13 Diabetic-Friendly Holiday Treats
From Christmas parties to New Year’s Eve celebrations, the last thing you want to do is worry about fitting yummy foods and drinks into your diabetic diet plan… But with these 13 healthier-for-you snacks for diabetics, you can breathe easy this holiday season!
The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, which tends to be mostly gathered around delicious foods and drinks. So really the last thing you want to do is worry about just how much those sweet treats and snacks may fit into your diabetic diet plan…
But breathe easy and enjoy the desirable flavors of these 13 healthier-for-you snacks for diabetics and those simple trying to stick to health goals this holiday season!
13 Diabetic Treats and Snacks for the Holidays
1. Veggie Wreath with Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
From bouncing from Christmas parties to New Year's Eve celebrations, getting in those veggies over the holiday season might be challenging. But by making a veggie wreath (https://eatingrichly.com/veggie-wreath-christmas/), you can be the holiday hero!
And for an extra punch of protein, pair veggies with this protein-packed Greek yogurt ranch dip.
Carb content: varies based on veggie type, but can range from approximately 5 to 10 grams of carb per 1 cup
2. Cinnamon Stuffed Apples
You know what they say… An apple a day, keeps the blood sugars at bay. (Or something like that…)
To spice up the flavor of apples this holiday season, let this cinnamon stuffed apple recipe fragrant your kitchen! Enjoy as a midafternoon snack for diabetics or as a low-carb sweet treat.
Carb content: 26 grams per ½ apple
3. Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Truffles
Truffles without the guilt and all the flavor? This is one treat you do not want to miss this holiday season. What's more, this truffle recipe is simple to prepare and makes 8 truffles to share! (Well, maybe not share all of them…)
Yield: 8 truffles
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon all-natural peanut or almond butter
¼ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips in 15 to 20 second increments, stirring in between.
2. Stir in nut butter while still warm.
3. Gently fold in Greek yogurt then refrigerate for approximately 15 minutes, or until it starts to harden.
4. Scoop and form about 1 tablespoon of the chocolate into balls then roll into cocoa powder. You can also roll into other favorite toppings, including chopped peanuts, shredded coconut, and sprinkles.
Carb content: 4 grams per 1 truffle
4. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
These peanut butter and jelly snack bars upgrade that lunchbox favorite! The bars are also bursting with nutrients to sustain energy levels amidst the busy holiday season, along with bringing flavor to the table for festive parties.
Carb content: 31 grams per 1 bar
5. Chocolate Nut Clusters
Crunch on easy-to-make, homemade nut clusters this holiday season! Preparing these diabetic snacks at home grants tighter ingredient control and modified portion sizes, along with the ability to get creative with flavors.
The portioned clusters likewise satisfy that sweet tooth without great worry of fluctuating blood sugar levels, while also containing healthy fat and protein most desserts lack.
Yield: About 15 clusters
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup of unsalted mixed nuts, including almonds, pecans, and peanuts
¼ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
Optional: coarse sea salt to garnish
1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 15 to 20 second intervals, stirring in between.
2. Stir in nuts and coconut together.
3. Spoon about one tablespoon of mixture onto nonstick parchment paper and sprinkle with sea salt as desired.
4. Freeze until hardened and enjoy!
Carb content: 5 grams per 1 cluster
6. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Because what holiday is complete without Santa's arguably favorite cookie?
But this chocolate chip cookie recipe features an unlikely ingredient: Quinoa! Besides, the cookies supply a little more fiber and protein and a lot less sugar than your average cookie.
Carb content: 8 grams per 1 cookie (and 20 total if paired with a glass of skim milk)
7. Gingerbread Cookies
While chocolate chip cookies are great and all, holiday would be complete without the warm spice of gingerbread cookies! Not only are these healthier gingerbread cookies a guilt-free treat, but a great way to get the family together for a baking party!
Carb content: 17 grams per 1 cookie
8. Maple Gingerbread Popcorn
Speaking of gingerbread… This maple gingerbread popcorn is the perfect snack for diabetics and the entire family to relish on while watching those favorite Christmas movies!
Carb content: 20 grams per 1 serving
9. Chocolate Mint Smoothie
There is just something about this chocolatey combo that is "mint" to be during the holidays and all times of the year! And while you may feel naughty indulging on it, the ingredients always make it on the "nice" list!
Yield: 1 smoothie
1 cup skim milk (or plant-based milk based on preference)
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
1 medium banana, broken into large chunks and frozen
1 handful of baby spinach leaves, raw
¼ teaspoon mint extract (or more or less dependent on desired strength)
1 cup ice cubes
1. Combine milk, protein powder, banana, spinach, and mint extract in a blender until smooth.
2. Add in half of the ice cubes and blend, adding the rest until reaching desired thickness.
3. Pour in tall glass and garnish with an optional dollop of whipped cream and mint sprig.
Carb content: 40 grams of carb prepared with skim milk and 30 grams prepared with plant-based variety such as almond milk
10. Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse
Sneakily nutritious and undoubtedly, decadent, rich, and smoothie… There might not be a chocolate mousse recipe like this one!
Rather than calling for a copious amount of heavy cream and sugar, this recipe takes advantage of the fullness Greek yogurt provides, along with the nonnutritive sweetener Stevia.
Carb content: 17 grams per 1/3 cup
Grab-N-Go Snacks for A Diabetic
Crunched for time? No problem! These snacks are grab-n-go option to keep blood sugars and energy levels stable over the busy holidays!
11. Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is a protein-packed snack option when bound to time. And not to mention, it is virtually free of carbohydrate! Pair with a ½ cup of fiber-rich veggie slices for the ultimate snack duo and an approximate 3 grams of carb.
12. Cottage Cheese
A ½ cup serving of low-fat cottage cheese supplies 3 grams of carb and a whopping 14 grams of protein! Enjoy as is or pair with a low-carb fruit, including peaches, grapefruits, and berries.
13. String Cheese and Grapes
The pairing of a convenient part-skim string cheese and a cup of grapes totals approximately 17 grams of carbohydrate, along with packing protein and calcium.