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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, October 25, 2006
News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.


Halloween is only a few days away and for kids with 
diabetes this used to mean trouble. 

When I was diagnosed at the age of 9, I was devastated when 
Halloween came around. It was the only time of year that I
ever ate candy (I wasn't a big candy person). I still
dressed in costume and went house to house with my brother
to get him more candy, but I got to keep the pennies and
dimes the old ladies would give us.

As I went to our neighbor's house to trick-or-treat I
discovered they had gone out and specifically bought 
some sugar free candy just for me. Diabetes was still 
new to my family and I and we had no idea that sugar 
free candy was available. It was the greatest feeling 
to be able to enjoy Halloween and trick-or-treating 
like in the past. 

Today, kids with diabetes can enjoy candy on Halloween 
just the same. I recently went to pick myself up some 
sugar free candy and I just can't believe the variety 
of candy specifically for diabetics. 

Halloween is just as fun as it ever was and I glad. We 
all know what a little treat can do for your spirits. 

But be warned... too much sugar-free candy can lead to 
a laxative effect so go easy on the stuff. 


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                   (makes 6 servings)

6 10-inch (15 cm) fat-free flour tortillas
refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray
6 tablespoons (30 g) grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon (5 ml) crushed dried Italian herbs

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, Gas Mark 4).

2. Using a jack-o-lantern shaped Halloween cookie 
   cutter, cut the tortillas into pumpkin shapes. Lay 
   cutouts slightly apart on 2 large baking sheets. 

3. Spray each jack-o-lantern with cooking spray. 
   Combine Parmesan cheese and herbs; sprinkle evenly 
   onto each cutout.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, until crisp and golden, switch-
   ing the pan positions after 8 minutes. Transfer to 
   a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

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             6 g protein, 2 g total fat (1.2 g 
             saturated fat), 1 g dietary fiber, 
             5 mg cholesterol, 528 mg sodium 

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