April 10 – April 18, 2017
High Carb ⬆
Matzo (unleavened bread) 23g carbs, per piece
Charoset (fruit, nut & wine paste) 21.5g carbs, per 1/4 cup
Karpas (potato) 30g carbs OR (parsley) 0.2g carbs
Low Carb ⬇
Maror (horseradish) 1.7g carbs, per 1 tbsp
Chazeret (romaine lettuce) 0.9g carbs, per leaf
Zeroa (lamb shank) 0g carbs, per 1 oz
Seder Plate Tips:
- Opt for whole grain matzo, which has slightly fewer carbs (19g) and more fiber.
- Avoid adding sugar or honey to the Charoset. Instead, use a Kosher sweetener like stevia.
- Sip on a dry red wine (~4g carbs per 8 oz).
For the remaining meals, the Jewish people give up “the five species of grains”– wheat, rye, oats, barley, and spelt. With these high-carb ingredients off limits, plenty of Passover recipes are Kosher and diabetes friendly 😊
Transition from starchier, high-carb winter vegetables and take advantage of lighter, spring veggies. Greens, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts are all awesome low-carb options. Avoid kugels and other potato-based dishes. Instead, consider making a frittata or a zucchini-based casserole.
Enjoy these dairy-free and diabetes-friendly desserts. Your friends and family won’t believe they are low-carb and you won’t be left feeling deprived!
April 16, 2017
Easter means new beginnings, family… and chocolate 🍫 ! It’s hard to stay on track when the grocery isles are lined with Cadbury Eggs, jelly beans, and marshmallow Peeps. But with a little preparation and creativity, you can stay on track and enjoy the holiday season.
A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean your child has to miss out on Easter! Pack diabetes-friendly Easter baskets with small gifts instead of sugary treats. Stickers, small stuffed animals, bubbles, and chalk are all fun substitutions. Limit sweets to a few pieces of dark chocolate or sugar-free candy. Keep your child entertained with coloring pages, spring time crafts, and egg dying.
Sweet Moderation: Sugar-free candy may have less impact on blood glucose but be aware that the sugar alcohols (used as sweeteners) can cause digestive distress.
Spend time with your friends and family while munching on these delicious low-carb options. Don’t forget dessert!
Meat & Fish
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Gingery Sautéed Watercress and Shiitakes
- Spring Lettuces With Avocado Dressing and Pistachios
Hoppy eating 🐰 !