50 Registered Dietitians Share Diabetes Diet & Lifestyle Tips
A1: One of the best ways I recommend to clients to keep their energy up while managing their diabetes is to included 3 to 4 food groups with each meal or snack. For instance, if they are planning a mid morning snack, we discuss the need to include a healthy fat and protein for satiety as well as complex carbs for energy and fruits or vegetables for fiber! I usually recommend a plain Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of powdered peanut butter with celery sticks and a handful of high fiber cereal. This combination also provides a variety of textures that increases their satisfaction with their snack choice as well.
A2: I would encourage the diabetic to work closely with their treatment team, specifically their dietitian, to figure out unique combinations of foods they enjoy to include in their diet. For instance, if my client is stuck on grilled chicken, broccoli and a side salad, I would show them how we can use those foods in combination with another food, such as a whole grain tortilla, to create a new combination that is still made from their base comfort foods.
A3: A plant based diet can definitely work as part of a diabetic friendly meal plan. However, you need to work with a professional to help ensure you are meeting your protein needs as well as vitamin B12. I also encourage my clients interested in plant based eating to focus on incorporating nutrient dense foods, such as nuts, that help provide protein, fats and are a low source of carbohydrates. This makes a great accompaniment to dinner, such as a walnut pesto with garbanzo beans and zucchini noodles!
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