As Turkey day draws near, and all the fixings that usually go along, like the yams, mashed potatoes, rolls, and pie, think about how you can balance out your plate with some non-starchy vegetables. For anyone with diabetes, having some low-calorie, nutrient dense veggies at every meal can help control blood sugars, and help prevent diabetes as well. Aim for a variety of color, think green like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, kale, or red and purple from beets or cabbage, and white veggies like cauliflower and onion. Veggie sides do not need to be labor intensive and they don’t even need to be cooked. Consider buying prewashed and cut salad fixings or pre-prepped veggies if that helps you make sure they end up on the table.
Here’s a quick seasonal raw side that will change up your Thanksgiving game. Enjoy and be thankful for your health and treat your body well with daily doses of fresh veggies.
Shaved Brussels Citrus Salad
1 bag of shaved Brussel sprouts
1-2 large grapefruit, peeled, sectioned and cut in ½
- If you or your guests can’t have grapefruit, try orange or pear.
½ a purple onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup raw walnuts or slivered almonds
- I like to toast my own before serving the salad so they are warm and make a nice contrast to the cool veggies. Just put in pan on stovetop on low and agitate as they brown over a couple of minutes.
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic
Mix all salad ingredients. Garnish with warmed nuts, drizzle on dressing, and toss together. Give it a few shakes of black pepper.