Holiday Season Carb Counting

It’s the holiday season, and for most people that means indulging in seasonal treats and meals. It’s no different for people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). One of the major stresses of managing T1D, particularly for people who are newly diagnosed can be meal planning, and both how it will affect blood glucose levels and how much insulin you might need.

But with a little planning and preparation, you can and should enjoy time with family and friends – including holiday dinners – with confidence.

Thank you to Beyond Type 1 for these traditional holiday meal carb counts to help guide your decisions this holiday season.

* Please note that your portion sizes may vary, and your carbohydrate counts will need to be adjusted accordingly.


Lasagna1 Cup30g
Brisket1 oz.0g


Mashed Potatoes1 cup30g
Roasted Potatoes1 cup28g
Sweet Potato1 Med.28g
Potato Latke1 Med.10g
Candied Yams1/2 cup45g
Sweet Potato Casserole with Mini Marshmallows1/3 cup30g
Green Beans1/2 cup4g
Green Bean Casserole1 1/2 cup.9g
Corn1/2 cup9g
Sauerkraut1 cup6g
Glazed Carrots1/2 cup25g
Brussel Sprouts1/2 cup4g
Cheese1 oz.0-1g
Stuffing1/2 cup20g
Cranberry Sauce1/4 cup25g
Gravy1/2 cup5g
Dinner Roll120g
Cornbread1 piece28g
Challah2 oz.30g
Matzo Ball110g
Matzo Ball Soup1 cup15g
Noodle Kugel2″ Square23g
Apple Sauce – Sweetened4 oz.23g
Apple Sauce – Unsweetened4 oz.12g
Sour Cream2 tbsp..5g
Olive Oil1 tbsp.0g


Sweet Potato Pie1/8th Slice35g
Minced Meat Pie1/8th Slice55g
Pumpkin Pie1/8th Slice35g
Apple Pie1/8th Slice45g
Pecan Pie1/8th Slice60g
Meringue Pie1/8th Slice50g
Fruitcake1/8th Slice26g
Christmas (Plum) Pudding2 oz.30g
Sticky Toffee Pudding2 oz.25g
Bread Pudding2 oz.20g
Trifle1 2 oz.15g
Ginger Snap Cookies4 (1 oz.)23g
Shortbread Cookies4 (1 oz.)21g
Chocolate Chip Cookies220g
Peanut Butter Cookies220g
Sugar Cookies222g
Meringue Cookies615g
Rugelach1 oz./pc.17g
Sufganiyot (Jelly Donut)125g
Cheese Blintz112g
Chocolate Gelt1 oz.17g
Cheesecake1 pc. (1/6)20g
Candy Cane115g
Vanilla Ice Cream1/2 cup16g
Chocolate Ice Cream1/2 cup18g
Brand Butter2 tbsp.15g
Whipped Cream
2 tbsp.2g


Eggnog1/2 cup30g
Hot Cocoa with Water1 cup15-20g
Hot Cocoa with Milk1 cup30g
Spiced Apple Cider (Non-Alcoholic)1 cup30g
Hard Apple Cider12 oz.15-30g
Wine (White or Red)5 oz.4g
Champagne5 oz.3g
Regular Beer5 oz.12g
Light Beer12 oz.6g
Spirits1 oz.0g

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