Written by: Taylor Weber, MS
As the holidays are quickly approaching, it is easy to fall into the trap of sugary sweets and treats that can spike your blood sugar levels. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and if you have diabetes, you know that temptation is everywhere during the holidays. Don’t let the temptations get you off track. Try these tips & tricks to help you manage your diabetes:
- Don’t skip any meals in order to make room for the feast, it will be harder to control your blood sugar levels, you’ll be hungrier & most likely over eat!
- Enjoy a healthy snack BEFORE all of the festivities begin to protect yourself from over eating.
- Instead of over filling your plate, try enjoying smaller portions of a few favorites while sticking to the healthier side dishes, such as the vegetables to help curb your appetite.
- Limit the savory toppings for your main course, such as the gravy, butter, sour cream, etc.
- Slow it down while eating, you’ll feel fuller quicker and will be less likely to over eat.
- Focus on fresh fruit for dessert instead of indulging on cake, cookies, and pies.
If you are struggling with diabetes, don’t let the holidays get you off track. All it takes is a little preparation and some extra planning. Just stay on top of your blood sugar, check it more often, and follow these tips & tricks to help you manage more easily during the next upcoming months. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the treats, we can be festive while still eating our veggies – Try these Halloween Stuffed Peppers!
- 4 bell peppers
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 300˚F.
- Hollow out the bell peppers by cutting off the tops and removing the seeds, then rinse. For a festive jack-o’-lantern look, cut out triangles as eyes and a mouth with teeth.
- Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions.
- Place the bell peppers on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes to soften.
- Place the cooked quinoa in a large pot over low heat. Add the black beans and diced tomatoes, then season with salt and pepper. Continue to heat, stirring occasionally, until any liquid has evaporated.
- Spoon the mixture into the hollowed-out bell peppers, filling to the top.
- Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the bell peppers are soft but the filling isn’t too dry.
Makes 4 servings
Did you know that breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women of all race and ethnicities worldwide? October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and as a way to support women, raise awareness and educate the community about breast cancer our Nutrition Educator, Taylor Weber, MS, and Nutrition Intern, Titiana Huzien presented on Foods to Eat for Better Breast Health in our Wellness Wednesday workshop!