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Diabetic taste testing event set for Monday

Samplings of pumpkin coffee cake, cucumber dip and fruit tarts, pictured above, will be up for sampling at a taste testing event being hosted by the Phoebe Diabetes Care Center on Monday at Phoebe Northwest.

Samplings of pumpkin coffee cake, cucumber dip and fruit tarts, pictured above, will be up for sampling at a taste testing event being hosted by the Phoebe Diabetes Care Center on Monday at Phoebe Northwest.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Due to the focus given to food during the final weeks of the year, there can be a mindset among diabetics that it is necessary to avoid family get-togethers during the holidays.

An upcoming event may be able to let diabetics know they can eat what others are eating without the guilt or high blood sugars that might follow.

The Phoebe Diabetes Care Center will host its third annual holiday dish test tasting event from 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Phoebe Northwest Conference Room.

The theme of this year's event is "Have your cake and eat it too!" During the tasting, the public will get to sample several diabetic-friendly foods to enjoy during the holidays while also picking up the recipes for them.

"This is so we can showcase healthy foods for diabetics, or really anybody," said Julie Joiner, a dietitian with the Phoebe Diabetes Care Center.

"It shows (diabetic) patients that they can still enjoy the holiday season."

Guests will receive recipe booklets containing the recipes for all of the food at the event, including hot spiced cranberry cider, pumpkin waffles, oven-baked kale chips, cucumber yogurt dip, corn bread, apple cole slaw, smothered greens, party fruit tarts, pumpkin coffee cake and hazelnut mocha torte.

Coordinators say there will be roughly a dozen recipes on hand to sample.

"It is geared toward the holidays, but these are things that could be used all year long," said Heather O'Connor, a registered nurse with the diabetes center. "There are some patients that have come in for group meetings asking if we are doing it (the tasting event) again."

The event can also be beneficial to non-diabetic hosts who might have diabetics coming to visit for holiday meals, Joiner said.

Phoebe Northwest is located at 2336 Dawson Road. It is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to call ahead of time at (229) 312-1392 so officials can ensure there will be enough food on hand.