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Valentine’s Day Sweets for Diabetics

Untitled design (1)It’s easy for diabetics to feel left out on Valentine’s Day, especially considering that traditional gifts include chocolates and romantic dinners.  It’s even difficult in the workplace, where candy dishes are filled with “conversation hearts” and other candies, cookies, cupcakes and treats.  However, there are ways to celebrate the holiday without giving in to the sugar temptations.

  1. Remember what Valentine’s Day is all about.  It’s not about candy.  It’s about spending time with the people you love, and making sure they know how you feel about them.  Keep the real reason for Valentine’s Day in mind and you won’t feel left out if you can’t snack on treats.
  2. Look at the ingredients. Chances are, you can enjoy something sweet without disrupting your glucose readings.  Plus, there are lots of great recipes that satisfy a sweet tooth while keeping your glucose in control. Check these recipes out:  http://bit.ly/1RDqfZV .
  3. Be creative! Instead of having your Valentine’s celebration revolve around a meal, choose an activity instead.  Go to a movie or a concert, take a class, visit a museum or go to a park.  Create a special memory around an activity, instead of food.
  4. Pay attention to your child. If your child is diabetic, Valentine’s Day can be tough, as classmates bring treats to school.  First, talk to your child’s teacher, and let them know your child’s dietary limitations.  Maybe you can bring sugar-free treats to share with the class. Here are some great ideas:  http://bit.ly/1NHjYsW.
  5. Indulge a little. Here are some diabetes-friendly chocolate desserts that taste great: http://bit.ly/1RDqfZV.

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Thanksgiving or Halloween, food centric holidays can be challenging.  Have a strategy in place and some smart recipes and you’ll do fine. If you need additional information or guidance, be sure to talk to your healthcare professional at Valley Day & Night Clinic.  We’re here to help you manage your diabetes with information and even free workshops!

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February 8, 2016 | Diabetes, Just for Fun
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