Gourmet Gift Baskets for Weight Watchers

Published: 13th September 2009
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With so many kinds of diet and weight loss techniques sprouting like mushrooms from everywhere, the choice of foods has become slimmer and slimmer. And along with the diet we try to religiously follow, comes the demanding task of sticking with the lean food choices available. And during this agonizing weight-loss days, it may seem ridiculous to give away gourmet gift baskets, especially if you and your friend are in the same boat trimming down your waistlines. But believe it or not, you can make gourmet gift baskets your actual diet plan!



Make your gourmet gift baskets "diet friendly" instead of "fat friendly" simply by changing the usual entrée. Personally take charge in choosing the foods that will be included in your package. And be pro-active in asking or even suggesting foods that will comprise your gourmet.



With Liquor-Wine-Beverage-and-Cheese-Crackers combo in your gourmet gift baskets, opt for the classic type of wine, like red or white wine. Stay away from mud shakes, or beverages that are cream-based. Because the red and the white wine have fewer calories in them, than those heavy shakes or cream drinks. On the other hand, with cheeses, choose the low fat type. There are a lot of cheeses now sold in the market that are diet friendly with fewer sodium and fat in them. And before adding them in your gourmet gift baskets, you can always check the nutritional contents listed at the back of the package. With crackers, choose the simplest one with no sugar or anything added in it. Remember you have the cheese for the taste, so you don't need another flavor!



With gourmet gift baskets containing cookies, make sure that these pastries can not ruin a weight loss regimen. If it is chocolate cookies, go for the dark chocolates. They are less fattening and have more health benefits. If it is fruit flavored cookies, make sure it's not heavy on sugar. They are made mostly from preserved fruit jams that have thick sugar sauces, which are big No-No's to dieters. There are already a lot of cookies that are low in calories and low in fat as well, find them and let them be the main element of your gourmet gift baskets.



If fruits are the main theme of your gourmet gift baskets, bear in mind that not all fruits are dieter's best friend. Some fruits are extra loaded with calories making them horrific to weight watchers. Look out for the sugar content. Ripe mangoes have higher sugar than cantaloupe. Avocados are loaded with good fat; and although it is good fat, it can still be bulky in calorie-content.



The lesson: Dieters should not fear gourmet gift baskets, or the foods in them. You just have to have wise and healthy choices of items that you are going to include in your package. And with so many innovations the latest technology is offering, we are lucky to have a wider array of diet-friendly foods available in our market today. We just need to be extra watchful in finding them. Remember that little efforts may contribute to large weight loss in the end.



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Kevin Lloyd is the author of gourmet gift baskets articles for www.gourmet-gift-baskets.org

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