Five Tasty Veggies to Keep Your Diabetes in Check

Looking to keep your blood sugar and diabetes in check?  This is especially helpful for those who suffer Diabetes. Often you are trying to find the right foods that won’t elevate your sugars too much.

Try adding these five tasty veggies to you meal plan.

1.) Spinach:

–  A great low carb choice that is so versatile.
–  Because spinach is full of folate, beta carotene, iron, and Vitamin K 
–  It’s a great choice to mix it in salads along with other veggies and greens.
–  Fold some in an omelet or throw it into the blender along with a little fruit for a nutritious smoothie.

2.) Tomato:

–  Another super food for diabetes, packed with Vitamin C, a good source of Vitamin A, potassium and fiber.
–  Tomatoes are also low-carb and low-cal at just 32 calories per cup. –  In addition the nutrient lycopene, which gives red tomatoes their color, is a powerful antioxidant which may protect against Cardiac Heart Disease and Prostate Cancer.
–  Tomatoes are a great addition to any salad, or add a juicy slice to a sandwich for some extra flavor.

 

3.) Broccoli:

–  This common veggie which is often a household favorite is loaded with vitamins A, vitamin C, and Vitamin D.
–  It also has calcium, fiber, and iron.
–  The American Dietetic Association says to look for florets that are packed tightly together and are dark green.
–  Because it can be quite perishable make sure to eat it soon after buying it.
–  Broccoli is tasty served raw in a veggie tray, or lightly steamed and seasoned.

 

4.) Cucumber:

–  Cool, crisp, and low carb, cucumbers are a great choice for diabetes.
–  A generous one cup portion has fewer than 5 grams of Carbohydrates.
–  You can get your fill of this fresh veggie without worrying about raising your blood sugar too much.
–  Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin K and they also contain potassium and vitamin C.
–  Although cucumbers are a great addition to a green salad, consider adding cucumber slices to sandwiches and wraps as well.

 

5.) Cauliflower:

–  Another great low carb versatile option.
–  This snow colored veggie is brimming with vitamin C, in fact just one serving has half your daily requirement.
–  Cauliflower has fiber, calcium, and iron to boot.
–  You can serve it raw on a veggie tray, lightly steamed, or even cooked and pureed and added to soup.
–  Some have even found steamed, pureed cauliflower to be a great low carb substitute for mashed potatoes.

 

*Adapted from an article in Everyday Health

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