Many people have the mistaken idea that a diabetes diet must be bland and without any appeal whatsoever. However, in learning more about diabetic nutrition, the components of a diabetic meal plan, the variety of diabetic snacks and diabetic products, an individual begins to realize that diets for diabetics need not be boring or tasteless.
A big part of successful meal planning is including diabetic recipes. As the amount of information on diabetes increases and is made available to diabetics everywhere, the diabetic realizes that there are amazing resources for a diabetic diet. Thousands of diabetic recipes can be resourced from the internet, more from literature and cookbooks, and even from television health programs. There is never a need to feel inadequate in planning a really good diabetic meal. In fact, the individual may feel inadequate in choosing exactly what diabetic recipes to choose; for, there are so very many from which to choose.
One of the first actions to take is to learn exactly what is available. On the internet all kinds of recipes exist. In fact, the diabetic may want to keep a “favorite” list of all the diabetic recipes websites he or she likes; print out the recipes which are appealing; and begin planning what recipes will make up the meal. Some will decide to plan for a week’s worth of meals; others just for a day; and some for only one meal.
The list of diabetic recipes is endless: from desserts to entrees; from appetizers to salads; from chicken, beef, fish, cheese recipes to fruit and vegetable dishes. Plus, there are recipe categories: breakfast; lunch; dinner; snacks; soups; salads; appetizers; main dishes; side dishes; and desserts. So very many to choose from, so little time to prepare them all!
However, one of the first things to note about each recipe is whether or not it lists the following: carbohydrate grams; fat grams; calories; sodium; protein; cholesterol; and exchanges. If a recipe does not list these dietary components, the diabetic must figure out the numbers for himself by using a carbohydrate counter and/or exchange list. In following a diabetic diet, these dietary numbers certainly do count and are an essential part of managing diabetes.
Some of the greatest sources for diabetic recipes can be discovered from the following websites: My Food Adviser from diabetes.org (American Diabetes Organization); Delicious Decisions from americanheart.org (American Heart Association); Recipes Index from medicinenet.com (Medicine Net); and Diabetes Recipes from mayoclinic.com (Mayo Clinic).
Other sources of diabetic recipes come from the diabetic’s medical health provider or diabetes educator. Insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield also send their insured diabetic mellitus customers educational diabetic information as well as booklets of diabetic recipes. Furthermore, there are even diabetic magazine subscriptions that are available; for example, “Diabetic Cooking” is one such subscription.
If the diabetic individual is adventurous, he or she can create their own recipes, using the diabetic exchange system. The list of food exchanges has been adapted from the information which the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association has provided. This exchange list will help the diabetic choose the correct portion sizes and also provide a variety in planning a meal.
Basically, the best recipes will emphasize good nutrition and portion control. The fundamental goal for diabetic recipes is to aid the diabetic in choosing foods that help in the management of blood glucose. In learning more about nutrition and diabetes, the individual with diabetes will make informed choices about the recipes he does decide to use or create.