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What Foods or Super Foods Should I Choose at Parties if I Have Diabetes?

Even though you have diabetes, you can still enjoy good food while celebrating at holiday gatherings.

According to the American Diabetes Association, some foods and super foods that are great choices at holiday gatherings include:

  • Beans – High in fiber and protein. Try using them in a chili recipe to warm up guests on chilly winter days.
  • Citrus fruit – Grapefruit and oranges are in season in the winter, making them less expensive and more readily available. Grab some citrus fruit as a snack or add it to your breakfast routine to help you feel full while gaining fiber and vitamin C.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Loaded with vitamin A and fiber, they’re a great alternative to regular potatoes. Lots of holiday meals already include sweet potatoes. Just skip or reduce the sugary toppings.
  • Whole grains – Instead of sticky buns for a holiday breakfast, try oatmeal with fruit added. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, potassium and other nutrients.
  • Nuts – Reach for a handful of nuts as a crunchy snack instead of potato chips. Nuts provide magnesium and fiber, and some even contain omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Berries – Blueberries, strawberries and any other berries are full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber, making them a great choice as a dessert option.

Talk to your doctor for more ideas about making good food choices during the holidays.

Learn more:

Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Isaac Corney, MD, Trotwood Physician Center; Ann DeClue, MD, Saadeddine Dughman, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Gary Fishbein, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Roger Goodenough, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; J. Wes Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Miguel Parilo, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Srikanth Sadhu, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Trisha Zeidan, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Miguel Parilo, MD, FACP, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Kristine Sun, MD; Premier Family Care of Mason;

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