Living, or more specifically, eating can be difficult when suffering from diabetes. But help has arrived. Get geared up to throw type 2 diabetes into reverse with this stockpile of delicious, nutritious foods with low glycemic indexes!
Think Green: Green vegetables such as collard greens and kale are the poster children of high-nutrient dining. Dark-green leafy vegetables take the cake as far as calcium, folate, vitamin C, potassium, carotenoids, and fiber go and are extremely simple to prepare. Just saute with garlic and olive oil and voila!
When Life Gives You Lemons: From grapefruit to limes, citrus fruits are packed with soluble fiber and vitamin C. You just can’t go wrong with citrus. Oranges are a favorite!
Berry, Berry Good: Blueberries and strawberries are chock-full of iron, fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Not to mention, they’re pretty tasty. Eat them with some Greek yogurt or on their own! On a hot day, nothing tastes better than fresh berries!
You Say Tomato: Pureed, sliced, or stewed, tomatoes are always good! And when you eat tomatoes, you’re taking in tons of vital nutrients, including vitamin E, iron, and vitamin C!
The Reel Deal: Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are otherwise pretty hard to come by. Omega-3 fatty acids are wonderful because they are known to boost heart health and lower triglycerides.
Go Skinless: Skinless chicken, especially the breast, is extremely lean and notably low in calories. Chicken breast is also extremely low in saturated fat, which is known to raise cholesterol and lead to insulin resistance!
Feel the EVOO Love: Extra virgin olive oil is a monosaturated fat that is extremely effective in lowering cholesterol and the risk of heart disease! A grocery store staple, olive oil is an extremely versatile cooking ingredient! Be careful though, 2 Tbsp satisfies the body’s fat requirement for the day!
Go Greek: Aside from being extremely convenient, Greek yogurt cups are the perfect no-fuss, nutritious snack. Greek yogurt has tons of calcium, which benefits bones and teeth, and vitamin D. It also includes probiotics, which benefit digestive health, is high in protein, and contains much less sugar than its non-Greek counterpart!
Take Heart: Famous for warding off vampires, garlic is also notoriously heart-healthy! So the next time you’re chowing down on some Zucchini Crispy Cakes, rest assured that you’re eating something famous for lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk of heart attack!