Catering for people with diabetes
The information on this page is intended to illustrate how you can best cater for people with diabetes, whether they are coming for dinner, or to stay for a few days. The information is about people with diabetes in general but it is important to remember that everyone with diabetes has individual dietary requirements and treatment plan – and some people may like to stray a little from their usual eating habits when away from home.
Just like everyone else, the occasional high fat or high sugar food can be included as part of a healthy diet. It may therefore be an idea to have a chat with the person with diabetes before they come, to see if they have any specific needs, or to discuss the meal(s) you have planned.
What to provide, meal by meal
Include the following in the choices available:
- High fibre cereals such as Branflakes, Fruit and Fibre, no added sugar muesli, Shredded Wheat, Weetabix, porridge.
- Low fat spread or polyunsaturated/monounsaturated margarine as well as butter.
- Semi-skimmed/skimmed milk as well as full cream milk.
- Unsweetened fruit juice.
- Fruit, eg grapefruit in natural juice and not syrup.
- Reduced sugar jam/marmalade or pure fruit spreads as well as ordinary versions (NOT ‘diabetic’ jams).
- Artificial sweeteners, eg Canderel, Hermesetas or Sweetex as well as sugar for tea and coffee. Granulated artificial sweeteners can be used for cereals and for use in recipes, eg Canderel Spoonful.
- A selection of wholemeal and granary breads or rolls as well as white.
- If cooked breakfasts are planned, food should be grilled not fried where possible.