July 4th Celebration and Diabetes

By MAYS Latest Reply 2015-05-25 10:56:52 -0500
Started 2010-06-27 10:58:03 -0500

Hickory smoked barbecue, potato salad, corn on the cob, watermelon … the smells and taste of summer fun !

As Independence Day (USA) approaches, what are your plans for celebrating it ?

What special diabetic friendly dish are you cooking or bringing to the celebration ?
(Besides yourself)

With the wide selection of foods available at the various celebrations, beaches, parks, cookouts, concerts and other social events, how will you do it ?

Will you continue to balance and manage your blood glucose level or will it soar to heavenly heights and explode like fireworks in the nighttime sky ?


16 replies

LindaAlbert 2015-05-25 10:56:52 -0500 Report

Memorial Day BBQ. I now make potato salad with as many non-starchy vegetables as potatoes, red bell peppers, onions and zucchini. More like potato vegetable salad. I add apple cider vinegar to the quartered, cooked small red potatoes so they soak it up while they are hot. I use equal parts mayonnaise and plain nonfat drained yogurt and go light on the dressing. Meat is rubbed with mix of finely ground rosemary, sage (pork), majoram, chervil (beef), salt and pepper, to sit overnight, then slow smoke cooked. Grilled asparagus with a little lemon flavored olive oil and a mixed greens salad with oil and vinegar dressing. Watermelon cubes with freshly chopped mint for dessert. Plain ice tea.

RAYT721 2010-06-29 17:42:19 -0500 Report

I am afraid that my meter might display "OMG" after I get done with the 4th; however, I have learned to eat smaller portions (but more frequently) so it's not going to be as bad as it used to be. I'll probably have a little steak, a little salad, a little beer, and just tell a few little white lies. :)

MAYS 2010-06-30 01:15:01 -0500 Report

It's a good thing that you don't have a talking meter !
We'll be looking forward to hearing some of those little white lies on monday.

ccritch 2010-06-28 08:07:10 -0500 Report

Hi Mays,

Well Potato salad is always the one of the best for me however I make my own out of red potatoes and ad half an apple, mustard and one tblspn of mayo. Then I will have chicken breast soaked in lite italian dressing and grill on the barbie, some green beans, and romaine lettuce w/ cucumber and tomatos. That is my ideal picnic. It will just be my husband my daughter and I.

God Bless and Everyone have a safe 4th of July!

alanbossman 2010-06-28 07:25:08 -0500 Report

Well i guess i will have portion size of food on plate dab of potato salad 1/4 of a corn on the cob some watermelon and applegate farms hot dog no bun, and a green salad with lite dressing. have great 4th of july Mays

MAYS 2010-06-28 17:09:21 -0500 Report

Alan, have a larger size portion of everything on me and enjoy the holiday with your family, take time out to enjoy the fireworks !

GabbyPA 2010-06-27 22:11:37 -0500 Report

I have a great marinade for grilling pork that is just lime juice, salt, pepper, thin sliced red peppers (the small ones are very nice) and LOTS of cumin. I do that overnight and grill it slow. That is a great yum, no carbs.

I also have a lemon whip recipe I found here that is wonderful.
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/recipes/490-lemon-whip That is great topped with blueberries. What I also do is replace the lemon with key lime juice and there you go...low carb key lime pie! It is a hit at every outing I bring it to.

I hope to be in a parade on July 4th, so I think I will be walking off any boo-boos that end up on my plate. LOL

MAYS 2010-06-28 02:08:56 -0500 Report

Gabby, thanks for the link, I'll have to try that recipe soon.
Enjoy both the parade and the celebration when the time comes, don't forget to tell us all about it.

monkeymama 2010-06-27 12:34:56 -0500 Report

Hello there MAYS!!! I have a very special diabetes friendly 4th of July planned. I am making a potatoless potato salad, strawberry fluff, homemade baked beans, diabetic friendly coleslaw, and burgers & hot dogs (maybe LEAN steak). For me, there will be no bun being used. Which I do not mind. I am forgoing the corn-on-cob because of all of the starch. I am going to try to balance everything all out and carb in everything that I consume into my insulin pump. I am hoping I can control and not allow myself to go high. So far, I have been pretty successful in making my holidays more friendly for diabetics (and my family). I am even going to bring "safe" snacks for me to eat.

Here is to wishing you have a wonderful 4th of July. I know I will and stay cool enjoying my day.

MAYS 2010-06-27 13:00:00 -0500 Report

Hello, and thanks for commenting !
It seems like you have it all planned out very well indeed.
I can only imagine how delicious it's going to taste, (save me a plate!).
Enjoy your holiday also and make it a safe and memorable one for all.
Why not post your recipes here at DC, so that other diabetics can enjoy your holiday treats ?


monkeymama 2010-06-27 13:13:01 -0500 Report

I will definitely post the strawberry fluff dessert for everyone. "Some" of the meals I make are tweeked to make them diabetic safe. I also get some of my recipes from just going online, dLife, here, and my magazines. LOL…I can live without the bun when it comes to my burgers and hot dogs (I like turkey and soy dogs). I'll post my fluff thing Tuesday or Wednesday, in time for the 4th of July.

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