Diabetic-Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Apicha Community Health Center Nov 13, 2018  

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's hard not to be excited about all the delicious foods for this day of thanks. However, for many folks who are diabetic, Thanksgiving can be difficult to enjoy due to their health and diet restrictions.

Even though many Thanksgiving side dishes are high in sugar, there are plenty of recipes that are diabetic-friendly. We gathered a few diabetic-friendly Thanksgiving side dishes for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Diabetic-friendly Thanksgiving side dishes

 Caramelized Onion, Gruyere, and Bacon Spread: A great appetizer that'll have a hint of sweet from the caramelized onions, but protein from cheese and bacon will keep your blood sugar from spiking.

Green Beans with Toasted Almonds: These greens have a good amount of fiber, which will help offset anything high in sugar or empty carbs. Almonds are a great source of protein as well.


Roasted Butternut Squash with Mushrooms and Sage: Blood sugar levels can spike when eating white pasta or bread. Butternut squash is a great replacement for white grains and pasta as it won't spike glucose levels and has a good amount of fiber.


Scalloped Root Veggies: Instead of scalloped potatoes, try  this dish with parsnips and celery root, which are a bit lower in carbs.


Sage Turkey Stuffing: We all love stuffing. This recipe uses whole grain bread, omega-3 rich walnuts and cranberries.


Cranberry Sauce: You know no Thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce. This is a reduced sugar recipe, that is still just as sweet!

Looking for other ways to have a healthy holiday season? Here are some nutrition tips to follow as we go through the holidays. 

How can Apicha CHC help you with your nutrition?

For Apicha CHC’s primary care clinic patients, we provide individualized nutrition plans for people living with HIV, diabetes, pre-diabetes, hyperlipedemia, sports nutrition, dietary supplement evaluation, weight management, and people in the process of cross-gender hormone therapy.

It may be in your best interest to consult with a registered dietician that is culturally sensitive to your needs, and can help you with customized recommendations based on an assessment of your nutritional goals and needs.

Alan Lee is available and you can ask your Apicha primary care provider to schedule a one-on-one individual nutrition counseling to discuss your goals and customize a plan for you. For more information, click here.

What can I expect to happen during the initial consultation with the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist?

Initial nutrition appointments are centered around you and about building a foundation to learn more about your health history (i.e. are you living with a chronic illness?, knowing what medications you take, knowing what dietary supplements you take, eating and physical activity patterns, favorite foods, as well as food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities).

During the session, discussion will center on what will motivate you to make better choices as it relates to grocery shopping, meal planning, food label reading, as well as helping you set goals and prioritize best health decisions.


Ready to take action about your health?
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