­­mas, al­lows your gift re­cip­i­ent to pro­vide spir­i­tual and phys­i­cal nour­ish­ment to a child in need. Do­na­tions to this in­ter- na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion in the name of some­one on your list with a heart for chil­dren pro­vides tools and seeds for plant­ing a gar­den, wa­ter fil­ters that give fam­i­lies ac­cess to clean wa­ter, and other ba­sic med­i­cal treat­ments for chil­dren liv­ing in poverty.

• Sus­tain health­ful eat­ing. Who says that nu­tri­tious food can’t taste good? Forthe­wannabe- a- more- cre­ative cook on your list, I’ve re­dis­cov­ered “The Fla­vor Bi­ble,” by Karen Page and An­drew Dor­nen­burg. Be­sides its fun quotes —“Great cooks rarely con­sult cook­books” and wis­dom from some of Amer­ica’s most imag­i­na­tive chefs, this book presents in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, foods and spices that marry well with other foods, sea­son­ings and par­tic­u­lar cuisines. Any­one who spends time try­ing to spice up their life in the kitchen will ap­pre­ci­ate this book.

An­other easy read that ad­dresses to­day’s main is­sues in nu­tri­tion from a re­search as well as real life per­spec­tives is this au­thor’s “Quinn- Es­sen­tial Nu­tri­tion: The Un­com­pli­cated Sci­ence of Eat­ing.” Signed copies are avail­able for or­der at quin­nessen­tial­nu­tri­ Ho, ho ho.

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