Three Quick Tips Help Maintain Sugar Levels During Holiday Eating

by Libby Quigley, RD

As a registered dietitian, I know it’s hard to enjoy holiday buffets, grazing, and dinners when you’re watching sugar levels. Here are three quick tips that can help anyone eat more healthfully during this holiday season:

Redo the family favorites
For example; make cranberry relish or holiday pie with a sugar alternative. There’s at least one such product—all natural—that can be used in all types of cooking, hot and cold, without spiking glycemic blood sugar levels. It’s called Valta™ SugarBlend.

Watch serving sizes
You can enjoy just one medium slice of pecan pie (equaling about 63 carbs) OR the get the same number of carbs in 1/2 cup of stuffing + 1/2 cup of green beans + 1/2 cup mashed potatoes, a few slices of turkey with a little gravy (even beef or ham), and salad with a little dressing.

Don’t skip meals
Make sure you eat your normal healthy breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal for maintaining your sugar level and metabolism. Remember, a between-meal snack can provide a boost before meal-time.

Start with a few simple steps like these. You’ll be able to appreciate the joy of the holidays AND enjoy your favorite seasonal foods.

Elizabeth Quigley R.D. has been a registered dietitian since 1997 and is a consultant to Valta™ SugarBlend, the all-natural alternative to sugar.