Healthy Holiday Eating Tips for Diabetics

For people living with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, holiday meals can present a bit of a challenge when it comes to managing blood sugar levels. With a few minor adjustments and some creative diabetes-friendly choices, you will be thankful to spend time with family and friends. Everyone will enjoy these recipes whether they have diabetes or not.

Holiday Tips

Pile on the protein. Foods that are low-carb and high-protein will be the best options. Your body digests protein more slowly, thus creating less of an impact on your blood sugar levels. Go for the turkey first!

Keep your portion sizes in check.  Quantity and portion sizing are the most important factor in keeping your blood-sugar levels balanced through the holidays.

Choose the right carbs.  Carbs from high-quality, plant-based sources such as quinoa, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and berries also come with fiber, which helps food digest slower. Limit the added sugar.

Make smart swaps.  Tiny changes to almost any recipe can make it more diabetes friendly. When making baked goods or desserts, choosing coconut and almond flours can be especially helpful in lowering the carbs. Substituting a healthier type of flour like whole wheat, oat, or chickpea flours add higher-quality carbs compared to white flour.

Get moving. Go for a walk after the big meal; this will help prevent a blood sugar spike.

Fabulous Fall Dishes for Diabetic 

This pumpkin bread stuffing recipe keeps the carb count low.

Fall is the perfect time to try out some new butternut squash recipes. This Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash is a tasty dish for your Thanksgiving table.

Nutrient-rich Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad is high in antioxidant vitamins C and K and a good source of dietary fiber – an excellent choice for people with diabetes.

By using turnips in place of some potatoes in this mashed peppery side dish you end up with a low carb lightened up version of a Thanksgiving favorite.

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