I can’t believe we are already in November! It is the time when we start getting into the festivities with Thanksgiving and jumping into Christmas.
Whether we have guests for dinner or we are invited to our love one’s house, we are already thinking about the menu. The word “Holidays” does not mean that we have to forget about the healthy diet and start eating sugary candies and other desserts; which will make us feel exhausted, bloated and will put some weight on our bodies.
However… Do we have to stop eating foods we love if we want to eat healthy?
Here is an easy tip:
When we think of desserts, we have to think of protein and soluble fiber. Adding protein to your dessert (e.g. nuts, nut butter) and fruits rich in fiber (e.g. Granny Smith apples) can help stabilize your blood sugar levels, which is particularly important if you are prediabetic or have diabetes. Foods rich in protein and soluble fiber delay absorption of sugar in your small intestine and may lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, reduce cravings for sugar and will keep you energized longer.
The second thing we should think about when preparing desserts is………… NO REFINED SUGAR!!! It is possible to switch sugar for a healthy natural sweetener like maple syrup, raw honey or stevia. Stevia is the best sweetener for people with diabetes because of its
low glycemic index.
I want to share with you a healthy version of one of my favorite desserts during the Thanksgiving/Christmas season- Apple crisp!
3 Granny Smith green apples
½ cup gluten free rolled oats
¼ cup chopped almonds or pecans
½ cup almond butter
½ cup maple syrup
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla extract
Spray a 9x9 baking dish with coconut oil.
Toss diced apples with 1 tsp. cinnamon and nutmeg. Place them in the baking dish.
Combine and mix the rest of the ingredients until crumble forms.
Layer crumbles on top of the apples and bake for 40 minutes.
Enjoy and keep yourself Happy during the Holidays!
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