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Have a diabetic friendly Halloween!
October 21, 2008

It's the beginning of fall! I love when the heat subsides and we can spend more time enjoying the outdoors. I love watching the leaves change colors and drop to the ground ,although; my husband doesn't like this time of year for yard work. :)

In our household fall marks the beginning of sipping hot yummy drink, lighting our fireplace, wearing our slippers, and anticipating the upcoming holidays. All activities that kids and grown ups a like enjoy.

In this issue of the Delicious Diabetic you will find tips, tricks, and recipes to have a sweet enjoyable Halloween.


Diabetic Delicious Halloween

Treats for Halloween

Halloween can be a tricky time for diabetics. We all love sweets and with scientific proof that there is not such thing as will power, we need diabetic treats that fit within our medical needs.

I'm a sucker for things that are sweet and salty. This is perfect for this time of year because you can incorporate your favorite candy into a healthy trail mix. Many small Halloween treats are equal to about 15 grams of carbohydrate and can be incorporated here and there for snacks. One fun-size candy bar, a half a pack of M&M's, 3 small Tootsie rolls, 15 Skittles each weigh in at 15 grams of carbs. Open a pack of M&M's and drop it into your homemade trail mix.

Check out this trail mix recipe!

Crunchy Canyon Snack Mix Recipe

3 cup mini pretzel twists

2 1/2 cup wedge shaped cheese crackers

2 cup mini garlic bagel chips, =or= mini garlic rye toas

3 1/4 oz italian breadsticks, break into thirds

1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp seasoned salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Recipe Instructions: Heat oven to 350. In large bowl, combine pretzel twists, crackers, bagelchips and breadsticks. In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mixwell. Drizzle margarine mix over pretzel mix; toss to coat. Spread evenlyin ungreased jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until crisp,stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Store in tightly covered container. Servings: 8

THere is another great trail mix with tropical fruit on the website. Click Here!
This next sweet treat is fun to make with your kids or to store for those days when you want something other than chocolate. Oh, and the best part, they are easy to make!!

Sugar Free Gummy Worms

3 envelopes unflavored gelatin 2 packages sugar-free jello, any flavors 1 cup boiling water 1 package Kool-Aid, any flavor (optional)


1.Combine all ingredients until dissolved. 2. Pour into an 8x8 pan, lightly sprayed. 3.Refrigerate until firm. 4.Cut into"worm-like" strips.

A great no guilt treat. Try using Crystal Light juice powder instead of Kool-aid for more variety of flavors.

Diabetic Sugar Cookies

Sugar free sugar cookies are wonderful for any occasion. Find a ghost or pumpkin cookie cutter and have fun decorating them.

Don't want an almond taste to these cookies, leave out the almond extract.

5 tbsp Margarine (75 g)

1 1/2 tbsp Fructose** (22.5 ml)

1 tbsp Egg white (15 ml)

1/4 tsp Almond, vanilla, or lemon extract (1.25 ml)

1 cup Unbleached flour (125 g)

1/8 tsp Baking soda (.6 ml)

1 pinch Cream of tartar

32 each Almond slices

**Substitute 4 pkts. saccharin or 8 pkts. aspartame or 4 packets acesulfame-K for the fructose. It will not change the exchanges.

SOURCE: The Joslin Diabetes Gourmet Cookbook by Bonnie Sanders Polin,Ph.D., and Frances Towner Giedt, copyright 1993, ISBN #0-553-08760-6.Formatted into MM by URsula R. Taylor.

1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). In a medium size bowl, combine margarine and fructose, beating until light and fluffy. Mix in egg white and almond extract. Gradually stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar; mix well.

2. Form into 1/2-inch (1.5 cm) balls. Place on a nonstick cookie sheet.

3. Dip a flat-bottomed glass into flour and press down on each ball to flatten cookie. Top each cookie with an almond slice. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer to parchment or wax paper to cool.

Makes about 32 cookies.

Per 2 cookie serving: calories - 90, protein - 2 g, carbohydrate - 10 g,fat - 4 g, calories from fat - 40%, dietary fiber - trace, cholesterol - 0mg, sodium 49 mg, potassium - 33 mg, Joslin Exchanges - 1 bread/starch and1 fat.

Servings: 32

Halloween Pies

Pies are usually synonymous with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Think outside the box. Fix a great peach pie or blackberry pie. Blackberry pies are fun for kids because you can call it a "spider pie." For some great pie recipes click here!

Tips for Trick or Treating

What can parents of diabetic children do to provide a great Halloween experience?

* Redirect the focus away from bags of candy. Host a party. Your child can help plan the festivities, design costumes and devise a healthy menu. * Explore neighborhood Halloween festivities such as haunted hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and haunted houses. Make it a family outing, or bring a group of your child's friends. * Ideas For Halloween Parties

If your child wants to go trick-or-treating, talk to your child's doctor to see if you can allow some candy into the meal plan for this holiday.

* The good aspect of Halloween candy that it's good for weeks or months. Allowing small treats over the course of many days after Halloween is one way to manage an overflowing "stash." * Or, some parents "buy" the candy from their trick-or-treater at the end of the evening, exchanging it for money or non-food presents.

Coming In The November Newsletter......

1. Wonderful fall recipes such as soups, casseroles, and drinks.

2. Thanksgiving treats to fix for your family.

3. Thanksgiving gift baskets made by my wonderful mother-in-law! Be looking for an entire line of gift baskets on my site made by her. She is talented and has the most creative and cute baskets I've seen! :)

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Well, that's all for the October edition of Delicious Diabetic! I hope you have wonderful Halloween filled with food and memories, and we'll see you in November for some great holiday recipes!


Alisa Roberts

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