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Cherry Holidays

Cherry Cobbler

A dessert with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners does not need to be a disappointing compromise on the holiday table, and this dish is all the proof you’ll need. During the winter holidays, fresh cherries aren’t available, so look for frozen. They’ll work just as well. Topped with whole grains and sweetened with fiber-rich dates, this dessert will be safer for diabetic guests, more nutritious for everyone, and loved by all.

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Red & Green Delight

Mediterranean Roasted Broccoli & Tomatoes

The varying color of vegetables provides wonderful opportunities to echo the colors of the season on your table to add festive cheer and great nutrition in a single dish. If red and green aren’t your decor colors for the holiday season, consider using the flavorful elements of this dish with veggies that are. Cauliflower could bring in white, and purple potatoes a hint of blue. More veggies on the table, no matter the color, means healthier holidays for all.

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A Dip For All Occasions

Garlic White Bean Dip

Bean dips are an awesome genre to play with during the holidays. Made with enough flavorful veggies like onion and garlic, they don’t have to incorporate large amounts of salt or fat to be delicious. They’re also perfect for dipping colorful veggies in, and when you’re trying to manage blood sugar through careful eating choices, flavorful, low-calorie, high-fiber, and high-protein options are a treasure to find at a holiday party.

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Give Some Thought to Food Gifts

Quick Black Bean Mexican Soup

Feeding others or providing edible holiday gifts is a long held tradition, and we’re all for it! Giving food gifts—especially homemade ones—is an act that comes from the heart and shows care and consideration. And that’s what you’re going for when you give a food gift, right? Purchased food gifts of high-quality provisions or local specialties are also welcomed by most (I myself love getting those nice boxes of citrus fruit) and the convenience factor for the giver cannot be beat.

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Diabetic-Friendly Celebration Recipes

Spiced Nuts

During the holidays, we gather with friends and family to lavish each other with love…often in the form of food. As much as we all enjoy the sweets this time of year, they can be rough on our systems. That’s true of everyone, but especially true of people with conditions like diabetes who need to watch their food carefully to manage their blood sugar safely. This year, why not show your love by adding in one or two options to help your guests manage their health?

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Managing Diabetes During the Holidays

Garlic White Bean Dip

On a normal day, managing diabetes requires constant attention to blood sugar levels and thoughtful choices in your diet. During the holidays, things get even more complicated for diabetics. Parties, travel, and a never-ending barrage of sugary treats can disrupt their routine and create a real health challenge. I’ve compiled some tips from the CDC and the American Diabetes Association to help people with diabetes enjoy a healthy holiday season.

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