It’s a special occasion; so it’s perfectly fine if you want to enjoy a small portion of your favorite holiday dessert.
Wondering how to make it fit with your plan without disrupting your blood glucose levels? The trick is not to add extra carbohydrates from sweets to your meal. Instead, simply substitute a portion of dessert for another carbohydrate-containing food in your meal. Remember that most sweets contain a large amount of carbohydrate in a small serving, so portion size is very important.
Here are some examples that show how some of the dessert recipes we’ve featured this month can fit with your Thanksgiving meal...
Let's say your original meal consists of the following (about 45 grams of carbohydrate):
**To fit in a serving of our Low Fat Pumpkin Panna Cotta, half a slice of Scrumptious Pumpkin Bread, or two Gluten-Free Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies (these are all right around 15 grams of carbohydrate), you could:
Here’s another example:
Let's say your original meal consists of the following (about 65 grams of carbohydrate):
Think you've got the hang of it? There are many ways to substitute in a small treat for another carbohydrate food in your meal. Just remember that Thanksgiving is all about choices. Remember to plan ahead and think about what is most important to you this holiday. You may also be interested in our articles: Navigating the Thanksgiving Feast and Easy Steps to a Happy and Healthy Holiday.
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