How to have a diabeticfriendly Thanksgiving meal

first_imgThanksgiving is, for many, a day of indulgence. But for those with diabetes, overindulging could lead to a carbohydrate overload and high blood-sugar levels.With that in mind, the food services and diabetes nutrition staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center hosted a free cooking and tasting event, aimed at showing people how to cut the carbs from their Thanksgiving meal.“The average Thanksgiving meal is over 300 grams of carbs,” said Robin Hammon, a registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Legacy Salmon Creek. “What we’ve shown, you can get your carbs down to under 90 grams — and that’s with wine and dessert.”Hammon and dietitian Danielle Swearingen demonstrated for about 30 people how simple substitutions could make holiday favorites more diabetic friendly.“Even if you take just some of the ideas here, you’ll have a payoff,” Hammon told the group.Appetizers of chips, crackers and fruit, Hammon said, can quickly eat up a person’s carb budget. So she offered a tasty spin on another snack staple: veggies and ranch dip.The recipe, Easy Ranch Baby Carrots, uses a homemade ranch seasoning rather than creamy dip. Hammon tossed the baby carrots in olive oil and the ranch seasoning and roasted them in the oven for about 20 minutes.last_img read more