Diabetics CAN Enjoy Holiday Sweets—Here’s How

Stay smart and mindful, and you can still enjoy holiday treatsIt’s that time of year when Christmas cookies, fruit cakes, calorie-laden cocktails and so many other goodies tempt us daily, if not hourly.

Between holiday parties, kids’ school events and even well stocked co-workers’ desk supplies, even the most careful of diabetics may find the temptation too hard to resist!

But, here’s the good news – you don’t always have to say no to special holiday foods. 

According to the American Diabetes Association, if you’d like to enjoy a small serving of your favorite dessert, you can, you’ll just need to keep a few things in mind.

Most sweets pack a major carbohydrate punch, so be sure to keep portion sizes small and think about swapping that dessert for another carb serving you’d normally have in your meal--take a small slice of pie, but pass on a dinner roll.

Additionally, these tips may help you stay healthy during all the madness of holiday eating:

  • Decide ahead of time what and how much you will eat
  • Share one dessert with a friend, and scrape off hidden calorie bombs like thick frosting or whipped cream
  • Sign up to bring dessert to a party, and use the recipe tips below

Revising Recipes

  • Replace up to half of the sugar in a recipe with a sugar substitute like Splenda or Stevia
  • Cut some of the sugar in a recipe and make up for it by adding in sweet spices and/or flavorings like cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
  • Replace half of the fat (oil, butter, shortening) in chocolate brownies, cakes, or cookies recipes with applesauce or baby-food prunes.

Even if you’re using these tips and tricks, it’s important to remember that indulgences should remain special treats and not become daily occurrences. Stay mindful of your diet and be sure to stay on top of your foot care regimen with regular visits to your Houston podiatrist.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.