Thanksgiving Recipe: Diabetes-Friendly Sweet Potato Casserole

With fewer calories and more fiber than white potatoes, sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and significantly lower on the glycemic index. Further, research suggests that due to their high levels of beta-carotene, consuming sweet potatoes in moderation can actually help you keep your blood sugars in check.

For this reason, and the fact that it’s absolutely delicious, sweet potato casserole is one of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

That being said, when prepared as a casserole, it’s frequently loaded with brown sugar, which isn’t necessarily great for people with diabetes who are trying to avoid some dietary pitfalls this Turkey Day. Fortunately, nutritionist Karen Roth is here to help.

In the video below she offers her diabetes-friendly take on the classic sweet potato casserole, which substitutes coconut palm sugar. This alternate sweetener is only a 35 on the glycemic index, making it a much healthier option!

Check it out, and get the full recipe here:

Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below! Happy Thanksgiving!


L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.

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