Many of the foods eaten at Easter are very high in sugar and fat. Easter is a special occasion and small amounts of these foods without affecting your overall diabetes control. However if you were to eat large amounts of these foods this could lead to high blood glucose levels and weight gain.
Simnel cake and hot cross buns are two favourite Easter recipes. Simnel cake is a light fruitcake layered and covered with marzipan and decorated with eleven marzipan balls representing the true disciples of Christ; Judas is omitted.
Involve your Kids by getting them to help you bake Easter treats. Chocolate nests are easy to make and can be filled with chocolate eggs or for a fruitier option, fill the chocolate nest with grapes and strawberries.
For an Easter gift make some Easter bunny shaped biscuits (see recipe of the month) and pop in a bag with some shredded green paper.
Easter can be a difficult time for children with diabetes. Most kids love making cards, chicks and Easter bunnies, so why not try an Easter egg hunt, with small treats, so they can join in with all the fun.
If you treat yourself to an Easter egg spread it over the Easter period, rather eating it all on Easter Sunday.
Hollow Easter eggs, do weigh less than you might expect compared to an ordinary bar of chocolate. Be a bit more careful about Easter eggs filled with very sweet fondants.
You could try alternatives presents such as flowers, fruit, wine or a hollow non-chocolate egg filled with small or individual presents.
Don’t waste your money buying Diabetic Easter eggs. They are expensive and usually just as high in calories as ordinary chocolate and can still raise blood glucose levels.
So don’t forget you diabetes management during the Easter break and have fun.