Diabetes doesn’t stop you from eating anything, but here are some Thanksgiving classics for diabetes that won’t mess with your blood sugar.

The holidays can always seem like a problem for diabetes. All that food, the changes, the stress. These days are always surrounded by a lot of glucose-altering factors. So, to make sure you don’t have to worry more than you should, here are some Thanksgiving classics for diabetes.

These recipes won’t mess with your glucose levels too much. But remember that all this must always be done with constant testing and extra care. Cori can give you a hand to know if you are in range.


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If you also want to know what else you can do to avoid variations, don’t miss our Thanksgiving tips.

Now let’s get started!

Mashed potatoes instead of french fries

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This alternative will suit you whether you have diabetes or not. Because although we all love french fries, they’re not too healthy.

Try modifying this classic Thanksgiving side dish and making it diabetes-friendly by making mashed potatoes instead of fries.

Mashed potatoes are made with boiled potatoes, a little butter and a little milk. And that’s it.

For both milk and butter you can choose sugar-free or lower fat options, so it’s great.

Remember to let the mashed potatoes get cold when you finish cooking them and, when you are going to serve them, reheat them again. This is necessary if you want to lower the glycemic index of the potatoes. Because they have starch when they are cooked the GI rises a lot. But once cold it returns to normal.

So simple and easy.

Turkey roasted with herbs

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We already know that turkey is always the main dish at Thanksgiving.

And a great advantage is that to adapt it, you only have to change the way you cook it.

A good alternative is to make roast turkey with herbs. It is practically done by itself.

You only have to mix the herbs you like with salt, pepper and oil and rub it all over the turkey. Inside of it put a lemon, a couple of apples and two onions and a few more herbs and it’s ready. To the oven.

In about an hour and a half it will be ready.

If you want more details on how to make this recipe you can find it in the Thanksgiving menu for diabetes.

But when it’s time to eat it, take the skin off. Although it is very tasty, it only provides extra calories and unnecessary fats.

Baked carrots

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This side dish is ideal for turkey. Trust us. Plus, you can make it at the same time.

Cut carrots into chunks and toss them in a bowl with balsamic vinegar and a little oil. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes at 200º. There you have it.


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