Easter is a time of new beginnings and is traditionally accompanied by a big, delicious dinner and a basket full of chocolate and sweet treats.
All of the candy and overindulging can make it hard for children with diabetes.
Tips for Parents
Encourage children to focus on the Easter egg hunt rather than all the sweets. Candy isn’t what makes an Easter egg hunt fun—it’s the thrill of searching for the hidden gifts in the morning! Instead of putting Easter candy in the eggs, focus on other small gifts instead. For younger children, you can include Easter stickers or dress-up jewelry. For older children, you can include money, gift cards, or makeup.
And your child can still indulge in some sweets this Easter if you help them splurge smartly. It’s a special occasion after all. Look for low carb versions of their favorite treats so they can savor some sweets with less of an impact on their glucose levels. Also, look for sugar-free versions of some popular Easter candy for a diabetes-friendly Easter basket.
Sugar-free versions of some of the more popular Easter treats are available as well. Whether you choose sugar-free candies or the regular versions, check the label for the carb content and other nutrition information. Remember no sugar added does not mean that it is carb-free.
One of the most tempting treats on Easter is chocolate Easter bunnies. Look for chocolate with higher amounts of cocoa because the sugar and fat content is often lower. For high cocoa solids content, dark chocolate is usually a good pick.
You could also consider baking some treats to put into your child’s Easter basket—this will allow you to control the amount of sugar that goes into your child’s basket.
If your child has siblings, be sure to tone down the candy content in their Easter baskets as well to avoid making anyone feel left out.
Keep in mind that moderation is key. Get the facts about these sugary foods to help you figure out how your child can work a small portion of it into their meal plan for the day without disrupting their blood glucose levels.
Have a happy, healthy Easter!
Although this content is reviewed by Joslin Diabetes Center healthcare professionals, it is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.