The Perfect Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Menu

In the United States, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This holiday is celebrated with a fairly traditional meal that is usually the least healthy version of whatever it was originally meant to be.

Your day of celebrating can quickly turn into a near disastrous blood glucose level.

Rather than succumbing to the eating habits of our collective culture of gravy-drizzled over bacon-everything, why not show up to Thanksgiving with a healthy dish that doesn’t suck?

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

This soup is heartier than you’d think, though sweet potatoes pack a major punch as they are. This filling soup has lentils, giving it a warming bulk unlike many starter soups. The combination of carrots and parsnips gives it a creamy texture with a kick. Even if you don’t take this dish to your Thanksgiving potluck, give it a try. You will love it.

Fall Salad with Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette 

For those who hate salads, claiming that they are gross or dull, this is the salad to present to them. It has spicy arugula, toasted pecans, and apple slices. A warming dijon vinaigrette brings us to fall. The best part? It can be made within minutes.

Kale and Butternut Squash Stuffing

Can you imagine anything better than butternut squash in a casserole? Kale brings the antioxidants and the squash brings the vitamins. This stuffing is packed with fiber and tons of flavor. If you want to make your Thanksgiving dinner a truly diabetes friendly meal, then omit the sausage.

Cranberry-Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops & Apple-Parsnip Mash

This combination is not only healthy but also gourmet. You will wow the party guests, especially when you tell them that it is healthy. So go ahead and be the star of your Thanksgiving. This will earn you the spotlight.

Baked Apples Stuffed with Cinnamon Date Pecan Oatmeal

Ditch the traditional heavy pie and go for this apple bake instead. A half of an apple serves one person, making it an easy self-serve kind of dessert. Plus, the ingredients are wholesome and straight-forward. Just be wary of the sugar intake as it could spike your blood glucose if you’re not careful!

Take these recipe to the table this Thanksgiving and you will not only impress the other guests, you will also keep your meals nice and healthy.


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