When it comes to desserts, older adults with diabetes have to be cautious as even a small increase in blood sugar levels can be dangerous. However, rest assured that your loved ones can still eat their favorite sweet treats, just with a few substitutions. Here are nine diabetic-friendly desserts for seniors.
Cheesecakes may seem like the epitome of a cheat day treat, but they can be easily customizable to suit the needs of your diabetic loved one. Substitute regular cream cheese for reduced-fat, and add in 99% dark chocolate instead of regular milk chocolate if you want to switch things up.
What if we told you that you can get all the tastiness of ice cream without the sugar? Nice cream is made entirely out of frozen bananas and can be topped with equally healthy fruits and dark chocolate to give you a perfect diabetes-friendly dessert option for your loved ones.
Frozen Yogurt Fruit Popsicles
These delectable treats are perfect for the summer. Commercial fruit popsicles usually come with a ton of sugar, but these frozen yogurt fruit popsicles can be customized according to your loved one’s favourite fruit, are diabetes-friendly, and are perfect for older adults who may have issues with consuming solid foods.
Fruit salad has to be the easiest dessert to prepare. Just gather a bunch of your favourite fruits, assemble them in a bowl, and enjoy! This dessert is best served chilled, and can even serve as an afternoon snack if you’re feeling hungry before dinner. This is a perfect way to get your daily fruit intake as well.
Chocolate does not have to be unhealthy. Opt for dark chocolate between 85-99% cacao for a healthy alternative to your favourite treat. If you’re not a fan of chocolate, flavour combinations such as raspberry and banana is a great high protein snack and has a thick consistency that is perfect for your diabetic loved ones.
Pudding can come in all sorts of flavors such as fruits, chocolate, and even rice. When making pudding, steer clear of any artificial sweeteners or canned fruits that come with added sugar.
For those who prefer a tart snack, this one’s for you. Lemon squares are a special treat, especially during the summer when lemons are in season. Make it an activity to pick the best lemons at your local market with your loved ones, and make this diabetes-friendly dessert perfect for all ages.
Black Bean Brownies
Black beans in brownies? You would never have guessed that these brownies’ rich velvety texture came from such a humble and healthy ingredient. Swap sugar for a natural alternative such as stevia for an even better diabetes-friendly dessert option.
Grilled Stone Fruits
Surprisingly, stone fruits like nectarines can become even more delicious than they normally are when they are grilled. By grilling them, you can release the tasty juices that come with the fresh fruit, making for a perfect after-dinner treat. Pair them with a side of nuts for a burst of texture in every bite.
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