It’s the holiday of love … and a holiday in which we often express our love with conversation hearts and big red boxes of chocolates. For the most part, no one’s complaining about this tradition! But for us D-moms, Valentine’s Day can pose a challenge in type 1 diabetes management, especially when it comes to classroom parties.

It’s such a fine line because we want our children to be able to participate and enjoy the celebration (without diabetes being the focal point). But unfortunately, as we all know, diabetes doesn’t give our kids any “free day” passes.

Luckily, with just a little extra planning and preparation, our kids can enjoy Valentine’s Day without letting diabetes crash the party. Of course, you can dose for almost any treat, but why not contribute your own healthier heart-shaped snacks to the event? Here are three fun ideas that may make the carb-counting a bit less stressful so that you, too, can find it in your heart to love this holiday!


Apple Hearts

Valentine's Day Apple Hearts

You can make an ordinary apple extraordinary with just a few simple steps! Plus, apples have a high soluble fiber content, which may help regulate blood sugar. What’s not to love?


Cupid’s Tomato Hearts

Valentine's Day Cupid's Tomato Hearts

You can’t help but fall in love with these adorable, bite-sized tomato hearts—especially when they’re dunked in a yummy, two-ingredient veggie dip.


Heart Fruit Kabobs

Valentine's Day Heart Fuit Kabobs

Even the pickiest eaters won’t turn down these pretty kabobs in conversation-heart candy colors. Use whatever combination of fruits you like, or make several different single-fruit skewers so that kids can pick the kind they like best.

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Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.