What to Eat Wednesday: Cumin Quick Bread for Thanksgiving

Over the past few days, we've talked a lot about Thanksgiving. We've gone over tips for mindfulness to cope with stress. We've reviewed menu choices that can help prevent gout--or leave you running for your podiatrist, in throbbing pain because you've made some bad decisions. 

Today, with just one sleep left before the big meal, I want to review how Thanksgiving can impact diabetics in Houston. Before we get to a great recipe suggestion for your Thanksgiving table, here are some general tips to help you get through the day without spiking your blood sugar or saying good bye to your diabetic control.

Coping with Diabetes on Thanksgiving

The following suggestions for Thanksgiving day are courtesy of the Joslin Diabetes Center: 

The Right Thanksgiving Food Choices

  • Start the day off with a good breakfast so you won’t be tempted to overeat.

  • Nibble on raw vegetables with low-fat dips before dinner rather than salted nuts or cheese and crackers.

  • Choose white rather than dark turkey meat, without the skin.

  • Make mashed potatoes with low-fat milk and margarine instead of butter, and take it easy with the gravy.  Skim the fat off the top of the gravy before serving.

  • Steam vegetables like peas and green beans rather serving them in a casserole with creamed sauces.

  • Bake stuffing in a casserole dish rather than inside a turkey so you can make it with less fat.  Bake with low-fat broth and margarine.

  • Make cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries.  Canned cranberry sauce is high in sugar.

  • If you’re going to drink a glass or two of wine, do it with dinner, rather than starting earlier.  Consider diluting white wine with seltzer water to make a wine spritzer.

  • Have dessert with everyone else, but choose pumpkin pie over pecan pie, or bring a dessert you’ve made with an artificial sweetener.  Top it with low-fat whipped cream.

  • Don’t take home leftovers.

Heavenly bread that won't blow your carbohydrate count! Family Support

It is unquestionably hard to stick to your diabetes meal plan on Thanksgiving when you see all of the food and everyone else is overindulging.  It's also difficult if you have “food police” in your family who try to tell you what you can or can’t eat, or have someone who wants to load more food on your plate, saying “it’s only once a year.”

Let your family members know they can support you by walking around the block with you after dinner, Lucier says.  "Make your day about togetherness and family fun, and not just about the food."

Of course, with all that, there are still a lot of carbs involved in the holiday and, as anyone who is living with diabetes will know, carbs are not always your friends, especially when trying to balance your weekly meal plan. So what’s a bread-lover to do?

Try this quick, easy and delicious Cumin Quick Bread from MyRecipes.com!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons "measures-like-sugar" calorie-free sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed, slightly crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/3 cup egg substitute
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons picante sauce
  • Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine milk and next 3 ingredients; stir well. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Spoon batter into an 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loafpan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan, and let cool on a wire rack.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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