Nutrition

Nov|Dec 2017

November is American Diabetes Month!

Enjoying Holiday Festivities with Diabetes

Holidays are the most wonderful time of the year to celebrate with family and friends around the dinner table.  But what about all the delicious, rich, high-carb food that will be on that table?  Don’t worry!  The following advance prep will allow you to celebrate the season while keeping your diabetes management on track.

Think about the timing of meals.  If they don’t line-up with your regular meal schedule, you may need a snack at the normal meal-time to prevent low blood sugar.  Discuss with your healthcare team.

Get moving.  The best way to compensate for eating more is to increase your activity.  Start a family tradition of a flag football game to get outside, away from the food.

Try making healthier versions of your favorite recipes.  Use less sugar or substitute greek yogurt for sour cream.  Check out the recipes below for healthier alternatives to your holiday favorites.

Nibble.  Have healthy options that won’t sabotage blood sugar levels to nibble on while you are cooking or waiting for the big meal.  A raw veggie tray with a healthy dip is a great option for all your guests.

Be selective.  Choose your favorite and pass on the others.  For example, choose sweet potatoes and skip the mashed potatoes or try the stuffing but skip the rolls.

Smaller portions.  Since holiday meals are abundant with high carbohydrate foods, try “sample” size portions to keep your carbohydrate intake like a regular day.

Eat your veggies.  Mom was right!  Non-starchy veggies are low in carbs and calories.  They fill you up and help you avoid over-eating the less healthy options.

Source:  http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/holiday-meal-planning/planning-ahead.html

A Healthier Take on Holiday Recipes

Source:  http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/2012-11-creamy-cheesy-cauliflowe.html

Source:  http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/2012-11-low-fat-pumpkin-panna-cotta.html