5 Food Hacks for Diabetes
When I work with clients who try to better control their diabetes, one of the main points I try to take home is that all the foods can fit. It is possible to satisfy your cravings for your favorite foods while keeping your blood glucose levels stable and getting the nutrients you need.
1. Greek yogurt in creamy foods. This trick is an old but good one. Greek yogurt is a great substitute for things like mayonnaise, sour cream and even ice cream! Try a tablespoon of simple Greek yogurt in your next batch of tacos or use it instead of sour cream for sauces and salad dressings. You can also beat a couple of tablespoons of simple Greek yogurt in your favorite recipe for chicken or tuna salad to reduce the level of saturated fats and increase protein.
2. Nuts and legumes in baked goods. Apart from the obvious high sugar content of baked goods such as cakes and cookies, the white flour with which it is traditionally baked can also cause blood sugar levels to skyrocket. Surprisingly, the starch found in beans can be a great alternative to flour in some baked goods. Chickpea flour, for example, can be used instead of white flour when making chocolate chip cookies.
3. Avocado instead of butter. Although it sounds unconventional, the smooth and creamy texture of the avocado along with its high content of healthy fat makes it a big change for butter in many baked goods. From breads to donuts to even chocolate cake, using crushed avocados instead of butter can significantly reduce calories and saturated fats in a recipe.
4. Alternate cauliflower of starch favorites. Cauliflower is a vegetable that is good for wearing many hats. Gone are the days of simply steaming the vegetable and adding a little butter. Now, cauliflower is gaining popularity in the world of enthusiasts for its ability to act as a bright, low-carbohydrate substitute for starchy foods, such as rice, and even pizza dough!
5. Vegetarian versions of "fries". It can be difficult to find a true replacement for the king of all comforting foods: the omnipresent chips. But with a little creativity, you can enjoy crispy and tasty potato chips while you manage to incorporate a portion of vegetables into your meal.
Video credits to Type 2 Diabetes YouTube channel