Diabetes Snack Bars and Drinks
First, check out your options. Find the products that please your taste buds. Next, determine which, if any, help you better manage your blood glucose levels. To determine their effect, check your blood glucose level before eating a bar or drink. Then check your blood glucose level one to two hours and three to four hours afterwards to see the effect. You gain the best insight if you eat the bar or drink alone. If you eat other foods in addition, it will be difficult to determine the effect of the bar or drink. If you are pleased with the results, keep a supply of the bars and drinks on hand. Use them regularly if they help you manage your blood glucose or for times you need a snack or meal and a healthier choice isn’t right nearby
Cutting Down on Fat in the Diet
Presently most dietitians are recommending that no more than 30% of your daily calories come from fat, although recently some are now calling for lowering that to 20 to 25% of daily calories. Those dreaded saturated fats – which are more likely to cause heart disease than cholesterol, should be limited to 7% of the calories or less.
Fats are divided into subgroups determined by the main type of fatty acids they contain – monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, or saturated. Examples in the monounsaturated fats list are avocados, olives, almonds, canola, olives, peanuts and peanut oil. Food examples in the polyunsaturated list include margarine and mayonnaise, corn, safflower, and soybean oil. Examples in the saturated fats list includes bacon, butter, coconut, cream cheese, and sour cream. For a diabetic diet (and most healthy diets), 1 serving of fat is equal to 1 teaspoon of margarine or oil.
Obvious sources of saturated fats such as butter, margarine, oils, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and gravy should be consumed as sparingly as is possible. Hidden sources of fat in baked goods, dairy products, fish, meat, poultry, and processed foods should be limited with all visible fat removed before cooking.
And use your microwave to cook virtually fat-free. A microwave oven cooks so quickly that foods are naturally flavorful, juicy, and tender without adding fat.
Diabetic Cooking and Microwave Ovens
Although most Americans only use the microwave for reheating, defrosting, and maybe popcorn, microwave ovens can be a great asset for diabetic cooking. In some ways, microwave ovens can be utilized much like a steamer (which is why many people don’t prefer microwave-baked potatoes – they actually have been “steamed” and lack a crunchy outside skin.
But for fresh vegetables, cereals, grains, beans, and peas – the microwave is a perfect tool. Fresh fish that is microwave-cooked is tasty, and the microwave does an excellent job with chicken and other types of poultry. Fruit tastes even better when cooked in the microwave than on top of the stove or in the oven!
A good diabetic menu is a healthy diet for all the family. You will still be able to enjoy a wide range of foods and eat a well-balanced diet. You will simply need to choose your menu wisely and develop sensible eating habits.