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Tips for hosts with diabetic guests

Tampa Bay Times

If your holiday guests have diabetes, here are some suggestions for meeting their needs without stressing yourself out, or making them feel self-conscious. Bonus: Your weight-conscious guests will thank you, too.

* Stock diet sodas and sugar-free mixers and juices if you’re making a signature cocktail.

* For appetizers, Jane Norman, a registered dietitian, recommends steamed whole edamame pods like you get in Japanese restaurants. “They’re high in fiber, low in carbs and have a limited effect on blood sugar,” she said. Other good options: hummus and fresh salsa served with celery for scooping instead of chips.

* Walnuts and pecans are among the lowest-carb nuts per ounce, but because of their high fat and calories, they are best enjoyed in small quantities.

* Cheeses are also low in carbs, but high in fat and calories, so enjoy in small amounts.

* Any lean meat, fish or poultry without skin.

* Nicole Johnson, who likes to limit carbs to about 30 per meal, suggests including a variety of salad greens and non-starchy vegetables. Serve dressings and sauces on the side so guests can better control calories, fat and carbs.

* For dessert, Norman suggests any kind of berries with light whipped topping. Johnson said this is especially good with a small slice of angel food cake.

* For breakfasts, berries, low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, sugar-free cereals, jams, whole-grain breads, egg substitute and sugar substitute are all good to have on hand.

Scripps Howard News Service

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