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Trick or Treat: What to Give a Diabetic to Eat

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My teacher friend says Halloween is her favorite holiday because she LOVES seeing all her elementary students dressed up in their costumes.  During my ED 346 Children’s Lit class, a few teacher candidates recently shared the book Trick or Treat For Diabetes. Oh my…did it bring back memories.

My daughter, Jamie, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of four. However, this certainly did not stop us from taking her trick or treating. She got lots of candy, which we would sort through at the end of the night. We would make two piles…one pile was the treats she could keep, and the second pile was treats we did not allow her to consume. The candy that was off limits was sold to her older brother, Kyle. We all know who really paid for the candy, but Kyle still enjoyed the bounty of sweets he received.

At the same time, Jamie would get plenty of treats that she could keep. Our church family was the best. We made sure to stop at their homes as they had special treats waiting for Jamie. We fondly remember the Biever and VandeVoort families. They would have Diet Mountain Dew® waiting just for her. She loved stopping at those two families’ homes. A BIG thank you to both families for making her childhood trick or treating experience extra special. ❤

We reminisced a little more and came up with a list of other special treats that she remembers getting from people who also blessed her. People such as her grandparents, her teachers, the neighbors, Sue Wathen, and the Nepp’s. We felt tons of small town love, that is for sure!! Below is a list of some goodies she remembers getting…

  • Fruit snacks
  • Sugar free gummy bears
  • Gold fish
  • Bags of chips or pretzels
  • Sugar free gum
  • Any sugar free candy (but she says to eat this in moderation because it can cause intestinal issues 😀 )
  • Stickers
  • Color crayons
  • Pencils
  • Gift cards (she remembers certificates to Pizza Hut)
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Fruit Roll-Ups

Hopefully, this list will give a few ideas of what treats to give to the diabetics in your classrooms or schools or programs, or those kids knocking at your doors.  What treats will you be handing out this year? I will be giving my usual…Mott’s Fruit Snacks…just in case there might be a diabetic ringing my doorbell and shouting “TRICK OR TREAT.” Happy Halloween on Tuesday, everyone. 🙂

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