If you or someone you love struggles with type 2 diabetes, the holidays can be a bit of a struggle. Between mulled wine and spiked eggnog, alcohol often makes a big appearance at family get-togethers. Alcoholic beverages can cause a drop in blood glucose levels, which may pose a problem for those with this chronic condition. This doesn’t have to mean that you’ve stuck with endless glasses of water at parties, though. With a little bit of advanced planning, you can have just as much fun — and skip the painful morning after, too!
Not only is this bold juice tasty and festive throughout the holidays, but it’s also potentially good for those with type 2 diabetes. Due to the strong flavor, it mixes well with other drinks. You can find the recipe from the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago for a Cranberry Spice concoction over at Town & Country, or make-up one of your own. Just be careful about drinks that load up on the added sugars, of course.
There are jokes aplenty about flavored sparkling water. And while it’s enjoyable to come up with a new way to describe how a La Croix may taste like a mango was cut up in the next building over, it’s also true that these drinks are a huge hit. Just try going to a party these days where you don’t find a spot in the fridge specifically reserved for the host’s favorite flavor. Plus, they make for a fun toast in lieu of champagne. Oh, and they mix wonderfully with that cranberry juice we mentioned above!
Is your family big on brunch? These mock mimosas are an excellent option to sip while you enjoy catching up with children and grandchildren. They’re probably even more flavorful than the prosecco version, to boot.
Hot Apple Cider
This one barely needs an explanation — hot apple cider is a holiday mainstay for a reason. It’s perfect for warming you up from the inside out, the whole family can enjoy it, and it keeps your fingers toasty while watching the children (or young at heart) sled around. There are so many recipes if you want to spice yours up, or you can try making up your own version.
The holidays don’t need to be a series of disappointments if you struggle with type 2 diabetes. You might even be surprised at how many people join you with non-alcoholic toasts.