The days are getting shorter, and colder. The kids are back in school. Football season is underway. Stores of all kinds are rearranging their displays.
As difficult as it may be, let’s face it: fall is here. And with these changes comes a change in diet, however slight. In fact, it can be one of the most difficult times of the year for folks managing their diabetes–the cold can bring on a craving for warm, sweet baked goods; entertaining on the weekends can lead to a looser diet.
But fret not! We have you covered. Here, and on the pages that follow, you’ll not only find six season-specific foods, but recipes for each that all can enjoy. Also, at the end of the list, you’ll find links to several terrific resources for even more recipes.
Go on now, eat well, and embrace the season!
*A medium apple contains about 80 calories and 18 grams of carbohydrate
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? In all seriousness, yes, that’s right. Did you know that nutrients found in apples can help prevent spikes in blood sugar? There are also certain enzymes found in apples that aid in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates into simple sugars. Eat them plain, toss them in a salad, bake them into a pie–this fruit is versatile.
WINTER SQUASH (Butternut, Acorn, Hubbard and Pumpkin)
*Depending on the size and variety of squash, one can expect 90-130 calories and 20-30 grams of carbohydrate
Because squash is a starchy vegetable, the key here is moderation. Eating too much of it will spike your blood sugar levels. But there are several positives. They’re a fantastic source of fiber and are rich in folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin A (converted by the body from beta-carotene), all key to managing a healthy diet.Whizzco