Easter is a time of year that everyone should be able to enjoy, but with all the chocolate bunnies, marshmallow eggs and other treats, it can become a bit of a nightmare for children with diabetes — and for their parents.
But there’s no reason your diabetic child shouldn’t be allowed to join in the Easter egg hunt and indulge with the rest of them, and with these tips and fab recipes from Canderel, they can be front and centre in the Easter time fun!
Diabetic-friendly tips for Easter:
- When planning the egg hunt, try not to make the chocolate and sugary treats the focal point. Include small toys, books, and plastic eggs with small change inside as other gifts the kids can look for.
- Teach your kids to associate Easter with quality family time rather than just chocolate. Paint and decorate real eggs as a fun activity for the whole family.
- Make home-made chocolate treats without sugar, so your kids can also enjoy some chocolate. The Canderel Chocolate range includes Canderel Bubble, Dark, Milk, Fruit and Nuts, Milk and Nuts and Crispy Almond. Make chocolate lollies by melting Canderel Milk Chocolate. You can also add healthy things like freeze-dried raspberries, coconut flakes or chopped mixed nuts.
- Be cautious with portions. Bigger is not better. Devouring the entire bounty of Easter treats in one go isn’t good for anybody, diabetic or not!
- Hot cross buns are an Easter favourite, so don’t miss out. Bake your own using Canderel Yellow (best for baking) rather than sugar, and cut each bun into quarters to serve. (See recipe below)
- Keep an eye out for highs and lows, because your child might be having so much fun that they forget to tell you.
Here are some yummy diabetic-friendly recipes you can make for Easter: