What’s Diwali without the warmth of family, dazzle of lights, and aroma of laddoos, barfis, and halwas, right? Can’t wait? Neither can we. We want to tell the diabetics who often feel left out when it comes to these festive foods, worry not! In this article, we give you tips to make the best healthy Diwali sweets for diabetics, so you can make your Diwali sweeter.
We’ve all been there, trying to decide between indulging our taste buds or staying healthy and fit. By following the tips below, you can do both!
Instead, choosing healthier alternatives like stevia, monk fruit sugar or yacón syrup when making sweets for diabetic patients ensures that blood sugar levels aren’t affected as severely when compared to conventional sweeteners.
“Apple & oats rabdi” is one such recipe that has diabetes-friendly ingredients like apples (which have a low glycemic index score and fibre), oats (which is loaded with gut-healthy fibre) and low-fat milk (which has heart-healthy nutrients).
Using a sweetener like stevia, which is low in carbohydrates and calories and low on the glycaemic index (GI) scale can help you keep your blood sugar levels stable.
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Diwali is the time of gifting, and if you’ve accumulated boxes upon boxes of dry fruits and nuts, why not turn them into yummy desserts?
Though most nuts and dry fruits are high in calories and fats, they have low GI scores, which make them good for diabetics. What’s more, they have a natural sweetness and thus do not require any added sugars!
Dry fruit ladoos made with dates, figs, dried apricots, pistachios, almonds, and cashews are one of the healthiest Diwali sweets for diabetics as they have no added sugars and also come loaded with nutrients that are essential for good health.
Most Indian desserts are made with maida or refined flour, which has little to no nutritional value while having a high GI score. Though most people nowadays use whole wheat flour when cooking instead of maida, why not go one step further?
Switching to whole grains like millets, oats, quinoa, buckwheat, etc. will help you keep your blood sugar levels stable, as these grains and their flours have a high fibre content and are low on the GI scale.
“Ragi shakarpara” is a great option for diabetic patients who want to keep their blood glucose under control. Ragi or finger millet is a great source of fibre, minerals, and vitamins and is a good substitute for maida or wheat flour.
If you want to take the health quotient of this recipe to the next level, use stevia instead of sugar, and bake or air-fry the shakarpara instead of deep frying them. This makes the dish a much healthier option for diabetics.
Festive desserts like kheer, rasmalai and kulfi are yummy, decadent, and rich, but also flush with unhealthy fats that can send your cholesterol skyrocketing. Ingredients like refined oil, ghee, whole milk, and other dairy products have a high saturated fat content, which is bad for your heart health.
Swapping them with low-fat alternatives like fat-free milk and sunflower or canola oil can help you satisfy your taste buds guilt-free this Diwali.
“Low-fat shrikhand parfait” is a healthy and lip-smacking dessert that uses nonfat or low-fat curd with heaps of healthful ingredients like low GI fruits and nuts (and no added sugar!). Make this refreshing sugar-free sweet for Diwali.
If you are a diabetic trying to navigate the spread of festive foods at celebrations and feasts, this is the main thing you need to keep in mind - look for foods that are low on the GI scale. These are foods that are high in fibre and/or protein and low in simple carbs and sugar, so they do not cause blood sugar fluctuations.
“Badam barfi” is one such sweet that has low GI ingredients. Almonds have one of the lowest GI scores and saturated fat content among nuts, and as such are a great alternative to ingredients like cashews. Use sugar alternatives like erythritol to make this recipe even healthier!
You can find the recipes for all of the above mentioned diabetes-friendly sweets here. Try them out to make your Diwali ever-so-sweet!
Note: Though the recipes mentioned here are a healthier alternative to the sweets that are traditionally eaten, care should be taken to consume these desserts in moderation and in smaller portions as they can still raise your blood sugar levels if overeaten.
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