Every year Santa comes faithfully bringing gifts for me and my family.
This year, I decided we should do something special for Santa; something no one has ever dared to do before. We would invite him to our Christmas dinner. Not only will we finally get a chance to meet him, but we will also have the opportunity to show him our appreciation for all he does year after year.
So excited was I about my idea I forgot one important point.
My husband gave me a gentle nudge. “What if he doesn’t eat the kinds of things we eat?”
I bit my lip. I hadn’t thought of that. After careful consideration, I penned a little note, thanking Santa for his generosity over the years and asking him if he would honor us by attending our Christmas dinner. Then I ended by asking him if he was allergic to any foods.
I was thrilled when our RSVP arrived a few days later. Santa accepted our invitation but informed us that he was a diabetic. I wasn’t prepared for that, but I was determined to make this the best Christmas dinner Santa had ever had. Since Santa is a hard-working man, I would follow the guidelines of the American Diabetes Association and serve him a satisfying meal that would sustain him on his long journeys.
After some careful research, I sat down and planned the menu.
Here Are 3 Things to Serve A Diabetic Santa:
Since it’s Christmas, I wanted to give Santa something fancier than just a green salad or a light soup. After looking at a variety of diabetic recipes, I settled for Baked Sesame Shrimp. While this recipe does contain some flour for the batter, it is baked and not fried and is light and crunchy because of the club soda that is used to make the batter.
One serving of these tasty shrimps yields 87 calories with 8.3 of those coming from fat; 7. 6 g of protein, 12 g of carbohydrates, and 57 mg of carbohydrates.
Filet Mignon with Sweet Bourbon Sauce, Small Roasted Red Potatoes, and Roasted Asparagus
The Filet Mignon is a four-ounce tenderloin steak cooked in a skillet with cooking spray. I decided to spice things up a bit with the bourbon sauce. This is made with 3 tbsp. bourbon, sugar, (I would substitute Stevia for the sugar), bouillon granules, coffee granules, and water. All of this is combined and cooked over medium heat until it is reduced to about ¼ cup.
This steak provides Santa with 178 calories, 5.3 grams of fat, 22.4 g of protein and 2.1 g of carbohydrates. The potatoes will add another 25 calories with 6 of those coming from carbs
To prepare the asparagus, first, break off the ends, then wash them and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and black pepper over them and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer then bake until tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. One serving of this dish supplies 123 calories; 10.8 g fat, 5.2 g carbohydrates, 3.3 g protein, and 2 mg cholesterol.
Since Santa’s meal has been pretty filling thus far, I decided to balance it off with a dessert that is light but nutritious and pleasing to the eye. Because purple fruits such as plums, blueberries, raspberries, and black grapes are low-glycemic (meaning they don’t raise glucose levels too much) and are rich in antioxidants, I chose Purple Fruit Salad with a Lime Yogurt Salad Dressing. I also added kiwi to give a contrast in color.
This flavorful dessert provides 56 calories in one serving; 14 g of carbohydrates and 1 g of protein
The yogurt dressing is made with low-fat plain yogurt, 1 tbsp lime zest, 1 tbsp lime juice and 4 tsp. Stevia. These ingredients can be combined and stored in the refrigerator the day before Christmas. The dressing adds 20 calories with 3 g of carbohydrates, 2 g of protein and no fat.
Researchers have found that drinking wine (red or white) may help your body use insulin better and may even protect your heart, as long as it is taken in moderation. Therefore, on this special occasion, I decided to serve Santa a glass of red wine after dinner. After all, we want him to be around for a long time.
Catering for a diabetic is difficult every day of the year.
At Christmas, it can become even more challenging, but with some careful research and planning, you can serve your diabetic Santa meals that are not only healthy but also delicious and pleasing to the eye. And if you plan really well, the entire family may be able to partake of the meal.