For people with diabetes, keeping blood sugar under control is a daily struggle. All the rich food and erraticism of the holidays can make control even more difficult. If you or a loved one are diabetic, consider these options that may be a little friendlier to blood sugar.

Linzer cookies are a staple of New York style delis. This low carb alternative from EatingWell will be sure to put a smile on the face of any diabetic.

Chocolate Chip cookies are a staple of the holiday season in any house. This recipe from Taste of Home adds walnuts for protein and cuts the carbs and fat from traditional tollhouse cookies.

Next on this list is this delicious oxymoron! Sugar free sugar cookies brought to us by Sugar-Free Mom. At only 9 net carbs each, these wonderful cookies will have you embracing the paradox. There is even a gluten free version for those with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Here is another fantastic recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough by Cooking Light. This low carb, dairy and egg free batter can easily be made vegan by substituting agave nectar for honey! Packed with fiber and protein, you’ll be hard pressed to find a healthier cookie.

Snickerdoodles are my absolute favorite, but the traditional variety often contain 15 carbs or more. This recipe, from Low Carbbing in AZ, comes in at a count of only 2 net carbs! Finally, a way to enjoy my favorite cinnamon treat.

Lastly, for all the talented bakers out there, who tear up the recipe book and bake from the heart; here are a few helpful hints on how to turn your delicious creations low carb.

First let’s talk about healthy substitutes for all that fat.

Replacing your regular cooking oil with healthier extra virgin coconut oil. If you want the health benefits, but aren’t a fan of coconut flavor, you can substitute for refined coconut oil.

You can also replace butter with healthy nut butter. Just make sure to buy the kind with no added sugar or oil. You can use peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter or even a ripe avocado to substitute for that high fat traditional butter.

There is also a plethora of options for sugar substitutes. Brands like Swerve, Lakanto and Erythritol, can all be swapped out for regular sugar at a 1 to 1 ration. They all have no carbs and seldom few calories.

You can also substitute traditional flour for low carb alternatives. They’re jam packed with fiber to help with sugar absorption and digestive health.

Some options include:

  • Seed meal. Whether flax seed, pumpkin seed or sunflower seed, any seed meal makes a great replacement for traditional flour.
  • Almond and coconut flour are also both viable options for cutting carbs and boosting nutrition.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. Works great at binding ingredients without adding any carbs.

Follow these helpful tips to bring joy and a healthier A1C to all the diabetics in your life.

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