There are many healthy foods to choose from when planning your meals and grocery list. Here’s our “Top 4”:
- Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, beets and mustard greens are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals and very little carbohydrate. Studies show people who eat leafy greens frequently may have a reduced risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss. This is a great reason to fill your plate with these frequently. Try adding them to soups and salads for an extra nutrition boost.
- Sweet Potatoes and other deep orange vegetables such as carrots add lots of carotenoids, vitamin A and fiber to your diet. Quickly fix a sweet potato by washing and placing on a paper plate in the microwave for 2-3 minutes – you’ve got a side dish prepared in a flash!
- Blueberries, Strawberries and Raspberries are loaded with disease fighting antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Top a bowl of high fiber cereal with berries and skim milk for a delicious breakfast. Or, serve a cup of mixed berries for dessert topped with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines and trout keep your heart healthy and could help ward off depression. Prepare fish grilled or broiled and save some to add to a salad for lunch the next day.
For more information on planning healthy meals, go to:
- Holiday Planning for Diabetes Part 1: Simple Holiday Meal Planning
- Heart Health & Diabetes: Balance Lifestyle, Nutrition, and Fitness
- Holiday Planning for Diabetes Part 2:How to Prevent Roller Coaster Blood Sugars During the Holidays
- A Conversation with Fit4D CEO David Weingard: The Diabetes & Obesity Epidemic
- Fat in Your Blood? Defining Triglycerides and What They Mean for Your Diabetes