Top 5 Delicious Diabetic Meals
Diabetes is a rising chronic health condition affecting millions of Americans, potentially impeding on life quality and curating further health conditions if left unmanaged. BistroMD understands and recognizes the growth of the disease, while continuously producing diabetic-friendly recipes, to manage blood sugars and satisfy both the waistline and taste buds!
Diabetes is a rising chronic health condition affecting millions of Americans, potentially impeding on life quality and curating further health conditions if left unmanaged. Though medication can promote healthy blood sugar levels, a healthy lifestyle largely impacts its regulation. BistroMD understands and recognizes the great growth of the chronic disease, energetically producing diabetes recipes, sure to manage blood sugars and satisfy both the waistline and taste buds!
Diet and Diabetes
A nutritious diet can control diabetes in a couple of ways. Firstly, being overweight raises the risk of developing blood sugars, largely related to an impairment known as insulin resistance. Additionally, especially if diagnosed with diabetes, diet has a direct link with blood sugar management. Carbohydrates fundamentally affects blood sugars, as the macronutrient is further broken down into glucose and used into energy. Though individuals often presume giving up carbohydrate sources is required to keep blood sugars within healthy levels, carbs are actually promoted in a consistent fashion from "healthy" carbs, rather than concentrated sugars and sweets. Healthier-for-you carbs include whole grains, fresh fruit and veggies, milk and dairy products, and legumes.
A diabetes diet further stresses the importance of meal timing and portions for tighter blood glucose control. Most commonly, a diabetes meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack or two. Meals are advised to contain no more than 60 grams of carbohydrate (four carb exchanges) while snacks should try to stick to 15 grams (one carb exchange). Additionally, net carb is a common term to describe the carbohydrate content of food. Net carb is simply the total carb count devoid of the fiber count, as fiber is a carb source the body cannot digest, thus unable to raise blood sugar. Though carbohydrate is the top instigator of blood sugar levels, pairing carb with protein and fat can further reduce the risk of sugar spikes.
BistroMD's Meals for Diabetics
1. Lasagna with Garden Marinara
Fitting pasta into a diabetic-friendly diet? It sounds too good to be true! But bistroMD understands the cravings for Italian meals and rose to the top with this ground chicken, three-cheese lasagna smothered in garden marina! Paired with roasted broccoli, the meal offers equal amounts of both protein and carbohydrate.
NET Carbs: 23 grams
2. Pork Tenderloin with Plum Ginger Sauce
Individuals may believe pork breaks the calorie "piggy" bank. However, utilizing tenderloin is a healthful approach to reduce fat content without truly losing the desired flavors of pork. This juicy, sliced pork tenderloin is topped with a naturally-sweetened plum ginger sauce, supplementary balanced with a toasted coconut basmati rice with protein-rich edamame and sesame sugar snap peas. Although the exact mechanism is unknown, ginger has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels and regulate insulin response.
NET Carbs: 24 grams
3. Norwegian Salmon with Bell Pepper Coulis
Bright in color from the bell pepper coulis and rich in protein from the fresh salmon... This dish falls nothing short than nourishing! Also paired with Kalamata olives, the healthy fat content is boasting, as salmon offers those omega-3 fatty acids while the olives contain monounsaturated fatty acids. Not only will blood sugars be managed, but heart health is sure to be promoted! And since individuals with diabetes are at an elevated risk of developing heart disease, the intake of healthy fats is extremely valuable.
NET Carbs: 24 grams
4. Braised Beef with Red Wine Sauce and Barley
The robust flavor of the red wine sauce topping braised beef is sure to please! Interestingly, the intake of red wine has been suggested to not only benefit heart health, but lower blood sugars. Paired with fiber-rich barley, both diabetes management and digestive health can be nurtured and benefitted!
NET Carbs: 23 grams
5. Stuffed Chicken with Spinach and Feta
Let the flavors of spinach and feta transcend into a Mediterranean destination! BistroMD transforms traditional chicken into a flavorful, stuffed masterpiece. Spinach contains high amounts of magnesium, a mineral identified to regulate blood sugars, while feta cheese offers a slight saltiness, decreasing the need or desire to reach for the salt shaker. The pairing is favorable in both diabetes management and heart protection.
NET Carbs: 17 grams