Diabetic-Friendly Thanksgiving Favorites

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! After all, what’s better than a day full of family, friends, football, and food? We don’t want you to stress about indulging in the feast this year, so we’ve compiled a list of diabetes-friendly recipes that can help you avoid dietary pitfalls and allow you to eat, drink, and keep your blood glucose levels in check this holiday.

7. Classic Roast Turkey

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Turkey is the central ingredient in most Thanksgiving dinners. It’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates, but it’s easy to consume unnecessary fat and calories in the entrée. Avoid these hidden landmines by removing the skin from your portion and selecting white meat over dark. Check out this recipe from 12 Tomatoes for a healthy option that’s low in calories and fat.

6. Sweet Potato and Ginger Soup

Candied sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple. However, they’re also full of sugar that can throw a wrench in a diabetic diet. Try substituting the high-carb, high-sugar side dish for this tasty and healthy soup. Added bonus: it’s super easy to make!

Click the Next button below to get a wonderful “mashed potatoes” recipe you’ll love!

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5. Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

This holiday favorite can be made healthier with a few tweaks. By substituting canned green beans for fresh and swapping the traditional sauce for the low-calorie version provided in this recipe, you can reduce your fat, carbs, and sodium. This side dish should be consumed in moderation, as the modified version still contains 14 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

4. Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

One cup-sized serving of this delicious version of the Thanksgiving essential contains a mere 6 grams of carbohydrates. Traditional mashed potatoes? The same serving size boasts a whopping 35 grams. By swapping the potatoes for cauliflower, you can reduce your carbs and calories while boosting your intake of Vitamins K and C. Check out the easy-to-follow tutorial below.

You can’t go wrong with this cranberry relish recipe on the next page!

3. Fresh Cranberry Relish

We all remember the cranberry sauce from our childhoods. The can-shaped gelatinous blob was pretty polarizing— you either loved it or hated it. Swapping out the canned stuff for a homemade version with fresh cranberries, is an easy way to up your side-dish game in just about every way. The vividly colored dish is low in calories and carbs, and contains significantly less sugar than its counterpart. Try Diabetic Cooking’s recipe to transform this dish into a delicious favorite that everyone will love.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts


This superfood makes an excellent side dish in any Thanksgiving feast. Not only are Brussels sprouts low in calories and carbs, they are also a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Roasting them helps enhance their natural flavor, while also maintaining their low-calorie status. Toss them in extra-virgin olive oil and a little pepper, and bake them at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until crisp. Want to dress them up for the holiday? Try adding chopped onion and diced extra-lean turkey bacon. Just make sure to account for the add-ons!

Saved room for dessert? The next page has a delicious pumpkin pie recipe!

1. Pumpkin Pie

No need to pass on dessert! It’s a holiday, and the pumpkin pie is one of the best parts of the whole meal! Some simple alterations to the traditional recipe can turn a dessert normally loaded in sugar, carbs, fat, calories, and sodium, into a diabetic-friendly treat. Check out the video below for an easy to follow guide.

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