The recommended portion size for a slice of pie is the size of a deck of cards. Check out www.webmd.com for a portion size plate for portion sizes in relation to everyday objects, like a cinnamon roll equals the size of a hockey puck or a chocolate piece equals the size of a dental floss container.
Here are a few suggestions to gobble up:
- Desserts with more fiber and natural sugars will break down slowly, giving your body time to adjust to the rise in blood sugar. Look for desserts with 2-3g of dietary fiber per serving such as Whole Food's vegan pumpkin pecan pie and Delicious Livings' oatmeal-spelt apple crisp.
- The ADA recommends substituting spices for 1/3 of the sugar in recipes. Savory Spice Shop on 15th and Platte has fresh ground spices at great prices to enhance your holiday dishes.Try ADA's wine and spice soaked figs recipe for a decadent use of in season fruit and warming cinnamon spice.
- •Substitute sugar with sweeteners like Splenda or Stevia leaf. This Stevia Pumpkin Loaf uses gluten-free spelt flour.
- Go for a walk or engage in other physical activity before or after eating to help your body use the extra sugar instead of storing it as fat or causing a dangerous blood sugar rise.
And of course, remember to savor every bite!
Check out ideas for dinner here.