The following slideshow shows you just how many easy diabetic recipes the average cook can prepare with no problem.
Learning about options in food choices is key towards creating or following diabetes diet recipes. And while it’s easy to just pick up a book on diabetic recipes, many times they won’t have instructions for creating your favorite meals. In instance like these, a good idea is to learn to create your own.
This way you won’t be continually dependent on the tastes of someone else. Once you are aware of the basic strategies, you can easily construct your own diabetic diet recipes that will be suited to your individual tastes.
However, if you are completely unsure as to where to even start, it’s not a bad idea to pick up a book of diabetic recipes (see above). Or, alternatively, you can seek the services of a dietician who specializes in the diabetic diet.
Strategy #1 – Ingredient Switching
A good place to begin is to become familiar with the glycemic index. This is a list of common foods paired with an index number from 0 to 100 indicating what effect that food has on the body’s blood sugar.
Those with a high index will raise your blood sugar level the fastest. Those foods with a low glycemic index will raise your blood sugar levels the slowest.
In converting a diabetic recipe from a favorite dish, you want to focus mainly on replacing the ingredients that have a high GI with ones that have a low GI.
For example, pasta is a favorite food among millions of people. Refined pasta made of white flour has a GI of 65 – 80, depending on various factors. Whole grain pasta, on the other hand, has a GI of about 40-50. Therefore, if you love pasta and don’t want to give it up, simply switching from refined pasta to whole grain pasta will bring the GI rating for your recipe down considerably.
In the same vein, white rice has a GI of 80-95. Brown rice has a GI of 60-87. So, if you love Chinese food, simply replacing the white rice with whole grain brown rice with significantly lower the GI of your meal.
And the same is true of any other ingredient that makes up your favorite food. Simply, look at your original, then scan the GI table for possible replacement that have a lower GI value.
Strategy #2 – Food Choices
Many times, creating a healthy diet is simply a matter of choosing the right kinds of foods. But what are these ‘right’ foods?
For diabetics, a good start is to look at the diabetes food pyramid. This is, basically, a re-imagining of the USDA food pyramid modified to focus on foods good for those with diabetes.
The pyramid basically divides foods into groups. And, by simply constructing your menu to choose primarily food from the bottom of the pyramid and combining them with lesser amounts of food from the top of the pyramid, you will usually end up with a healthy meal.