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3 Halloween Treats for Seniors with Diabetes

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 9:00 am on

Halloween is synonymous with decadent treats and sweet candy bars. Although seniors living with diabetes have to monitor their sugar intake, they can still enjoy some delightful treats this October 31. There are many different hauntingly tasty treats Sonoma County caregivers can make that will satisfy a sweet tooth without elevating blood sugar. 

1. Pumpkin Shooters

This sophisticated dessert is ideal for all of the adults in the family.

Ingredients:

1 one-pound can of pure pumpkin puree
¼ cup of low-fat milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 cups of sugar-free whipped topping
2 crumbled gingersnap cookies

Blend the pumpkin, milk and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Gently fold in the whipped topping. Divide the creamy mixture into individual dessert cups and garnish each with crushed cookie crumbs. 

2. Strawberry Ghosts

Live-in Sonoma County caregivers are sure to delight their senior loved one with this very berry tasty treat.

Ingredients: 

15 whole strawberries, stemmed, washed and dried
1 one-pound can of sugar-free vanilla frosting
30 miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 additional tablespoon of miniature chocolate chips

Microwave the frosting in a microwave-safe bowl at 10 second intervals until the frosting reaches pouring consistency. Dip each strawberry into the frosting and place on a baking sheet lined with plastic wrap or waxed paper. Apply two chocolate chips on each berry for eyes. Melt the remaining chips until smooth. Using a toothpick, created an opened mouth on each little ghost. 

3. Homemade Gummy Worms

Enjoy these candied treats on their own or use them for decoration.

Ingredients: 

2 small packages of any flavor sugar-free gelatin
2 packages of a matching flavor of unsweetened Kool-Aid or other drink mix
¾ ounce package of unflavored gelatin
1 cup of boiling water

Coat an eight-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Combine all of the ingredients and stir until thoroughly dissolved. Add the liquid to the baking dish, cover and allow the mixture to chill for up to three hours in the refrigerator. Once set, cut into ¼-inch worm strips. 

It can be challenging preparing food for diabetics, but Home Care Assistance of Sonoma County is here to help. Our highly trained live-in and hourly home caregivers help seniors maintain a strict nutritious diet in order to promote physical and mental wellbeing. Learn how else our professional caregivers can boost your loved one’s wellbeing by calling (707) 843.4368 today.