Friday, July 8, 2011

20 Tasty Diabetic-Friendly Recipes

1.         Applesauce Pancakes
Trading butter for applesauce is a healthy way to cut out excess fat and still enjoy the sweetness of pancakes.
2.      Honey Grapefruit with Banana
This fruity dish is a perfect breakfast or dessert plate. Grapefruit ranks low on the glycemic index, and the dish uses mint, a "free food" to add flavor.
3.      Blueberry Muffins
This dessert uses equal parts sugar and calorie-free sweetener, which is a great option for diabetic recipes. Artificial sweeteners allow for some wiggle room in the sweets department and add fewer carbohydrates to the dish.
4.      Veggie Sausage-Cheddar Frittata
A serving of this dish contains only 10 carbohydrates. Simple substitutes like veggie sausage, reduced-fat cheese, and egg whites also cut back on unhealthy saturated fat.
5.      Barley and Black Bean Salad
A serving of this salad is perfect for lunch. It's high in carbohydrates, but packs in 12 grams of fiber and is low in cholesterol.
6.      Veggie Tostadas
Use this Basic Tostada recipe and then layer on extra fiber-rich veggies. The American Diabetes Association recommends subtracting half the number of fiber grams from the total grams of carbohydrates (but only for meals with at least 5 grams of fiber). This gives a better estimate of your food's carb count.
7.      Fresh Berries With Maple Cream
Indulge in dessert with this sweet, guilt-free fruit dish. It's low in calories and a great way to get your intake of antioxidants.
8.      Cookies 'n' Cream Crunch
This dessert uses no-sugar-added ice cream to cut down on carbs. It calls for pecans, but you can substitute almonds instead if you want a boost of monounsaturated fat.
9.      Cantaloupe Sherbet
Homemade treats are the best way to maximize taste and keep an eye on the carb count. Combining cantaloupe and fat-free yogurt makes a creamy sherbet.
10.    Chili-Fried Potatoes
Finally, the diabetic's answer to chili cheese fries. Olive oil is a healthy way to fake the fried food flavor. Using chili powder, onions, and a pinch of low-fat cheese creates a rich, zesty taste without fat or carbs.
11.    Deep-Dish Taco Pizza
Ground round is a lean cut of mean, but you can also substitute lean ground turkey to trim excess saturated fat. Though this dish contains lycopene-rich tomatoes, add onions for a boost of vitamin C.
12.    Potato Cakes
This dish is perfect for a quick, easy, and lower in carbs than most potato recipes. Serve it as side dish or use it as a base to layer sautéed veggies and lean meat on top. For a boost of fiber and vitamin A, try using sweet potatoes.
13.    Snapper with Tomato-Caper Topping
Fish is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. It also is very low in carbohydrates. A light, tangy topping like this one is a perfect complement—it's low-cal and rich in vitamin C.
14.    Basil Scallops with Spinach Fettuccine
Spinach pasta is a great way to add flavor to the dish. The trick to eating pasta is portion control. If you're trying to cut down on carbs, cut the serving size of pasta to 1/2 cup or 3/4 cup.
15.    Beef Kebabs
Serve this crowd-pleaser without the guilt of consuming too many carbs. The beef tenderloin is both lean and savory, and the veggies provide a little bit of fiber and vitamins A and C.
16.    Apple Slaw
Try this healthy version of coleslaw for a sweet and crunchy side. At only 2 grams of fat and 10 grams of carbs per serving, it's the perfect complement to any barbecue dish.
17.    Cumin Quick Bread
There's no need to skip out on bread, even with diabetes. This savory loaf calls for a calorie-free sweetener, fat-free milk, and egg substitute to cut calories while keeping the flavor.
18.    Seared Chicken with Avocado
Enjoy this mouthwatering chicken dish guilt-free, with only 5 grams of carbs per serving. Avocados are a great source of unsaturated fats and vitamin E. They also add a creamy textures and rich taste to any dish.
19.    Three-Pepper Pizza
Pizza gets a bad rap, but when topped with veggies like bell peppers, it's a great source of calcium and vitamin C. Try using a whole-wheat crust for an extra boost of fiber.
20.    Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly-Sandwich Cookies
Turn an everyday sandwich into a guilt-free dessert treat. No-sugar-added peanut butter is a great option for diabetic recipes, but a lot of natural peanut butters are also low in sugar. Serve with a glass of fat-free milk for a boost of protein.

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