The rampant cases of diabetes have been worrying, but there happens to be a silver lining to every cloud. Diabetes is a condition that causes fluctuations in your blood sugar levels. While there is no known cure for it as of now, the discourse around diabetes management has made people quite aware of the condition. Managing diabetes is no cakewalk, you need to be extra cautious of what you eat, drink, your physical activity, sleep schedule etc- but it is not impossible either. One of the key strategies for good diabetes management is eating local and seasonal foods that are rich in fibre. Foods that are rich in fibre take time to breakdown, thus preventing a surge in blood sugar levels. Since it is summer, and you are already looking for something cool and soothing.
Here 5 summers snacks that are ideal for diabetes management:
1. Sprout Salad With Curd
It is time to eat food that is not only cooling but also light on the stomach. Sprouts are high in fibre; you can further balance the glycemic load of sprouts by adding chunky veggies and fruits like cucumber, tomato, bell peppers to the mix. To give your sprout salad a summery spin, add a dash of curd and have your own wholesome diabetes-friendly salad.
2. Cucumber Sticks And Hummus
Nothing spells summer like some cooling and crunchy cucumbers (also known as kheera in India). It is low in calories, carbs and is brimming with nutrients, pair it with smooth and scrumptious hummus for a blockbuster snack.
3. Moong Dal Chila With Curd
Moong Dal is India's favourite dal for a reason. In addition to good quality protein, moong dal is also a treasure of fibre and antioxidants that are known to help manage diabetes well and control inflammation and weight gain. This crispy, savoury pancake goes very well with fresh, home-made raita made with curd and veggies. You can find the recipe of Moong Dal chila here.
4. Boiled Egg Chaat
A dash of sweet here, something tangy there and a pinch of chilly just to jazz things up; if you have grown up in India there is no way you are untouched by the magic of chaat. Chaat is usually an assimilation of things like sev, chutneys, papdi, bhalla etc, but it can be made with a handful of boiled eggs and chutneys too. Don't believe us? Try this fabulous recipe of boiled egg chaat.
5. Fruit Popsicles
Ditch market-style sugary popsicles that are known to shoot up your blood sugar levels. Take some fresh fruits like berries, oranges, kiwis, litchis and dunk them in an ice tray, pour some water or homemade unsweetened juice on top. Allow it to freeze and enjoy it the next day.
Here are some fun ideas that can make managing diabetes a tad more fun. If you have more ideas, then do share them with us in the comments section below.
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About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.