If you are gathering friends and family to ring in the new year and you’d like to accommodate one or more of your guests who happen to have diabetes, a few alterations are all you need to ensure everyone has a good time and stays healthy and safe!
When hosting a diabetic-friendly party, start with a strategic meal plan.
- Stay away from serving packaged and high fat options, and look for substitute snacks and appetizers instead. For instance, you can swap out chips and dip for fresh veggies or whole grain pita wedges and low-fat dip or guacamole.
- Trade in those steak-kabobs and cocktail weenies for appetizers with chicken or fish.
- Steer clear of deep-fried anything and serve sauces on the side.
- Nuts are a great snack choice, as are cheese and whole wheat crackers.
- Offer fresh fruit rather than sugary desserts, or create something delicious using a diabetic-friendly sugar substitute.
- Be sure that your guests with diabetes can toast with a low-sugar, non-alcoholic drink!
Besides the menu, other things you can do to help your diabetic guests feel comfortable include, inviting them to bring along their slippers and providing small plates to help manage portion sizes. If slippers aren’t worn, make sure there are no sharp objects or obstructions around that could get stepped on and cause an injury.
Keep these tips in mind, and your New Year’s Eve party is sure to go off without a hitch!
For more information on managing diabetes, or to make an appointment, you can contact our Princeton, NJ office by calling (609) 924-8333, or call (908) 687-5757 to reach us in Roselle Park.
Oh, and happy New Year!