Party Planning

One of the biggest questions when planning a party is what food to serve. Potlucks can be a great way to lessen the stress of party planning, and everyone gets to bring their favorite dish to share.

A Healthy Potluck Party 

Enjoying delicious potluck goodies with family and friends is fun. But if you have diabetes potlucks can make carbohydrate counting difficult. Your yummy party dishes probably don’t come with nutrient labels for carbohydrate counting, and some “secret ingredients” in your cousin’s recipe may be important to know when managing your blood sugar. So how do you manage your carbohydrates at a potluck? 

Here are a view diabetes-friendly potluck tips

1. Ask the host to request that everyone bring a card listing the ingredients of their dish.

This will not only be helpful for identifying sources of carbohydrates. This will also be appreciated by guests who have food allergies or sensitivities.   

2. Use this portion size cheat sheet to help estimate the grams of carbohydrate.

Potluck dishes are usually prepared in bulk, and serving utensils can vary in size. Having a good mental image of what ⅓, ½, or 1 cup of starches looks like will be a huge help when you are estimated carbohydrates for your meal.

3. Serve yourself what you really want to eat first. 

If you deprive yourself of having your Aunt’s famous fried chicken wings and instead eat your carbohydrate-budget on other healthful options, it is very likely that you may end up going back for a few morsels of wings anyway. It is better to get the food you really want the first time so you are truly satisfied and are comfortable stopping once you feel full.

4. Bring a dish (or two) you know will work for you.

Another way to make sure that you enjoy yourself at a potluck is to bring a dish that you enjoy eating, and that is a sensible choice for your blood sugar. If you know the party you are going to is less likely to have enough options for you to have a complete meal, it may be worth it to bring an extra dish.

5. Don’t sit next to the buffet table.

Mindless eating can result in overeating total calories and carbohydrates. Being near the buffet table can lead you to mindlessly snack on leftovers and desserts, even if you aren’t hungry!


Try one of these nutritious, balanced dishes for your next potluck! 


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