Change your food, change your life.
Yes, it may be as simple as that. We all know that many of us are prediabetic because of our food choices.
Together, let’s share recipes that are common and healthy. Let’s learn from each other—life is much easier that way, don’t you think?
Note: Before making any changes to your diet, talk with your healthcare provider and a nutritionist/dietitian to discover what will work for you.
T = tablespoon
t = teaspoon
EVOO = extra virgin olive oil
c = cup
Hummus and Veg
See the recipe in Dips.
20 minutes prep and serve
1 lb variety of nuts, such as almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, whatever you like.
2 T EVOO
Salt and pepper to taste
1 T garlic powder
1 T herbes de Provence
Pinch of red chile flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Put nuts in a bowl with the EVOO and stir to coat the nuts. Mix seasonings together and sprinkle over nuts, stirring until combined. Spread nuts on a roasting pan and put in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the nuts are fragrant and golden, stirring about halfway through.
Quick Veg Salad
10 minutes prep and serve
(Amounts depend on how many are snacking. Following is enough for one person, but feel free to add or subtract where you like.)
½ cucumber, diced
1 fat tomato or a handful of cherry tomatoes, diced
1 avocado, sliced
½ c mozzarella or feta, diced
EVOO to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Sprinkle fresh herbs on top (optional)
Mix all ingredients, top with a sprinkling of herbs, and eat.
Fruit and Cheese Platter
Rather than finish off a meal with a slab of cake or pie, try a platter of fruit and cheese. Doesn’t matter if you’re serving yourself or yourself and 11 friends, just adjust the amount to accommodate. You can add crackers and breads, but we prefer not to, due to the unnecessary carbs. Nuts and a few pieces of very dark chocolate can round out the platter, if you’re looking for a bit more.
A selection of ingredients:
Fruits (avoid super juicy fruits, as they’ll make a mess)
Cheeses (Go with a soft, a hard, and a crumbly)
Goat Cheese (lots of flavors)
Charcuterie boards overflow with low carb options. At a basic level, they’re a collection of meats, cheeses, and condiments, although the boards are often zhuzhed up with nuts, fruits, pickled foods, and floral accents.
They’re excellent choices for a snack or appetizer course.
Choose 2-3 kinds from each category : condiments, meats, cheeses, breads/crackers, nuts, and fruits. Decorate with fresh herbs and flowers wherever they’ll fit. If you’ve never created a charcuterie board, it’s worth spending time online to get ideas.
Amounts from each category of food depend on number of people and size of board.
Some breads, fruits, and condiments may be heavy in simple carbs. Check the carb count then decide what and how much you’ll eat.
A few ideas to get you started:
Chutneys or jams — Fruit chutneys go well with rich meats like lamb, duck, or venison. A little chutney and cheese is nice, or mix chutney with cream cheese to make a dip.
Sweet hot mustard
Sweet and spicy pecans
Rosemary garlic almonds
Sriracha roasted peanuts
Chai spiced mixed nuts