I Had No Idea These Wouldn’t Affect My Blood Sugar!

People with diabetes are constantly bombarded with foods they should avoid. So much of our diets seem to be based around exclusion and often require us to deprive ourselves of the foods we love. All of that emphasis on what we can’t have, can often lead us to obsess over those foods, making us a lot more likely to break our good habits and overindulge in the things we know are going to send our blood sugar levels through the roof.

So, what if instead of talking about all of the foods we can’t have, we spend some time taking a look at some of the delicious foods we can incorporate into our diets without raising our blood sugar levels! Some of the foods on the list below can stand alone as delicious snacks, and others are yummy ways to spice up a healthy meal. Most even back some added health benefits! Check it out, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

1. Seeds

Chia, pumpkin, flax, sunflower… all of these pack a pretty substantial amount of fiber, allowing you to stay fuller longer and also have some pretty amazing health benefits! Chia seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can offer some much-sought after good cholesterol. Pumpkin seeds are high in iron and unsaturated fats, which are good for the heart! Some research suggests that flax seeds can actually lower blood sugar levels after meals, and sunflower seeds are rich in copper, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Try adding chia or flax seed to your yogurt, or topping off your salad with some sunflower seeds for some extra crunch! Just remember to pay attention to portion sizes.

Chia seeds in a bowl on wooden table

2. Onion

Not only are onions widely available and relatively inexpensive, they’re flavor is an excellent addition to a variety of meals. These low-cal, low-carb vegetables are full of antioxidants, fiber, manganese, folate, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Recent studies show that they are likely beneficial in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, and others have shown they could help reduce risk of certain cancers.

Close - up Pile of small gold onion

3. Greek Yogurt

Yogurt is already a popular breakfast food and snack as it’s a quick and easy option that can be eaten on-the-go. You’re probably aware of the probiotics in yogurt that help with digestion, but did you know it’s also loaded with protein, magnesium, calcium, and potassium and can also lower your risk of heart disease? The lactic-acid is even good for your skin! Just make sure you opt for the plain, low-fat varieties, as others are often hiding a lot of sugar!

Greek yogurt in a glass jars

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L.D. and her ten-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved to Seattle two years ago from Tucson, Arizona. They chose Seattle because they heard that's where they kept all the good coffee - plus Ella learned about grass. L. De Mello likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.