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GIfts of food for those with medical restrictions?

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I'd like to get something rich, tasty, seasonal or all of the above for a friend who has diabetes and high cholesterol and who doesn't care for wine or spirits (I know, what a miserable life). Suggestions gratefully received.

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  1. Fruit compote? If you pick the right fruits, and make it more spicy than sweet, you might be able to mitigate the sugar issue.

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    1. re: heatherkay

      "If you pick the right fruits, and make it more spicy than sweet, you might be able to mitigate the sugar issue."

      Spice doesn't negate the presence of sugar from the fruits.

      Normally I'd suggest a fine cheese, but the cholesterol makes it an issue. My guess is that this person is stuck eating dry, tasteless wheat bread a lot. If you can find a whole grain variety -- try a specialty baker or even a place like Panera or Atlanta Breac Co. -- with some interesting type of low-fat spread, that sounds like a nice, delicious gift.

    2. How about a nice selection of nuts? If this is acceptable, you could get a variety - smoked, spicy etc. A friend of mine bought himself a Christmas present of 25lbs of smoked pecans which he plans to eat all by himself.

      1. It might make more sense to get this person a non-food gift. Given those restrictions I wonder if the individual has problems managing food and if a fun gift that doesnt' involve eating might not be more appropriate. How about tickets to see a great show, something relating to another hobby, or flowers?

        But if a culinary gift is your preference, how about a beautiful basket of exotic mushrooms?

        1. How about some infused oils or vinegars? Or some spice blends? Certainly helps with low-fat cooking.

          1. There are some very good sugar free fruit speads available now, along with perhaps some teas put together in a gift basket.