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Dr. Gloria Mendizabal-Piedra MD

(305) 823-2433

3986 W. 16 Avenue | Hialeah, FL 33012

7 Low Sugar Hacks For Diabetics

If you are diabetic, or simply just live a healthy life, you are used to a low-sugar lifestyle. Because certain treats are usually deemed off limits, low-sugar diets can sometimes become monotonous and boring. In order to steer clear of falling into this rut, it is important to be creative and keep a couple of favorite recipes on hand.

Low-sugar hacks for keeping a healthy, diverse diet:

  • Smoothies can often be sugar-laden and often more similar to desserts than snacks or meals. When making a smoothie, try and include as little fruit as possible in order to lower the sugar count. Replacing fruit with flavored protein powders, cocoa powder or nut butters will provide the strong taste you are used to. Avocados provide the creamy texture often given by bananas, but without the sugar.
  • Replace your coffee creamer and sweetener with a teaspoon of grass-fed ghee and a splash of almond milk. Blend together and the result is a creamy, filling morning boost that has lots of healthy fats to hold you over till lunchtime.
  • Steer clear of sodas (including diet) and replace with seltzer water instead. Squeeze some lemon or lime for some added vitamin C and flavor. The bubbles will satisfy that soda craving, without any of the chemicals or sugars.
  • Satisfy that sweet craving by slicing a grapefruit in half, sprinkling some cinnamon and broiling in the oven for about 7 minutes. The result will be a sweet, decadent treat that is naturally low in sugar and high in vitamin C.
  • Avoid store-bought granola and cereals. These products are almost always filled with several types of sugars, making it more of a treat and less of a nutritious breakfast or snack. Instead, make your own granola with some plain organic oats, your favorite nuts and a touch of maple syrup. For a chocolate-y flavor, add some cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder.
  • Replace your flavored yogurts with plain Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey. Traditional flavored, store-bought yogurts are often filled with sugar and should be avoided. Top your replacement with some fresh berries, which are low in sugar but high in antioxidants.
  • Jellies and jams are often nothing but a touch of fruit and sugar—or worse, high-fructose corn syrup. Forget these and top your whole grain toast with some homemade jam instead. This is much easier than it sounds. Simply mash thawed, previously frozen strawberries (or whichever berry you prefer) with two tablespoons of chia seeds in a pan on low heat. Mix together well until the chia seeds gelatinize and a jelly-like texture is formed. Cool completely and keep in refrigerator.

Steering clear from sugar will eventually become second nature.

Once you limit sugar in your daily life, you begin to crave it less and become more sensitive to sweet-tasting foods. If you are diabetic, be sure to monitor your sugar intake carefully and update your doctor on your eating habits. Call GMP Medical at 305-823-2433 with any questions on how reducing sugar will affect you based on your health history.

July 27, 2017 4:24 pm
Categories: Diabetes