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As you get older, your body doesn’t function as well as it used to. Now, you have been diagnosed with diabetes, and to help control this condition, you need to “eat better.” Living with diabetes is a challenge. Monitoring food and blood sugar levels are already hard enough, so finding recipes shouldn’t be. Let us help you with some diabetic living recipes!
Important Things to Consider Before Cooking Diabetic Recipes
People with diabetes need to reduce the intake of simple carbohydrates like sugar in their diet. Instead, they should eat whole, unprocessed grains like brown rice, buckwheat, and oats.
Protein-packed foods should always be found on a plate when cooking diabetic meals. But eating a lot of protein does not mean you need to eat a lot of meat, especially red meat. Beans, pulses, and unsalted nuts are good sources of protein instead of red meat.
One of the quickest meals for diabetes is fruit that should be eaten whole, like a banana or an apple.
Ideas For Breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals for people with diabetes. You did not eat for the last six to eight hours while asleep, and your sugar levels have dropped during the night. So, breakfast time is a good time to eat some healthy carbohydrates full of fiber to give your body the energy it needs. Here are two recipes that we think are delicious for you.
Baked Banana and Oatmeal Cups
The banana and oats combination in these muffin-like baked goodies packs a punch of goodness without sending your blood glucose levels sky-high. The addition of nuts provides good fats and protein to ensure that this grab-and-go breakfast will keep you full and give you the energy to get on with your day’s tasks. Here is the recipe!
Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats
Overnight oats have become a staple in a healthy eating plan. They are easy to prepare the night before. Mix all the ingredients, cover, and place in a fridge for a healthy and filling breakfast to grab the next day. Nothing could be easier. Although there is no real recipe for this type of breakfast, and you can customize it to fit your palate, to get you started, here is a version that we think you may like.
Ideas For Lunch
If you have diabetes, you need to sustain your glucose levels. Many people skip lunch because they are too busy, or even worse, they quickly grab some take-out to eat on the go. Have a look at these delicious and easy to prepare lunches that you can whip up yourself in less time it would take to go to the fast-food outlet.
Veggie & Hummus Sandwich
There is nothing easier to prepare than a sandwich. You can choose anything you like to put on the sandwich, but adding leafy green veggies will give your body the iron and vitamin C to help it keep you well. Using whole wheat brown bread will prevent a sugar spike, and the fiber from vegetables will ensure you are not hungry an hour later. Here is an example to get you started.
Avocados provide important nutrients for someone living with diabetes. That small, fatty fruit delivers the right combination of healthy fats and fiber to ensure your body functions well. The egg will provide a good healthy protein source, making this sandwich a truly balanced meal. Look at the recipe and see how quick it is to prepare.
Ideas For Dinner
Dinners can be tricky to cook when you have diabetes. You want something hearty and satisfying to end a busy day, but at the same time, you don’t want to spend hours in a kitchen preparing it. Here are some ideas of easy and healthy meals that give you the nutrients your body needs.
Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew
You can load this meal up into a slow cooker in the morning before leaving for work, and when you get back, you will have already prepared hearty stew that won’t spike your blood sugar level and provide all the nutrients to keep you healthy. Here is the full recipe.
Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan
There is nothing easier to prepare quickly than a pasta dish. The chicken and spinach combination is delicious, and using whole-wheat pasta in this recipe will provide the extra boost of fiber to give you energy without the spike in blood glucose. Look at this recipe to decide whether this is a dish you will want to taste.
Hearty Chickpea & Spinach Stew
This meal does not include any meat. To show you that you don’t always need to have that steak and potatoes on a plate to feel full and satisfied. Including more plant-based protein in your diet will make you feel healthier, and this recipe packs a punch with flavor. Here is the recipe.
Even though living with diabetes is a challenge, the condition can be kept under control with a little planning and changing your old habits. We hope that these diabetic living recipes will help you get your meal plan on track and help you keep your blood sugar levels within normal limits. Contact us at North Star Senior Advisors so we can help you find the perfect senior community.