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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 04:24 PM
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Guest with diabetes - what to serve?

We're having several families for Thanksgiving and one of the children has juvenile diabetes (he's about 4). Do any of you have ideas on a dessert I could make for him that would be OK? I don't want to leave him out but obviously need to be sensitive to his diet. Thanks!
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 04:58 PM
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Why don't you go to a diabetes website? They should have ideas. This is a travel website and I don't think your question has anything to do with travel, no offense.
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 04:58 PM
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Both of my in-laws are diabetic, and a dessert that they love is chocolate cream pie made with Jello sugar free pudding. If you make your own whipped cream, you can sweeten it with any of the sugar-free sweeteners available. Of course, check with his mom to make sure that would be okay.
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 05:02 PM
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There are many diabetic recipes available at www.allrecipes.com. Click on the browse tab, then special diets, and a category for diabetic recipes comes up. You'll find hundreds of recipes available, along with personal reviews from many submitters.

You might also check www.foodnetwork.com too.
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 05:15 PM
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Sugar Free Applesauce Cake - 12 Servings

Ingredients:

3 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 cups ground almonds
2 Macintosh apples - peeled, cored and finely chopped
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
3 tablespoons unsweetened apple butter
2 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 inch square baking pan. Beat the eggs until they drop like ribbons from the beaters. Continue beating and add the oil in a thin stream. Beat in the 1 cup applesauce and the 1 cup unsweetened apple juice concentrate. Beat in the flour gradually until well blended. Add the baking soda, ground ginger, ground almonds and apples, mix to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 40 minutes or until the cake tests done. Let cake cool on a rack for 15 minutes before turning out of pan. Cool completely before frosting. Carefully slice the cake in half horizontally with a long serrated knife. Fill and frost with Apple Butter Frosting.

To Make Apple Butter Frosting:

Beat the cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Gradually beat in the apple butter and remaining 2 tablespoons apple juice concentrate.

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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 05:29 PM
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Thanks all - you're right, this isn't a travel question per se but my guess is that there are some hard core fodorites with this concern who've travelled, eaten in a lot of restaurants and had to find workable solutions. These ideas are great.
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 05:59 PM
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I doubt very much if the child is going to be allowed to eat anything of which Mom does not approve. There is one person who can give you the answer: Mom.
Regardless of how great these other answers are they don't mean a thing of Mom does not say OK. So why fool around with asking us; ask the one person who as the absolute and final say so in this matter.

For that matter, how do you know that the child's mother will not bring her own food for him? We have friends with a diabetic child and when they come to our house, Mom brings the kid's supper.
The first time we asked, Mom gave us the good word: "I will take care of it."
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 06:03 PM
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Agree with Dixon. Go straight to mom. You are just spinning your wheels circumventing her.
 
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Actually, it's a misnomer that type I (juvenile) diabetics can't have sugar. They simply need to take enough insulin to compensate for the rise in blood sugar brought on by the food they eat. I have a friend who is Type I, and she eats whatever I eat. The trick is to learn how much insulin to give yourself, and that is probably a lot harder for a 4-year old than for an adult.

(Type II diabetes is very different from Type I - since many Type II's do not take insulin, they really do need to be much more careful about what they eat.)

Most Type I diabetics use a carb-counting method to calculate how much insulin they need for the food they eat. So anything you make that the kid will eat - would help if you knew what was in it. Something store-bought, unfortunately, might be easier deal with because the amount of carbs in it is known.

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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 07:30 PM
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Hi i'm a Type 1 diabetic and have had it for some 16 years! I would check with his mum and see what she thinks but sugar is fine in moderation like all foods! I will go to peoples places and eat desserts that have sugar in them! I think if u talk to he's mum and go from their would be the best plan!
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 07:50 PM
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I think I see where you're coming from here.
You want to be a good hostess. You know if you call the mother, she'll say, "oh don't worry about it, I'll bring the food for the kid". But you'd like to be able to do it. I suggest you find the recipes as suggested above and THEN call the mother saying that's what you were planning to do, would that be all right.
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Old Nov 18th, 2003, 09:15 PM
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Also keep in mind that a child about 4yrs old may not eat hardly any dessert. I have 3 nephews (3,2 and 1) and usually they eat very little dessert before they get tired and move on to the next exciting thing. I wouldn't go out of your way to make anything time consuming and then have him not eat much or any of it.
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