Diabetics know that cooking at home is a great way to manage blood sugar. Still, it can be tempting to grab something from the drive-thru or call for delivery when you're running short on time. Instead of sacrificing your blood sugar to save time, try these nutritionist-approved kitchen short-cuts!
Packaged Salad Greens
Save some serious time on salads by using greens that are pre-washed and ready to eat. From spicy arugula to good ole' iceberg or romaine, you can find a wide variety of salad greens in the produce section at your local supermarket. Simply add a piece of grilled chicken, salmon, or a few slices of this incredible ribeye. If you aren’t a meat eater, add some garbanzo beans, or tofu to your salad. Top with veggies like avocado, bell pepper, tomato and cucumber, then drizzle with oil and vinegar. You've got a quick and easy lunch or dinner, and the perfect recipe for stable blood sugar!
While fresh, whole foods should make up the majority of your diet, don't turn up your nose at frozen foods. We're not talking TV dinners or frozen pizza here. Frozen veggies like green beans, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli bring meals together in a flash! You can even find healthy frozen side dishes like cauliflower rice and use it to make some seriously delicious low-carb fried rice. Frozen berries are perfect for smoothies – combine frozen berries, greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey, and blend for a delicious smoothie. There are high quality, organic foods in the freezer section just waiting to save you time!
No Need For Expert Knife Skills
Herbs are an excellent way to add flavor and freshness to recipes, but washing and chopping them can be time-consuming. In the produce department of your local supermarket you can now find fresh herb pastes. Garlic, ginger, basil, cilantro, all your favorites ready to go. Keep the tubes in the fridge and add instant flavor to your meal with no washing or chopping. Marinades, sauces, stir-fries, salad dressings, all made in a fraction of the time!
Whole grains like quinoa can take up to 45 minutes to cook on the stovetop, but can now be ready in 90 seconds in the microwave. These microwave packages can be found in your local supermarket near the rice. Talk about a quick and easy way to add nutrition to your meals! One cup of quinoa contains 8 grams or protein, 5 grams of fiber, and is a complex carbohydrate, which the body processes more slowly than regular carbs. This combination not only fills you up, it helps stabilize your blood sugar, too!
Breakfast is and will always be the most important meal of the day. It’s especially important for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to stabilize blood sugar and provide the body and mind with the boost they need. On those days when you don't have time to make your favorite omelet, you may be tempted to just grab a quick bowl of cereal before running out the door. Traditional cereals are full of sugar and preservatives, sabotaging blood sugar for the rest of the day. Instead, save time and make a healthier, more delicious choice with Diabetic Kitchen Cinnamon Pecan Granola Cereal. Low-carb, gluten-free, with no preservatives or artificial sweeteners. You won't just want it for breakfast… you'll crave it all day long!
By embracing these short-cuts, we can save time and eat well. We're all running short on time these days, and there never seem to be enough hours in the day. That doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice a healthy diet, or stable blood sugar. We hope these short-cuts help you get cooking… fast!