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Food gift for Atkins Dieter?

mothrpoet Dec 9, 2009 08:26 AM

I have some neighbors who help out periodically by clearing the snow, bringing in the mail, etc., for my elderly parents. We usually give them baked goods for a Christmas thank-you, but they are trying to lose weight, and I want to give them something "homey" and festive but something that won't be TOO terrible for their dietary goals. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    BackBite RE: mothrpoet Dec 9, 2009 08:32 AM

    A variety of spiced almonds would go over quite well and not impinge on their carb count too much.

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      superfinespot RE: BackBite Dec 9, 2009 08:44 AM

      nuts (but do slightly pricier ones - pine nuts, macadamia nuts, etc)
      coconut oil
      bottle of high end olive oil
      imported cheeses
      gourmet mustard, vinegar
      items from here: http://www.thelowcarbgrocery.com/

    2. southernitalian RE: mothrpoet Dec 9, 2009 08:33 AM


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        Emme RE: southernitalian Dec 11, 2009 07:45 PM

        you could even do a Cheese of the Month club!

      2. funklight RE: mothrpoet Dec 9, 2009 08:39 AM

        Charcuterie? Bresaola and bunderfleisch are pretty lean.

        1. mcf RE: mothrpoet Dec 9, 2009 01:15 PM

          Dark chocolate, 70% or above, cheeses, nuts. If you want to bake, you could make them a flourless chocolate cake artificially sweetened or a boule de neige. Cheesecake, too, works very well without carbs. I sweeten with a combination of granular xylitol and liquid sucralose from sweetzfree.com. Dark chocolate truffles sweetened this way can also be made low carb.

          1. Emme RE: mothrpoet Dec 9, 2009 06:45 PM

            agree with the suggestions of spiced nuts or cheeses!

            Pumpkin Cream Cheese bars - seasonal too!

            Peanut Butter Cookies

            Cream Cheese and Blueberry Bars

            Fricos (parmesan crisps!


            Crustless Quiche

            Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - http://www.low-carb-ketogenic-diets.c... but cover with melted low-carb chocolate

            some other ideas...
            -ChocoPerfection bars... lots of Atkiners swear by em.
            -a gift certificate to a local steakhouse
            -membership to a local gym
            -books (Carb Wars: Sugar is the new Fat
            )-PrimalNutrition.com makes a Responsibly Slim shake that's supposedly great
            -Carb Clicker that counts water drank, carbs and calories

            Sorry all the ideas aren't all edible, but I'm sure any would be much appreciated given the forethought!

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              MandalayVA RE: Emme Dec 11, 2009 06:19 AM

              ChocoPerfection bars are full of sugar alcohol, which can wreak digestive havoc. The steakhouse gift certificates are an excellent idea!

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                Emme RE: MandalayVA Dec 11, 2009 07:43 PM

                that may be... they did come highly recommended from an atkins family friend, so i thought i'd pass it along.

            2. ipsedixit RE: mothrpoet Dec 9, 2009 07:58 PM

              A "Bacon of the Month" gift ... the gift that keeps on giving.


              1. JEN10 RE: mothrpoet Dec 10, 2009 05:18 AM

                You could purchase a low card cookbook, cook something out of it, and then wrap up the book along with the cooked item.

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                  ChristinaMason RE: JEN10 Dec 11, 2009 05:46 AM

                  This is a cute idea

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                  gwendolynmarie RE: mothrpoet Dec 10, 2009 03:30 PM

                  Recommended by a dear friend on atkins: Macaroons and meringues, peanut-butter low-carb fudge (http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/low...), holiday cookies made low carb (http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/newslett...), and gingerbread (http://lowcarbdudecom.blogspot.com/20...).

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                    Rhee RE: mothrpoet Dec 10, 2009 08:29 PM

                    Homemade salad dressing, say ceasar dressing or bottled dressing without sugar. Preserved lemons if they cook.

                    I like smoked oysters, maybe they do? Olives are low carb.

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                      weezycom RE: mothrpoet Dec 11, 2009 03:57 AM


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                        beth1 RE: mothrpoet Dec 11, 2009 07:47 PM

                        A side of bacon

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