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10 Diabetic Gift Basket Food Ideas

Common Diabetes-Friendly Items


Updated April 09, 2014

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Diabetic gift baskets can be a challenge. They are often filled with medical items, diabetes-related books or food products that say "diabetes" and "sugar-free." This may or may not be appreciated depending on the recipient's taste. For some people it can be a reminder of the disease and serve as a reminder they do not get to celebrate like everyone else.

In addition, artificial sweeteners and sugar-free candies can make up for sugar's sweetness, but not all people with diabetes like to use them so this list provides some low-sugar alternatives if the recipient is trying to avoid those products.

Don't overdo sweet treats and package in 15 g carbohydrate serving sizes if possible. Take time to assemble your diabetic gift basket in an attractive and festive way. The recipient will surely appreciate your effort.

10 Diabetic Gift Basket Food Ideas

  1. Dark-Chocolate Treats. Choose dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. Look for a high percentage (over 75%) with no added sugar. Make sure to check the carbohydrate grams per serving. People with diabetes often aim for 15 g of carbohydrate per serving. I personally like to make the third variation of these dark chocolate treats. Some people do not like straight dark chocolate, but the lack of sweetness is less noticeable in these nutty chocolatey treats.
  2. Popcorn or popcorn toppings. Look for recipes for savory or cheesy popcorn or toppings. Look for ready-made or microwave kettle corn popcorn if you are looking for something quick and easy. Look for products or recipes that have about 15 g of carbohydrate per serving. Put a serving into a mug, pretty bowl or decorative bag.
  3. Fruit. Include a couple fresh fruits that rank low on the glycemic index scale. Some good choices would be apples, oranges, pears, grapefruit, cherries and berries.
  4. Coffee. If the recipient is a coffee connoisseur, they may appreciate a nice blend in their basket. If the basket is for the holidays a Christmas blend may do the trick.
  5. Teas. Teas come in so many different flavors today. It is not hard to find holiday flavors such as cinnamon, spice, peppermint and Christmas blends. There are even eggnog and chocolate-flavored teas.
  6. Sugar-Free Cocoa or Cider. I tried to avoid items with artificial sweeteners for this list, but these two drinks are so traditional for the holidays, even the most resistant to artificial-sweeteners may give in and enjoy a cup.
  7. Nuts. Shelled, unshelled, plain, flavored--so many choices. You can mix semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips into shelled dry-roasted nuts. Mix two parts chips to one part nuts. A quarter cup should have about 189 calories and and 20 g carbohydrate.
  8. Cheese balls or other gourmet cheeses. The possibilities here are endless and these products are usually easy to find.
  9. Holiday Cherry Biscotti Cookies. Make this biscotti recipe. Each piece has 65 calories and 14 g of carbohydrate.
  10. Sugar Cookies. What would holidays be without traditional homemade rolled sugar cookies? They can be decorated for any occasion. This low-fat, low-sugar rolled sugar cookie recipe has 71 calories and 13.5 g carbohydrate per cookie. Include a couple decorated sugar cookies in your diabetic gift basket for an extra special touch.

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