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If you have diabetes, you may feel like you can’t partake in some classic holiday treats. With some low-sugar recipes, however, you can indulge in an array of holiday desserts that are delicious enough to share with the whole family. Here are a few ideas for tasty holiday fare that will not cause a big spike in your blood sugar.
Redesigned pumpkin pie
When you make pumpkin pie from scratch, you can control the amount of fat and sugar that goes into the dish. You might try a crustless pie made from unsweetened pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar substitute, and spices. With a dollop of whipped cream this dish will offer the classic flavor you love with a fraction of the sugar and fat. Plus, pumpkin will deliver some extra fiber into your diet.
The sugar in any cookie recipe can be reduced by as much as ½ with little effect on the texture of the final product. You may need to add some sugar substitute to achieve the right level of sweetness, but you can still enjoy rolled sugar cookies cut into festive holiday shapes and decorated with colorful frosting.
A simple white cake recipe made with one-half the amount of sugar can make a great fall treat with some sliced apples and a touch of cinnamon. Slice apples and place them in a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Pour over your cake batter and bake the cake until a toothpick comes out clean. The finished cake can be flipped onto a serving dish for a beautiful presentation showcasing the sliced fruit.
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If you are typically a victim of holiday stress and weight gain, you may need to redesign your holiday routine for the sake of your heart health. From the food you serve on the holiday table to the physical activity you squeeze in throughout the season, there are many small and simple changes you can make for an overall healthier holiday.
Cook healthier holiday foods
As you prepare your favorite holiday dishes, you might try cutting down on butter, salt, animal fat, and milk in your recipes. You could also serve rich holiday foods alongside lighter choices like salad to balance out your plate.
Cut down on holiday treats
During the holiday season you may feel surrounded by cookies, candies, and other festive confections. While it is okay to indulge every now and then, you should limit the number of treats you consume. Be sure to stay prepared with healthy snacks each day so that you have an easier time resisting sugary treats.
Plan active family gatherings
Instead of watching television or sitting around indoors at holiday family dinners, plan a walk or a game of catch in the park. This will get the whole family up and moving before indulging in a calorie-rich meal.
Take time to relax each day
Stress can build up during the holidays, so be sure that you have dedicated time to yourself for rest and relaxation. Whether you need a massage or a hot bath to unwind, schedule the pampering you need to de-stress and keep your blood pressure down.
For more tips to help you plan healthy holidays, connect with Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks by joining our H2U program that includes classes, newsletters, and healthy living guidelines for members. You can reach us on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746.
Last updated 15 days ago
Exercise is an essential part of a healthy routine, but it can be hard to find the time to work out when the holidays are approaching. If you have had to sacrifice time to exercise as you get busy preparing for the holidays, there are some simple ways to add more movement to your everyday routine.
When you do your holiday shopping, spend some extra time at the mall to walk around and burn off a few calories. In the kitchen, you can lift weights as you wait on holiday cookies to bake or get a workout by rolling out dough by hand instead of using store-bought. You might also have to adjust your schedule to wake up early and get exercise in the morning so that you are free to attend holiday events in the afternoon.
For more healthy living guidelines and holiday tips, connect with Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746 or visit our website to learn more about our hospital services and classes.
Last updated 16 days ago
Diabetes is a growing problem in the United States that has demanded the attention of medical researchers around the world. At the 73rd Scientific Sessions hosted by the American Diabetes Association, the most recent breakthroughs in diabetes research were discussed by some of the leading physicians and researchers in the field.
You can see a recap of this event by watching this informative video. From insulin pumps to new information about diabetes prevention, the Scientific Sessions revealed a great deal of helpful tools in the fight against diabetes worldwide.
For help managing your diabetes and reducing your risk for complications, connect with Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746 or visit our website for more information about our hospital services.
Last updated 29 days ago
COPD is a chronic respiratory disease that can make it harder for you to breathe and perform everyday activities. Over time this disease can become life threatening, and it is often caused by a single preventable factor: cigarette smoking.
In this video you can hear the story of one former smoker who is coping with his COPD diagnosis. He struggles to tell his family that he has been told he only has a few years left to live with this disease and that he will not be able to see his grandchildren grow up.
To kick the habit of smoking and pave the way for your healthier future, visit Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Contact us in Thousand Oaks by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746 or visiting our website.