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Thanksgiving Meal Ideas For Diabetics

Thanksgiving Meal Ideas For Diabetics

 

Enjoying Turkey with all the perfect sides is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. But how can you enjoy a day of delicious goodness while keeping your blood sugar in check? Here are a few meal tips and recipes that will ensure you have the best holiday!

Planning For your Food:

  • Portion Control- Rather than eating large portions all at once, use a smaller plate and enjoy the food throughout the day.
  • Plan Your Plate- The American Diabetes Association has a meal planning guide that helps diabetics plan a healthy plate.
  • Watch The Ingredients- Many dishes have sneaky little add ins that you may not consider. From a little extra butter in the potatoes to a cup of sugar in cranberry sauce, making yourself aware of the extras can help you save yourself from a scare.
  • Focus on Family- So many times, we get worried about the carb counts and turn a holiday into a stressful event. Instead, focus on having fun, eating when you are hungry and enjoying this Thanksgiving.

Carbohydrate Conscious Recipes:

  • Basic Turkey Gravy: Keep sodium, fat, and carbs low with this essential Thanksgiving staple. Find recipe here!
    • Calories – 47
    • Carbohydrates – 4g
    • Total Fat – 3g
    • Protein – 1g
  • Low Carb Sweet Potato Recipe: This wonderful recipe will remind you of when you were young, but keep your blood sugars in check.Find recipe here!
    • Calories – 95
    • Carbohydrates – 14g
    • Total Fat – 4g
    • Protein – 1g
    • Dietary Fiber – 2g
  • Green Bean Casserole: A great traditional side dish that includes a bonus of 4g fiber and a depth of flavor. Find recipe here!
    • Calories – 84
    • Carbohydrates – 9g
    • Total Fat – 4g
    • Protein – 3g
    • Dietary Fiber – 4g

 

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