It’s hard enough to plan a birthday party for your child, but when you have a child with diabetes, planning a party can seem totally overwhelming. How can you host a fun birthday party without making your child feel left out of the birthday cake fun? Here are some great tips and recipes that will help you plan the perfect party for your child without the fear of having blood sugar spikes.
The most important rule for a diabetic-friendly party is to carefully choose the menu. Don’t make it obvious that you are leaving out the traditional party goodies. Just incorporate the healthy menu into your theme. A perfect option for a diabetic-friendly menu is a Mexican Fiesta! Mexican food always seems to hit a homerun with little kids, older kids or teenagers. Who doesn’t love a taco? Let’s take a look at some menu ideas.
For starters, instead of using the traditional queso dip, which can be loaded with fat and calories, why not try an avocado cream cheese? This is a spin off of guacamole, but it has a creamier texture with more protein. Add a little lime juice, some jalapeno peppers, and cream cheese and you’ve got one tasty dip. Use this dip with fresh cut veggies instead of chips and queso. This is great for an appetizer.
For a real treat on the main course, why not try some skewers? A little chipotle sauce for beef or some chili lime sauce for seafood like shrimp or scallops, add a few veggies like cherry tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers, and you have a party on a stick. This meal has a low glycemic index and very few carbs. Plus, serving food on a stick is a fun treat each guest is sure to love. Grilled or baked in the oven, skewers are fun to eat, and they are downright delicious!
Side dishes can be tricky with Mexican food since a lot of it is fried or smothered in cheese. A Tropical fruit salsa is a great side dish to any Mexican meal. Mango, pineapple, and peach topped off with the flavors of lime and ginger and cilantro with just a little heat from some red pepper makes this a great side everyone will love.
Finally, we’ve come to the part of the party where kids want cake, but never fear. There will be no blood sugar spikes here. Try serving sweet berry nachos instead! Take some simple whole wheat tortillas, cut into quarters, brush them with a little butter, then dust the tops with cinnamon and Splenda. Bake the chips for 20 minutes at 375 degrees or until they are crispy. Sweeten a little sour cream with some vanilla bean. Top your nachos with berries like blueberries or strawberries and the sweet cream, and you have a dessert for all of your guests and your special birthday boy or girl. Flan is another great Mexican dessert that is both delicious and low in carbs. Trying serving both to give party guests a couple of options to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Planning a menu for a diabetic child’s party can be daunting, but hopefully these ideas have spurred you to seek out your own theme and diabetes-friendly recipes for your little one’s birthday bash!