Thanksgiving 2009

By MarineMomX2 Latest Reply 2009-11-16 11:23:53 -0600
Started 2009-11-10 20:43:08 -0600

Well, the one holiday usually known for cooking, eating and watching football is quickly approaching. With both my boys gone I don't do the big meal thing anymore and volunteer to cook at the Legion Post instead. But, here lately my mailbox is filled daily with recipes, tips and suggestions for diabetic and non-diabetic meal tips. The one that got my attention today was that 2 slices of cranberry sauce (the jelly kind) had more sugar in it than a King-Size Snicker bar! Got me to thinking, well there goes the cranberry sauce… What do you do differently for your Thanksgiving dinner nowadays. Portion control has to be a factor, less sugar in the dessert area…what else???

21 replies

RobinD 2009-11-16 03:45:21 -0600 Report

This will be my 2nd Thanksgiving as a diabetic so I just plan on portion control and moderation. No mashed potatoes or gravy for me, baked sweet potato, steamed green beans, 4 ozs turkey, 1/2 cup stuffing, and YES cranberry sauce. That I just plain don't care, I will have it. I make mine from scratch though.

immilagro 2009-11-14 12:25:28 -0600 Report

Well, i think this is the hardest part for me ,when it comes to holidays because,my family loves to bring all different soarts of foods !And very hard to resist ,but what i try doing is cut out all the snacks so i can atleast have a descent amt of food on my plate! And i just serve a little from each kind of foods! And of course drink lots of water before,my meal so im not so hungry!

ginagirlio 2009-11-14 11:09:32 -0600 Report

I plan on making mashed cauliflower, low carb stuffing using low carb bread, and I am going to try making a low carb cranberry jello type thing using sugar free cranberry cocktail drink and gelatin, and putting fresh cranberries in it. For dessert I am making a low carb cheescake with blueberry sauce and a low carb pumpkin pie. Not missing anything here!!

Tammy_Nutter69 2009-11-14 10:25:54 -0600 Report

I am on a list for a pancreas transplant, I have Juvenile Diabetes, and am considered brittle. Before I can get my transplant, I have to watch my carbs very, very carefully.

I have planned my Thanksgiving dinner ahead, although I love everything about the normal dinner delectables, I will have to watch. I intend to have turkey, green beans, a squash casserole, (no bread, just veggies), and one sugar free piece of pumpkin or apple pie, minus the crust. Sounds kind of sparse, but, most of the things I will choose for myself are things I love anyway.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone, and God Bless

Kira_xo 2009-11-11 10:55:00 -0600 Report

Oh sheesh! Don't remind me of all the wonderful holiday meals! lol. I looked at my mom yesterday and said "Go figure, I get diagnosed with diabetes RIGHT before the holiday season! How am I going to say "no" to all the good food??

My doctor gave me a diabetic cook book and some of the recipes actually look really good, soo I think I am going to make quite a few of them and bring them to the family pot luck dinner. That way I'm still eating good, and my family can have a glimpse of what healthy tastes like.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-11-11 12:26:34 -0600 Report

Hang in there, friend. You can still enjoy much of the Thanksgiving meal. Especially the turkey!

It really comes down to portion control and being creative with some of the side dishes. Check out the Crustless Pumpkin Pie recipe for a low-carb dessert option ( And then like 80sgirl71 said above, pick and choose how you will "spend" your carbs for the meal. She has to have stuffing, so she cuts out other carbs that don't matter as much to her.

It can still be a great day.

Goose - 81219
Goose - 81219 2009-11-12 21:36:21 -0600 Report

Hang in there young lady. some people say when you first get type2 diabetes you can reverse it or it can be almost undetectable. If you work on taking good care of your self.
Good Luck

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-11-11 10:52:24 -0600 Report

So the comparison between the cranberry sauce and the Snickers is a little exaggerated—but not by much. Two 1/2-inch slices of cranberry sauce contain 44 grams of carbohydrates. A king-size Snickers contains 73 grams of carbs. However, the regular size Snickers is 37 grams!

Cranberry sauce is definitely one of those places where extra carbs can sneak onto your plate.

Here's a link to some Thanksgiving tips I wrote in past years.

