It’s no secret that diet has a profound impact on blood sugar levels. While there is no forever-cure diet for diabetic patients, food choices are important for managing type 2 diabetes symptoms.
According to a study on possibilities of diabetes remission, people with the disease can get off medication and lower their risk of chronic diabetes-related complications through diet and lifestyle changes.
That said, it’s common to see diabetic patients getting bored and worn out with food choices. Eating bland, boring foods day in and day out in an attempt to control blood glucose gets the better of them. The majority give up on this regimen.
That doesn’t have to be the case.
You can eat a variety of satisfying meals and spruce up the taste by mixing and matching different food groups. Mentioned below are the top diabetic food recipes you can attempt this year:
Note: Different foods have different impact on blood sugar levels. When trying out these recipes, you want to make sure they don’t bring a large spike in your blood sugar. As a result, you need to monitor blood glucose, which can be done with a continuous glucose monitor.
A glucose meter by Dexcom will provide the most relevant insights at a glance. You can keep a check on glycemic levels and know your risk of hypoglycemia in seconds. By getting a summary of your glucose pattern with the option of accessing data via a mobile app, you can analyze the impact of different foods on your blood sugar and modify recipes/diet accordingly.
With that, let’s move onto the top diabetic recipes for 2016:
- Goat cheese and asparagus
For this dish, you need a nonstick olive oil cooking spray, thin asparagus spears, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese, 2 teaspoons toasted pine nuts, and 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper.
Preparation is easy. Just remove the woody base from all asparagus spears. Then place it in a pan and lightly coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with pepper and salt. Then grill the spears on a greased rack of charcoal grill until they become tender and crisp. Transfer later to a serving plate and sprinkle with pine nuts and goat cheese.
- Cabbage and Beef Wraps
This recipe is for getting a good dose of protein, which is important if your diabetes management plan includes working out. You need 4 to 8 inches of regular flour tortillas, ½ cup onions (chopped), 1 cup frozen kernel corn (whole), ¼ barbecue sauce (bottled), 12 ounces lean ground beef, and 2 cups coleslaw mix.
Place tortillas in foil and heat at 350 degrees in an oven for about 8 minutes. Then take a large skillet and cook onion until it is tender and meat until it is brown. Then put and stir the corn and coleslaw mix in skillet. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, and stir in the sauce. Cook and stir until thoroughly heated. Spoon about ¼ cup of this filling at the center of the tortilla, and roll up from bottom to serve.
- Veggie and Tofu pockets
This recipe is low in sodium and cholesterol, and can be used as a substitute to meat for protein intake. You need thinly sliced online, thinly sliced zucchini, 16 ounce fresh bean curd (water-packed tofu), ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 red pepper cut into thin strips, 3 whole wheat pita bread, and nonstick cooking spray. You can also add mozzarella soy cheese and Italian dressing.
Dry tofu and cut it into thin slices. Combine these slices with onion, pepper, and zucchini in a large bowl. Add pepper, salt, and oil. Then coat a baking pan with a cooking spray. Spread tofu mixture, and roast uncovered for 12 minutes. Create pockets by opening pita halve, and divide the roasted mixture among pita pockets. Spray with Italian dressing and sprinkle mozzarella cheese.
Feel free to try out these recipes, and leave comments if you have additional recipe ideas.