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Staying Low-Carb for Spring Holidays

easter 2018 / passover 2018 - diabetes friendly recipes
Spring is in the air!¬†ūüĆ∑¬†April is just around the corner. With it comes warmer weather, sunshine, & festivities! Easily navigate¬†Passover and Easter¬†with these tips &¬†festive low-carb recipes.

Passover 2018

Friday, March 30 - Saturday, April 7 A ceremonial dinner (Seder) of symbolic foods marks the beginning of Passover. The shared Seder plate is a mix of high- and low-carb bites. 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
spring holidays, low-carb Seder Plate Tips:
  1. Opt for whole grain matzo, which has slightly fewer carbs (19g) and more fiber.
  2. Avoid adding sugar or honey to the Charoset. Instead, use a Kosher sweetener like stevia.
  3. 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¬†ūüėä

Appetizers

Side Dishes

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.

Main Courses

Desserts

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!

Easter 2018

Sunday, April 1 April Fool's! Nope, no jokes here -- Easter falls on the same day as April Fool's this year. There are sure to be lots of eggcellent jokes to be had this Easter 2018. ūüėĚ Other than April Fool's, though, Easter means¬†new beginnings, family... and chocolate¬†ūüćꬆ! 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. spring holidays, low-carb

Low-Carb Kids

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.

Low-Carb Brunch

Spend time with your friends and family while munching on these delicious low-carb options. Don't forget dessert!

Eggs

Meat & Fish

Veggies

Dessert

Hoppy eating¬†ūüźį¬†!

 
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Andrea Lagotte
Mar 27, 2018

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