Everyone May Benefit from Diabetes-Friendly Recipes at Thanksgiving

Family Classics Diabetes Cookbook, published by American Diabetes AssociationAs part of its national observation of Diabetes Awareness Month this November, the American Diabetes Association has published a new Family Classics Diabetes Cookbook with diabetes-friendly recipes, which it says can benefit everyone this Thanksgiving — whether you have diabetes or not.

In a blog post published November 16, entitled, “American Diabetes Month, the Holidays and the Importance of a Good Cookbook,” Abe Ogden, the Director of Book Publishing at the American Diabetes Association, described a typical family Thanksgiving scene from some years ago in which his Grandmother, who had that year been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, “sat off forlornly poking at what is commonly known as ‘rabbit food,’” while the rest of the family dug into “mountains of potatoes, stuffing, turkey and ham.”

“[M]y grandma needed to realize that she and the rest of my family should not have been eating differently,” concludes Mr. Ogden.

“I’m not saying that she should have been digging into a Devils Tower–sized serving of mashed potatoes like the rest of us,” Mr. Ogden explained. “Rather, if my grandmother had pulled together a few healthy, diabetes-friendly dishes for our buffet, we would have all been better off—because people with diabetes benefit from the same healthy diet as everyone else.”

“And like most people who try a recipe from the Association for the first time, my family would have been blown away by how amazing it tasted,” he went on, in a segue to the new recipe book published this month by the American Diabetes Association.

The new Family Classics Diabetes Cookbook

The new Family Classics Diabetes Cookbook contains a collection of over 140 Favorite Recipes from the pages of Diabetes Forecast Magazine, published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

“Looking through the past decade of the magazine, we identified more than 140 of what we, and our readers, thought were the best recipes published. Plus, we had beautiful, full-color photographs of every recipe, something that we often don’t have the budget to do in our cookbooks,” Mr. Ogden explained in his blog post.

“The result:” says Mr. Ogden, “a handsome collection of appetizers, sides, main dishes and desserts that flat-out prove that diabetes-friendly recipes can be crowd-pleasers.”

Here is a description of the cookbook’s contents given by the publisher:

The Family Classics Diabetes Cookbook is filled with recipes, tips, and techniques from Diabetes Forecast magazine, including main courses that are robust crowd-pleasers, appetizers that pack big taste into little bites, side dishes that deserve to be center stage, and desserts that are so decadent, you’ll forget they fit in your meal plan. For the new or aspiring chef, there is a section called Cooking 101, featuring tips and tricks for developing your kitchen skills.”

The book is available for purchase online (for $16.95) from the American Diabetes Association at ShopDiabetes.org. Proceeds from the book will go to help further the mission of the American Diabetes Association, according to the Association’s blog post by Abe Ogden, referenced above.

“Just in time for American Diabetes Month and the beginning of the holiday season, this book perfectly addresses both what the Association is doing to Stop Diabetes® and the problem we had that Thanksgiving a few years ago,” Mr. Ogden wrote in his blog post.

“Just as importantly, this book recognizes the importance of food, not just for managing glucose levels, but also for bringing together families like nothing else can. And it’s one I wish grandmother could have had on her shelf before she had split up our family menu, because any of these recipes would have been a hit and kept my grandma at the table instead of off in food purgatory,” Mr. Ogden wrote.

“If we can help just one family avoid a Thanksgiving like the one my grandma went through years ago, if we can bring one family together around food good for everyone at the table, then this book will be an unmitigated success,” concludes Mr. Ogden.

More Information

For more information on healthy food choices for those with diabetes, and for everyone, see the American Diabetes Association’s resources on Food and Fitness.

See also the CDC’s Diabetes Public Health Resource: Eat Right.

And, see resources provided by the National Diabetes Education Program, a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more than 200 public and private organizations.

See the latest official Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

For more information on diabetes, see the HelpingYouCare® resource pages on Diabetes, including

For more information on a healthy diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors that promote wellness and prevent diseases, see the HelpingYouCare® resource pages on Wellness/ Healthy Living for Seniors & Caregivers, including:


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