Your palate doesn’t have to suffer to keep your blood sugar under control. These simple recipes and ideas let you choose foods that not only taste great but also help to control many symptoms of diabetes.
Oatmeal With Blueberries
Use steel-cut oats, which are rich in fiber and magnesium. Soluble fiber helps regulate blood sugar levels, while magnesium helps the body maintain balanced glucose and insulin levels. Blueberries naturally sweeten this warming treat and provide additional blood sugar control and fat-fighting benefits.
This crunchy delight combines the diabetes-fighting benefits of fiber- and mineral-rich spinach with the anti-inflammatory properties of walnuts to reduce several symptoms of diabetes. Toss in a chopped green apple, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar for a tasty lunch.
Individuals with low levels of vitamin D have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This vital nutrient may also improve the general condition of people who already have diabetes. Low-fat yogurt is a smart source of calcium and vitamin D. Sweeten it with fiber-rich blackberries for a satisfying snack.
Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are loaded with antioxidants that reduce inflammation and lower blood glucose levels. Season baked sweet potatoes with ground cinnamon for even better results. Daily consumption of cinnamon reduces blood sugars by as much as 30 percent in some cases.
Broccoli With Yogurt Ranch Dip
Broccoli is another anti-inflammatory food that helps regulate blood sugar levels and reduce heart complications. Pair it with a fat-free yogurt ranch dip for a tasty snack or side dish that’s high in Vitamin D.
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Dark Chocolate-Drizzled Strawberries
Surprisingly, this decadent dessert satisfies your sweet tooth while helping the body regulate insulin levels. Consuming moderate amounts of dark chocolate may also improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Fresh Berry Smoothie
This naturally sweet cold treat satisfies your ice cream cravings, provides a boost in calcium and Vitamin D, and delivers plenty of antioxidants. Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are also high in fiber, which improves the body’s ability to control blood sugars.
Moderate amounts of peanut butter may reduce the risk of developing diabetes. It’s a good source of fiber, heart-healthy fats and plant-based proteins. Spread a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter on a slice of multigrain toast, or try it in this diabetic-friendly peanut butter cup recipe.Whizzco