2002-11-09 / Community

Tips On Healthy Holiday Eating For Diabetics

Tips On Healthy Holiday Eating For Diabetics

Many Americans come face to face with temptation this time of year as they attend parties and family gatherings. Holiday cookies, cakes, candy and treats abound and it seems everyone is serving large meals. For people living with diabetes, healthy holiday eating is essential because proper weight management is very important to maintaining good health.

Physicians understand the challenges for diabetics during the holiday season. Fouad R. Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the City of Hope Gonda Diabetes Center in Los Angeles, says: "In addition to rich foods and holiday stresses, people step out of their usual routines. For individuals with diabetes, this can be an especially challenging time of year. Diabetics must maintain vigilance over their blood-sugar levels, their medication, their diet and exercise."

People living with diabetes can successfully maintain their diets during the holiday season if they take care to adapt traditional recipes to reduce sugar, fats and carbohydrates.  Here are two suggested recipes:

Egg Nog

4 cups fat-free milk

1-cup egg substitute

Sugar substitute to equal 4 Tablespoons of sugar

1 Tablespoon rum extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla

Ground nutmeg

Combine milk, egg substitute, sugar substitute and extract. Beat with rotary beater or electric mixer until well blended. Chill thoroughly. Stir before serving and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Exchanges: 1/2 carbohydrate ex change (1/2 milk) Total Carbohydrates: 6 grams Calories: 50

Frozen Pumpkin Spice Supreme

1-quart vanilla no sugar added ice cream

1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin

1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (or teaspoon cinnamon,

1/2 teaspoon allspice and

1/2 teaspoon ginger)

16 gingersnap cookies

Soften ice cream at room temperature for 10 minutes. Mix pumpkin and spices until well blended. Spoon into 16 custard cups. Wrap well in plastic wrap. Freeze. Let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with a gingersnap cookie.

Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate exchange (1 starch) Total Carbohydrates: 16 grams: Calories: 80

For more information about diabetes research and treatment at the City of Hope Gonda Diabetes Center, please call 1-800-826-HOPE or visit www.cityofhope.org.

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