Diabetes – Tips for a summer of Healthy Cookouts

If you have type 2 diabetes it will mean that there are some restrictions on your diet. This does not mean though, that you still can’t enjoy socializing with food. Now that the summer is here you might be considering a cookout. There is no reason why you can’t enjoy your diabetic meal plans in the great outdoors just like everyone else. It is important though, to stick to food that is not only healthy, but also that won’t put blood sugar levels at an unacceptably high level.

Nearly everyone knows about the dietary risks of summertime cookouts; the menu tends to be loaded with items that are high in fat, high in calories, and full of grease. # However, there are healthy low fat dessert recipes alternatives that you can include in your next cookout to ensure that your menu stays tasty, but won’t ruin your dietary goals. Here are some healthy food choices to add to your next cookout:

Grill Veggies

Cut veggies, such as peppers and onions, to roughly the diameter of a silver dollar. Dust them with a light layer of extra virgin olive oil and season to taste.

Wrap the veggies tinfoil and throw the package on a grill. Cook the veggies alongside your hotdogs and hamburgers for about 20 minutes, or until the veggies are tender and hot.

Mayo-free Potato Salad

Not all potato salads require mayonnaise. In fact, without the mayo, potato salads can be quite healthy and incorporate not only a healthy dose of carbohydrates, but also onions, celery, oils, and dairy. Check online for mayo-free potato salad recipes that suit your taste buds.

Full-Fruit Popsicles or Ices

Instead of offering ice cream or another high fat, high sugar dessert, plan low fat desserts ahead and make your own full-fruit popsicles or ices. Simply freeze any flavor of 100% fruit juice in an appropriately sized and shaped container, add small fruit chunks, and serve. You can find Popsicle trays in just about any grocery store. Always prefer to use sugar free candy and deserts in summer.

Limit the Alcohol

Most people enjoy having a summertime beverage, such as a margarita, daiquiri, or even a simple beer during a cookout. However, many fancy drinks are loaded with sugar that is not healthy for Diabetics. While a splurge may not hurt every now and then (as long as you monitor your blood sugar level), it is always a good idea to have low-sugar alternatives or sugar free desserts. One of the best low-sugar alcohol beverages is rum and diet coke.

The Right Melons

Watermelons are classic cookout favorites. However, watermelons are notorious for having loads of sugar and calories in them. In fact, one slice can pack as much as 80 calories. Instead of serving watermelon wedges at your next cookout, opt instead for honeydew or cantaloupe. You’ll still enjoy a flavorful slice, but you’ll only get about half the calories and sugar.

When going to sleep always prefer to check your blood sugar levels by glucose testing meters!

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January 9, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Health and Fitness

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