5 Deliciously Diabetic-Friendly Desserts and 4 Holiday Season Tips for Diabetics

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and, as part of our drive to create awareness around this important issue, our senior home health care services team shares some tasty treats that sweet-toothed diabetics can enjoy!

  • Coconut Macaroons These are the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of coffee or tea, providing just 29 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrate. They’re easy to make and take just 15 minutes to bake.
  • Chocolate Cinnamon Pudding  Are you looking for the perfect winter, diabetic-friendly dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas? This is it! While it does have a little sugar, you can substitute with a sugar alternative if needed.
  • Raspberry and Banana Mousse This dessert has all the velvety richness and texture of traditional mousse – except that it’s completely healthy! It’s high in protein as well as vitamins, potassium, and antioxidants, and is delicious topped with fresh fruit or on pancakes. You can make it all in one blender too, which is great for washing up.
  • Black Bean Brownies If you can’t resist getting your fix of rich, dark, chocolaty brownies or are looking for the perfect dessert recipe for a dinner party, these are ideal! They’re packed full of protein and the beans aren’t noticeable at all – except for the moist, fudgy texture they deliver. While this recipe has sugar, you can substitute this with a sugar alternative – just remember to adjust for flavor as some are much sweeter!
  • Pumpkin and Raspberry Muffins If you love the flavors of fall, this everyday snack is the perfect sweet treat. They’re high in protein, easy to eat, and fill your home with the most delicious aroma!

4 Holiday Season Tips for Diabetics

Maintaining a healthy diet over the winter and the festive season is a challenge for anyone, but it can be harder on diabetics. Here are some tips to keep blood sugar levels stable and bodies healthy:

  • Go Whole – Choose whole wheat pasta and bread, whole grain oats, and brown or wild rice as your carbohydrate. Rice and whole grains can be cooked in bulk, divided into portions and frozen for easy reheating throughout the week.
  • Boost Fiber – Increase your fiber intake by including peas, oats, barley, beans, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and beets. Healthy vegetable soup can be frozen in portions for easy use and blended for easy eating.
  • Balance Your Diet – Over the festive season, rich foods can be unavoidable. Balance your diet by consuming foods that help stabilize your blood sugar, like lean meat and fish, avocado, eggs, cheese, and the like. Wherever possible, substitute refined carbs and rich sauces for these foods.
  • Avoid Alcohol – Stay away from fizzy soft drinks, champagne, and alcoholic drinks. Rather, substitute them with sugar-free cool drinks, water, and herbal teas. For special occasions, crack open some sugar-free, alcohol-free bubbly instead!

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At United Methodist Communities, we strive to offer exceptional-quality senior home health care services, including in-home respite care through HomeWorks. It assists older adults in the comfort of their own homes, providing them, their families, and caregivers with personalized, compassionate care that prioritizes health, happiness, and independence. In addition to medical care and daily home care, we also offer pastoral care for spiritual and emotional support in the home.

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