Carolyn Bell, RDN – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Love your family and friends with delicious holiday treats that won’t spike blood sugar levels. 29.1 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, and another 86 million Americans have prediabetes. The amount of carbohydrates consumed at one meal can affect blood sugar (glucose) levels; too many cause blood sugar spikes. If you have the gift of creating tasty foods and want to cook for someone with diabetes, here are a few simple tips to help you know how to make foods that are more diabetic friendly.
- Choose recipes with lower grams of carbohydrates per serving.
- Main Courses – approximately 45 total grams of carbohydrate for a meal.
- Snacks – approximately 20 total grams of carbohydrate.
- Spiralize zucchini and squash to replace pastas which are high in carbohydrates.
- Use sugar substitutes for baking holiday treats. Splenda and Whey Low (wheylow.com) work well when baking.
- Meat, fish, nuts, oils, cheese and vegetables are very low in carbohydrates.