Kidney Friendly Thanksgiving

In honor of National Diabetes Month, we have put together a short list of best and worst items for those with diabetes to eat. Hopefully, this will help you develop your Thanksgiving menu if you are expecting diabetic guests.

food-1281526_1920Below is a list of some of the worst choices you can serve someone with Diabetes and some better replacements.

Don’t Eat

  • Processed grains, such as white rice or white flour
  • Cereals with little whole grains and lots of sugar
  • White bread


  • Whole grains, such as brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, millet, or amaranth
  • Baked sweet potato


  • Canned vegetables with lots of added sodium
  • Veggies cooked with lots of added butter, cheese, or sauce

Indulge In

  • Fresh veggies, eaten raw or lightly steamed, roasted, or grilled
  • Plain frozen vegetables, lightly steamed
  • Greens such as kale, spinach, and arugula.
  • Low sodium or unsalted canned vegetables

Leave Off the Plate

  • Canned fruit with heavy sugar syrup
  • Regular jam, jelly, and preserves (unless you have a very small portion)
  • Sweetened applesauce
  • Fruit punch, fruit drinks, fruit juice drinks


  • Fresh fruit
  • Plain frozen fruit or fruit canned without added sugar
  • Sugar-free or low-sugar jam or preserves
  • No-sugar-added applesauce

Worst Choices

  • Fried or deep-fried meats or fish
  • Higher-fat cuts of meat, such as ribs
  • Pork bacon
  • Regular cheeses
  • Poultry with skin
  • Beans prepared with lard

Better Choices

  • Plant-based proteins, such as beans, nuts, seeds, or tofu
  • Fish and seafood
  • Chicken and other poultry (Choose the breast meat if possible.)
  • Eggs and low-fat dairy