Monday, November 14, 2011

Rethinking Thanksgiving

With turkey day fast approaching, many folks are trying to figure out the delicate balance between family feast and whacking their waistline. The key is simply rethinking old favorites and applying modern makeovers. When it comes down to it a diabetic friendly holiday spread is good for anyone in the house!
A recent Diabetes Forecast magazine article expressed the sentiment we all share, “Looking forward to the season of turkey and stuffing – but not the season of stuffing yourself. (Webb and Springer, 2011)”
From the main course to the divine dessert; tasty, easy and healthy options can makeover any holiday dinner with ease. I’m willing to bet survey results will show that holiday side dishes and desserts contribute the most (empty) calories to our diets during this time of year. Have no fear, ……
·         The Main Course – downsize
o   From full bird to breast only, the star of the evening can still be as sumptuous and satisfying as the typical holiday turkey.
o   Season turkey breast with a mixture of thyme, sage, rosemary, vegetable broth and dry white wine
·         Sides to savor – zest up the veggies and change the stuffing
o   Holiday side dishes can wreck havoc on the best laid plans to mind your calories. By adjusting the ingredients and exercising portion control, a little will go a long way and your taste buds won’t miss a thing.
o   Use almonds or hazelnuts and lemon zest with sesame seed oil to make vegetables sizzle.
o   Butternut Squash Soup
§  4 cup fresh orange juice
§  1 mango, peeled & chopped
§  4 cup butternut squash, small chunks
§  8 dates, pitted & chopped
§  1 teaspoon curry
§  Combine ingredients in blender.
§  Add water as needed for desired thickness
§   Serve ;~)
o   Brown Rice Dressing  
§  2 cups cooked brown rice
§  1 small onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
§  ½ cup currants
§  1 small apple, cored & chopped
§  ½ teaspoon each chopped basil
§   ½ teaspoon each celery seeds
§  2 tablespoon sesame oil
§  Combine all ingredients in large sauté pan. Sauté, stirring frequently for approximately 10 minutes and Serve ;~)
o   Marinate the greens
·         Divine desserts – how sweet it is, but portion control is king
o   Eliminate the white sugar, replace with sweeteners like agave nectar, honey, black strap molasses
For more recipes visit

 Webb, R., Springer, S., (November 2011). Building a Better Holiday Season. Diabetes Forecast. Page 41

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda
Be-fit, Inc.       313-874-2348   

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