Innovative recipes for low fat festive meals

Diabetes UK has a number of tasty treats to help maintain a healthy diet over the Christmas festive period and avoid overindulgence.

The organisation is recommending people take a closer look at their diet at Christmas time and switch some of their traditional festive fare, which is often calorie laden and high in fat and sugar, for healthier but delicious alternatives.

The good news is that the charity has lots of new recipes that are ideal for anyone who is looking for healthier Christmas treats.

The Diabetes UK Enjoy Food recipe options are lower in fat, sugar and salt than much of the food on offer at Christmas time. Party foods, nibbles, canapés, drinks and even Christmas pudding have all been given a healthy makeover to help people maintain a healthy diet over the festive season.

Linda McGlynn, patient engagement manager at Diabetes Scotland, said: “We certainly don’t want to be bah humbug and tell people with diabetes, and their family, to deny themselves treats at Christmas. But if you or someone in your family is living with any type of diabetes you may be concerned about how to manage your condition this time of year.

”We are here to help with a variety of delicious recipes including Christmas pudding, beetroot hummus, gingerbread and spicy roasted chickpeas. Each recipe lists the all-important carbohydrate content to make ‘carb counting’ easy for people with diabetes who need to match their insulin dose to the amount of carbohydrate they are eating. Each recipe also includes protein, fat, saturates, sugars and salt content per portion, as well as calorie information.

“These delicious recipes help people with diabetes to throw parties, enjoy a guilt-free nibble, munch in front of the TV and treat their family, without having to worry too much about what they are eating. We provide clear information on portion sizes too so you can keep an eye on how much you are eating.”

Cooking from scratch gives you control over what you eat. By following Diabetes UK’s Enjoy Food recipes you’ll know the exact amount of carbs, sugar, fat and calories in what you’re eating.

Linda added: “Our Enjoy Food recipe hub is a really useful tool for people living with diabetes, for whom physical activity and a healthy balanced diet is key to helping them manage their condition. One or two high blood glucose readings shouldn’t affect long-term diabetes control, but people should aim to avoid persistently high readings.”

For all Diabetes UK’s seasonal recipes why not log on to www.diabetes.org.uk/enjoy-food-whats-new. You will find a host of great tasting festive foods that are low fat, and dairy and gluten free.