When you have type 2 diabetes, managing your blood sugar becomes a regular part of your life. Eating too many carbohydrates can cause your blood sugar to spike, leading to symptoms like increased thirst, frequent urination, blurry vision and fatigue. High blood sugar that is left untreated can cause kidney damage.
The best diet for those with high blood sugar is one that is low in carbohydrates and high in vegetables and lean protein. Below we share five tasty foods that will help control your blood sugar levels.
1. Low-Carb Vegetables
Vegetables are part of most healthy diets. Stick to ones that are low in carbohydrates such as mushrooms, onions, zucchini and bell peppers. Veggies you’ll want to eat in moderation are potatoes, corn, peas and parsnips. The vegetables can be eaten roasted, grilled or raw. If you eat raw veggies, try them with a low-carb dip such as hummus, salsa or guacamole.
2. Leafy Greens
Even though leafy greens like chard, kale and spinach are part of the vegetable category, we feel like they deserve a spot of their own. There are so many ways to cook with these dark leafy greens, you’ll never get bored. Sauté spinach on the stovetop with garlic and olive oil, or make a fresh salad loaded with bell peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. Delish!
Some fruits have a lot of sugar (i.e., grapes, bananas, apples), so you have to eat them in moderation. Others are carbohydrate-friendly, including raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Eat them plain or add them to Greek yogurt. Berries are also packed with antioxidants that fight cancer-causing free radicals. Double win!
4. Healthy Fats
Natural fats are healthier and a good option when eating low carbs. They fill you up and add flavor to your meals. Again, moderation is key. The best fats are found in butter, olive oil, fatty fish and avocados. For a more satisfying meal, try a piece of fish on top of a bed of lettuce. It’s low in carbs and high in healthy fats and protein.
Protein helps keep you full and repair cells in the body. Some of the best foods to eat are seafood, peanut butter, lean beef, beans and dairy products. Be careful with high protein foods that are also high in carbohydrates, such as beans. Stick to the recommended serving size, but experiment with the different flavors to keep your meals interesting.
If you have type 2 diabetes, the above foods will help control your blood sugar levels while keeping you full and satisfied.