Diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy healthy holiday foods that taste amazing. Here are a few diabetic recipes that are delicious for anyone, whether you are just looking for healthy recipes or managing blood sugar due to diabetes and other conditions.
Planning a holiday menu that features dishes that are friendly for a variety of dietary limitations or needs can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Making healthy diet and lifestyle changes is important for managing diabetes and other chronic conditions, as well as fighting obesity.
These delicious diabetic recipes are perfect for accommodating the needs of those limiting intake of carbs, sugars, and processed foods, and many of them can also be slightly modified to also fit a gluten-free, ketogenic, or vegetarian diet, too.
Diabetic Recipes for Healthy Side Dishes
Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup
A bowl of soup is an excellent complement to heavier dishes that might make an appearance on a holiday menu. This smooth dish is full of vitamin A and plenty of herbs, not to mention being gluten free as well. And if you want to make this diabetic recipe a vegetarian option, you can substitute chicken broth for vegetable broth instead.
This diabetic recipe and image are courtesy of Eating Well Magazine and Diabetic Living Magazine.
Glazed Cranberry Brussels Sprouts
Vegetables are a must-have on the holiday dinner table, whether you have diabetic dinner guests or not. This dish infuses nutritious Brussels sprouts with both sweetness and tanginess, thanks to a rich glaze of garlic, honey, nuts, and apple cider vinegar. There’s no sacrifice necessary to enjoy the full healthy eating benefits of this one.
Full recipe and image can be found here from Gale Compton and SkinnyMs.
Diabetic Recipes for Main Courses
This holiday dinner staple offers the perfect centerpiece for a healthy plate, whether you have diabetes or not. A savory rub created from a blend of herbs and a white wine baste help provide the right amount of moisture to combat the dreaded dry bird syndrome faced by many on Thanksgiving or other holidays.
Find the full diabetic recipe from Cooking Light Magazine here.
Low-Carb Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Okay, so it won't look quite like this, but what would the holidays be without a scoop of rich, hearty, cheesy goodness? This diabetes-friendly recipe is a healthy, low-carb alternative to regular macaroni and cheese and still maintains a filling goodness that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out. As an added benefit, you can also whip this one up in less than 30 minutes!
Fruit ‘N’ Nut Pumpkin Bars
These bars will hit the sweet spot if you’re looking for a dessert that is not only tasty, but also incorporates the best seasonal flavors, with pumpkin, carrots, raisins, cranberries, and nuts. The addition of a variety of fruits adds extra sweetness for balance. It’s a great, diabetes-friendly alternative to traditional pumpkin pie.
This diabetic recipe and image from Prevention can be found when you click here.
Low-Carb Lemon Cheesecake
It’s a classic dessert that should be able to be enjoyed by even those with diabetes without feelings of guilt or shame going along with it. A combination of almond flour, cream cheese, vanilla, and the taste of lemon make this a wonderful (and gluten-free) way to indulge a sweet tooth without overdoing it on carbs or sugar.
You can view this low-carb recipe and find the image here from Mother Thyme.
Low-Carb Peanut Butter Bark
You can provide an amazing dessert with only TWO minutes of effort. That’s right. With peanut butter and chocolate offering a one-two punch of crunchy yumminess, this dessert will knock you out. Side note, it’s also vegan, gluten free, and compatible with the ketogenic diet.
The complete recipe (and image) from Pretty Pies can be found here.
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