One in 19 Coloradans are living with diabetes and many more are at risk of developing type II diabetes, especially people over 65. Take some time this holiday to talk to your loved ones about diabetes prevention and management over a healthy and balanced feast.
Here are some recipes and ideas to get you started:
Use the Quarter Method
Dr. Sarah Anderson, assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy, spent time over the past year counseling people with type II diabetes on meal planning. She recommends mentally dividing your plate into quarters:
- 1 quarter is filled with a carbohydrate such as garlic and herb mashed potatoes, herbed bread and vegetable stuffing, cranberry sauce with apple and sage, or a local multigrain dinner roll from Great Harvest Bread Co,
- 1 quarter represents a lean protein. like herb roasted turkey with fool proof gravy
- 2 quarters represent vegetable dishes such as mustard-glazed brussel sprouts with hazelnuts, pan roasted root vegetables, or a Thanksgiving salad.
Ideally, this is the way all your lunches and dinners should look to help you maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar. Get more tips on surviving Thanksgiving dinner at the American Diabetes Association website (ADA), www.diabetes.org.
See ideas for dessert here