Quick Meal Ideas for Diabetes at Costco, Plus 2 to Avoid

Costco is always changing and packed with healthy and fun options! There are many more but here are a few dietitian-approved options to look for at Costco that are tasty and diabetes-friendly. Add these with your favorite veggies for quick meals. Plus, two options that appear healthy, but are not the best choices for peopleContinue reading “Quick Meal Ideas for Diabetes at Costco, Plus 2 to Avoid”

Why your brain makes healthy eating changes a challenge

Your adult brain is very happy to have easy tasks.  Imagine if you had to remember how to tie your shoe each day or how to put the toothpaste on the toothbrush. We setup brain shortcuts or pathways that make daily tasks a no-brainer. When it comes to changing habits, these pathways can become difficultContinue reading “Why your brain makes healthy eating changes a challenge”

Build your own diabetes friendly Chipotle style bowl

Burrito bowls are delicious, filling and customizable. For people with diabetes, the carbohydrates in a typical burrito bowl, like you might get at Chipotle or Qdoba, can add up past your ideal amount for a meal. Here are a few tips to build a bowl best for your blood sugars at these restaurants or makeContinue reading “Build your own diabetes friendly Chipotle style bowl”

Filling Protein Snacks for People with Diabetes

For people with diabetes, a balanced snack that has protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates can help decrease hunger pains between meals and help reduce blood sugar swings. Here are 5 options for healthy snacks for people with diabetes or prediabetes: Get a list of high protein, low carbohydrate foods here to create more snack ideas ofContinue reading “Filling Protein Snacks for People with Diabetes”

Should I avoid all white foods if I have diabetes?

The concept of avoiding all white foods is a blanket statement to try to encourage people to avoid bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. Do you have to avoid these foods? Not necessarily. People with diabetes should, if they do eat these, look for higher fiber versions of those foods, like 100% whole wheat bread, brownContinue reading “Should I avoid all white foods if I have diabetes?”

Is Sugar Alcohol Bad for Diabetes and Blood Sugar?

Sugar alcohols are a category of reduced calorie sweeteners, often found in low carb snacks and “no sugar added” desserts. They can also be bought like other sweeteners to add to food and for baking. Compared to regular sugar, sugar alcohol does not increase blood sugar as much as regular sugar. However, some of theContinue reading “Is Sugar Alcohol Bad for Diabetes and Blood Sugar?”

3 Ways to Learn to Love Vegetables

Going plant-based or just eating more veggies is daunting if you don’t like vegetables, but there are ways to learn to love them. Start by putting aside bad vegetable experiences of your past, like having to clean your plate of overcooked broccoli. Vegetables do not have to be bland or boring. Try these 3 waysContinue reading “3 Ways to Learn to Love Vegetables”

What Foods are High in Protein and Low in Carbs?

The food we eat is made up of 3 macronutrients: carbohydrates, fat and protein. Some foods are a mix of these and some are primarily one macronutrient. People with diabetes are often told to eat more “lean” protein and eat fewer carbohydrates. Here is a list of lean protein, lower (or no) carbohydrate foods: ChickenContinue reading “What Foods are High in Protein and Low in Carbs?”

Plant-based Meal Ideas for People with Diabetes

The buzz is all about plant-based. So what is a plant-based eating style? Plant-based diet or eating style is a broad term for eating patterns that focus on foods primarily from plants, but generally not completely meat and dairy free. A vegan diet is strictly plant only with no animal products. When we look atContinue reading “Plant-based Meal Ideas for People with Diabetes”

Simple Diabetes Friendly Dinner Ideas

It’s 6:00 PM and you don’t know what you are having for dinner. A common yet fixable problem. When it comes to making meals that are healthy for people with diabetes, keep it simple to start, include a source of protein and squeeze in as many vegetables as you can. Here are 5 ideas forContinue reading “Simple Diabetes Friendly Dinner Ideas”