With turkey day fast approaching, many folks are trying to figure out the delicate balance between family feast and whacking their waistline. The key is simply rethinking old favorites and applying modern makeovers. When it comes down to it a diabetic friendly holiday spread is good for anyone in the house!
From the main course to the divine dessert; tasty, easy and healthy options can makeover any holiday dinner with ease. I’m willing to bet survey results will show that holiday side dishes and desserts contribute the most (empty) calories to our diets during this time of year. Have no fear, ……
The Main Course – downsize
o From full bird to breast only, the star of the evening can still be as sumptuous and satisfying as the typical holiday turkey.
o Season turkey breast with a mixture of thyme, sage, rosemary, vegetable broth and dry white wine
Sides to savor – zest up the veggies and change the stuffing
o Holiday side dishes can wreck havoc on the best laid plans to mind your calories. By adjusting the ingredients and exercising portion control, a little will go a long way and your taste buds won’t miss a thing.
o Use almonds or hazelnuts and lemon zest with sesame seed oil to make vegetables sizzle. More side dish ideas: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19904/holidays-occasions/thanksgiving/side-dishes/
Butternut Squash Soup
4 cup fresh orange juice
1 mango, peeled & chopped
4 cup butternut squash, small chunks
8 dates, pitted & chopped
1 teaspoon curry
Combine ingredients in blender.
Add water as needed for desired thickness
Divine desserts – how sweet it is, but portion control is king
o Eliminate the white sugar, replace with sweeteners like agave nectar, honey, date syrup, date sugar, coconut nectar
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Yours in health – Dr. Velonda