The good news is that people managing diabetes need not sacrifice the joy of eating. With moderation, sound nutritional practices, and careful monitoring of carbohydrates, a diabetic food plan is a healthy way for the whole family to eat.
So whether you have been living with diabetes, are pre-diabetic, or are caring for someone with the condition, the essential nutrients of good health include lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and healthy fats such as nuts and olive oil.
The best way to keep meals from getting boring — and to prevent the temptations of food high in sugar and empty calories — is to experiment with new recipes. Spice up your daily menu with some of these delicious new diabetic-friendly dishes.
Omelet of Tomatoes and Black Olives With Gorgonzola
Breakfast is a key meal of the day, providing energy and good glucose management.
Avocado Mango Salad With Fresh (or Blue) Cheese, Bacon and Pumpkin Seeds
A few sprinkles of bacon and blue cheese add a lot of flavor without excess fat.
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
Yum! This chilled soup is a hot-weather crowd pleaser.
Chicken Stir-Fried With Fresh Ginger
Use any left-over chicken for a sandwich or salad the next day.
Beef and Green Chili Tacos
For variety, substitute ground chicken or turkey for the beef.
Sweet Potato Coconut Curry With Shrimp
Add some steamed spinach or a small portion of basmati rice.
Eggplants With Tomatoes and Chickpeas
Keep the kitchen cool in hot weather and prepare the eggplant on the grill.
Apricots With Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts
Pistachios are a wonderful alternative to hazelnuts in this nutrient-packed appetizer or snack.
Lemon Fool With Fresh Berries
This updated version of a classic dessert substitutes yogurt for whipped cream. An ideal make-ahead dessert.
Gingery Pears in Green Tea
Sprinkle these poached pears with some toasted almonds for a light dessert.