6 Superfoods to Help Control Blood Sugar Levels
Keep your blood sugar levels under control. It’s the mantra every diabetes doctor repeats to patients. Lots of lifestyle habits can help you do this like losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise. But the one that has the biggest impact is your diet.
Are you following a Diabetic-Friendly diet? It looks something like this: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, nuts and seeds, and plenty of water. And not a lot of this: sugary drinks, candy, desserts, packaged and processed meals high in refined carbohydrates.
If you really want to get a handle on blood sugar levels, eating foods high in antioxidants, packed with vitamins and nutrients, low in calories, and contain complex carbohydrates is one of the best things you can do.
Examples of these types of superfoods include:
Beans. They’re high in fiber and protein, and take your body longer to digest than other foods. And this helps control blood sugar levels. Try: BBQ Chicken Drummies, Brussels Sprouts, Black Beans & Corn
Broccoli. It’s packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C (nutrients that help everybody needs, even without diabetes), and contains antioxidants that help reduce the risk for certain types of cancer. Try: Cheese Omelet, Broccoli & Cinnamon Apples.
Salmon. It’s packed with Omega-3 fatty acids found to help protect the heart. But research also shows eating fish twice a week can also help protect against diabetes. Try: Salmon & Vegetable Linguini
Spinach. Spinach and other leafy greens like kale can help prevent diabetes. Researchers think it’s because leafy greens are packed with vitamins A and C, and are low in calories and carbohydrates. Try: Eggplant Parmigiana and Polenta with Spinach & Roasted Peppers
Sweet Potatoes. Skip the white potatoes and dish up some sweet potatoes instead. Why? Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, take longer to digest, and help prevent rapid spikes in blood sugar levels. Try: Taco Soup with Cauliflower and Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes. Tomatoes contain lycopene and antioxidants that help control blood pressure and prevent heart disease. And it’s recommended as part of a Diabetic-Friendly diet. Try: Macaroni & Cheese with Stewed Tomatoes & Bean Blend
Looking for some tasty ways to keep your blood sugar levels in check? Add these superfoods to your diet.