We’ve all been there. You go to a party, and you quickly realize the food table isn’t doing you any favors. Of course, the occasional treats in small amounts aren’t the end of the world. You check your levels and adjust if needed. But sometimes you want to do what’s best for you or maybe you’ve had a few bad days and you’re ready to regulate your levels. From sugar-laden desserts to fried meats and apps — sometimes good choices are just not there. Here are some tips and recipes to help you enjoy your next cookout or party and successfully manage your diabetes at the same time.
Friendly Foods and Recipes to Look For
Not all carbs are bad but if starches and carbs are the main options on the party menu, look for whole grains, sweet potatoes, beans, or high-fiber fruits such as berries, apples, or citrus fruits. Dips and spreads can also be safer options. Artichoke dip, bean dip, spinach dip, or hummus are good choices for T1Ds. Just be mindful of what you’re eating with them. Pita chips, baked chips, whole-grain crackers, cucumbers, or carrots can be good options for dipping. Grilling out? Look for leaner protein options like fish and seafood or chicken and other poultry. Don’t forget about those drinks. Unflavored waters, unsweetened tea or light beer, and non-fruity mixed drinks are better options.
The only real way to know you’re safe is to bring your own food. There are plenty of options out there that everyone at the party will enjoy. Here are a few of the Transcend team’s favorite recipes for diabetics from sources we trust.
Bravo to Eating Well where they dedicate an entire section to Healthy Diabetes-Friendly Recipes. From diabetes-friendly appetizers to side dishes to gluten-free and low-fat, they have all the bases covered. Our favorites include these crowd-friendly Air-Fryer Crispy Chickpeas that would be great to pop in your mouth as you’re mingling. Bring cupcake liners for serving and you’re all set. These Greek Salad Skewers are perfect for a summer party by the pool or just about anywhere, really. Who doesn’t love a good skewer?
American Diabetes Association
Another great resource for diabetic-friendly eating is the American Diabetes Association. In its Diabetes Food Hub, you can find information on the Diabetes Plate Method which provides a guide to creating healthy meals. Its recommendation is to fill 50 percent of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, 25 percent with lean proteins, and 25 percent with good carbs. Each section is broken down with specific recommendations on the best foods in each.
The Hub also has a Recipe section with many tasty options. Grilled Angel Food Cake with Melted Berries or Chili Lime Corn on the Cob, anyone? We couldn’t add these ingredients to our grocery cart fast enough. The best feature of these recipes might be the breakdown of nutrition facts so you can make sure you’re staying on track and managing your diabetes successfully.
Taste of Home
Looking for a sweet treat to bring to the party? Taste of Home offers 95 Diabetic-Friendly Desserts. You read that right — 95! Certainly, there’s a treat in there that suits your fancy. Keep in mind these are reader-submitted so check the ingredients and make sure it’s right for you. The magazine says all recipes include about 30g of carbs or less. We’re looking at the Pear Bundt Cake which does not include oil and sounds like a crowd-pleasing low-fat option. Or check out these light and airy, pop-in-your-mouth Peppermint Meringues that sound perfect for a holiday party.
Don’t Let Diabetes Crash The Party
We’re big believers in not letting diabetes control us. Go to the party, enjoy sweet treats in moderation, and leave some worries beyond as much as possible. Making adjustments, pre-planning, and checking those levels frequently will give you the power to live life to the fullest.
Transcend exists to make life easier through convenient, fast-acting glucose solutions inside durable, take-anywhere packaging that helps you take control of your diabetes every day. And, it tastes great!
We currently offer glucose gel packs and glucose shots (available on Amazon) to help you manage your lows and live a better life. We believe in the power of feeling in control so you can accomplish what matters to you, day in and day out.
Disclaimer: THIS IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS A MEDICAL ADVICE. For those with existing medical conditions, those who are taking medications, or are uncertain about any information we share, proper consultation with your trusted physician is strongly recommended.