Christmas Recipes-Controlling your Blood Sugar

 

Christmas recipe card

It is that time of year again when we meet with friends and family, “cook up a storm,” laugh, talk and have a merry time. Today, we will focus on some Christmas recipes, which will be perfect in controlling your blood sugar in the event you are diabetic.

It could be that you are searching for recipes for a diabetic friend or relative, or maybe, you finally decided to treat yourself, family and friends to a healthier Christmas. Whatever your reason for visiting this website, you are welcomed and I invite you to continue reading for some delicious recipes for not just Christmas, but for use during the entire year.

Celebrations Galore

Let me remind you that what we eat can have a significant effect on our blood glucose. It is for this reason that you are being cautioned during the Christmas season. I purposely said “season” for a specific reason.

Yes, we have a tendency to be extremely happy this time of year and we eat all the wonderful foods and the exotic drinks which accompany Christmas. But, we start celebrating long before Christmas Day. I am sure you get the drift by now.

Christmas Concerts

We have the Christmas Concerts at school for our children and grandchildren, which makes us happy, especially when our children/grandchildren are performing.

Yes, I can see the broad smiles on your face at this very moment. So, you know what we do during and after the Christmas concerts when we get happy? Yes, we eat. We celebrate with food.

Christmas Lunch, Dinner, and Party

Oh my, what about the Christmas Lunch/Dinner/Party at the office? Not only do you have yours to attend, but that of your husband, wife or significant other. Hey, sometimes our friends invite us to their office party too. Yes, I see the broad smiles again and I am happy that you are getting the drift. Once again, we are happy and yes, we celebrate with food and drink.

The aroma from these parties and concerts are filled with ham, turkey, pork, chicken, beef, oxtail, Grandmas’ Christmas Cake and we must remember the sorrel, egg nog and the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Yes, there is no shortage of food.

The More the Merrier?

Guess what? We are still in the Christmas season. Yes, we have not yet arrived at Christmas Day. Hey, it gets sweeter too. This year we have the real Christmas Day on the 25th, which is a Sunday and so we have a bonus Christmas Day on Monday because we also get to celebrate this as Christmas Day as well.

Yes, the more the merrier. Sorry, my friend, this is not the case with diabetes. I am definitely not the “Grinch who stole Christmas,” but, I would like to ensure that my diabetic readers and myself are aware of how easy it is to have a consistent spike in our blood glucose during the entire Christmas season.

I hope and pray that we will bear this in mind and take the necessary steps to prevent extraordinarily high blood sugar during this season.

A Difficult Road 

Let us return to the celebrations. Some of us also like to spend time with our friends during this Christmas season, leaving us with the Christmas Day to celebrate and spend quality time with family members. Yes, so we invite and are invited to tea, brunch and dinner. Hmm, more food and we are still not at the 2 days of Christmas.

 

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Readers, I am sure you are getting the drift. I know someone who spent a part of the Christmas season in the hospital because she just could not say “NO’ to all the food and drink.

Parties and dinners can be hard for diabetics. Yes, we can pretty much eat what others are eating, but we must obey the portion guidelines. I also find that where I have the will power to be obedient to these guidelines, I am sometimes a little stressed by people, out of the goodness of their hearts, asking if this is all I am going to eat.

Prioritize Now

However, as diabetics, who are determined to be diabetic-free, or at least control our blood glucose, we must ensure that we do what is right and safe for the sake of good health. Whenever I see food now, at the forefront of my mind is that I need to ensure that I do not get a sudden and high spike in my blood glucose.

I am determined to stay away from hospital beds and medical caregivers, and so I am now more motivated to say a polite “no, but thanks for offering.” I have no problems asking for the fruit and vegetable salads. Yes, and I told you before, I also eat meat, nuts, and seeds.

The Curtains are Drawn

So, here we are now, finally- Christmas Day, and what a pleasing aroma as the smell of foods, cooked lovingly by family members, some of whom are meeting for the first time and others have not seen each other since…Yes, we saved up for this day, pooled our resources and we are rolling out the red carpet and spreading the tables with just about every favorite food for the season.

Yes, we pay little attention to carbs and sweet on this day, and we foolishly repeat the cliché, “Christmas comes once per year.” Yes, and that is all you may need to get a heart attack, a stroke or be in a diabetic coma.

I do not plan to be diplomatic at this point. I know some people need a hard talking and so I am ensuring that I speak tough to myself as well. It is not worth it. Be moderate in what you eat and drink. Make healthy choices and lower your blood glucose. You are worth it. We are worth it. We deserve to have a normal blood glucose and it is possible.

Yes, you are ready for those recipes. Here we go. I will begin with a breakfast idea. Please stay tuned.

Nuts, Seeds, Berries and Oatmeal Sizzle 

For four (4) adults, you will need:

  1. Two cups steel-cut oats soaked overnight in 2 cups of water
  2. Two cups water
  3. One cup whole milk
  4. Honey to sweeten (I use one diced ripe banana for my sweetener)
  5. Four tablespoons ground flax seed
  6. Four tablespoons finely chopped nuts (almonds, pecans or walnuts)
  7. One cup berries (strawberries, blackberries and raspberries)
  8. A pinch of grated nutmeg
  9. A pinch of cinnamon
  10. A pinch of salt

Preparation the night before:

  1. Soak the oats in water and leave in the refrigerator
  2. Use a food processor to chop the nuts
  3. Slice the berries and place in the refrigerator

Method:

  1. In a saucepan with a thick base, combine the oats and the water
  2. Add the salt and nutmeg
  3. Bring to a boil on low to medium flame, stirring constantly to prevent sticking
  4. Let it simmer for 4 to 5 minutes (remember to stir). The porridge will get thick in this time frame
  5. Add the milk and ensure that the flame is on low. Stir until the milk is warm. I sometimes warm the milk and then add it to the oats porridge
  6. Divide into bowls
  7. Sweeten with a little honey or add ripe banana
  8. Add one tablespoon of the berry mixture
  9. Add one tablespoon of the nuts
  10. Sprinkle a little cinnamon and flax seed

Please note that the above can be served as part of your Christmas breakfast. This way, the diabetic could eat a smaller portion of a healthy, diabetic-friendly breakfast and still have room for a slice of ham and some fruits.

