For most people who have received a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, one of the key things they want to focus on with their nutrition plan is controlling or losing weight. As such, it becomes critically important you are doing all you can to eat a reduced calorie diet and be mindful still about monitoring and controlling your blood sugar levels.
Fortunately, some foods help you achieve both. When you are following a diet plan, you want to look for any food that is…
- low in calories,
- low in sugar, and
- high in fiber or high in protein.
These foods will be your perfect three-punch combination for managing those blood sugar levels while keeping total fat loss humming along.
So which foods fit the bill? Let us look at your top options…
1. Raspberries. Raspberries are the first significant food to have on the agenda as they are rich in fiber, quite low in sugar considering the fact they are a fruit and are also low in calories. They are great for satisfying your cravings for something sweet as well, so perfect for those moments where you feel your willpower weakening.
Eat them on their own, add them to a smoothie, try them on top of some yogurt – there are many tasty ways to eat this berry.
2. Plain Popcorn. Another option to consider is plain popcorn. Popcorn is a high volume food, meaning you can eat a lot of it without the calories adding up to much of anything. It is also ranked very low on the GI scale and is also rich in dietary fiber. This makes it a clear home-run-hit for preventing a spike in blood sugar levels.
Plain popcorn is the perfect snack to serve when you are going to be watching TV for a few hours and need something to munch on.
3. Egg Whites. Egg whites are next up on the list of ideal foods to eat if you want to maximize your nutrition plan while keeping your weight on track. Egg whites do not contain anything in the way of fiber but is loaded with protein – it is 100% pure protein so you will not get much else.
Egg whites are also a high volume food. If you have ever tried to eat one cup of egg whites, you know just how much food this is.
They are also cheap to purchase, so great for those who are looking for a cost-effective option.
4. Butternut Squash. Finally, we come to butternut squash. This vegetable is an excellent alternative to potatoes when you are in the mood as it has a similar consistency. Butternut squash tastes good when baked with just a touch of butter and also contains a moderate dose of fiber while keeping the total carbohydrate count a bit lower.
There you have some healthy options for when you are in need of something new to add to your diet plan and want to keep your nutrition up.