Halloween is a time to have fun with family and friends. But when giant bowls of candy start appearing, things can get spooky for people with diabetes. So, it’s best to be prepared with an alternative treat or two so you’re not tempted to overload on refined sugar.
And remember, no matter how healthy the treat, you need to keep a few things in mind when indulging in sweets:
- Eat with a complete meal, including:
- ½ plate of high fiber non-starchy vegetables
- Small portion of fat
- Reduce or eliminate the carbohydrates in your meal. If you have a carbohydrate, make it a ½ cup serving of a high-fiber option like dried beans.
- Limit your treat to 15 grams of carbohydrates.
If you haven’t tried these, you’re missing out! Pop grapes off the stem, throw them in a plastic bag and into the freezer for a few hours. Dip the frozen grapes in greek yogurt and decorate with one dark chocolate chip – keep your eyes on this treat, it’ll go fast! 1 cup ~ 15g carbs.
Spiders on a Log
Everyone is sure to love this Halloween twist on a childhood classic! First, spread 1 tbsp. peanut butter onto a celery stick. Decorate with small plastic spiders – just be sure to let folks know to take them off before eating!
Slice a banana in half and dip in greek yogurt. Use 3 dark chocolate chips to make a spooky ghost face and freeze for an hour. Yum! ½ banana ~ 15g carbs.
Turn hard boiled eggs into bites of festive fun! Simply peel and use a straw to make 3 holes in each egg like a ghost.
If you want to get into the autumn spirit without the spooky part, try this recipe and add 1 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips for a creative twist on a campfire favorite. 1 s’more = 25g carbs = 1.5 servings of carbohydrates.
Store Bought Treats
Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day to make your own treats. Don’t worry, there are some great store-bought options out there! Skip the candy aisle, and head for the frozen food section. Yasso greek yogurt ice cream bars, So Delicious frozen mousse, and Froozer frozen fruit snacks are all good sweet treat options when you’re pressed for time.
What are your favorite Halloween candy alternatives? Tell us about them in the comments below!