How to create a dinner party menu suitable for guests with type 2 diabetes

Some individuals who have type 2 diabetes prefer to prepare their food themselves in order to monitor the amounts of sugar and fat that they consume.

For this reason, diabetics may avoid dinner parties or social events where they know that foods not on their diabetic diet will be served.

However, a diabetic diet can benefit all party goers since this type of eating regimen involves limiting calories and ingredients that contribute to weight gain.

A recent article published by the Huffington Post highlighted several simple ways that hosts can create a menu that suits all of their guests, including those with type 2 diabetes.

Appetizers can contribute significantly to an individual's daily calorie intake, so using low-fat dairy products - like milk and cream cheese - in dips may be one way to cut down on this number. Incorporating vegetables into these dips may also help contribute to a well-balanced diabetic diet.

Some chips can be greasy and high in fat. The news provider recommended that hosts make their own healthy chips by baking high-fiber, whole-wheat pita bread. Another option is to put out cucumber slices or red pepper squares for guests to snack on.

The news source explained that, on average, Americans consume about 200 calories per day from sugary drinks. Therefore, artificially sweetened options like diet tea or zero-calorie drinks such as seltzer, club soda and sparkling mineral water may be a welcome alternative to soda or alcohol for guests with type 2 diabetes.

Although diabetics may think that they need to steer clear of all desserts, there are several sugar-free and low-calorie options that they can consider.

The news site recommended a recipe for fat-free angel food cake topped with sugar-free pudding and whipped topping, and sprinkled with an assortment of fruits such as strawberries, kiwis and peaches.

As the number of Americans who have type 2 diabetes continues to grow, is it likely that more people will begin looking for diabetic recipes in order to accommodate the needs of their guests.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million Americans are living with diabetes, and an estimated 79 million have pre-diabetes.