At the Holiday Table with Diabetes

At the Holiday Table with Diabetes and All That Food


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When you have diabetes, eating carbohydrate is necessary to help keep blood sugars within a healthy range. If you eat too many however, you know that your blood sugar will go above that healthy range.

For those with diabetes that count carbohydrate you know the challenge of eating foods at the holiday table. You may find that the majority of everything on the table is a carbohydrate food and that is before you look at the dessert table. Yikes! So how does someone with diabetes go about handling this situation?

It calls for making decisions and knowing your portions sizes. Another option is to provide a side dish that is a lower carbohydrate choice. More than likely you will find you are not alone when it comes to trying to manage your blood sugar.

Ask yourself if you have to have a serving of every dish on the table. If you answered yes, then do you have to eat it all at once? There is usually ample time for visiting, watching the ballgames, walking etc so that you can go back later in the day for more.

Having a side dish of non-starchy veggies can be quite helpful at times like this. Non-starchy veggies only have a small amount of carbohydrate and they have a high water content and are high in fiber. This is a list of some non-starchy veggies:



Brussels Sprouts



Green Beans






All of these can be roasted and there is a delicious sauce that can be served over them that is low in carbohydrate and high in protein. This is a recipe that uses Siggi’s Icelandic style skyr along with fresh herbs. In fact if you use the 0%, you will not be getting any fat from the sauce and it will be less than 3 grams of carb and have 7 grams of protein for a ¼ cup. This dish can help you get full so that you are less likely to overeat as much. Remember you can go back for more later.

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Siggi’s Tarragon Yogurt Sauce
Serves 4
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  1. 1 cup siggi’s plain (0% or 4% whole milk) skyr
  2. 1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
  3. 2 Tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  4. 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  5. ¼ cup sliced almonds
  1. Toast the almonds in a saute pan over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the skyr, tarragon, dill, and red wine vinegar. Whisk together and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Fold almonds into mixture.
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