Holiday Treat Carb Counting

The Carb Content of Your Child’s Favourite Special Occasion Treats – at your fingertips!

Managing type 1 diabetes is challenging enough on a regular day, but how about when “that season” comes around? Mystery treats for Hallowe’en, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter can seriously mess up our best efforts to count carbs. To simplify life with the diabetes dragon, we have collected carb count handouts for the holidays… leaving you time to enjoy and celebrate!

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Easter Treats

Hippity-hoppity, Easter’s on its way! And so are the solid chocolate bunnies, the basket full of gummie eggs, and the Spring Fling school parties (complete with home-baked — read: NOT carb-counted! –goodies). When you don’t have a nutritional label to rely on, here are some handy rules of thumb for carb counting Easter treats.
(from the Registered Dieticians at the Diabetes and Endocrine Clinic, Alberta Children’s Hospital)

Hallowe’en Treats

Your kids had a blast Trick-or-Treating and now you have a pillow case full of unmarked candy… but no carb labels! Don’t worry – the Registered Dieticians at the Alberta Children’s Hospital have done all the research to prepare this helpful guide for your post-Halloween carb counting. We find it handy to print it off and stick it on the fridge for easy reference.

Halloween Carbs for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

Printable pdf:
Halloween Treats Handout (Alberta Children’s Hospital, Diabetes Clinic)

Christmas/Holiday Treats

Tis’ the season to be… overwhelmed? If figuring out the carb content of that homemade peanut brittle or the mint hot chocolate from your favourite coffee shop is stressing you out – don’t worry! The dieticians at the Alberta Children’s Hospital have done all the research for you and have prepared this helpful guide for carb counting around the holidays. We find it handy to print it off and stick it on the fridge for easy reference.

Christmas Treats Carbs for Children with Diabetes

Printable pdf:
Christmas Treats Handout (Alberta Children’s Hospital, Diabetes Clinic)

Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s day brings elementary school class parties, and junior high school Candygrams. Unsure of how to carb count for sweet treats at school? Wondering how to account for extras at home? When you don’t have a nutritional label to rely on, here are some handy rules of thumb for counting the carbs in Valentine’s Day treats.
(from the Registered Dieticians at the Diabetes and Endocrine Clinic, Alberta Children’s Hospital)

The linked handouts are used with permission from The Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic information handouts.

The above information was reviewed for content accuracy by clinical staff of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic.

This material has been developed from sources that we believe are accurate, however, as the field of medicine (in particular as it applies to diabetes) is rapidly evolving, the information should not be relied upon, as it is designed for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your doctor or appropriate health care professional.

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