10 helpful tips for diabetic holiday cooking.

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diabetic holiday cooking 10 helpful tips for diabetic holiday cooking.

The diabetic diet is a cause for concern for many people with the disease.

The holidays bring about a whole host of dietary temptations with their large, carbohydrate-rich meals and decadent desserts. Though a little indulgence is tolerable during the holidays, it is possible to enjoy a delicious meal as a diabetic without breaking your diet.

With a plan in mind, you can create a delicious diabetic-friendly bounty for yourself or a diabetic holiday meal guest.

Here are some helpful tips for diabetic holiday cooking.

  1. It is best to anticipate the need for snacking by serving fresh fruit, shelled nuts or a vegetable and cheese tray prior to the meal. Diabetics may not be able to wait until the bird has been carved to fight off dropping blood sugar.
  2. You may wish to time your serving with a diabetic guest’s usual meal time, but it is not necessary.
  3.  If you are hosting a holiday meal as a non-diabetic, ask your guests if there are specific snacks or foods that they may wish to enjoy during the day.
  4. Grains are an important part of the diabetic diet. Instead of only serving carbohydrate-heavy starches like potatoes, you may include a pilaf made from a whole grain such as barley or quinoa. These sides are so tasty that you might even win over a few of your non-diabetic guests and family members.
  5. A selection of vegetables is great for diabetics. Your family may enjoy candied yams and green bean casserole, but consider making simple steamed green beans with almond slivers or even a green salad. These are great options for diabetic diners, and a delicious addition to a holiday meal.
  6. Offer your guests sugar-free beverage options. A simple spritzer made from seltzer water mixed with cranberry juice and a splash of lime is a festive holiday beverage that diabetic diners can enjoy without breaking their diets.
  7. Desserts made with artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, have a reduced carbohydrate content and are suitable for diabetics. Traditional pumpkin and apple pies have a lower sugar content than fruit or pecan pies, so these are the best candidates for converting to sugar-free desserts.
  8. If necessary, offer both diabetic and non-diabetic dessert options. Your guests may be surprised to learn that they do not notice the difference.
  9. Try to limit the fat you add to food during cooking. Butter, oil, cream and cheese are fine in moderation, but low-fat options are much better for diabetic diners. Evaporated skim milk has the same consistency as cream, but lacks the heavy fat content. If a recipe calls for cream, consider making a substitution.
  10.  Offer your guests healthier alternatives and they will thank you for it, Many people over look things like purified water. I have a Refrigerator with a filtration system and I make an effort to provide pure filtered water to my guests. Recently I was waiting for some  electrolux spare parts and I couldn’t offer my guests the a fore mentioned, they could instantly tell the difference between my regular water and the  bottled water I was forced to serve. Point is if you provide it healthier alternatives most of your guests will take those habits and spread them to their own families and that is a good thing.

 

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  1. Great tips!
    I would also add to #7 to play more with spices and use less and less sweeteners…
    it’s taken us a while, but we don’t use extra sweeteners anymore..
    email me if you want some recipes… Happy Holidays!

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