Just thinking about the smell of turkey, cranberry stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, brings on a surge of joyful memories of time spent with family. But if you live with diabetes, there’s a good chance you’re already counting the carbs in your Thanksgiving meal.
For people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, holiday meals can present a bit of a challenge when it comes to managing blood sugar levels.
The good news? With a few minor adjustments and some creative diabetes-friendly recipes, you can relax and enjoy this day of thanks.
1. Low-Carb Pumpkin Bread, Sausage, and Feta Stuffing
This stuffing recipe from I Breathe I’m Hungry uses low-carb pumpkin bread (recipe in ingredient list) as the base to keep the carb count low. The pork sausage, sage, and feta cheese help give the stuffing an extra boost of flavor.
Estimated carbs per serving: 8.4g
2. Spicy Sausage and Cheddar Stuffing
Estimated carbs per serving: 6g
3. Low-Carb Green Bean Casserole
Green beans, mushrooms, and onions are at the center of this traditional Thanksgiving dish. And with only eight grams of net carbohydrates per serving, you can enjoy this delicious casserole from Peace Love and Low Carb without any guilt.
Estimated carbs per serving: 7g
4. Pumpkin Spice Cake with Brown Butter Frosting
This mouth-watering Thanksgiving dessert from All Day I Dream About Food is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all of your guests. And the best part? Each serving only has 12 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 are from fiber!
Estimated carbs per serving: 12g
5. Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash
Estimated carbs per serving: 22.4g
6. Flourless Pumpkin Spice Cookies
The holidays can be tough when it comes to desserts (pies, cookies, and cakes galore), but this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on treating yourself. If pumpkin pie is one of your favorite feast-day indulgences, consider swapping it out for these pumpkin spice cookies from Milk and Honey Nutrition.
Estimated carbs per serving: 9.6g
Sara Lindberg, BS, M.Ed, is a freelance health and fitness writer. She holds a bachelor’s in exercise science and a master’s degree in counseling. She’s spent her life educating people on the importance of health, wellness, mindset, and mental health. She specializes in the mind-body connection, with a focus on how our mental and emotional well-being impact our physical fitness and health.