Discover the top ways to satisfy a diabetic sweet tooth! You don’t have to completely give up some of your favorites — just make some adjustments!
If you have been newly diagnosed with diabetes or have had it a while, one of the things many people find it hard to come to terms with is the sugar balance in food. It is a common belief by both those who have diabetes and their families that you can’t eat any sweets at all – but this is not true.
In reality, you can enjoy sweet treats from time to time and they can still taste delicious. It is important you continue to monitor your diet and swap unhealthy snacks which are loaded with artificial sugars for alternatives such as yogurt, fruits, nuts, and seeds, but you can have the odd treat such as chocolate too. You might see on the market a product called “diabetic chocolate” yet products that are marketed this way are now against the law.
There is insufficient evidence that these foods offer you any benefit overeating a well-balanced diet and they can also sometimes be a laxative which isn’t great for your stomach. Instead, create your own healthy alternative dishes that are good to your gut and your blood sugar levels.
What if your child is diabetic – how to deal with their sweet cravings on holidays
If you are looking after a child who is diabetic they can find it harder to resist. This is particularly true in times that are heavily influenced by food such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. From Easter Egg hunts to desserts galore they will want to be part of the fun. Instead of not allowing them to take part, spread their sweet treats out.
Not only will this be more fun for them in the long run, but is also better for their diabetes. Instead of milk or white chocolate opt for good-quality dark chocolate which is not only lower in sugar, but also has a stronger and more lasting taste that means you are less inclined to want to eat as much. The occasional chocolate or sweet treat aren’t too detrimental in the long term, but it is important this is part of a balanced diet.
Diabetes is not as hard to manage as it once was and it is easier than ever to live a normal life without it affecting you too much. Recent news that saw Trump caps insulin prices for seniors is further evidence of how diabetes is being looked out for and it is important this continues to be the case.
Top Tips for creating diabetes-friendly desserts
When creating a diabetes-friendly dessert, whether for yourself or someone else, it can feel like a challenge – yet it doesn’t need to be. Once you start looking you will be surprised at just how many delicious dishes you can actually create. When creating a diabetes-friendly dessert, whether for yourself or someone else, it can feel like a challenge – yet it doesn’t need to be. Once you start looking you will be surprised at just how many delicious dishes you can actually create. Some additional tips for choosing a diabetes-friendly dessert include:
Cut your carbs to help steady your sugar levels – If you are looking to indulge in a post-dinner dessert trying cutting out the carbs (or reducing them) to keep your blood sugar levels more balanced. This is very important for a diabetic sweet tooth!
Don’t overload your plate – While a treat dessert may be a rare occurrence and something you want to cherish, be careful not to help yourself to a huge portion size. According to the American Diabetes Association, you should aim for 45-60g of carbs per meal if you have diabetes. If you choose a smaller portion of your main meal it ensures you an enjoy a sweet treat without going over your allocated carbohydrates allowance.
Watch out for artificial sweeteners – It can be tempting to opt for sweet treats with artificial sweeteners as it keeps your calories and carbs low, but as they are much sweeter than sugar they could actually be more detrimental for you. Not only do they alter the bacteria in your gut making it more difficult for your body to regulate blood sugar, but they can also enhance your sweet tooth cravings.
Look for other ways to get the sweet taste in In a dessert you will want to get the same delicious sweetness, but without the high sugar levels. Try substituting sugar for pitted dates, or add in flavor with fresh berries, avocado, or nut butters which are lower in fat and carbohydrates and still satisfy a diabetic sweet tooth.
Try and avoid desserts with a crust – If you are creating a dish like a pie, don’t add in the crust. This won’t do too much to affect the flavor but can significantly cut down on carbohydrates. Consider a healthy cheesecake or an apple crisp which don’t need a crust around the edge.
Look out for cream substitutes – Substitute cream or cream cheese with plain greek yogurt to still satisfy a diabetic sweet tooth. This is a much healthier alternative and won’t wildly affect the taste of your dessert. Be sure to have a play around with the measurements as consistencies many vary – remember, less is more and there is nothing wrong with trial and error!
Diabetes-friendly dessert ideas
The swap – Ice Cream for Frozen yogurt
Frozen yogurt is a delicious and more diabetes-friendly dessert choice than your regular full-fat, full-sugar favorite ice cream. It is super easy to make and you can enjoy a range of different flavors too! All you need to do is buy a mold, mix up yogurt and some fruit in a bowl and pour it in. Add a popsicle stick and leave to set in the freezer. Go for sugar-free or plain yogurt to keep sugar and carb levels down and add in flavor with the fruit.
Chocolate mousse for avocado chocolate mousse
There is something about the delicious taste and texture of chocolate mousse that makes it hard to get enough of. But you don’t need to whip up the full fat and sugar version to get the taste you’re craving. Instead, Mix together avocado, cocoa, dates, almond milk, and a pinch of salt in a food processor and soon you will have a delicious, smooth, and creamy chocolate mousse that won’t make your blood sugar spike.
Cheesecake for healthy cheesecake smoothies
Its the winning combination of smooth and crunchy that makes cheesecake such a delicious combination. Instead of opting for the unhealthy version, adopt your recipe to make these diabetic-friendly cheesecake smoothies. Whip up mixed berries, coconut or almond milk, cottage cheese, cinnamon, almond butter, and coconut flour in a food processor and top with toasted nuts for that cheesecake crunchy finish. You could also add in some toasted nuts as a base to give it a more authentic look and taste.
Sugar cookies for low-carb peanut butter cookies
Peanut butter cookies are a delicious healthy treat that steers clear of too many carbs or high sugar levels. The recipe is super easy and involves mixing up a cup of smooth peanut butter (ensure it is the no added sugar kind) 1 egg, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence, and 2/3 cup of erythritol. Roll out the mixture to form small balls before flattening them down and popping in the oven for 12-14 minutes. They’re super easy to make and are guaranteed to be loved by everyone!
Normal muffins for healthy berry and pumpkin muffins
Nothing can quite beat a delicious muffin for dessert or with a cup of coffee in the afternoon to satisfy a diabetic sweet tooth. Swap out your normal full-fat, full-sugar version for a delicious low-fat, low-sugar berry and pumpkin alternative. The berries offer additional sweetness without spiking your sugar levels, while the pumpkin adds another layer of flavor. Freeze your berries ahead of time as this will enable them to keep their shape better and leave you with delicious whole raspberries in the muffins. Store in an airtight container to share with others or enjoy over the week – you could even freeze them to enjoy over a longer period of time.
Stuffed Plums – These are not only super delicious but also easy to make ahead of time and look great too. All you need to do is halve and pit your plums, before filling each half with a helping of Greek yogurt. Top with a pinch of cinnamon and a sprinkling of roasted nuts for a yummy finish. These are great as the high levels of protein slow down the digestion of carbs preventing sugar spikes and are very low in calories.
If you are hosting for someone who has diabetes, or are a diabetic looking to swap out your regular dessert choices for healthy alternatives, the above is a must-try. It doesn’t have to be hard to swap your lifestyle food choices around and soon you will wonder what you used to love about the unhealthier alternatives! Be sure to always play around with your recipes until you find the right one you like and don’t be afraid to switch different fruits and toppings around. What are some of your favorite diabetes-friendly recipes? Write it in the comments below!