Tasty Desserts for Diabetics

Tasty Desserts for Diabetics

That’s probably the worst part of being diabetic. You can no longer savor your favorite sweets and desserts. Well, that was so till some years back. Today, however, being a diabetic doesn’t preclude you from enjoying all those sweet desserts. There are now a number of healthy desserts that you can continue to enjoy even after being diagnosed with diabetes. Specially designed to meet the health and nutrition needs of diabetics, these desserts can be safely had by those suffering from the disease, within reasonable limits of course.

The starting point

To begin with, you need to keep in mind that there are ways to enjoy sweet desserts without throwing your blood sugar levels out of control. It’s all about proper planning. And while planning, the first thing you need to keep in mind is that diabetes isn’t just about sugar but about the overall carbohydrate content in diet. This simply means it’s ok to take a small helping of dessert if you can compensate for it by cutting down on some of the carbohydrates in your diet. Maybe you can reduce your intake of some starch-rich vegetable at dinner.

However, do keep in mind that this can’t be a regular practice. After all, sweets and desserts lack the nutritional value contained in vegetables, fruits and some other foods. So plan it in such a way that desserts are kept aside for a special occasion and don’t become a regular treat.

Know how much is too much

Another point to remember is that it’s not just about what you’re eating but how much you’re eating too. The problem with sweets is that they leave you craving for more. Sweets and desserts take a long time to make you feel satiated. A little sweet isn’t usually enough. Once you’ve had a small piece of a pie or some other dessert, you’ll just want more, and then some more. So if you’re diabetic, you need to know how much is too much, and when to stop as far as sweets and desserts go. Otherwise, you’ll simply end up with more sugar than you started out with.

Now fighting the urge to eat more of chocolates and pies can be quite a difficult task. So how do you go about controlling your urge for more? Tough as it may be, but it isn’t impossible. Buying small packages of desserts, meant for a single serve, may help. Don’t buy a large dessert if you know you’re not going to be able stop yourself from making a beeline for the fridge every few hours, or maybe even minutes.

With most stores and restaurants now offering a choice of small desserts, your job isn’t too difficult. You could also request your family and friends to share your dessert. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, as the old adage goes.

Prepare your own desserts

The ingredients listed out on packets on the shelves may offer some indication of what’s gone into its making, but what you may be getting at a restaurant is another thing altogether. Eating at a restaurant may throw all those commitments you’ve made to yourself to the wind when it comes to desserts. A better option would be to make your own desserts. That’d be a sure way of knowing what’s gone into that piece of pie or bowl of pudding that you’re eating.

Ideally, as a diabetic, you’ll find a fruity dessert more nutritious and healthy. Unfortunately, there are many diabetics who simply can’t do without chocolates and other calorie-packed sweets. So go ahead and make your own chocolate dessert but do it the right way, taking care to use only the safe ingredients.

A choice of diabetic desserts

Making your own dessert isn’t as difficult as you may think it is. Here are a few easy options of desserts for diabetics you could try your hand at.

With peppermint to boost your indigestion and calorie-free sweeteners to give them the taste of your favorite chocolate-peppermint cookies, this is an ideal option for diabetics. You may also like to prepare your own fudgy cream-cheese brownies made with calorie-free sweetener.

Fresh berries with maple cream is also a healthy diabetic dessert on account of the fat-free sour cream used in its preparation. What’s even better is that it takes less than 5 minutes to whip up.

And how about a black forest trifle? Yes, you can have that too despite being diabetic. What you need to do is to make sure you use sugar-free chocolate-cake mix. Combined with instant pudding it makes a healthy dessert for diabetics.

Another tasty diabetic dessert is Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Sandwich Cookies, which is made with low-sugar strawberry spread. As for peanut butter, it’s a naturally low-sugar spread and hence perfect for a diabetic dessert.

Actually, the choice is quite wide and exciting. From pumpkin oatmeal bars to chocolate mousse pie, there’s large variety of desserts that you can easily and quickly make yourself. Made of low-sugar ingredients and sugar substitutes, these desserts are perfect for an occasion dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. You can check out Kelley Herring’s e-book ‘Guilt-Free Desserts‘ for some easy and nutritious recipes of desserts you can safely have as a diabetic.

Conclusion

With diabetes increasing to epidemic proportions across the world, desserts for diabetics are also becoming quite popular. So from sugar-free desserts to cookies, ice creams and puddings, you can take your pick of your favorite dessert for an occasional treat. But mind you, it’s got to be occasional. So make it an exception rather than the rule if you don’t want your sugar levels being hurled out of control.

4 Comments

  1. Marc Parsons says:

    Max, I am drooling just looking at those chocolate brownies!

    Looking forward to seeing some of your tasty dessert recipes… Are you planning to share them on No Gluten Guide?

    Keep up the awesome work!

    Marc Parsons

    • Thank’s Marc!

      The Brownies are delicious 😉
      Not for now, but I’m planning to share some recipes for later.
      So if you are eager you can see if you can find some recipes in your taste at Kelley Herring’s e-book ‘Guilt-Free Desserts‘ as I mentioned above 🙂

      //Max

  2. Also looking forward to seeing some recipes, thanks for the tips though!

    • Hi, Catherine!
      It seems that I have to change my timetable and put in some recipes earlier than I planned 🙂
      Thank’s for your comment!

      //Max

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