If you're diabetic or you cook for one, you're constantly bombarded by media messages about the latest diet fads like the green coffee bean diet from Dr. Oz or other diets touted in numerous health magazines.
It can all be so confusing.
So where can you find information you trust?--the American Diabetes Association. They have a list of the latest superfoods that help keep your diabetes under control. Even if you already see a dietician or nutritionist, it's a good idea to try and work these foods into your diet. They all have a low glycemic index--meaning they help prevent the spikes in blood sugar that are harmful to the health of diabetics. Here are five of their top 10.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
We've all heard about the health benefits from eating dark green leafy veggies. They are very low in calories, packed full of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and so perfect for someone wanting to control their diabetes. Even if you think these veggies are the last thing on the planet you'd eat, go to your favorite Seattle's Farmers Market or grocery store and ask the grower or head of the department about spinach, chard, collards, or kale and how to cook them.
Grapefruit, Oranges, Lemon and Limes
Grapefruit for breakfast, oranges packed with a lunch, and lemon and limes squeezed into water with ice are all yummy ways to get your daily dose of Vitamin C and fiber.
Better for you than regular potatoes and tasty too, this wonderful veggie loaded with Vitamin A and fiber can be cooked on the grill sliced and brushed with oil and some basil.
Who can resist all the wonderful berries summer brings. It doesn't matter if you love raspberries, blueberries, or a local Seattle favorite, blackberries--they all are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Eat by hand or throw in a smoothie.
With all of our hot weather, get ready to pick your own or receive a boatload from your neighbors. High in Vitamin C and E these delicious beauties are perfect in salads, made into sauce, or canned for the winter. Try this recipe of Sliced Tomatoes with Pesto Drizzle.
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