Appetizers for Diabetics
As a diabetic, you know that you must watch, not only what you eat, but how much you eat. For those with type 2 diabetes, being overweight can complicate the condition, which is why portion control is so vital. If you think that excludes you from enjoying appetizers, you’ll be happy to know that you can still eat a pre-meal nibble if you do it the right way. The right appetizer is a moderate portion, low in fat and calories, low in carbs and rich in nutrients. Check out these tasty appetizers for diabetics.
With under 10 grams of carbs per serving, this tasty dip is an ideal balance of carbs, protein and fat. Chickpeas offer plenty of fiber, which slows the digestion of carbs, helping reduce the chances of a blood sugar spike. The healthy fats in the avocado help control blood pressure, which can prevent the potential heart complications that some diabetics face. Serve this dip with fresh veggies like carrots, cucumber, celery and sliced bell peppers.
Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Research links eating spicy foods to better fasting glucose and insulin levels. Capsaicin is what gives the jalapenos in this recipe their zing and it’s also what provides these benefits. The cream cheese used to fill the peppers is low in carbs, making them easy to balance with your intake when the meal is served. The sprinkle of breadcrumbs on top give the poppers a pleasant crunch without overloading you on carbs. Remember though, cream cheese is high in fat so don’t eat too many of these.
West Indies Shrimp
When it comes to diabetes appetizers, this one stands out because it’s packed with flavor, but only has 2 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of fat. As you know, controlling your weight is important with diabetes and this tasty appetizer makes it easy. The shrimp gives you some protein, which can help you control your appetite when you have your meal. The bell peppers and onions give you a bit of fiber and flavor.
There are plenty of appetizers for diabetes that you can enjoy without worrying about your blood sugar levels going up too high. Focus on ingredients that are low in fat and carbs, high in protein and that contain vitamins and minerals. And remember to watch your portion sizes so your appetizers can be a healthy part of your diabetic diet.
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