Please see below for a fruit salad. I strongly suggest serving a good portion of fruits every morning and make some available during the day for the diabetics celebrating with you this joyous season.

Fruit Salad for Christmas

Ingredients:

  • Honey Dew Melon
  • Green apples with peel
  • Kiwi
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries

Method:

  1. Peel the skin from the honeydew melon and dice the melon (1/4 and 1/2 inch pieces).
  2. Use the diced honeydew melon to form a Christmas tree shape in a serving tray. You can use foil paper to cut the shape and place this in the bottom of the tray.
  3. Use the cherries (stems removed) to form a second layer of fruits next to the honeydew melon. Please note that the honeydew melon was the first layer.
  4. Thinly slice the apples and use the slices to form the third layer inside the tree.
  5. Slice the strawberries and use them to form the fourth layer.
  6. Fill the remaining space with kiwi slices, with raspberries in each slice.

Please, do not stress over the design. It is good for the picture, but, our stomachs couldn’t care less what it looks like. I am not encouraging you to create something unappealing, but the idea is to use a combination of red and green fruits to capture the Christmas colors and to create a lovely fruit salad for all to enjoy and to ensure that our blood glucose remains in the normal range or at least close.

Also feel free to use whatever fruits you can find. Just remember that fruits help us to keep our blood sugar low and so I am suggesting that we serve lots of fruits and vegetables for the season.

I will now share with you a ham recipe, which can be served as a part of breakfast and dinner. Ham is a Christmas favorite which diabetics can enjoy in moderation.

Honey Glazed Ham

 Honey glazed ham ingredients.Honey glazed ham method

Sweet potatoes are excellent for diabetics. Please read this article about the sweet potato and the positive effects on blood glucose. With that said, kindly peruse the Sweet Potato Casserole below.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Grate the skin of two oranges
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Whipped topping
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • The juice from 1/2 of a small orange
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/2 cup pecans or cashew (chopped)

Method:

  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a large enough saucepan and cover with water.
  2. Bring this to a boil, turn to medium flame and cook for about 12 minutes, until tender.
  3. Drain well.
  4. Use a potato masher to mash in the saucepan in which it was cooked.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Use cooking spray, or just a little oil to coat an 8-inch baking dish.
  7. In a bowl, whisk coconut oil, honey and eggs.
  8. Add mashed sweet potatoes and mix well.
  9. Add milk, vanilla, salt and the grated orange peel and stir.
  10. Place the mixture in the greased baking dish.

Preparing the topping:Purple sweet potatoes

  1. Mix flour, brown sugar, oil, butter and orange juice in a bowl.
  2. Use a fork to blend until it is crumbly.
  3. Add pecans or cashews and stir.

Continue with the Method:

  1. Sprinkle on top of the sweet potato mixture.
  2. Bake the casserole until the top is a nice and light brown color (about 35 to 40 minutes).
  3. Serve with whipped cream and, enjoy.

Conclusion

As we ensure that we continue the fight to become diabetic-free or at least to control our blood glucose, let us pay keen attention to what we eat during the Christmas season. Let us continue to make our lifestyle change our priority and have the best Christmas ever and an even better 2017.

 


 

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6 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Great recipes! So regarding the Nuts, Seeds, Berries and Oatmeal Sizzle recipe, can whole milk be substituted with a lower caloric count milk? For the past weeks I have been drinking unsweetened almond milk and it is not as bad I thought (taste wise). Moving forward it is going to be my go to milk. Can I use that instead?


    1. // Reply

      Udoh, I am happy you like the recipes. I will be giving away a free e-book of easy to prepare recipes for Christmas. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter in order to receive your free copy. Yes, I love using almond milk as well. It is a great choice. Merry Christmas Udoh.


  2. // Reply

    This was really helpful, thank you! My father-in-law is diabetic, but he pretends he isn’t… or maybe he just doesn’t want to bother us with it and needs meds when we’re not looking LOL. Either way, this is a great place for me to start for planning some tasty recipes and treats for him that won’t bother his system. I particularly like the nuts recipes! What a great idea for a little “gift” idea for him!
    Merry Christmas!


    1. // Reply

      Marlaine, I am happy you find the article to be helpful. Yes, the seed and nuts are my favorite too. Let me know if he likes it. Do encourage your father-in-law to make wise choices for the season. Merry Christmas Marlaine.


  3. // Reply

    Love the article Josephine. Great read and wonderful meal ideas! Looking forward to having some of these this weekend!


    1. // Reply

      Juliet, I am happy you loved the recipes, but I am even happier to know that you enjoyed your Christmas meals. It was lovely when you commented on each meal. It certainly was nice seeing you for Christmas. Have yourself a wonderful 2017.

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