When you have diabetes, it’s important to watch what you eat. There are several diabetes superfoods that will make you feel better and help to control your diabetes. Check out our list of 10 superfoods for diabetes.
- Vegetables. This one might seem obvious, but vegetables really are one of the best superfoods for diabetes. Choose low-carb veggies like eggplant, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, and zucchini. Eat them raw or roasted.
- Low-calorie drinks. Infuse your water with fruits, vegetables or herbs like lemon, cucumber, mint, and cinnamon. Water will fill you up so you won’t be as hungry for other foods, and the extra flavor will add a kick, plus help you avoid unhealthy sodas.
- Greens. Greens are a superfood to control diabetes, and super healthy too! Roast kale leaves in the oven with olive oil and salt to make crunchy, flavorful chips.
- Organic Dairy. Dairy is a good source of protein for people with diabetes. Stick to organic dairy for more nutritional value. Greek yogurt is a great option, since it’s chock full of healthy probiotics and also has less carbs than regular yogurt. Greek yogurt can also reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Tuna or salmon. These fatty fish are great for heart health; plus they fill you up and give you energy. They also reduce inflammation. When given a choice, choose fish!
- Berries. Berries are a low-carb sweet treat filled with nutrients and fiber. Eat them as a snack or dessert for a pick-me-up. Melon is also a good low-carb fruit option.
- Beans. Beans can help fill you up, and are also tasty. Try a black bean and corn salsa with raw veggies.
- Flaxseeds. Flaxseeds needs to be eaten ground – either buy ground seeds or grind them up yourself. Flaxseeds can decrease heart disease risk and improve blood sugar control. They can help you feel full and even improve gut health. Mix them into a smoothie for a boost of health!
- Avocado. Make a tasty guacamole or use avocados in a Cobb salad. Avocados are full of good fat that will fill you up and are full of potassium, fiber, and fatty acids.
- Nuts. Nuts are a safe and tasty treat to keep around. They are high in fiber and low in carbs. Try these choices with the lowest amounts of digestible carbs: Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, and walnuts.
Get Creative with Diabetes Superfoods
For a treat, try peanut butter or dark chocolate, as long as these foods don’t make your blood sugar spike too much. For healthy dips, try homemade guacamole, hummus, or olive oil with Dijon mustard and shallots. For a flavorful drink, try water infused with lemon, cucumber, or cinnamon. Spice up your entrees with garlic or turmeric. Get creative and find new ways to eat healthy foods that will keep your diabetes in control.
Listen to Your Body
While the above foods tend to be superfoods for diabetes, listen to your own body as to how it handles certain foods. Some foods may make your blood sugar spike even if they don’t for someone else, or you may have allergic reactions to certain foods. Avoid anything that doesn’t make your body the healthiest it can be.