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November 19, 2020
We are a week away from Thanksgiving, and that means lots of food. This time of year it’s very hard to not load up the plate and overindulge. But, for those who have diabetes, it can be twice as difficult to make better choices. Blue Cross Blue Shield dietitian, Shanthi Appello gives us some carb-friendly alternatives to our favorite holiday desserts and ways to prevent overeating.
Diabetes-friendly Thanksgiving Recipes
Pumpkin Cheesecake Minis
A great way to enjoy your favorite dessert recipes in moderation is to serve them in shot glasses. Added bonus – serving with mini spoons. The yield depends on the size of your serving-ware. The recipe makes cheesecake batter for a 10-inch pan.
Cinnamon Graham Crust
1 cup reduced-fat cinnamon graham crackers, crumbled (about 1 sleeve)
4 tbsp butter, melted
A pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients and place in a shot glass and let cool and set.
1 cup heavy whipping cream, plus more for topping (1/4 cup if desired)
1 tsp ground pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
12 oz 1/3 fat cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin (no sugar added)
In a large bowl, let cream cheese sit at room temperature for 20 minutes, then whip cream cheese with all ingredients except heavy whipping cream.
Whip the heavy whipping cream in a separate bowl.
Gently fold in the whipped cream with the pumpkin cheesecake mixture. Do not overmix.
Top crust with batter
Top with whipped cream and ground pumpkin pie spice or …
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