Diabetic Diet: Creating an Exciting But Sensible Plan for You
Being diabetic does not mean being stuck to eating tasteless, boring meals for the rest of your life! In fact, you can make eating more exciting even if you are sticking to a diet prescribed by your doctor. The secret to creating tasty meals – even medically required ones – is information. Arming yourself with information paves the way to experimentation. As long as you know the best foods that are right for you, you can experiment and create tasty, satisfying meals. In today’s post, we are listing down ways to make every meal exciting even if you are sticking to a diabetic diet:
Learn More About Low Glycemic Foods
Your journey towards mastering satisfying meals starts at learning all about low glycemic foods. Although fruits and vegetables are a part of a healthy diet, some contain more natural sugars than others. You can go online and check a complete list of low glycemic foods. Look for foods that are low in sugars but high in essential nutrients including fiber, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients are essential to diabetics. Sweet potatoes, berries, green leafy vegetables, and citrus fruits are a few low GI foods that are suitable for diabetics.
Adding (Natural) Flavors to Drinks
Being a diabetic, you have to be cautious about the kinds of drinks you take. But this does not mean you have to stick to plain water all the time. There are so many ways to make plain water exciting! You can try herbal teas and unsweetened teas. These drinks are delicious, refreshing, and packed with antioxidants. You can also consume low fat milk to get your daily dose of calcium and vitamin D. Finally, we recommend making your own water infusions. Water infusion involves adding sliced fruits and veggies to plain water to add delicate flavors to the drink. Just slice your favorite low GI fruits and/or veggies, chuck them on a pitcher of plain water and stick it in the fridge.
Be Smart About Sweets
You don’t have to avoid sugar altogether even if you are sticking to a diabetic diet. The key to smarting up on sweets is portion control. Controlling your portions help ease yourself into a diet with reduced sugar. Give yourself time to adjust to your new diet and wean yourself off sugar gradually. Just cut back on white bread or pasta and replace unhealthy desserts with healthy ones. You can still enjoy a small serving of your favorite desserts but do so in moderation.
We also recommend eating sweets after a meal rather than eating desserts as a standalone snack. Consuming sweets as a standalone snack will cause your blood sugar level to surge!
If you are a diabetic and you are sticking to a diabetic diet, you don’t have to forgo snacking completely. Contrary to popular notion, snacking is good for the health. It staves off hunger and promotes satiety after a meal. Snacks do not have to be sweet, oily, or fattening. Go for fresh (low GI) fruits and vegetables as snacks. A low fat yogurt, a bowl of sliced fruits, a handful of nuts, or a crunchy set of veggies make the perfect snacks for diabetics. These snacks are also low in calories, sugars, and fat!