Diabetes can be a difficult disease to live with. Finding sugary treats that are low in carbs and added sugars can be difficult, but there are a number of healthy and easy-to-prepare options to satisfy your palate.
Dark chocolate, in moderation, is a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Dark chocolate is packed with flavonoids, a plant compound known to help prevent insulin resistance – and heart problems for people with type 2 diabetes.
Look for dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% or more and, to keep it healthy, consume only about 28 grams at a time.
Chia seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and omega 3 acids. Including it in your diet has been linked to lowering diastolic blood pressure.
To make chia pudding at home, mix half a cup of almond, oat or coconut milk with two tablespoons of chia seeds. To flavor, add a small amount of maple syrup or honey.
You can also top the pudding with your favorite fruits, such as raspberries, bananas, and mangoes.
Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are packed with nutrients, providing protein, fiber, folate, and manganese in every serving. They can also be beneficial for people with diabetes.
A small study of 12 women found that consuming chickpeas before a meal significantly reduced blood sugar and energy intake, compared to a control group. Another study found similar results, noting that consuming chickpeas with white rice improved blood sugar levels, compared to consuming white rice alone.
Cinnamon-roasted chickpeas are easy to make – drain a can of chickpeas, toss them in coconut oil, cinnamon, salt and a drizzle of honey, then bake in the oven at 200 ° C for 15 minutes.