Who says that you cannot have delicious home-cooked meal if you are suffering from type 1 diabetes? Here are a few diabetic-friendly recipes that you can whip up in the comfort of your own home.
Type 1 Diabetes is sometimes also called as ‘juvenile’ diabetes because it generally develops in teenagers and children. Only 5% of people suffering from diabetes have this form of the autoimmune disease, and this is also the more severe form of diabetes. People suffering from this form of diabetes have to keep a strict watch on their blood sugar levels night and day because it is the insulin-dependent form. They also cannot indulge in most spontaneous activities because there are so many things to consider when suffering from type 1 diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks the body’s pancreas because it perceives the insulin-producing cells as foreign bodies. These cells,, called islets are the ones that are responsible for sensing the glucose in the blood and producing the necessary amount of insulin to break it down. Without insulin, the blood glucose level keeps building up and the individual cells do not receive enough glucose. And if this continues, the high blood sugar levels can damage the kidneys, the nerves, the eyes, and the heart. Type 1 diabetes can also be fatal if proper treatment plans aren’t followed.
Insulin therapy is the best treatment available where patients suffering from type 1 diabetes have to take insulin injections every day. Another key element in the treatment plan is dietary modifications. This is because it is extremely crucial for you to keep your weight in the normal range if you have type 1 diabetes. Selecting the right foods and making sensible food choices does make a huge difference and eating regularly does help ensure that there is not too much fluctuation in your blood sugar level.
The dietary guidelines for type 1 diabetes are quite similar to those suggested for a healthy lifestyle such as eat more fiber-rich foods and less sugars as well as fats. Eat foods that have a low Glycemic Index (GI) and also maintain safe drinking limits. You should also moderate your intake of fruit juices, desserts high in sugar, white bread, mashed potatoes, pizza, popcorn, fizzy drinks, chocolate bars, table sugar, dried figs, and dates.
Suffering from type 1 diabetes does not mean you cannot whip up some delicious food and enjoy it too. The key to enjoying these meals is to swap certain ingredients. For example, use liquid fats such as margarine instead of solid fats like butter or lard, use low-fat dairy, use wheat flour instead of white flour, and reduce the overall quantity of sugar. Here are some delectable recipes that are low in fat as well as easy to make.
Trading butter for applesauce not only makes this a healthy dish, but it also cuts out the excess fat. This is the best option for breakfast for a type 1 diabetes patient.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and wheat germ in a medium sized bowl and make a well in the center of the mixture. In another bowl, mix buttermilk with the applesauce, oil, and the egg. Add this buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir only till the dry flour mixture becomes moist.
Coat a nonstick skillet or a griddle with cooking spray and heat it on a medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, pour around 1/4th cup of the above mixture and spread it to make a 5-inch circle. Flip the pancakes once the tops are covered with bubbles and the edges look cooked.
Tip: You can serve these delicious pancakes with slices of fresh fruit or sugar-free maple syrup.
Nutritional Information: Each serving of these pancakes have 11.5g carbohydrates and 74 calories.
These frittatas are a good way to consume a variety of nutrients for type 1 diabetes patients. Veggies are a great source of fiber and antioxidants, while cheese and egg provide the necessary calcium and protein. Use of simple substitutes such as reduced-fat cheese, egg whites, and veggie sausage help cut back the amount of saturated fat.
The first step is to preheat your broiler. Coat a 12-inch nonstick ovenproof skillet with a cooking spray and place it over medium-high heat. Sauté mushrooms and the chopped bell pepper for about 3 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and veggie sausages to this mixture, reduce the heat and cook for a minute or so.
In a bowl, combine half-and-half and egg substitute, and pour over the sausage mixture very carefully. Cook covered for 6 minutes and sprinkle it with cheese. Place the skillet in a broiler and broil for about 1 to 2 minutes till the cheese melts. Serve the frittata by cutting it into 8 wedges.
Tip: Just ensure that you use fat-free or reduced-fat cheese because there is fat in the sausage as well as in the eggs.
Nutritional Information: Calories per serving is 184, and carbohydrates per serving is 10.4g.
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