Eating sweets when you have diabetes

Eating sweets when you have diabetes

The holidays can make it hard to avoid sweets and desserts when you have diabetes. But holidays are special times and you can still enjoy a small piece of your favorite dessert with careful planning.

It’s important to remember that most sweets have a lot of calories and carbohydrates in a small piece. You can add a dessert to your meal plan if you replace a small dessert for another carbohydrate. For example, if you want a piece of pumpkin pie, you can pass on eating a dinner roll or sweet potatoes during the main meal.  

Some other tips to remember:

  • Decide what and how much you will eat and what you will do if someone asks you to have more sweets. 
  • Share one piece of dessert with someone else. 
  • Take off whipped cream or extra frosting on sweets.
  • If you’re making a dessert, use less sugar or replace half of it with a sugar substitute, such as Truvia or Sweet ‘N Low.  

Check out healthy recipes and more diabetes tips from Parkland.  


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