Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Day is one of the best holidays of the year to indulge in some of your favorite recipes! But if you or a loved one has diabetes, then this feast can be challenging to navigate. Blood sugar management is essential for a healthy day, which can be difficult when the table is loaded with candied yams, wine, pies, and more.

Rest assured that diabetes doesn’t mean that you have to skip your favorite dishes. Instead, add healthier options to the menu to keep blood sugar levels in balance. Here are three recipes that can make your meal diabetes-friendly:

Herb Roasted Turkey

It’s no surprise that the turkey is the central focus of the Thanksgiving meal. The good news is that turkey is healthy and high in protein, making it a great food for people who need to balance their blood sugar. Instead of cooking a brined turkey, use herbs on the outside of the bird to add flavor without too much sodium.

Any fresh herbs will do, including rosemary, thyme, sage, marjoram, oregano, and more. Rub a small amount of olive oil on the outside of the turkey, then sprinkle the herbs before roasting the bird in the oven.

Abundance of Vegetables

High-fiber foods are beneficial to help with balancing blood sugar levels. Look for side dishes that include a lot of veggies, such as roasted carrots, sweet potatoes with a bit of salt and pepper, green salad, and more.

An easy side dish is to chop up your favorite veggies, toss them in seasonings and a bit of olive oil, then roast them on a cookie sheet in the oven. A nice mix includes squash, potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers, and any of your other favorite veggies.

Low Sugar Desserts

Diabetics don’t need to skip dessert. Instead, provide low-sugar options. For example, there are plenty of low-carb pie recipes that use sweetener alternatives instead of regular white sugar. Search online for a keto pumpkin pie recipe instead of the high-sugar traditional pie. Common sweeteners include stevia, erythritol, xylitol, and sucralose. These ingredients create the sweetness you want to enjoy in a pie, without the effect of spiking the blood sugar because of the high carb content.

Written by Becki Andrus in partnership with leading stethoscope distributor, Stethoscope.com