Sticking to a sugar free diet over the holidays can be a challenge. Temptation is everywhere! From cookies, to pies, to coffee drinks, to cocktails, sugar in its most delicious form is hard to resist. This is especially true when you need a little boost to get you through a last-minute shopping trip or gift-wrapping session.
Although sugar certainly makes these types of holiday treats taste good, it’s actually one of the worst things you can put in your body. Not only does it rot your teeth and make you fat, sugar can contribute to major health problems in those who have diabetes. For this reason, it’s critical for diabetics to seek out sugar free holiday foods and drinks that can stand in as healthy alternatives.
Whether you’re hosting a big holiday shindig or a more intimate gathering, here are a few sugar free holiday foods and drinks you can enjoy guilt-free.
Sugar Free Holiday Foods
Snickerdoodle Créme Cookies
The Classic Snickerdoodle Crème Cookie gets a healthy, sugar-free makeover in this recipe from Sugar Free Mom. With only 4.7g of carbohydrates per serving, you can have a few without worrying about a blood sugar spike.
Quinoa with Cranberries and Pine Nuts
Pronounced keen-wah, quinoa is a whole-grain that is high in protein and a good source of fiber. This recipe from the American Diabetes Association pairs the super food with dried cranberries and a tangy dressing for an irresistibly tasty side dish.
Vanilla Bean Latte with Cardamom
Skip the long line at Starbucks (and their sugary drinks) by making this Vanilla Bean Latte with Cardamom in your own kitchen. With only 3.9g of carbohydrates per serving, those with diabetes can indulge guilt-free.
Cranberry Lime Spritzer
If you have diabetes and your doctor gives you the green light to drink alcohol, this Cranberry Lime Spritzer is a perfect way to indulge without spiking your blood sugar. Simply add 1½ ounces of your favorite distilled spirit to this non-alcoholic drink.
Get the recipe here.