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Thanksgiving is a great time of year to gather your family together and remember the year gone by. Traditionally, that remembrance happens around a dinner table full of food. And typically, Thanksgiving foods aren't the most diabetes friendly.
No one should be left out of sharing a meal with family and friends because of a health condition. We dissected Thanksgiving dishes, and sought to find diabetes-friendly versions. If you or a loved one are living with diabetes, you’ll be sure to enjoy these Thanksgiving recipes.
Salads, potatoes, candied yams, turkey, gravy, stuffing, and pies are usually scattered around the table. While sweet potatoes and turkey are usually great, the way they are prepared can make a difference. So here’s the step by step to get through Thanksgiving dinner when you’re living with diabetes.
Typically salads are fine if you avoid breadcrumbs and dressings. Dressings can pack a lot of hidden sugar that will affect your diabetes. Be careful and switch out that packaged dressing for some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Turkey is great for people living with diabetes if you avoid the skin. Check out this great make-ahead recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey.
Anything you can buy from a box or bottle is hiding a LOT of extra sugar you’d want to avoid if you’re living with diabetes. This recipe is a great make-at-home alternative.
Green Bean Casserole
As we said above, anything you can get from a box is hiding a lot of sugar and carbs. Make your french fried onions at home for your green bean casserole. It'll be more diabetes-friendly and healthier this way.
Gravy tends to be very high in fat and carbohydrates. This can spell bad news for people living with diabetes. If you opt for this version of gravy, it’ll be diabetes-friendly and delicious for the whole family.
White potatoes are an extremely complex carbohydrate that our bodies have a hard time breaking down. That process is even more difficult for people with diabetes. This recipe calls for Yukon Gold Potatoes and far less butter and cream than a traditional recipe.
Okay marshmallows on a main dish isn’t really healthy for anyone. We found this recipe, which includes twice as many sweet potatoes as marshmallows, making it just a little bit healthier. Plus, add pecans or walnuts for a delicious and healthy crunch.
Staying away from sugar entirely during the holidays is nearly impossible. The cold weather practically begs you to eat yummy baked goods. We found this version of classic apple pie. It gets rid of the crumble and uses fresh apples (avoiding the boxed/canned sugar issue).
We love the holidays, as it’s the perfect time to spend with family and friends. Just because you’re living with a health condition that limits your diet, doesn’t mean you can't enjoy the party. Take these recipes with you to your Thanksgiving meal, or share them with the designated chef. These diabetes-friendly recipes are sure to make all those living with diabetes feel included.