You already know it’s important for your diabetic significant other not to eat too much sugar and carbohydrates to avoid blood sugar spikes, but maybe you feel like your choices for gift-giving are pretty limited without those two items.
Got a sweetie who also happens to have diabetes? Not to worry! We know how to make his or her heart skip a beat with some fun and romantic food (and non-food) gift ideas.
Diabetes-Friendly Sweet Treats.
Get out of the box with black bean brownies. With plenty of fiber and only 5.6 grams of carbs, they’ll give real brownies a run for their money.
Or make your S.O. fall for your mysteriousness with this recipe for sugar-free sugar cookies. All the allure of a Byronic hero but with only 7 grams of carbs and 1 gram of sugar.
You can find lots of other diabetes-friendly sweets online or in diabetic cookbooks, but be sure to read the nutrition information; not all of them are the same amount of diabetes-friendly!
Buying your S.O. a semi-expensive diabetes-friendly item they enjoy but don’t often splurge on is a good way to go as well. Nuts are a personal favorite that come to mind, but any quality food they don’t usually buy themselves will do the trick.
Cook up some love.
You know your honey better than anybody, and cooking their favorite meal (particularly a diabetes-friendly version) will be a great reminder that you’re paying attention and want this day to be special. Try diabetes-friendly recipes like chicken honey nut stir fry or roast beef with mushroom-fig sauce to really get their heart beating. Check out some of our favorite recipes here.
Whatever you make, be sure to keep the packaging so you can calculate the nutritional information for the meal. A little bit of bolus math goes a long way! We promise your boo will appreciate this sweet little gesture almost as much as the meal itself!
If you know your S.O. will want food but you don’t know what to get them, consider going out for dinner at their favorite restaurant (but like the nice favorite restaurant). Your honey will be able to choose whatever they like best or whatever fits with their current diet plans, and you won’t have to feel guilty because you’re not picking out the meal! Call ahead to make sure the restaurant has nutritional information available for all their dishes so your sweetheart won’t have to guesstimate their bolus.
Or skip the food altogether.
There are plenty of other romantic gestures you can make for your honey that don’t involve food at all, so your S.O.’s diabetes doesn’t have to make much of an appearance. Flowers are a good option. A trip to the beach or some other romantic locale you both enjoy would be wonderful as well. Rent a movie (or three). Offer to do that thing that your S.O. loves to do but you just aren’t that into. Start a tradition together, like writing down something you’re grateful for every day. Clothing, jewelry, love notes, or an accessory for whatever hobby they like best could also be the way to go.
Or maybe you want to show your sweetheart exactly how much you love and support them, diabetes and all. Calculating boluses or checking their blood sugar for them can provide a welcome relief from daily responsibilities. You can also take your honey out dancing or go hiking together for some quality couple-time that also keeps you both active and healthy.
Don’t forget to taco ’bout it.
It’s important to communicate with your significant other about diabetes-related concerns, goals, and strategies. Maybe over a taco, maybe not. But the important thing is to find out what kinds of gifts will make your honey say “awwwwwww” and what gifts might accidentally ruin the mood.
Just because people with diabetes need to watch their sugar intake doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to splurge once in a while. Getting your sweetheart something too diabetes-friendly can sometimes take the joy out of an anniversary or Valentine’s Day. It’s important to ask your significant other how much they would like to splurge on such days to ensure you pick the perfect thing to show them all your love.
Good luck! We’re rooting for you!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?