Living with diabetes has probably taught you how to rethink your approach to eating. Often, that means a new approach in the kitchen, too. You can bring out great flavors in foods without adding a lot of fat, calories, or salt. If your kitchen is a place where healthy menus go to die, it’s time to try some new cooking tips.
Lose the fried foods.
For starters, a diabetes-friendly kitchen doesn’t come equipped with a deep-fat fryer.
Deep-frying meats or vegetables or anything else will always add a lot of fat and calories to any meal. You’ll be much better off grilling, baking, broiling, or stir-frying your food. Instead of frying chicken, for example, you can bake it in panko bread crumbs (light, flaky bread crumbs made from crustless bread) without missing out on any flavor or crunch.
Include veggies in every meal.
Make it your goal to fill half your plate with vegetables at every meal. Steam vegetables in low-sodium, low-fat broth for a little added flavor, then season them with lemon juice and herbs instead of salt or cheese sauces. Some veggies, including summer squash, are also delicious sauteed with onions.
If you want to saute onions or vegetables, use small amounts of healthy fats such as olive oil or canola oil instead of butter, margarine, or vegetable oils. No-stick sprays are a healthy alternative, too. If you still want butter flavor, add a pat at the end of cooking.
Lemon/Lime juice is your friend.
When serving fish, zing it up with lemon or lime juice instead of butter or heavy sauces.
Cut back on salt, fat and calories.
To further cut back on salt, rinse canned beans and vegetables before cooking them.
When cooking chicken or turkey, you can cut way back on fat and calories by simply removing the skin.
If you make your own soups and stews, refrigerate them so you can easily skim the fat off before serving them.
Load up on fiber.
Get more fiber and vitamins by choosing whole wheat pasta and brown rice over the white versions, and whole grain breads and cereals.
Limit red meat consumption.
Take it easy on red meat. Include no more than 4 ounces (about the size of a