When you think of Halloween, you think costumes, pumpkin carving, and candy. But the latter can be a limiting factor for those living with diabetes. Just because you live with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this holiday in your own way.
In order for everyone to enjoy the spooky spirit, we wanted to find low-carb, low-sugar treats that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, we found the carbohydrate counts of all your favorite Halloween candies, so you and your children can still enjoy some trick-or-treat sweets.
Here are our favorite tips for keeping your blood sugar in check, candies to enjoy, and diabetes-friendly halloween treats.
Halloween Treats for Diabetics
What we like about this recipe: it has 4 ingredients and takes very little effort to make.
What we like about this recipe: it incorporates real fruit, which is always better than added or artificial sugar.
What we like about this recipe: it's an interesting use of pumpkin perfect for Halloween.
What we like about this recipe: it's light on the artificial sweeteners and a great treat to warm up after a night of trick-or-treating.
What we like about this recipe: it only takes 5 ingredients and 30 minutes of prep time for these cute ghost treats.
What we like about this recipe: this entire pie only needs 1/3 cup of sugar, and by removing the crust, it makes it a low carb Halloween treat for diabetics.
Tips for Avoiding a Spooky Glucose Spike
Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
Instead of filling up on artificial sweeteners, convincing yourself that it's better than real sugar, just eat less. Artificial sweeteners can be much sweeter than regular sugar, so if you switch out 1 for 1, you may end up spiking your blood sugar way higher than a regular treat. The best way to avoid too high of a spike, is to simply cut down on the serving size.
Cut Serving Size
These servings only have 15 grams of carbs so you can still enjoy those scary sweets without the guilt or worry. Cutting down the amount of sugar and carbs you consume is the easiest way to keep control of your blood glucose levels, without having to forgo the festivities.
Following these serving sizes of your favorite candies to stay within a healthy glucose range:
11 Candy Corn
½ stick Twix
2 Kit Kat sticks
30 Reese’s Pieces
1/2 pack of M&Ms
6 Junior Mints
1 Tootsie Pop
When you know exactly what ingredients to swap, making Halloween treats for diabetics can be easy, quick, and a fun way to spend the holiday. Living healthy and diabetes-friendly can be difficult during the holidays, but these recipes and tips should make cooking for your family one less thing to worry about.
As always, share with us your best Halloween treats for diabetics. And, in honor of this spooky day, share with us what you're dressing up as this Halloween!