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November 27, 2020 Friday 12:16:59 PM IST

Thanksgiving meals for diabetic children

Parent Interventions

Children’s National Health System’s Endocrinology dietitian Erika Davies has tips for Thanksgiving meals for diabetic children to help ease some of the pressure of parents. According to Davies, a balanced Thanksgiving meal for children with diabetes should consist of: turkey or mashed potatoes or stuffing (not all three unless they have very small portions), a salad, a non-starchy vegetable and a glass of fat-free milk.

Learning appropriate portions

Thanksgiving can be a great teaching opportunity for children to learn to enjoy eating a small portion from all of the food groups. Appropriate portion sizes for children with diabetes over the age of six are:

    3-4 oz. of turkey
    ½-1 cup of starch (potatoes or stuffing)
    ¼ cup gravy
    ½-1 cup non-starchy vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers)
    8 oz. of milk or a low fat yogurt
    1 serving of fruit

If children are still hungry, parents should provide non-starchy vegetables as seconds. Davies also notes that parents can try healthier alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving recipes, including:

    Mixing mashed cauliflower into the mashed potatoes to decrease the carb content.
    Serving roasted sweet potatoes instead of preparing the dish with marshmallows or sugared nuts.
    Trying fruit for dessert instead of pieces of sugary pies or cakes.

(Content Courtesy: https://riseandshine.childrensnational.org/thanksgiving-meals-for-diabetic-children/?_ga=2.160811965.1266620689.1606458987-37220554.1602836295)

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