Post # 1
I’ve secretly invited some of my husband’s good friends to visit us from out of town as a birthday surprise. One of them is diabetic, and I want to make sure he is well-fed and comfortable, too.
I’m specifically looking for suggestions for the birthday barbecue, including sides, finger foods and munchies, and brunch foods. My go-to brunch for a crowd is French toast casserole with bacon and fruit on the side, but that obviously won’t do. And of course there will be birthday cake, so it would be nice to offer another dessert as well.
I have very little experience with this, so I’m hoping to benefit from your firsthand knowledge! Specific food ideas and general guidelines are both helpful. TIA!
Post # 2
My husband is diabetic and although he eats relatively healthy, he doesn’t really require a special menu when we visit with people or go out. He tries to avoid anything fried/fatty especially in combination with a high carb meal. You can’t go wrong with veggies and lean protein. As for cake, he’ll probably just have a smaller piece.
Post # 3
PlusOne: For dessert, I’ve brought the artificial sweetner pies from a grocery store before because of someone who was diabetic.
Wifesaver could work for brunch, along with the fruit.
It’s a bit hard to say, as the diabetics I know all eat extremely differently. Do you know how careful he is with his diet?
Post # 4
don’t diabetics just have to avoid a lot of sugar and high processed foods? as long as you have healthy options, you mention you are bbqing, so burgers, dogs, salads, etc will be fine.
Post # 5
My fiance was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last year. He eats differently than my cousin who is type 1. He avoids processed foods, foods eith sugar and anything with white flour. Frenvh toast is a no go for him but eggs are fine. Pasta is also avoided, he limits potatoes, has protein with every meal and has snacks. He isnt on insulin and controls his sugars through diet. My cousin is on insulin and isnt as strict as he is.
Post # 6
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Make sure the meals have a good amount of protien and low (4g or under) or no sugar (even better). Avoid white/refined carbs like potatoes or white bread (sweet potatoes are fine). Use whole grains instead (wheat bread (look at the label, most are still high in sugar), brown rice, quinoa etc.) I would try to limit sauces or put them on the side since most sauces are loaded with sugar. Most veggies are fine. Most processed food is loaded with added sugar, which is why those are to be avoided. For example, plain oatmeal that you cook is great, but oatmeal packets have loads of sugar. Basically stick with low glycemic index foods fresh foods and you’ll be good.
Post # 7
For dessert, you could do a simple apple pie/tart. Get pastry dough, layer the bottom with apple sauce (with no sugar added). Peel and slice apples into moderately small pieces, and layer that on top of the apple sauce. Cook for about 30 minutes or more if needed for the crust. Easy fruit based dessert which might be a little more friendly for your guest.
Post # 8
That’s sweet of you to be concerned, but you don’t need to have a specil menu for a diabetic. As long as there’s more than just cake 🙂
Post # 9
For a BBQ, I don’t think you need to do anything special. Grilled meats with a variety of sides that the person can pick and choose themself is fine (corn, veggies, potato salad, etc).
As far as brunch, omelets and some sort of whole grain toast, along with protein (bacon, sausage, etc) on the side would be just fine if you are committed to limiting sugary carbs.