Easter Treats Come in Many Forms for Those With Diabetes

Grandparents and their grandchildren having a picnic
March 6th, 2014

The holidays can be a bittersweet time for individuals living with diabetes. That’s because holidays are often associated with sugary treats, whether homemade or displayed at eye level in stores seemingly year-round.

At Easter, you may easily be able to avoid the chocolate eggs, but yellow Peeps are everywhere. And they are full of sugar — one serving (five chicks) contains 36 grams of carbohydrates, 12 percent of the daily recommended value.

That doesn’t mean that you have to abstain from what family and friends are enjoying on Easter morning. The American Diabetes Association recommends keeping treat servings small and suggests that if you want to eat one, swap out another carbohydrate-rich food that may already be part of your diet plan.

Other tips from the ADA:

  • Share an Easter treat with someone else, to keep portion sizes small.
  • Plan a strategy for Easter morning, and stick to it.
  • Consider a healthier snack, such as baked apples sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Create your own sugar-free treats. Turn to Three Cooking Resources for Senior Home Cooks for ideas.

DiabeticGourmet.com is another good source for Easter recipes. Almond biscotti, almost-shortbread cookies, and cherry coconut macaroons will fit easily into an Easter basket, and they’ll likely be popular even with those loved ones who don’t have diabetes.

If you’d like to plan an Easter basket for a loved one with diabetes, consider buying sugar-free candy from a manufacturer such as diabeticcandy.com. This New Jersey–based company uses artificial sweeteners, such as maltitol or hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, in its solid chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, Jolly Ranchers, and foil-covered chocolate eggs. Incredibly, it also offers sugar-free Peeps, although you must order early due to their popularity. (They’re already sold out for this year.) Ready-made Easter baskets are also available in a variety of sizes, as are boxes of assorted chocolates. Goodies can be ordered now to be delivered just before Easter.

You can also skip the sweets altogether with a basket from Well Baskets. A sample basket contains goodies such as broccoli soup mix, cheese crisps, tamari almonds, and more. Prices range from $45 to $85.

So don’t suffer silently as everyone digs into their Easter baskets. With a little planning, the Easter Bunny can be good to people with diabetes, too.