As every diabetic knows, controlling blood sugar is an everyday concern. This can be especially difficult for some during the summer months when ice cream, water ice, and other sugary treats are warm weather favorites. While you might have to skip some, diabetes doesn’t mean you have to forgo all desserts and treats forever. You might just have to make a few adjustments or try out a few new things. Here are a few of our favorite tips to keep you satiated and your blood sugar in check:
Eat Berries: Summertime is great for local produce, and berries should be on the top of your shopping whether you have diabetes or not. Take advantage of the season and pick up strawberries, blueberries, and any other of your favorite berries. Berries are low in sugar and high in antioxidants and fiber. Plus, they are delicious and can be eaten in many different ways. You can eat them right from the package, puree them into a smoothie, or freeze them for your favorite frozen treat.
Make Desserts at Home: When you go to a restaurant, you are kind of at the mercy of the chef. It’s much easier to make desserts at home where you are in complete control of what goes into the recipe. There are so many recipes online as well as diabetic cookbooks that you can try out to find recipes that appeal to your palate.
Keep Portion Control in Mind: In addition to watching out for foods loaded with carbs and sugar, you should also make sure you are not eating too much. For example, you could make a delicious low sugar cake from your favorite diabetes cookbook, but eating the whole cake in one sitting isn’t good for your health either. Try to exercise portion control and if you find that this is difficult for you, make or purchase single serving desserts.
As always, you should consult your doctor or nutritionist with any questions you might have about diabetes and diet. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different and you might have a different reaction to certain foods than others. Also, in order to manage your diabetes, you will need to have your diabetes supplies available, like a blood glucose monitor, lancet, lancing device, and blood glucose test strips. Contact us today at 1 (800) 737-0045 to order your diabetes supplies online!