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Alternate Halloween Snacks for Seniors with Diabetes

Holidays can often be tough on seniors with dietary restrictions such as diabetes. Halloween is a time when store shelves are overflowing with candies that could be harmful to their health. Worrying about blood sugar levels and taking the insulin required after eating customary Halloween products is thankfully a thing of the past. Now there are plenty of alternative options available for Sacramento in-home caregivers to offer seniors on October 31.

Sugar-Free Goodies

Many mainstream companies are now offering sugar-free alternatives to their regular confectionary products. Some of these companies include:

  • Werther’s caramel candies
  • Life Savers
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Brach’s
  • Jelly Belly
  • Hershey’s
  • Haribo gummy bears

Most of these companies produce many products in their sugar-free lines, which provides a multitude of options when live-in caregivers in Sacramento need to select safe treats this Halloween. This way, seniors don’t have to feel deprived and can still consume many of the candies they love. Additionally, any extra candies can be given out to trick-or-treaters. Just remember to post a sign on the door to alert parents that you are offering sugar-free candies.

Candy Alternatives

If you’re concerned about artificial sweeteners, or are looking for a healthier alternative to sweets for your senior loved one, there are many other food options to choose from. Some creative seasonal snacks are:

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Apples

These alternative food options still contain carbs and natural sugar even though they are unprocessed and considered healthy. Therefore, they should be consumed only in moderation. Additionally, you will need to monitor your loved one’s insulin levels after he or she consumes these snacks.

Going Low Carb

The only way to completely avoid sugar and carbohydrates is, of course, by removing them from the diet. What this leaves is snacks like chopped seasonal veggies, cheese and some low-carb fruits like berries. On this very healthy diet, there are plenty of ways to spruce of the presentation and flavor so your loved one still enjoys them.

You can help your loved one manage diabetes throughout the year by hiring a trusted in-home care agency in Sacramento. Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of live-in and hourly home care that helps seniors manage daily tasks like diet and exercise to promote overall wellbeing. Contact us at 916.706.0169 today for more information and to set up a free consultation.