What To Include In Diabetic Gift Baskets

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Whatever the occasion – birthdays, holidays, celebrations – food tends to play a central role.  Not only do we gather together and eat with family and friends, people bake and make special treats as gifts.  This is a wonderful idea because not only does it save money, it is a great, homemade, and very personal treat.  But what about the diabetics in your life?

They may appreciate the thought, if not the dozen chocolate chip cookies you’ve just given them. Next time, try a diabetic gift basket.  It is ideal for people with special dietary needs, and they will appreciate more than the thought when they get these treats.

You can purchase a pre-made diabetic gift basket or assemble one of your own.  If you know the tastes and preferences of your recipient, why not make your own?  That gives a beautifully personal touch and allows you to customize the basket to suit the recipient.

In either case, your basket should contain sugar-free or low sugar treats.  Many diabetics are also very careful with their intake of carbohydrates, so keep that in mind as well.  Here are some ideas.

Diabetic, sugar-free candies

You can find diabetic or sugar-free candies in nearly any grocery store or drug store.  If you know your recipient likes these, by all means, give them a variety of their favorites, whether peanut butter cups or peppermint patties.  Many people, though, dislike this or try to avoid eating too much food with artificial sweeteners in them.  The trade-off for sugar-free is that you have artificial products, like aspartame or saccharin, which can give candy an “off-taste.”  Some diabetics find it is easier to avoid candy altogether or have a small amount of “real” candy rather than eat these, and often, they do not have many fewer carbohydrates.  In short, if your recipient likes them, go ahead.  If you don’t know, then try some other treats.

Dark Chocolate

Look for dark chocolate that has a high percentage (over 75 percent) of cocoa with no added sugar.  It should have 15 grams or fewer of carbohydrates per serving.  Some people don’t like the taste of dark chocolate, so you can kind of cut its intensity by making Dark Chocolate Nut Treats.  The following is from Diabetes.About.

You need:

  • 1 cup dry roasted nuts
  • 2 cups semisweet or bitter sweet chocolate chips

Mix the nuts and chocolate together for a trail mix.  Put this into a jar for an excellent gift.  You can also melt the chocolate chips and stir the nuts in.  Use a spoon to take them out of the chocolate and separate them.  Another variation is to stir nuts in and then spread the chocolate/nut mixture over a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.  Refrigerate it for an hour or two, and you will have a hardened nut bark, like a big nut candy bar.  You can break it up into pieces and put it into a container for your gift basket.

Nuts

There are so many varieties to try.  A blend of mixed roasted nuts is great.  Include cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and other more exotic choices.

Coffees and teas

On their own, coffee and tea are virtually calorie free and they are sugar free as well.  You can include a variety of different flavors, including fruit, holiday blends, and seasonal flavors.

Fruit

Fruit naturally has sugar and carbohydrates, but some are lower on the glycemic index, meaning they affect blood sugar less than other fruits.  Include a variety of berries, cherries, grapefruit, apples, pears, and more.

Gourmet Popcorn

Popcorn is relatively high in carbohydrates, but a serving or two as a treat is excellent.  Put a serving of gourmet popcorn into a decorative tin or mug.  You can find unlimited recipes for popcorn toppings online.

Assembling a diabetic gift basket is a great way to let the recipient know that you care – and they’ll be happy that they can still eat some wonderful treats!

Pinkchic18 is a writer who loves to share articles about food, gifts, parties, and more. She also regularly contributes to the All About Gifts & Baskets Blog, found at http://www.aagiftsandbaskets.com/.

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