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Food gift for Atkins Dieter?

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

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    1. re: BackBite

      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/

      1. re: southernitalian

        you could even do a Cheese of the Month club!

      2. Charcuterie? Bresaola and bunderfleisch are pretty lean.

        1. 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. agree with the suggestions of spiced nuts or cheeses!

            Pumpkin Cream Cheese bars - seasonal too!
            http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/reciper...

            Peanut Butter Cookies
            http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/reciper...

            Cream Cheese and Blueberry Bars
            http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/reciper...

            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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            1. re: Emme

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

              1. re: MandalayVA

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

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

              http://gratefulpalate.com/?p=Category_11

              1. 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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                1. 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...).

                  1. 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.