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Satisfying Substitutions: Not All Carbs Are Created Equal

Enjoying comfort food, while also prioritizing your health, can feel a bit impossible during the holiday season. From cocktails to cakes, there will likely be carb-filled, festive treats at every turn.
The good news is that you can still eat delicious dishes while living with type 2 diabetes. You shouldn’t feel deprived this holiday season, so we’re here to empower you to make healthy decisions, while still enjoying yourself.
Not all carbohydrates are created equal, so we’ve rounded up a few comparisons to help you seek out whole, unprocessed, carbohydrates in place of less nutritious options. You deserve holiday meals that are flavorful and satisfying, just like everyone else. Here are some healthy alternatives to classic sugar spiking dishes.

Instead of cranberry sauce, consider fresh berries. 

Fruits shouldn’t be off limits just because you’re living with type 2 diabetes. Instead of grabbing for the super-sugary cranberry sauce, opt to serve fresh berries that are packed full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.

Instead of stuffing, consider roasted cauliflower. 

With the right spices, cauliflower can be transformed into a remarkably satisfying dish. If a warm, comforting, meal is calling your name, consider making this swap.

Instead of pasta, consider quinoa. 

If you’re craving a starch, like white rice or pasta, swap it out for whole grains like quinoa or barley to satisfy you.

Instead of eggnog, consider an almond milk-based smoothie. 

Whip up a creamy treat in the blender and toast to your health. Get creative with combinations of almond-milk, avocado, berries, yogurt, and ice.

Curious how different types of carbs affect your body in real time? One size does not fit all when it comes to your health, so consider tracking how different holiday foods affect you. Your CGM and Level2 app will help you understand what your body needs this holiday and for many celebrations in the future.