7 Diabetes-Friendly Holiday Desserts

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Flavorful and low in sugar, these healthy desserts are the perfect way to finish off any holiday meal. This year, someone with diabetes will probably be sitting at your holiday table. After all, 9.3 percent of all U.S. adults have diabetes, and there's about a 1 in 4 chance that grandma and grandpa are watching their blood sugar. So, when it comes to sweet treats, what exactly is diabetes-friendly?  According to Maria Rodriguez, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with the Mount Sinai Health System Diabetes Alliance, desserts should ideally contain no more than about 20 grams of carbs and 200 calories per serving. If they are high in protein and low in saturated fat, even better. How do you pull that off while keeping your whole family's taste buds happy? Whip up one of these seven diabetes-friendly desserts.
1. "Everything" Dark Chocolate and Walnut Tartlets With only 12 grams of carbs per serving, these tartlets take carb content low as it can possibly go. They're ideal for virtually all dark chocolate lovers, be they vegan, gluten-free, paleo or, of course, diabetic. Full recipe courtesy of kaleishafetters.com 2. Vegan Pumpkin & Coconut Mousse
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This mousse is just as much vegetable as it is dessert. Plus, all of the ingredients – including pumpkin, coconut cream and agave nectar – boast a low glycemic load. Full recipe courtesy of terraskitchen.com
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3. Healthy Peanut Butter Power Cookies
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As if peanut butter weren't great enough all on its own, old-fashioned oats, flaxseed and almond flour boost these cookies' health factor even higher.  Full recipe courtesy of fannetasticfood.com
4. Apple Ginger Phyllo Nests
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Coming in at only 50 calories per serving, these cute little nests are filled with wholesome ingredients like Greek yogurt, granny smith apples, tart cherries, ginger and vanilla. Full recipe courtesy of appforhealth.com 5. Pumpkin Cranberry Harvest Parfait
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How can whipped topping fit into a diabetes-friendly eating plan? By making it with cashew cream, coconut oil, fresh ginger and just a touch of honey. Your guests will be shocked! Full recipe courtesy of betsysbest.com
6. Festive Holiday Cranberry Greek Yogurt Bark
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Seriously, what can't you do with Greek yogurt? This recipe, packed with 5 grams of protein per serving, sits steady at a mere 60 calories and 6 grams of carbs. 'Tis the season to get creative! Full recipe courtesy of bistroMD.com 7.No-Bake Chocolate Brownies Not only do these brownies contain zero added sugar (thanks to pitted dates!), they are loaded with protein and healthy unsaturated fatty acids. Full recipe courtesy of youtube.com Foods Diabetics Should Never Eat: <p>“Diabetes is all about carbs,” <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Deborah-Malkoff-CohenCity-Kids-Nutrition-265838963546204/"><strong>Deborah Malkoff-Cohen</strong></a>, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, says. No medical prescription can <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/nutrition/11-office-snacks-are-wrecking-your-diet"><strong>fix a bad diet</strong></a>. The condition requires daily maintenance – monitoring blood sugar levels, <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/nutrition/20-surprising-tips-eating-healthy"><strong>eating healthy</strong></a> and exercising are crucial. <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/nutrition/15-most-fulfilling-foods-will-help-you-lose-weight"><strong>Managing your weight</strong></a> is a lot more serious than simply looking and feeling good. Watching your diet can be a <a href="http://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/n/signs-headache-can-be-life-threatening"><strong>matter of life and death</strong></a>. </p>Foods Diabetics Should Never Eat

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