Diabetic friendly recipes you can try at home.
Diabetic-friendly recipes– Decadent chocolate puddings, delicious parfaits, juicy cheesecakes topped with fruit. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you have to say goodbye to all the sweet things, right? Wrong. “If people are too restrictive and don’t allow themselves to indulge on occasion, they can get frustrated and go binging,” Dr. AK Jhingan, a diabetic from Primus Hospital and chairman of Delhi Diabetes Research Center. Healthy diabetic diet is about balance. So yes, diabetics should try to cut down on sugary foods and drinks as a general rule, but do not embark on a sad new diet, boring and devoid of joys. He adds, “Follow the routine of eating small and frequent meals to keep your blood sugar levels in check.” So all you have to do is limit your portions and choose carefully.
Who says you can’t have chocolate when you see what you eat? You can still get cozy with hot chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top or a whipped cream parfait as long as you skip the sugar. You even assume a heavenly one phirni is too sinful to appear on a diabetes friendly menu, but things are not always as they appear. And if you’re a fruit lover, you’re in luck – it’s the easiest and healthiest way to decorate a dessert because of its natural sweetness and fiber content. When adding fruit to your meal plan, choose fruits that are lower in natural sugars, such as berries, melon and apples.
In times when your taste buds are screaming for something a little more fun and flavorful than a basic banana or apple, we have you our top dietician-approved ideas. For a powerful diabetes snack, you can always opt for a mix of nuts and dried fruits such as almonds with raisins or goji berries, as almonds limit blood sugar levels and also help you stay full. You can snack on whole-grain biscuits as well as grapes and cottage cheese, as it adds protein to stabilize blood sugar and slows hunger. Fresh vegetables rich in minerals and vitamins such as carrots, celery or broccoli pair perfectly with a fresh yogurt dip, otherwise you can choose hummus with cucumber, peppers, broccoli and carrots. Hummus may be caloric, but it also offers fiber and nutrients.
Our best diabetic recipes include simple substitutions to cut fat, calories and sugar – and yet taste nothing short of spectacular. As long as moderation is taken into consideration, consider making these diabetes-friendly recipes next time yours sweet tooth beckons. The festive treats are a hit at any party and thrill part of your daily routine.
Here are a few recipes with a low glycemic index as recommended by Dr. Rupali Dutta, Chief Clinical Nutritionist at Fortis-Escorts Hospital for Diabetics.
1. Chicken with low fat butter
This butter chicken recipe is simple and quick, with many flavors and shocking butter. Enjoy the popular butter chicken without even consuming butter! Cook this for a dinner party paired with a parantha, naan or rice, and keep your guests guessing. Take a spoonful and you or your guests can’t even tell the difference!
2. Sugar-free rice pudding
Made with a small stem of lemongrass, a stick of cinnamon and freshly ground nutmeg. This sugar-free rice pudding is our new favorite dessert. Serve with a pineapple ginger compote, flavored with lemon peel.
A delicious sugar-free rice pudding for all diabetics with a sweet tooth and for those who want to cut down on calories!
3. Low fat celery
When your stomach starts to rumble, you need a snack that can curb your hunger without blowing up your blood sugar. And did you know: 1 large bar of celery has only 10 calories? It is definitely a good addition to soup, pairs perfectly with other greens, is very nutritious and low in calories.
4. Make fat pepper chicken dry
Marinated in pepper and turmeric, enjoy the best of this spicy Andhra-style chicken recipe created specifically for calorie conscious and diabetics. Garnished with whole red chili, low fat chicken dry is a spicy recipe best served as a side dish on a party menu and loved by all.
5. Two-in-one phirni (sugar free)
A classic creamy sweet pudding made with rice, milk, almonds, cardamom and a layer of pista. This recipe, flavored with roses and minus sugar, is the real kick when you crave something sweet.
A simple two-layer rice pudding – one pista and one flavored with rose essence. Indulgent!
6. French onion soup with low fat
Low in fat and oh so delicious, we promise you won’t be disappointed. Once you try this old world classic – French onion recipe, you will never try another.
7. Kanyakumari fish curry without oil
Coconut and yummy, this fish curry tastes surprisingly delicious minus the oil. A fish curry made with coconut, tamarind, mild spices and absolutely no oil. Just the perfect right for those who keep an eye on their diet.
8th Low fat shawarma
If you love wrapping – and who doesn’t – you will definitely enjoy this healthy opportunity. Filled with fried chicken, tomatoes, onions and chili – you will love this low fat chicken shawarma. Spruce it up with a yogurt-based sauce and voila! It is a winner of a bowl.
9. Sugar-free granola
Healthy with a whole lot of flavor! Whip up this quick and light sugar-free granola packed with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, oats just minus the honey. Spruce it up with the goodness of almonds, fresh fruits and yogurt.
10th Low fat Dahi chicken
Made with yogurt, garam masala and slit green chilies, this Indian chicken curry is high on proteins, low on carbohydrates and decidedly diabetic-friendly.
A chicken curry that is no less than delicious, and when low in fat, do you even have to think of anything else to cook for dinner?
11. Faldhari Badam ki Barfi (Sugar Free)
A delicious festive treat, Faldhari badaam ki barfi has dehydrated fruits and nuts such as almonds, pistachios and figs mixed with mawa to make this sugar-free mithai. You can serve this on festive occasions like Diwali and enjoy it without worrying about the health difficulties.
Make and serve these lovely sugar-free fall hari barfis this festive season in favor of nuts.