Meals for diabetic guests

Q: I have a friend at dinner who has diabetes and was planning on serving roast chicken from Ingles Deli and some side dishes. What do you advise?

A: It certainly wouldn’t hurt to check with your friend beforehand to see if they have any favorite foods. A person with diabetes will usually try to be aware of the amount of carbohydrate-rich foods in the meal. They may appreciate having options for side items that aren’t high in carbohydrates.

For example:

  • Eat a crusty salad with chicken instead of pasta or pasta salad

  • Eat grilled vegetables instead of mashed potatoes or rice

  • Eat fresh fruit as a dessert instead of a piece of cake with cream or pie

  • Offer water and unsweetened tea with sugar substitutes or “diet” soda products in place of sweet tea or sugar-sweetened beverages

A person with diabetes must also be able to adjust how much they eat to compensate for foods that are high in carbohydrates. If they take insulin, they can adjust the amount of insulin to reflect the amount of carbohydrates they are consuming. Let them know what you plan to prepare for dinner so your guest can plan ahead if necessary.

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Dietitian