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10 stocking-stuffers for health-conscious foodies

Winterwoods Tea Company makes a variety of local handcrafted artisan teas. COLIN MULVANY (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
By Ashlee Rowland For The Spokesman-Review

Now’s the time for holiday gift-giving.

If you’re looking for stocking-stuffers for health-conscious foodie friends and family members, consider locally- and regionally-made goodies.

There’s no need to worry about shipping or sourcing because these products are made in the Pacific Northwest and can be found in local stores.

Savor Tooth Paleo Brownie Mix – These brownies are moist, decadent and best of all, allergen-free. They boast organic pumpkin seed flour as a main ingredient and are a nutrient-dense dessert. Savor Tooth Paleo is a gluten-free and paleo bakery in Kellogg, Idaho. Look, also, for granola and cookies.

Defiant Coffee – Coffee from this Post Falls company contains bovine collagen or medicinal mushroom extracts. Use it as a pre-workout or a morning pick-me-up. And, don’t worry: you can’t taste the mushrooms.

Amy E’s Bakery Peanut Brittle – This peanut brittle is diary-free, making it a healthier alternative for those with a dairy intolerance or allergy. Amy E’s started in Moscow, Idaho, and is now located on the Oregon Coast, in Coquille. Other dairy-free options are caramel cashew bars, chipotle caramel bars and pecan toffee. There are options with dairy, too: almond toffee and Brazil nut toffee.

Winterwoods Tea – The small-batch, hand-blended, loose-leaf teas from this Spokane company come in creative flavorful combinations. Look for Centennial Chai, Green Bluff Green, Pacific Coast Lavender and Mount Hood Hops, among many others. Ingredients are organic, fair trade and – when possible – local. Buy a packet or two for yourself, too. You’ll want to snuggle up by the fire on a cold winter day with a cup of tea from Winterwoods.

Mandala Chai – This Spokane company also uses organic, fair trade and – when possible – local ingredients. Mandala Chai is highly concentrated, free from refined sugar and made in small batches. It comes in reusable glass jars in two sizes: 32 or 16 ounces. It also comes in two kinds: regular and spicy. The spicy version gets its kick from cayenne.

Prairie Pantry Honey – Nestled up on Five Mile Prairie, this organic farm keeps its own honey bees, which are treated with much love and care throughout the year, which might be while the honey is so delicious and smooth. The assortment of flowers spread throughout the property give it its special flavor. Also keep an eye out for Prairie Pantry granola, cookies and apple and sweet maple pecan butters.

Thunder’s Catch Garlic and Pepper Smoked King Salmon – Alaskan salmon trumps any salmon on the market, especially when it’s King salmon. The naturally smoked flavor is coupled with herbs and spices in this particular product. Look, also, for traditional smoked King salmon and candy smoked King salmon, along with salmon fillets. This Sandpoint-based, family-run business has been commercially fishing for 40 years. Salmon are flash-frozen.

Rio Seasonings – This Deer Park-based family business uses use whole-food ingredients. Seasonings – original, chicken and hot – are made in small batches. They come in 4.25-ounce containers. Consider the three-pack. And check the website for recipes:

Moxie Nosh Nut Butters – This Montana-based company makes seasonal and flavor-packed nut butters. Moxie Nosh uses whole food ingredients such as nuts, spices and coconut oil. Their products are free from hydrogenated oils. Look for almond, cashews and pumpkin spiced cashew butters.

Wellness Tree Juice Bar gift card – This Spokane juice bar makes delicious seasonal drinks, acai bowls, warm breakfast bowls and immune-boosting elixirs that come in combinations such as anti-aging, active detox, recovery and kill the cold. Assorted teas (love, peace, jasmine, chai, oolong, yerba mate) and shots (immune, hangover, blue-green algae, B vitamins) round out the menu.