Holiday Food Fun with Diabetic Needs!

You worked hard all year to keep your diabetes under control, don’t let the holidays throw you off! Of course, now’s the time to double down on last year’s resolution and put your health at the top of your list. We know it’s not easy when you’re surrounded by temptation; you’ll need to have a plan to stay on the right path. We’ve got you covered! First, read through these tried and true strategies for managing stress and temptation, so you can enjoy all the good times ahead without compromising your health.

Living with diabetes might be a challenge this time of year, but we promise you can control your blood sugar while you have a great time. In fact, it just takes a little extra planning and a little help. Further, we’ve collected some great recipes so you can indulge in all the flavors of the season, right down to the hot chocolate.

Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays and a very healthy new year!

Healthy Holiday Recipes

Hot Chocolate

  • 1 Cup lowfat milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Garnish with dark chocolate

Directions: Click for full instructions on preparation

Apple Cider Chicken – Serves 4

  • Master Chicken Sear*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons fresh minced thyme
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions: Click for full instructions on preparation

Chickpea and Yogurt Dip

  • 1 x 5.3 oz. container of Dannon® Light & Fit® Vanilla Greek Nonfat Yogurt with Zero Artificial Sweeteners
  • 1 x 15 oz. can low sodium garbanzo beans, lightly drained
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Sesame oil
  • Kosher salt to taste (optional)
  • Fresh Cut Veggies for Dipping

Directions: Click for full instructions on preparation

Chocolate Pudding “Cake”

  • 30 graham cracker squares (15 sheets broken in half), divided
  • 1.4 ounce box sugar-free, fat-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 ½ cups fat-free milk
  • 12 ounces fat-free whipped topping, thawed and divided
  • ¼ cup mini-chocolate chips

Directions: Click for full instructions on preparation

Scallop Potatoes

  • 6 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into thin strips
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • ½ cup shredded, reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Directions: Click for full instructions on preparation

Holiday Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries

  • Cooking Spary
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions: Click for full instructions on preparation


Finally, for more recipes and helpful holiday tips visit the links below!

Healthy Diabetes Resources for the Holidays

5 Healthy Eating Tips – Diabetes Education