10 diabetes superfoods to supercharge your diet
Many foods are on the good-for-you list, but did you know that the American Diabetes Association identified 10 “Superfoods” that offer an extra health boost for people with diabetes? Add a few of these superfoods to your plate every day for an extra boost of calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, omega-3 and vitamins A, C and E
Diabetes diet boosting superfoods:
Did you know only 65grams of cooked beans fulfills up to a third of your daily fibre requirement? That same amount packs as much protein as one ounce of meat! Plus, beans are a good source of magnesium and potassium. Try savoury black beans in your slow cooker.
2. Dark green, leafy vegetables
Kale, spinach, broccoli, pak choy and even Brussels sprouts…this colorful list could go on. Whether they’re roasted, boiled, juiced, sautéed or eaten raw, you’ll get a powerful dose of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals with hardly any calories or carbs.
3. Citrus fruit
Orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, citron, clementine and grapefruit are known for their generous amounts of vitamin C and fibre. They’re also versatile. You can eat them fresh, use them in sauces, liven up your juice or water, or squeeze citrus directly on food for extra zing. Whip up this citrus salad with ginger-lime dressing.
4. Sweet potatoes
Trade your white potatoes for sweet potatoes and you’ll get a lot of healthy fibre, antioxidants and vitamin A. Keep the skins on for extra fibre. See how easy it is to make savoury sweet potato fries everyone will love.
These tiny little fruits are powerful friends to have in your fridge, thanks to the antioxidants, fibre and vitamins they carry. Açaí, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, goji and currants are available in most supermarkets , and they all taste great in smoothies, on your waffles or by themselves. Make a simple and amazing mixed berry crisp.
Like citrus, tomatoes are the star of practically any dish they join. In sauces or salads, stuffed or roasted, they’re an amazing, low-carb source of vitamins C and E and iron.
Any fish high in omega-3 fatty acids is a superfood, but salmon is the most common. Other excellent options include mackerel, fresh tuna, lake trout and herring. Omega-3s do many great things for your body like lowering triglycerides, lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation. Salmon is a heart-healthy omega-3-packed source for “good fat.” Check out this recipe for perfect baked salmon.
8. Whole grains
The reason white bread, flour and rice are less healthy is because the germ and the bran of their grains have been stripped away, leaving only the sugary starch. But the germ and the bran contain all the healthy stuff (like folate, omega-3s, magnesium, chromium, fibre and potassium). Some great choices for eating whole grains include oatmeal, popcorn, brown rice, wild rice, millet and quinoa. See how easy it is to make a colorful quinoa salad.
A handful of raw nuts is quite possibly the perfect snack. They’re full of healthy fats and fibre, and your options are seemingly endless. Try and avoid the processed, sugared and heavily-salted kind and just eat them raw or lightly toasted. They’re great on salads, crushed into marinades or churned into healthy nut butters. See how nuts make everything better in this sweet potato soup with toasted pecans.
Yes, dairy is a good way to get calcium, but it’s also an important source of vitamin D. Yogurt, in particular, can have the added benefit of probiotic bacteria that keeps your intestines healthy and helps your immune system. Try and avoid brands with added sugar and instead choose natural yogurts that are low-fat and have less than 15 grams of sugar per serving.
For more ideas on healthy ways to supercharge your diet, check out this Great list of 30 superfood recipes.
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