Diabetes Friendly & Sugar-Free Diet and Lifestyle Tips
Eating certain foods, and limiting others, can help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. General nutrition recommendations for people living with diabetes is to avoid (or significantly limit) refined sugar and carbohydrates high on the glycemic-index scale. Our sugar-free meals are also free of gluten, dairy and soy and contain carbohydrates low on the glycemic-index scale to promote optimal nutrition.
The Glycemic-Index scale is a system of ranking carbohydrate-rich foods from 0-100 according to the extent the food raises the body's blood sugar. This is very important for people living with diabetes to understand.
A diet rich in vegetables, nutrient dense carbohydrates and high-quality protein can have significant benefits for people with diabetes. Our diabetic meals contain high-quality animal and plant-based protein as well as low GI carbohydrates, all ideal ingredients for a diabetic diet.
Green leafy vegetables are especially important because they are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They also have little to no impact on blood sugar levels. Our healthy prepared meals are packed with these green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, cabbage, bok choy and broccoli.
Low GI carbohydrates contain more fiber and nutrients than their more processed counterparts. Ingredients like brown rice, sweet potatoes and quinoa are found in many of our delicious meals.
Beans and legumes are also a source of low GI carbohydrates but they also pack more nutrition with their protein content. Chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, and lentils are all sources of plant-based protein. Plus they pack iron, potassium and magnesium.
While diabetics need to be conscious of the kinds of fats they are consuming, fatty fish is one to eat. Fish like tuna and salmon, protein sources in our meal delivery meals, contain important omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for brain function and to reduce inflammation.