Diabetes is a very serious medical condition, but it can be kept in check with the right medication and a healthy diet plan. Being diabetic means you should be very mindful when it comes to watching what you eat. You need to monitor your blood sugar levels, and keep to a strict diabetic-friendly diet that is filled with healthy carbohydrates, and is low in fat and calories if weight loss is required in order to stay as healthy as possible.
Although diabetics have to be very selective when it comes to their diet, it does not mean that dessert and sweets have to be given up completely as there are many healthy ones that are also diabetes-friendly.
There are many recipes online for healthy desserts and many recipe books as well.
There are also many sugar free options at the super market; some options are sugar free Fudgiscles, ice cream and popsicles. There are many other choices in sugar free goodies, though precautions should be taken. Check the label for fat content, since those with diabetes are a high risk for heart disease, fat intake is an important consideration, and especially trans fat, which can be included in boxed food.
Fresh fruit makes a great dessert and when topped with a fat free frozen dessert topping or nonfat plain yogurt makes for a nice healthy sundae.
Atkins Nutritionals offers a large line of low carb nutrition bars, and they taste wonderful. Most have less than 3 grams net carbs per bar since the Atkins diet is a low carb diet. They have bars that mimic popular candy bars, like Snickers, Mounds, peanut butter cups and even plain and peanut M and M’s. They make great on the go snacks and the larger bars are great meal substitutes that are completely diabetes friendly.
Black Forest Trifle Recipe
This tasty dessert recipe is a healthy alternative to traditional chocolate cake and trifle. This diabetes-friendly dessert is low in fat and has no sugar. As a diabetic, you can sink your teeth into some of these decadent and delicious dessert treats without putting your health in jeopardy.
Even though you need to carefully monitor your sugar intake as a diabetic, you may be happy to know that you can still enjoy a chocolate dessert occasionally. This diabetic-friendly dessert option is made with sugar-free instant pudding and sugar-free, low-fat chocolate-cake mix.
A moist trifle will soothe the sweet tooth of any chocoholic. Add a bit of Cool Whip in order to shave off a lot of the fat that is found in less-healthy recipes. In addition, the cherries included in this recipe will boost both the vitamin C levels and add antioxidant properties to this tasty treat, something many diabetics can use.
Calories per serving: 102
Carbohydrates per serving: 22
• 1 8 oz. package no-sugar-added low-fat chocolate cake mix
• 1 large sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
• 2 cups fat-free milk
• 1-pound fresh cherries (pitted), or frozen cherries, thaw and drain before preparing recipe.
• 2 cups thawed fat free dessert topping (cool Whip)
• Optional topping: unsweetened cocoa powder
1. Prepare cake mix according to directions on the package using the 8-inch square or round cake pan method.
2. Cool prepared cake for 10 minutes
3. Remove cake from pan and cut into ten 1-inch pieces.
4. Prepare the pudding while the cake bakes according to package directions but use 2 cups fat-free milk; Cover prepared pudding and chill for 30 minutes.
5. A trifle is a layer, so you will need to layer the cake, cherries, and frozen topping into a 3-quart trifle bowl. You can make less thick layers, or more thin layers, thin typically works best. Continue to layer until you run out of cake and the final layer should be the frozen topping.
6. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top if desired.
Yield: 16, 2/3 cup servings
Nutritional Information Per Serving
• 102 calories
• 1 gram total fat
• 1 mg cholesterol
• 110 mg sodium
• 22 grams carbohydrates
• 1 gram fiber
• 3 grams protein