Diabetic-Friendly Holiday Treats
The holidays are just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with lots of delicious food! Having diabetes doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the celebrations— here are some diabetic-friendly holiday treats that you and your entire family will enjoy.
Baked Cinnamon Apples
Cinnamon is an incredible spice for desserts because it adds sweetness without any sugar. It also helps stabilize blood sugar levels, and the smell instantly puts us in the holiday spirit! Apples and oats contain lots of fiber, so they will keep blood sugar levels stable and keep you full for longer. Stuff some apples with cinnamon, pecans, and oats and place them in the oven for a delicious treat!
Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters
Dark chocolate isn’t just a delicious treat— it is also loaded with antioxidants, making it a healthy option (in moderation, of course)! The higher the percentage of dark chocolate, the less sugar it usually contains, so aim for 75% and above. Most nuts pair well with chocolate, but hazelnuts and almonds work best for this treat. Mix the nuts into melted dark chocolate and let it cool. The nuts also provide you with some healthy fats, which will keep you satisfied.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate is a staple for the holiday season, especially when you add some peppermint! Make some homemade hot chocolate with natural cacao and milk. Cacao is bitter, so you will need some sweetener for it to taste good. You can add a natural sweetener such as stevia or monk fruit extract, which doesn’t increase blood sugar levels but adds sweetness. You can also add a little bit of honey. Add a bag of peppermint tea and enjoy!
Veggie Dipping Tray
If you’re looking for a savory treat, veggie dipping trays are the perfect way to get some vegetables in during the indulgent holiday season. Making your own dip ensures that there are no added sugars or nasty artificial additives. You can easily make hummus, tzatziki with Greek yogurt, or guacamole. It’s also the perfect easy-to-make appetizer for your holiday guests!