Food gifts are always a popular option at holidays, birthdays and even just to say thanks. When shopping for people with specific diets, you have to make careful choices. This is especially true when it comes to diabetics. According to a story by U.S. News and World Report, carbohydrate counting is highly recommended for diabetics. With this in mind, it becomes easier to choose food gifts for diabetics.
Steak Combo Packs
Steaks are a perfect gift for diabetics because they are low in carbs. Kansas City Steak Company and Omaha Steaks both offer combo packs for almost any budget. There are packs that feature sirloin steaks and steak burgers or higher-end combos with t-bones and filet mignon. There are a number of different steaks to choose from. Stay away from steaks that are marinated. Marinades can contain sugar, which would increase the amount of carbs in the meat. If unsure about which combo pack to choose, a gift certificate can also be purchased.
Cheesecakes make a wonderful gift, even for diabetics. As always, it's important to make sure the cheesecake is low in carbs. Sugar-free cheesecakes aren't always enough. One must remember that just because an item is sugar-free, doesn't mean it's low in carbs. One company that specializes in low-carb cheesecakes is Phil's Phamous Lo-Carb Cheesecakes. The company offers such flavors as Orange Creamsicle and Raspberry Swirl.
There are a variety of low-carb candies to choose from. Candy makes a great food gift for diabetics because it's affordable on most budgets. Companies such as Russell Stover and Hershey's offer extremely affordable low-carb candy. If the shopper has a larger budget, local handmade candy shops usually have a selection of low-carb candies as do online companies. Be aware that some low-carb candies contain artificial sweeteners that can cause stomach issues. Be sure to read the packages and warnings before making a purchase.
While diabetics need to watch their fruit consumption, fruit baskets are still a great gift. They can be prepared at home or you can order special fruit baskets. Edible Arrangements and Harry & David offer affordable gourmet selections. Remember that this gift is an opportunity to take advantage of local offerings. During the summer, fresh berries and peaches would make a beautiful basket, while a fall basket might include a variety of different apples.