Making This Your Best Holiday Season Ever

Food For Body and Mind a division of Leg Health News

Maintaining a healthy diet during the Holidays is a difficult task for anyone, especially a diabetic. Remember, the winter season is about love and miracles. When we celebrate the love and miracles of the Holiday Season, we should also take the time to celebrate our personal miracles. Give Thanks for our lives, our health, our families, and our friends.

Holiday time is food time. There is an abundance of it, and most of it is high in fat and calories. If it’s too hard to resist completely, definitely stay active and maybe add a little extra activity – even a walk around the block after a heavy meal – to help balance the extra eating. I have included a great diabetic-friendly recipe to help you resist the temptation of Holiday treats.

Roasted Spiced Pork Loin with Apples and Acorn Squash

(Serves 4)

1 Lemon Zested
Juice of 1 Lemon
½ tsp Ground Ginger
1/8 tsp Ground Allspice
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
2-3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme- Leaves Removed and Chopped
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Salt
1 (1.5 – 2#) Pork Loin Roast
2 Medium Onions- Peeled and Quartered
2 Granny Smith Apples- Cored and Quartered
1 Medium Acorn Squash- Seeds and Strings Removed and Cut into 6-8 Wedges Each
½ Cup Unsweetened Apple Juice
¼ Cup Maple Syrup
1 Cup Chicken Stock

Preheat oven to 375° F

In a large mixing bowl, combine lemon zest and juice, spices, thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Toss the pork loin, onions, apples and acorn squash in this mixture until well coated. Remove apples and set aside. Place rest of items in a large roasting pan.

Add apple juice, maple syrup, and chicken stock to the mixing bowl and mix well.

Gently pour this mixture into the roasting pan so that you do not wash the spice mixture off of the other items.

Place in oven for 20 minutes. Add apples to the pan and cook for 40-50 minutes until a thermometer inserted into the center of the roast reads 160° F.

Slice the pork loin and serve with the apples, squash and sauce from the pan.

For Diabetics: This meal has approximately 48 g of carbohydrates. If your diet necessitates cut back on maple syrup or substitute a sugar free syrup like Cary’s Syrup that has 3g carbs per Tbsp versus 12g of carbs per Tbsp in maple syrup.

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