Maintaining healthy eating habits can be difficult for anyone, but for those living with Diabetes making proper dietary choices is essential. It’s not only Diabetics who can benefit from eating better. Following a few simple habits on a daily basis can help improve your health and maintain a healthy weight.
When it comes to and high volume catering for large crowds, it is vital that diabetic friendly food is prepared.
Don’t be afraid of variety!
Eat as many foods from the different food groups as you can, provided that you stay within your calorie limits. Choose foods that are high in vitamins and minerals rather than eating foods high in sugars or fats.
Avoid refined carbohydrates and food high in sugar
When eating carbohydrates, it’s important to make healthier choices. Carbs found in processed foods and foods high in sugar and fats generally contain bad carbs. While carbohydrates found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and low-fat dairy products are far more acceptable.
Minimise salt intake
Try limiting your sodium intake to less than 2500 milligrams per day (one teaspoon of salt is equal to 2300 milligrams). This means staying away from processed foods, and using as little salt and seasoning while cooking.
Eating foods which help keep your blood sugar and glucose levels low are considered to be the best for any Diabetic. Generally speaking, foods high in carbohydrates and sugar such as bread, pasta, rice, cereals, desserts and milk should all be avoided as much as possible.
Eat a wide variety of vegetables
Whether you’re eating them raw or cooked, vegetables are a great way to add flavour, texture and colour to any meal. Veggies such as mushrooms, baby marrow, eggplant and tomatoes can be used in a variety of dishes. Spice up your veggies with a low-fat dressing such as salsa, guacamole or hummus.
Tasty, low-calorie drinks
It goes without saying that you should avoid sugary and carbonated drinks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare interesting, flavourful drinks. Add vegetables such as cucumber or lemon to water for a zesty and refreshing drink, or try some cold tea with lemon or a cinnamon stick.
Get more for less with melons and berries
Significantly lower your carbohydrate intake by eating plenty of berries and melon. A single cup of either has only 15 grams of carbs, just aware of the amount you eat as fruit still contains Fructose. You could also eat them with low-fat yogurt for a decadent treat.
Get the right fats and proteins
You don’t need to cut out fats completely, rather eat fats found in foods such as olive oil, avocado and certain fatty fishes. Eat clean cuts of lean meats like chicken and fish as well as eggs or cottage cheese. Snacks such as peanut butter on a celery stick is also a great way to get vitamins and proteins. Diet and nutrition is all about a balanced outlook on life and how to make the best decision for your health.