Chef Robert Lewis refers to himself as the “The Happy Diabetic” because he has “discovered the joy of nutrition-rich food.” The author of two cookbooks for diabetics suffers from type 2 diabetes himself. His latest endeavor is the creation of the first diabetic-friendly frozen meals. Meals-in-a-Bun will arrive in Northeast US grocery stores beginning in July and roll out across the nation through the end of the year. His Santa Clara, CA-based company, Lifestyle Chefs, specializes in creating meals inspired by world cuisines and using only natural, healthy and nutritious ingredients.
The company reports that Lifestyle Chefs’ products are all vegetarian and diabetic-friendly; thus, they are ideal for families who want fast, convenient meals that are low in calories, high in nutrition and robust in flavor. They’re low on the glycemic index, low in sugar and carbs, high in soluble fiber, low in trans-fat, high in lean protein, and low in sodium. Lewis notes, “And the best thing is, they are delicious.” Five varieties are currently available, two vegan and three vegetarian; they include selections such as Thai Satay, mushrooms, broccoli and tofu in whole-wheat flax bun. Lewis notes, “This is particularly exciting because, while there have been advances in equipment that makes life easier for diabetics, there haven’t been for convenient, packaged foods.”