Harlen 2009-11-11 09:48:08 -0600 Report

LOL I eat it any way but only 1/2 slice
I gave up the beer and only just a bit of the sweets and longgggg walks befor and after each snaks lol do the wi with the kids lol thats going to kill me lol
other then that I go for it lol
Best wishes all

80sgirl71 2009-11-11 10:10:44 -0600 Report

The holidays are one of the hardest times for me. But there are many different options. I have made fresh cranberries with splenda. They are pretty good, but a little tart. I had to add extra splenda to get them sweet. I make two different pumpkin pies. One made with sugar and one made with splenda. The pumpkin pie is great. And if you want to reduce your carb intake you can bake it like a custard and omit the crust. To prepare my self for the upcoming feast, I plan my meal out in my mind before Thanksgiving gets here. My favorite thing is stuffing. So I will use all my carb intake on that. I stay away from the poto's and bread. And if you over do it, just go take a brisk walk around the block a couple of times. Good luck with your holiday dinners.

judy makowski
judy makowski 2009-11-15 18:51:25 -0600 Report

Unfortunately I'm with you. I have to have my stuffing. I say unfortunately only because I used to eat it for a snack, for breakfast etc. Now it's all different.

I don't have a problem resisting sweets my problem is food that is good for you lol
Sweet potatoes are lower on the glysemic index so don't raise bs as high or as fast regulat potatoes. Still have to watch portions though.

So far I have lost 10 lbs. and am hoping if I can get down enough I will be able to stop some of the meds I am on.

It's difficult for me to exercise due to pain and some other problems and my doc said I could only walk slowly (which is good cause thats as fast as I can walk lol)

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and blessing on everyone.

Susie624 2009-11-11 06:31:56 -0600 Report

in place of cranberry sauce has anyone tried fresh cranberries prepared using splenda.I know Im going to have to try it dont think I can live with out my cranberries.

Karen(Lamb)Garber 2009-11-14 05:18:39 -0600 Report

Hello…I'm new here but I am a pretty good cook…or so I am told! LoL
Fresh Cranberries Chutney. I found the recipe in some cookbook years ago. I substituted Splenda for the sugar and it came out delicious! I'll look here for a place to put the recipe!

Anonymous 2009-11-15 16:42:28 -0600 Report

I've made cranberry relish with Splenda and it worked great. I also found a recipe in today's Sunday magazine that I am going to play with to make a cranberry side. It calls for orange juice, apricot jam, sugar, ginger and dried apricots. I am going to substitute all fruit apricot jam and splenda for the sugar. I think it will taste great, it probably won't be as thick as when cooked with real sugar. That can be addressed by cooking a bit longer to reduce and concentrate juices. Love to experiment. I just spent the afternoon modifying sloppy joe recipe. With ground turkey put in garlic, extra onion, twice the green pepper, celery, left out added sugar. This has passed hubby's taste test (and mine) so I'm happy (and the house smells so good - Don;t need to eat - just inhale deeply..LOL

cussinwolf 2009-11-10 21:34:47 -0600 Report

We make sure that we have a big bowl of special recipe mashed cauliflower next to the potatoes. Cook cauliflower in chicken broth, drain , add some parmesan or cheddar cheese and whip. I never liked cooked cauliflower and tried boiling it in water. Secret is in the chicken broth!

Goose - 81219
Goose - 81219 2009-11-12 21:42:52 -0600 Report

does this really taste like potatoes? because i would love to trick my diabetic with this dish and say it was potatoes.

cussinwolf 2009-11-12 23:16:44 -0600 Report

It does not taste exactly like potatoes so you can not trick someone into believing it is potatoe. Maybe you can tell them it is some dietetic potatoe substitute? LOL Starches like potatoes , regular pasta ,white bread and rice are poison for me. My BG goes higher if I eat them than if I eat a candy bar! I use whole grain pasta and bread and brown rice. Searched low carb web sites and found all kind of "fake taters" all of them cauliflower based. Even found fake rice but I like the brown and havent tried the fake. Won't hurt to try it. Even put gravy on it. As far as cranberry sauce recipes people are talking about…I like the jelled kind and I am going to be experimenting with a no added sugar recipe I found. Will let you know how it turns out.

Hinboyz3 2009-11-10 21:14:28 -0600 Report

Well MarineMomX2, you hurt my feelings I just love a slice of cranberry sauce with my turkey and dressing. But yes for a lot of us it will be different. I already got all my recipes all together for my special day that I can eat, thanks to everyone here at diabetic connect that post those nice recipes. Wow!! all that sugar has me to thinking too your not alone. We all have to do whats right if we want our sugar levels to be where they need to be.