Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Personally, I love Valentine’s Day. However, I admit that the candy/sugar surrounding Valentine’s Day kicks my anxiety up a notch. And C’s birthday is the day before Valentine’s Day, so the whole week always takes some extra thought and planning so that he can still enjoy both of these celebrations without having to ride the blood sugar roller coaster too many times.
One solution I have come up with (especially for the holidays that are synonymous with candy) is to start celebrating early.
Valentine’s Day for instance, I have made little Valentine’s Day mailboxes for my kids and for the couple of weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, I put little surprises or notes in their mailboxes each day. It has become something they love and really look forward to. Doing little things like this, in my mind, is a good way to still celebrate the holidays in a fun way without the treats and candy being the focal point.
I also, of course, try to find ideas of diabetic-friendly treats and snacks, so that then we can have the best of both worlds. Take these super easy, but super cute apple hearts for example. It took me all of 5 minutes to make this snack for my guys. C especially was super impressed and thought it was so cool. It was also quite hilarious to see him bite into the apple, as he is currently missing his two front teeth ;).
- 1 green apple
- 1 red apple
- 1 small heart cookie cutter
- Pairing knife
- Push the heart shaped cookie cutter one apple and then carefully pull it out.
- The cookie cutter will have left a heart imprint on your apple. Using the pairing knife, carefully cut around the heart so that your apple heart cutout pops out of your apple easily.
- Repeat these steps with the other apple.
- Next, put the red heart shape into the green apple and the green heart shape into the red apple.
1 small apple with skin (6 oz) contains approximately 21 carbohydrates.