3 Festive Diabetes-Friendly Recipes

Mouthwatering Feast for Diabetics

Preparing a feast for family members with diabetes does not have to be difficult. When you think about it, a healthy diabetic diet consists of fewer carbohydrates and calories with increased fiber and healthy fats—which practically covers most diets of healthy eaters nowadays. This season, treat yourself or your loved ones to a mouthwatering holiday feast with our diabetes-friendly recipes!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Start your festivities with this crowd pleaser. This dip has always been a party staple that many don’t realize makes this a perfect appetizer for diabetics with just a few tweaks.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 5 light garlic and herb cheese wedges
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. light sour cream
  • 3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Boil spinach and artichokes in a small pot with a cup of water until tender. Drain liquid and set aside spinach and artichokes.

Melt cheese wedges over low heat. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Continue cooking for up to two minutes then add spinach and artichoke. Stir and cook for an additional two minutes.

Serve in a colorful bowl with a variety of vegetables, such as celery, carrot, cucumber and zucchini slices. You may also opt for whole-wheat crackers.

Slow-Cooked Pork Roast

As the star of the festivities, this main dish is easy to make. You can start cooking in the morning or the night before and completely forget about it until it’s time to eat! This diabetes-friendly pork roast is packed with so many delicious flavors, you may want to make it into a holiday tradition.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 to 4 lbs. boneless pork loin roast

Combine the first nine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for three minutes.

Coat a skillet with cooking spray and brown the pork roast on all sides. You may cut the roast in half if it’s too large for the skillet.

Place the pork roast in a slow cooker. Pour over the sauce making sure that you coat the pork roast thoroughly. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours or until the meat becomes tender. Let the roast stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Warm Apple Cinnamon Cobbler

Apples and cinnamon are the perfect combo during the holidays. This recipe is sugar-free and packed with loads of fiber from the apples, making it the perfect finish for your holiday feast.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar substitute (you may use artificial sweeteners or fructose)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F.

Place apples, water, cinnamon, cornstarch and sugar substitute in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes or until apples are soft and mixture is thickened. Pour apple mixture in a casserole dish.

Combine whole-wheat pastry flour and baking powder for the biscuit dough. Add oil and mix well. Follow this with the honey and buttermilk. Stir until flour mixture is moist. You may add additional buttermilk if necessary.

Scoop biscuit dough on top of apples and bake for 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Serve warm on its own or with low-fat frozen yogurt.

Everyone deserves a flavorsome feast during the holidays, and that includes diabetics, too. With these mouthwatering diabetes-friendly recipes, you will surely be looking forward to the next holiday feast!

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.