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Mishloach Manot Idea for Older Couple on a Diet?

Any ideas for what I can give to my neighbors?
They are:
1) following a weight loss program.
2) not super adventurous with food.
3) very special people.
Nothing too complicated, please. I have the flu & don't have much energy for Purim.

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  1. What weight loss program? What foods are permitted/prohibited? Could you do wine, cheese, and crackers?

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    1. re: avitrek

      I don't know the details of their program. Wine would be okay, I think, & could always be regifted if it's not. I was thinking about whole grain crackers & ... something???. Cheese is problematic b/c of fat content.

      1. re: almond tree

        It really depends on their diet. If they're on an Atkins style diet then cheese is fine and it's the crackers that are the problem.

    2. A nice salad, with dressing on the side.

      1. I agree we need more information. For instance I use dried fruit and nuts on my diet. But other's don't.

        However if they do eat those type of things an excellent source that i have always gotten delivery the next day is www.nuts.com
        I order by 4pm M-F they ship that day and I get it the next business day, so you still have time to get it this week.

        Many of their products are certified o-K and also certified gluten free (check each individual item's page for certification). Besides nuts and dried fruits, they have freeze dried fruit/vegetables, some sugar free items, some organic, etc. I have been VERY impressed with the quality of their products.

        Since you are sick this would let you get something of high quality without having to leave home.

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        1. re: kosherGlutenFree

          I guess I need to make a phone call to find out more about their food plan. They are late risers, and it's only 7:20 AM here in Shushan :) so I will have to wait a while.
          Of course if I call them, they will say, "Don't worry, you don't have to give us anything."
          Thanks for input so far.

          1. re: almond tree

            Depending on what their dietary restrictions are, there's also the "health" bakery on Aggripas. They have a number of items made of spelt and other whole wheat goodies that are nice.

        2. An array of fancy tea, especially the non-caffeine types.

          1. We have done this many times in the past. Get one of those round plastic sectioned platters that people use for candy (with the round section in the middle). Place baby carrots, baby corn, colorful peppers in long strips, zuchini and yellow squash in strips and chumus in the center. When we did this in the past, people loved it. A nice departure from all the junk and it could also be served at the Seudah. Wrap in plastic wrap or colorful celophane.

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              1. re: cappucino

                I received this one year but with olive tapenade in the center. The card had a personal note on one side and the recipe for tapenade on the other.

                This year I'm going simple
                - fresh bagels, lox, cc
                - kids will get package of mini donuts, choc milk, crazy straw

              2. Fruit, one or two hamentashen and grapejuice.

                Most people do not actually eat the Mishloach Manot that they receive. It is more of a gesture than a foodie event. I usually just bring in most of what I get (after my grandkids goes through it) and put it in the kitchen at work for all to nash on.

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                1. re: MartyB

                  Please do not presume to speak for everyone. Yes, if you give junk, you can assume that no one will eat it, but if you are giving a quality gift, especially one specifically tailored to the recipient, as Almond Tree here wants to do, I would assume the opposite . . . that it will be received gratefully and enjoyed as well. When I deliver my packages to my friends, year after year, many tell me they have been waiting to see what I put in this year. I once told a friend I was planning on cutting back on how many packages I was going to make, and she practically begged me to keep her on the list!

                  I only wonder if all those who are nice enough to put you on their lists have any idea whatsoever how you disparage their gifts year after year.

                  1. re: queenscook

                    Sorry, just frustrated by all the junk food that I receive and see being offered at all the kosher supermarkets.

                    People seem to be more interested in what box the Mishloach Manot gets put in than the food that goes in. When I was a kid I don't remember the purim Mishloach Manot frenzy - I mostly went to get togethers and asked for purim money via reciting a purim spiel.

                    1. re: MartyB

                      True. But a little hoopla (ribbon! Lollipops! Fancy little cakes with nothing healthy about them! Spangled wrapping paper!) is part of what makes Purim fun.

                      Maybe a little frenzy is good for the soul?

                2. We're an older couple and I definitely have to be careful about my weight. However, that doesn't mean no treats ever. Best thing for me is a very small amount of dark chocolate (easy to find kosher and fancy enough to be "special.") I'd suggest 60-70 percent cacao. A small amount, one truffle, or very small samble sized bar can make a person watching weight feel indulged without breaking the "calorie bank." Chocolate also has health benefits. Chocolate is prepared. As the unprepared food, I'd suggest two pieces of fruit. Red wine would work with chocolate and any fruit you choose.

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                  1. re: lburrell

                    What do you mean when you refer to "the unprepared food"?

                  2. Go to the easiest place by you that sells produce. Buy the best looking fruits and veggies you can (as much as you desire) Put them into a pretty tote bag or tray from the dollar store and give that. On most diets fruits and veggies are allowed and your treats will hopefully enjoyed:)

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                    1. re: ThePrettypoodle

                      Put them in a nice fruit bowl, that they can reuse. (If you're in NYC, Jack's Dollar Store in Manhattan has nice wooden fruit bowls for $1.)

                    2. Well, my flu got a lot worse & I'm only now slowly starting to get my energy back. Means I had to seriously scale back on Purim prep -- ie, shop my cupboards & the corner store.
                      I found out my friends are not going to be home for the seuda (we celebrate tomorrow, being in Jerusalem), so I'm making them a "tomato sauce kit" for future use -- can of nice quality tomatoes (cooked item), small bottle of olive oil (an indulgence but not one they are likely to consume in one shot), bag of oregano, onion and garlic bulb.
                      And lots of good cheer.
                      Purim Sameach & Shushan Purim Sameach

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                      1. re: almond tree

                        I'm glad your starting to feel better- may you continue on that rod to full health! Your idea for the tomato sauce kit sounds yummy to me:) Happy Purim!