Top food gifts for loved ones with diabetes this Christmas

Forget expensive perfume and the latest gizmo, edible festive gifts continue to be popular this Christmas – especially healthy hampers. So where do you begin when you’re wanting a healthy hamper for someone with diabetes?

With them, of course. They may be diabetic but diabetes will not have changed their love of food. Think of their favourite types of food – do they prefer sweet or savoury, for instance? Do they like celebrations perhaps or maybe a luxurious breakfast in bed?

And once you’ve gathered your ideas, turn to us. We are proud to be the only hamper company in the UK dedicated to creating diabetic-friendly hampers and if we’ve not got the gift you are looking for in our diabetic hamper range, then you can create your own from our selection of diabetic food and drink.

Have a look at our top food gifts for diabetics this Christmas and make sure you look out for added great Christmas SAVINGS too.

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Possibly the quickest sugar-free dessert: Lemon Pudding

Lemon Pudding

These days we all need a quick easy “free from” pudding to serve to friends and family. Few are quicker and simpler than this delicious lemon pudding.

Made with ground almonds and Sweet Freedom syrup, it is sugar free, gluten free and ready to serve in 5 minutes.

Lemon Pudding
Quick, easy lemon pudding - sugar free and gluten free
Print Recipe
A nutritious pudding made with ground almonds and olive oil - 5 minutes start to finish AND delicious too!
Servings
2 people
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings
2 people
Cook Time
5 minutes
Lemon Pudding
Quick, easy lemon pudding - sugar free and gluten free
Print Recipe
A nutritious pudding made with ground almonds and olive oil - 5 minutes start to finish AND delicious too!
Servings
2 people
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings
2 people
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Throw (literally!) all ingredients together in a large bowl and whisk or beat until smooth.
  2. Spoon into greased (microwave safe) pudding bowl.
  3. Cook in microwave on 'high' for up to 1 1/2 - 2 minutes until springy.
  4. Turn onto a plate and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or natural yoghurt.
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Pre-diabetes: know your chances and reduce your risk

apple heartAn estimated 7 million people in the UK has pre-diabetes – that’s 15% of the population. Most don’t know it. Happily, the condition is often reversible and it’s all to do with the foods you eat. Here’s what you need to do to reduce your risk.

Many people are totally unaware that they’ve developed pre-diabetes. Even more troubling is that if these people do not change their lifestyles they are likely to be developing type 2 diabetes in as little as five to ten years.

It is essential to take steps to reduce your pre-diabeties risk because pre-diabetes is reversible. Type 2 diabetes is not.

What is pre-diabeties?

Like diabetes, pre-diabetes occurs when the body’s response to insulin is impaired. If you have pre-diabetes, you are said to have impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. You may also be said to have ‘insulin resistance’; that is your body is less able to cope with carbohydrates than it will have once been.

Levels of blood glucose are higher than normal in pre-diabetes which indicates the body in failing to properly process glucose into energy. At this stage the readings are not yet high enough to be considered Type 2 diabetes, but they are cause for concern.

This is why it is often described as the “gray area” between normal blood sugar and diabetic levels. In the UK, around 7 million people are estimated to have prediabetes and thus have a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes

 What are the symptoms of pre-diabetes?

Here’s the problem; pre-diabetes does not usually display obvious symptoms, making it difficult for people to realise they already have it. In many cases, the sufferer only learns of their borderline diabetic state once the symptoms of type 2 diabetes start to appear.

Still, as this video by Diabetes UK shows, there are several warning signs that indicate it’s time to have a blood test.

Video: The symptoms of pre-diabetes by Diabetes UK (3.14 seconds)


How can I lower my risk of pre-diabetes and diabetes?

 

Get moving!

Regular physical activity can significantly reduce your diabetes risk.
When a research team at Harvard School of Public Health conducted a meta-analysis of ten studies they found that people who regularly exercised at a moderate intensity had a 31% reduction in their risk of type 2 diabetes, compared to those who did no exercise at all.

Small changes, like walking to work or taking the stairs rather than the lift, can make big changes too. The same Harvward study found that people who walked briskly for at least two and a half hours every week had a 30% lower chance of developing diabetes than those who hardly walked at all.

Interestingly, these findings were not only similar for men and women, but also entirely independent of the people’s weight.

 

Change the way you eat

Eating a balanced diet plays an important part in reducing your risk of pre-diabetes, as do the types of food you’re eating.

Fill up on vegetables and wholegrain and limit energy-dense foods and drinks like cakes and soft drinks as treats. Try no sugar and low sugar treats as an alternatives like the ones we include in our diabetic hampers.

Eat more oily fish, limit processed meats and snack on nuts. Studies show that women who eat around 25g of nuts every day enjoy a 27% lower risk of diabetes, compared with women who rarely ate nuts.

Try to include more diabetes-friendly recipes in your diet.

 

Take all this advice on board, and visit the Diabetes UK website for more information and you will successfully reduce your pre-diabetes.

Happy eating.

Diabetic friendly hampers under £35 for Christmas 2014

Diabetic friendly healthy treats hamper

Healthy Christmas hampers are all the range this year and you no longer need to pay excessive costs for an impressive and thoughtful gift. Here are some of our tastiest diabetic friendly Christmas hampers – all priced at less than £35. Take a look and order your low sugar/no sugar diabetic friendly Christmas hamper today.

 The Sparkling Celebration Christmas Hamper

DiabeticFriendly_SparklingCelebration
There is nothing “bah humbug” about the Sparkling Celebrations Christmas hamper which includes sparkling white wine (alcohol free), delicious Thorntons Diabetic Chocolate Mint Truffles, Simpkins Sugar free Citrus Selection and Peppermints and Dormens Luxury Mixed Nuts – a perfect accompaniment to Christmas Day.

Afternoon Tea Hamper


Diabetic Friendly Afternoon Tea HamperDelight your favourite tea drinker with everything they will need to relax and enjoy the perfect cuppa. The Afternoon Tea Hamper combines the superb flavours of Clipper Organic English Breakfast tea bags with diabetic chocolates, jams and other tasty treats,

Healthy Treats Hamper


Diabetic friendly healthy treats hamper

Reinvigorate your taste buds with the  enriching tastes of juicy apricots, crunchy popcorn and refreshing Pomegranate and Green Tea Juice. Just a few of the treats in the Healthy Treats hamper – the perfect alternative to Christmas excess and well suited for anyone following a low sugar, low carb diet.

Sugar Free Selection Box

Sugar Free Sweet Selection Box
Sugar Free Sweet Selection Box


The Sugar Free Selection Box is a great selection of six different types of sugar free sweets as well as sugar free white & dark chocolate. The perfect accompaniment to the Queen’s Speech and Christmas Day film.

 

Personalise your gift

Because we hand pack our hampers to order you can add a little something to make it extra special. And remember, let us know what you’d like written on the personalised card too.

Delivery

We can send any of these Christmas hampers within the UK and overseas. Find out more about last shipping dates here.

If substitutions are required we will ensure that they are to the same (or higher) value and compliment your original selection.

If you have any special requests please do not hesitate to call us on 01360 440066.

Lee

and the Diabetic Hamper team

Order your diabetic friendly hamper in time for Christmas 2014

Savoury Feast Gift Box

You’ve got a lot on, so here’s a quick reminder of our last order dates.

To ensure your hamper gift arrives in time for Christmas, please get in touch by the following dates.

These dates are meant as guidelines and are subject to stock availability.

Last order dates in December

Any questions? My team and I are always happy to help. You can view our range of diabetic friendly Christmas hampers here.

Kind regards,

Lee and the Diabetic Hampers team