Although a healthy eating should be a priority for everyone, it's an essential part of managing diabetes. When you think of "healthy eating," you might immediately think of diets and restrictions, but that's not necessarily the case. It’s all about re-establishing your current eating habits without depriving yourself.
The best kinds of foods for diabetes are whole and unprocessed, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Incorporating healthy foods into your diet will allow you to meet your nutritional needs while improving your blood glucose levels, keeping your weight on track, and lowering your risk of diabetes-related complications, such as heart disease.
These diabetic-friendly recipes are easy to make and can put you on track to maintaining healthier habits.
1. Lasagna Stuffed Eggplant
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Lasagna is the ultimate comfort food, but starchy lasagna noodles don't make it the healthiest choice. This recipe, however, allows you to indulge without feeling guilty. It contains the same ingredients as lasagna filling, only it's served inside a fiber- and protein-rich eggplant that will keep you feeling fuller, longer. The recipe calls for Italian sausage, but it can easily be swapped for lean ground turkey. Find the recipe here.
2. Cantaloupe Breakfast Bowls
3. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
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There's nothing like the "set it and forget it" cooking method. This easy recipe cooks in the slow cooker all day and fills your home with a delicious citrusy, garlicky aroma. Serve this simple dish over a bed of sauteed greens, like spinach or kale, and you've got a healthy, filling meal - as well as leftovers to enjoy for the rest of the week. Find the recipe here.
4. Vegetable Frittata
This is a frittata recipe is low-carb and loaded with vegetables, making it the perfect Saturday morning wake-up or Meatless Monday meal. It contains vividly colored, nutrient-rich vegetables, including peas, scallions, mushrooms, and red peppers, which are loaded with heart-healthy lycopene and antioxidants. Get creative by adding even more veggies, like spinach and broccoli. Get the recipe here.
5. Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
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Stuffed peppers are so easy to throw together, making this recipe a great option for a weeknight meal. Lean ground turkey and plenty of flavorful spices make this dish taste delicious, but quinoa is the real star of this meal. The ancient Incan superfood is packed with all nine essential amino acids and is high in fiber, which can help prevent blood sugar spikes. Find the recipe here.
6. One Pan Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon and Asparagus
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If you've never tried a one pan meal, consider this salmon dish. It's easy to prepare, tastes great, and clean up is a breeze. Salmon is a fantastic source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and pairs perfectly with asparagus, which is high in glutathione, an antioxidant known to ease the effects of diabetes. Best of all, it's ready in 10 minutes. Find the recipe here.
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