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Let’s Have a Cookout!

Lower-carb alternatives, from appetizer to dessert

As summer heats up, many Americans are spending more time outdoors with friends, family and loved ones. Looking for ways to make your next picnic or BBQ diabetes-friendlier? Try some of these delicious, lower-carb recipes. (Be sure to talk to your diabetes care team if you are considering making changes to your meal plan.)

Spinach dip appetizer

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You may want to start things off with a savory spinach dip in a pumpernickel bowl to whet the appetite. The optional water chestnuts add a surprise bit of crunch! Pumpernickel may be less carb-heavy than some other breads traditionally used for dip bowls, making this a potentially diabetes-friendlier version of a traditional favorite. Or include a selection of crudités for an even lower-carb option.

Get the recipe: At 80 calories a serving, this irresistible dip is sure to be a hit 

Dilled cucumber salad

diabetes friendly dill cucumber salad

This refreshing second course is low on carbs and sodium, and a cinch to whip up. (If you have kids who like to help out in the kitchen, consider enlisting them to lend a hand mixing the ingredients!) Low-fat yogurt and sour cream combine to give it a sweet tartness that few can resist.

Get the recipe: Stay cool as a cucumber with this chilled, dilled delight

Sliders with caramelized onions

Diabetes friendly Hamburger Sliders

Mmm, who doesn’t love a bite-sized burger? Perfect for those minding their portions. A bit of garlic, ketchup, steak sauce and salt and fresh ground pepper add a subtle kick. (For extra flavor, use lean ground farm-to-market beef, locally made bread, and farmers’ market onions and arugula leaves, if you can get them.)

Get the recipe: This satisfying main course comes in at 210 calories a burger

Oatmeal raisin cookies

Diabetes friendly oatmeal raisin cookies

Make this crispy, chompy version of an American classic the perfect end to your outdoor meal. These take a bit of prep work, but pay off in flavor. (Tip: Bake cookies the night before to keep your home cooler during the day!)

Get the recipe: Crispy treats with just a hint of cinnamon the whole gang will love

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© 2015 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

 

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