valentine’s day treats

Sweets for your sugar-sensitive sweetheart

Valentine’s Day is known for its plethora of sweet treats. Boxes of chocolates, conversation hearts, and other sweets push you right off the New Year’s resolution wagon and into a sugary, sweet ride. But what do you do if your sweetie has a sensitivity to sugar, like those with Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID) or Sucrose Intolerance? Instead of the holiday being a letdown or an event in which they cannot fully participate, here are some low-sugar options with high-sweetness factors.

1. Strawberries with fresh, whipped cream

The first strawberries of the season arrive right around Valentine’s Day, and they are a great low-sucrose choice. The whipped cream can be sweetened with dextrose and remain a safe and delicious option.

2. Heart-shaped cheeses

Cookie cutters can be used to make some heart-shaped cheddar or pepper jack bites – or both. Flavored cream cheese can be shaped into a heart and served with celery sticks or cucumber slices for another low-sucrose option.

3. Nuts

How about something savory for your sweetie? Try these low-sucrose options like almonds, brazil nuts, or macadamia nuts. Roast them with some salt and wrap them in some fun Valentine’s packaging.

4. Coffee or tea

The options are endless for many flavorful coffees and teas that are sugar-free. Pair them with a fun mug decorated with a sweet sentiment for the gift that keeps your valentine knowing how special they are to you.

5. Candy-scented, bath bombs

These bath bombs offer some relaxing time that can leave your valentine smelling like a sweet treat. All sorts of cleverly packaged bath products have aromas like they are filled with sugar.

Valentine’s Day can be sweet for everyone involved, even those who can’t tolerate sucrose. It just takes a little extra planning on your part. Believe me, your sweetheart will think you’re the sweetest gift ever when you make the effort to go sugar-free.