During the holidays, it's difficult to make wise food choices. This is the time of year when fun, food and fellowship go hand in hand. For those people who have to watch what they eat for health reasons, Thanksgiving can be a frustrating day. With a few substitutions, diabetics and those watching their weight can enjoy the holiday feast too.
510 Calorie Diabetic Thanksgiving Menu
- 3 ounces of white meat turkey breast without the skin (140 calories )
- 2 Tablespoons of apple cider gravy (20 calories)
- 1/2 cup of diabetic bread stuffing (100 calories)
- 1/2 cup of butternut squash with ginger ( 70 calories)
- 2 Tablespoons of cranberry relish ( 42 calories)
- 1/2 cup of steamed green beans ( 15 calories)
- 1/2 cup diabetic pumpkin pudding ( 123 calories)
This modified menu has retained most of the traditional fare. Enjoy the same tastes and smells of childhood. However, most of the added fat, salt and sugar has been removed. Also the calorie count is only half a day's worth or less depending on an individual's calorie requirements.
More Low Fat Sugar Free Side Dishes
Creamy low-fat mashed cauliflower at 86 calories a serving is a healthy alternative to home-made mashed potatoes at 220 calories. Consider adding cider glazed brussel sprouts to the menu. To add a touch of color, roast a mixture of onions, red and green peppers with yellow and zucchini
Diabetic Friendly and Gluten Free Recipes
For more dressing and bread options, look for gluten free recipes. Most gluten free recipes are also sugar free. Many vegetarian dishes are also sugar free. These recipes are usually low in fat too.
Diabetic Holiday Meal Planning
People with diabetes can still enjoy holiday meals and parties. Plan ahead. Simple strategies will help curb the appetite and prevent bad food choices.
- When going out, decide ahead of time what and how much to eat.
- Eat a healthy snack before going out to avoid overeating.
- If possible, choose a small plate and fill the plate will healthy choices like fresh vegetables.
- If dessert is desired, share a dessert, or have only a small amount.
Making wise food choices is good for everyone, not just diabetics. For the sake of good health, choose low calorie, low fat and sugar free options whenever possible. To add flavor to recipes, add spice instead of sugar or butter. Add onion or garlic to main dishes and vegetables, and consider adding cinnamon or nutmeg to dessert dishes. Choosing low fat and sugar free food options can lead to sweet success.