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.
- 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.
- You may wish to time your serving with a diabetic guest’s usual meal time, but it is not necessary.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If necessary, offer both diabetic and non-diabetic dessert options. Your guests may be surprised to learn that they do not notice the difference.
- 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.
- 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.