Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes or is prediabetic? Maybe you are one of these people. Here are six tips to keep your holiday fare diabetes friendly:
1. Pay attention to portions. The turkey is the only one who should be stuffed. If you know you will want a second helping, make your first serving extra small.
2. Keep your cooking fresh and uncomplicated. For example, besides adding unneeded calories; sauces, gravies, and other rich ingredients can detract from the pleasure of roasted or sautéed vegetables.
3. Extend favorite dishes with vegetables. For example, add grated carrots to spaghetti sauce or chopped tomatoes to a dip.
4. Use herbs and spices rather than butter and salt for flavoring.
5. Use fruit as an appetizer (such as sliced apples with yogurt dip) or a dessert (such as baked apples with vanilla).
6. Get out of the kitchen. Go for a walk. Play games with family members.
Besides being enjoyable, these activities are a wonderful distraction from eating and are calorie free. Eating together is a holiday ritual that we don't want to give up. We need to relish our moments together and savor the food, and applying these tips will enhance special occasions. You and your guests will be able to enjoy guilt-free fare that is nutritious and diabetes friendly.
- Carole Carson