Secrets to a Healthy Holiday Table for Diabetics

Having guests this holiday season? Going to a pot luck? If you are, there are many ingredients you can slip into your foods that are good for you, as well as your guests! Try including some of these ingredients.

Fish

Why not make a lovely seafood dinner for a holiday meal? Fish is not only perfect for casual and fancy dinners alike, but it is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Serve up some salmon steaks or baked rainbow trout.

Cinnamon

The scent and flavor of cinnamon is closely associated with the holidays, and that's great news considering how cinnamon is packed with antioxidants. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and cuts the risk of heart disease. It's also known for improving insulin sensitivity, so whip up a nice cinnamon bread or cinnamon baked apples for your holiday dessert.

Sweet Potatoes

Skip the candied yams and sweet potato pie—they’re loaded with unnecessary fat and sugar. Instead, put some fresh roasted sweet potatoes on the table. You can brush them with a little olive oil and roast till tender. Serve sprinkled with some pumpkin pie spice blend, or mash them with some pineapple juice to bring out the sweetness.

Chocolate

That's right-- you don't have to skip the chocolate. Just stick to dark chocolates that are more than 70 percent pure. Dark chocolate helps improve circulation. Make a steaming mug of hot dark chocolate, or indulge in some home-made dark chocolate dip with cut fruit.

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