Diabetes-healthy holiday recipe

The holiday season is nearly here, and with it come temptations for unhealthy eating, especially if you are watching your weight or avoiding high glucose levels.

Priscilla Perez Schmidt, Swope Health registered dietitian, has options to help.

“Two important strategies that can help you enjoy traditional ingredients while staying healthy are, one, make your own meals and invite family or friends over, and two, choose desserts that do not have flour in their ingredients,” she said.

“I have developed a recipe that can help you achieve both strategies,” she added. The recipe (below) is easy and healthy — and delicious!

APPLE BAKE 

Ingredients:

  • 6 apples
  • 2 Tbsp. Truvia sweetener (or any other non-caloric sweetener)
  • 3 Tbsp. margarine
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup granola

Steps:

  1. Wash and cut the apples with an apple slicer.
  2. Put the apple slices in a large skillet and add the spices (sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin spice) and margarine.
  3. Cook for 20 minutes in low-medium heat, covered.

One serving is: 1/4 cup apple bake with 1 Tbsp. granola on top and 1 Tbsp. whipped cream.

This recipe serves six. It takes about 25 minutes to prepare and costs about $2.50. It has 25 grams of carbohydrate in each serving.

In comparison,  a store-bought apple pie will cost about $3.85, and serves five with 58 grams of carbohydrate in each serving.

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