With Halloween come thoughts of sweet treats and sugary candies. Even if you care for someone with diabetes, he or she doesn’t have to miss out on the fun. Live-in El Dorado County caregivers can delight their elderly loved ones with some tasty diabetes-friendly options that the whole family will enjoy.
Bring the tantalizing smells of fall baking into your loved one’s home by whipping up a batch of 100 percent whole-wheat pumpkin or zucchini muffins. Serve them with nut butter for a delicious alternative to sugary frostings. You can also roast up a batch of pumpkin seeds and season them with salt and pepper or cinnamon for both savory and sweet options.
Jiggly Jello Snacks
Gelatin jigglers can be a fun holiday-themed treat for El Dorado in-home caregivers to make. To make jigglers, you need two three-ounce packages of sugar-free gelatin. Dissolve both packages into one cup of boiling water and then stir in one cup of cold water. Pour into a cookie sheet and place in the fridge to set. Once set, use Halloween cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes. Decorate them with sugar-free whipped topping to add a little sweetness.
Halloween is synonymous with candy, and fortunately, there are some candies on the market that cater to people with diabetes. Hershey’s, for example, makes a great selection of sugar-free chocolates. Fruit-by-the-Foot is another sweet alternative for diabetics that won’t elevate blood sugar levels. Pick up some extras for diabetic trick-or-treaters and remember to post a sign letting parents know you have them.
Spread hummus on a plate and use seasonal vegetables such as bell peppers, cauliflower, or broccoli to build a Halloween monster. For a spooky treat, spread a little hummus on the tip of a baby carrot and attach a sliced almond to make witches’ fingers. Serve them with additional hummus.
Remember the excitement of caramel apples at Halloween? Send your loved one’s taste buds down memory lane by serving sugar-free caramel ice cream topping with apple slices. Stir in chopped nuts for a delicious, diabetes-friendly version of this favorite childhood treat.
Diabetes doesn’t mean your loved one can’t enjoy Halloween treats or other delicious sweets throughout the year. With monitoring from a trusted El Dorado County in-home care provider, seniors can safely manage diabetes and other chronic ailments in the comfort of home. Contact Home Care Assistance at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 today to schedule a free consultation with a friendly Care Manager. We look forward to helping your loved one age in place with dignity.