Many people love Halloween because it’s an excuse to feast on candy and other decadent treats. When seniors live with diabetes, however, Rockwall at-home caregivers know it can take some of the fun out of the holiday. Fortunately, there are some simple alternatives to candy bars that will delight your senior loved one’s sweet tooth. Check out the two diabetes-friendly treats below.
Spider Web Cupcakes
The cakes are perfect for any Halloween party and can be enjoyed by all. No one will even realize it’s sugar free!
- 1 box of sugar-free chocolate-flavored cake mix
- 1 one-pound can of sugar-free white or vanilla frosting
- 1 teaspoon of orange extract
- 1 drop of red and 5 drops of yellow food coloring
- 1 small tube of black or chocolate cake decorating gel
Line 24 muffin compartments with cupcake paper. Make the cake batter and bake the cupcakes according to the package instructions. Combine the frosting, red and yellow food coloring and the orange extract in a small bowl and blend well. Frost each cupcake. Make concentric circles on each using the decorative gel. Using a toothpick, begin in the center and pull lines outward through the frosting and the gel as if cutting a pie to make the web effect.
It is not written in stone that creepy treats have to be sweet. These savory treats will be sure to satiate your loved one’s hunger and love of Halloween.
- 2 cups of Panko or similar bread crumbs
- 1 pound of boneless chicken breast divided into 12 strips
- 2 egg whites
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- ½ teaspoon of paprika
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and use non-stick spray on a baking sheet. Combine the breadcrumbs and seasonings in one shallow bowl and put the egg whites into another one. Dip each strip into the egg whites and then into the breadcrumbs. Cover each chicken strip completely. Bake the strips in the oven for up to 20 minutes. Dip the tips of the strips into ketchup or another red sauce for the bloody effect.
Home Care Assistance in Rockwall cares about the emotional and physical wellbeing of local seniors. That’s why we train our caregivers to offer not only assistance around the house, but emotional support and companionship. Our comprehensive in-home services are designed to help seniors maintain active and independent lifestyles. Call us at (972) 722-7833 today to learn how in-home care can benefit your senior loved one.