By Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE


The best gifts are consumable! Well, the kids may not actually feel this way.  However, as an adult I feel quite sure that I do not need any more “stuff” and most of my friends have all the “stuff” they could possibly need, so consumables are perfect.

Think about consumable gifts as gifts of experiences. Even better is the consumable gift that is also a “time with” gift (things the gift-giver and the receiver do together). “Time with” gifts can be movie tickets, painting or cooking classes, farm tours, scheduled family game nights or other family activities. Sometimes consumable gifts are more about sharing something you feel is special, such as a favorite spice rub, tea, wine, specialty soap, lotion or candle. When time together or a favorite experience is shared, a memory is made, and that is exactly the point—isn’t life about making memories?

Chipotle Barbecue Rub

Making your own rubs allows you to control the sodium content and adjust other seasonings as well. Find one of your favorites and give with a recipe as a simple inexpensive gift.

3 tablespoon parsley flakes
2 tablespoon coarse salt
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup paprika
3 tablespoon coarse black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoons ground dried chipotle pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir or whisk to mix, be sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar. Transfer to small jars with tight-fitting lids and give as gifts with the following recipe attached. Store in a cool dark place for up to 2 months.
Yield: 8 servings (Serving size: 2 tablespoons)

Chipotle Chicken Skewers

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons Chipotle Barbecue Rub
4 skewers (metal or wood—if using wood soak in water for 1 hour prior to using)
Non-stick cooking spray

Cut chicken breast into bite size pieces and place into a ziptop bag with the rub. Squish around until all sides of the chicken are coated. Thread the chicken onto the skewers and cook on an inside grill pan coated with cooking spray or on the outside grill over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until done. (Chicken is done when an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached on a meat thermometer.)

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 skewer)
Nutrition Breakdown: Calories 140, Fat 1.5g (0g saturated fat), Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 290mg, Carbohydrate 2g, Protein 26g
Diabetes Exchange Values: 4 lean meats

To Gift:
•     You can put 2-4 tablespoons of the rub into a spice jar and attach the recipe.
•     Make a barbecue gift basket with rub, recipe, skewers, tongs, apron, plate and a barbecue cookbook.

Have a happy, healthy and memorable Christmas season.

Kim Beavers is a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for University Health Care System. She lives in North Augusta with her husband and two children and she is the co-host of the culinary nutrition segment Eating Well with Kim, which airs at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WRDW. To be notified of new recipes join Kim’s facebook fan page at To search for specific recipes go to You can also watch the segments at

This article appears in the December – January 2016 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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