Healthy Gift Ideas For Diabetics

Healthy Gift Ideas For Diabetics & Diabetic Friendly Snacks

healthy gift ideas for diabeticsI know a thing or two about healthy gift ideas for diabetics and the diabetic friendly snacks that are safe. Living with an insulin dependent husband has honed both cooking and gift giving skills to a high level, I mean who do you think always gets asked for ideas for Father’s Day?

The one thing you’ll find is appreciated by a great many people living with diabetes, is a friend who takes the trouble to look out something specially for them, not just any gift but a carefully considered and wisely chosen present they can use without worrying about sugar content.

Folks needing to cut sugar down or out are facing a real struggle because sugar gets added to a heck of a lot of commercially made groceries the rest of us take for granted are healthy. Do you know what really stokes my stove? Low fat ‘healthy’ yoghurt, that’s what.

Healthy’ is a joke, but not a very funny one, low fat it may be, low sugar it isn’t and that includes natural yoghurt. You should take a look for yourself, it’s an eye opener on how much hidden sugar is added to processed food and one of the reasons eating healthy is not simple at all, I’d guess a whole lot of us consume a bunch of sugar every day with no idea we’re doing it – and just for the record, so do our kids.

Probably the most popular and easiest to organize is a specialist diabetic food basket, there’s a selection of several available with different goodies, some more sweet others more savory and Amazon have a good collection of both.

The only point to make with gift baskets is that you’ll get a lot more bang per buck if you make your own selection and fill a basket – how about putting together a selection of diabetic sugar free jams?

They are more expensive than those you pick up in the grocery store mainly because of the loaded fruit content and problems achieving a well set jam with no sugar, but boy do they taste good! You can get a little gift basket and fill with several pots.

Al’s favorite is Sugar Free Wild Huckleberry Jam, it’s absolutely packed with juicy delicious fruit –he also loves Nature’s Hollow jams, Mountain Berry and Raspberry Preserve are both packed with flavor. For blueberry lovers try Walden Farms Blueberry Fruit Spreads, no one spreading it on toast or a waffle is ever going to know there’s no added sugar, it’s that good.

Why not make them if you love to cook?

diabetic friendly jamsWell I’ve tried, and even after adding pectin it simply wouldn’t set, in the end I bottled it and used it as a fruit sauce over sponge puddings, drizzled it over Victoria sponge cakes, and spooned it over iced fruit treats, but no way was it getting spread on anything!

Other ideas include kitchen gadgets which produce diabetic friendly food, one of which is an iced treat maker like the Yonanas or Fro Frutti.

Having the Yonanas producing an ice cream substitute from chunks of frozen fruit, opened up a whole new world for my own husband Al, it also means we all feel a lot less guilty tucking in to full sugar ice cream, though in truth we now use it more than the ice cream maker and it got the kids eating more fruit – read more about the Yonanas ice cream treat maker here.

Diabetic Friendly Snacks

Chocolates for diabetics are easy enough to get hold of, but they come with restrictions.

Firstly none of them are completely without sugar and most use sweeteners which also act as laxatives, basically eat more than one or two squares and you risk spending the evening in the bathroom! Al finds them too sweet, I guess having an almost sugar free diet has finally done that.  He finds diabetic friendly cookies are a better bet, he can enjoy one or even two with coffee or simply as a snack when wanted.

Other options are peanuts, seed and some dried fruit mixes or low sugar fruit snack bars – here you need to be careful.

Mostly what we do is buy an empty wicker basket and fill it with selection of goodies from those above, making it especially aimed at the person’s own taste, but if time is tight, I have bought pre-filled diabetic friendly gift baskets before now and been very well pleased with what we got both in value and gifts.

Inexpensive Kitchen Gadget Gifts Which Help

joie microwave omelet potOne cute and practical little gadget that has pleased Al no end is a Joie Microwaveable Omelet Pot, because he can take it to work with the eggs, cheese or smoked salmon already safely inside, all he has to do is stick it in the microwave and he has a diabetic friendly lunch, just add bread or a salad if you want.

Go read the post, it might give you other ideas – by the way the Joie is ceramic and very robustly made, not plastic and thus a worthy gift, not a $1 from the dime store!

Another very useful small kitchen gadget is an oil mister – you really can save serious calories when you don’t add a tablespoon to roasting peppers, but spritz instead. There are literally dozens  on the market, my favorite and the best value being the Misto. There’s a post here comparing the Orka Oil Mister with the Misto – I melted the Orka!

Still Stuck Looking For That Perfect Present?

Though not specifically for diabetics, there’s a post kinda rounding up what have been the best selling kitchen gifts and most popular gadgets all last year. These have all sold well and been bought by those of us who have a passion for cooking, self included.

If you’re hunting for cooking gadgets helpful to people with diabetes, then look for anything which helps reduce fat, salt and sugar in cooking and you won’t go far wrong. Whatever you decide on one thing is for sure, your friend or loved one will be very grateful you made an effort for them, and do you know what? So will you.

Posted by Meggy
February 22, 2014