Dish Up These 6 Springtime Foods to Manage Diabetes


Foods to Eat When You Have Diabetes

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” That’s a smart seven-word diet plan by author Michael Pollen in his book: “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.” And it’s a smart way to eat if you have diabetes.OK. So some fish, lean beef, and poultry can still be part of a healthy diet. But when you have diabetes, eating more plant-based foods is a highly-effective way to control blood sugar levels.And that’s what you want, right? No rapid spikes in blood glucose from dangerously high to dangerously low. Eating the right foods can help you keep your blood sugar in check.Hungry for some plant-based foods for Diabetic-Friendly meals? Celebrate spring with these 6 healthy foods and keep your blood sugar levels in check. Try:

1. Bell peppers (Red, green & yellow)

They’re packed with vitamins and nutrients that help prevent certain types of cancer, reduce inflammation, and lower stress hormones linked to heart disease and obesity. Try:

  • Beef Meatballs & Alfredo Shell Pasta, with Corn with Peppers & Green Beans
  • Breaded Pollock, Peas with Mushrooms, Onions, Red Peppers, Carrots
2. Asparagus

Did you know it takes up to 4 years for newly planted asparagus seeds to start producing asparagus spears you can eat? That’s a long time, right? But good things come to those who wait. A healthy asparagus plant will produce fresh spears for about two decades.It’s a high-fiber, low-starch vegetable that can help prevent heart disease, reduce inflammation, and regulate blood sugar levels. Try:

  • Breakfast Scramble, Hashbrowns & Asparagus
  • Fried Egg Patties, Sweet Potatoes & Asparagus
  • Grilled Chicken with Florentine Rice, Asparagus & Carrots
3. Artichokes

Artichokes might not be a go-to vegetable you eat frequently, but maybe it should be.They’re high in magnesium, which can help control blood pressure, reduce pain, control sodium levels, prevent muscle cramps, and more. Try:

4. Sweet Corn

Go for sweet corn on the cob, or try sweet corn in your favorite dish. It’s a starchy vegetable, so you need to be mindful of its carbohydrate load to manage diabetes.But it can be part of a Diabetic-Friendly diet. Sweet corn is packed with vitamins and nutrients that help support metabolism and prevent certain types of cancer. Try:

  • Chimichurri Chicken Breast Patty With Black Beans & Corn and Stewed Tomatoes
  • Pepperoni Pizza with 4 Seasons Vegetables & Whole Kernel Corn
  • Breaded Chicken Patty, Spring Vegetables & Corn
5. Leafy Greens

Go ahead pick your favorites. Broccoli, spinach, kale, cauliflower, collard greens. Leafy greens are packed with health benefits that help control blood pressure, manage weight, and prevent inflammation. Try: