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How to Create Sugar Free Desserts for Diabetics

Sugar Free Desserts for DiabeticsSugar free desserts for diabetics may seem like a myth, and at the same time godsend for diabetics.

Unfortunately, many diabetics believe that a healthy diabetes diet plan simply cannot include having great dessert. This is not the case, with desserts that both taste great and are sugar free.

Using Fruits to Create Sugar Free Desserts for Diabetics

Fruits are great ingredients for making low carbohydrate desserts which are delicious and nutritious. The sweetness in the dessert comes from the fruit, but there is an added benefit; the fruits aid your digestion since they are also rich in fiber. This fiber also helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels.

Some of the more favorable fruits to be used for dessert include:

  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

Sample Menu of Sugar Free Desserts for Diabetics

A great option for dessert is having pudding. If you love having pudding, you may want to try making bread pudding with orange or chocolate.

The ingredients are:

  • Two cups of whole wheat bread, cut into bite size pieces
  • Half a cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • One and a half cup of egg substitute
  • One cup of low fat milk
  • One fourth of a cup of sugar substitute
  • One table spoon of cinnamon and a table spoon of orange zest

Simply prepare and spray eight custard dishes with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the ingredients together and then distribute the mixture evenly into the custard cups and then put them into an oven that has been preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

The total cooking time for this sugar free pudding is forty five minutes.
After the pudding has cooked, let it cool for a little bit before serving this excellent example of a great sugar free dessert for diabetics.

Keeping track of Ingredients for Sugar Free Desserts through the Glycemic Index

If you want to maintain a good diabetic meal plan, remember to check the glycemic index (GI) of the ingredients used to create your dessert. The glycemic index shows how certain carbohydrates are digested in the body and form glucose. If carbohydrates in a certain ingredient has a low GI (55 or less), they will be digested slower than those with higher GI and are better for people with diabetes.  To give you an idea of what we are talking about so you have a better idea of what you can use in your desserts, some example of the best low GI foods are:

  • Bran cereals,
  • Oatmeal
  • Barley
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Who Needs a Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan?

Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan

Statistics have shown that roughly five percent of pregnant women may develop gestational diabetes, a condition in which a woman who doesn’t suffer from diabetes, suddenly becomes diabetic during and usually in the second half of her pregnancy.

When something like this happens, blood sugar monitoring should be done regularly to avoid any complications that may arise during labor.

How Effective is a Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan?

When a woman develops mild gestational diabetes, it is important that a proper diabetic meal plan is implemented with the help of a professional nutritionist to help control blood sugar levels.  If the diabetes is allowed to progress into a stronger condition, insulin therapy may need introduced to help lower blood sugar levels.

How do you Design a Great Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan?

There is tons of information on designing a diabetic meal plan, but you should always take care to make sure that you get a balanced combination of carbohydrate, protein, mineral and vitamins.

Because it’s not only you that is being affected by Gestational diabetes, but also your unborn baby, you should really seek out professional help to make sure that you are both getting all of the nutrients you need, while keeping your blood sugar levels in check at the same time.

Gestational Diabetes Symptoms

A good majority of the time, there are no symptoms, or very mild. These can include:

  • Weight loss – even though you are eating more!
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased thirst and Urination
  • Increased infections, particularly of the bladder and vagina.
  • Fatigue
  • Raised blood sugar, which will generally stabilize after the birth

Causes of Gestational Diabetes.

  • If you are carrying extra weight prior to becoming pregnant
  • If you have a family history of Diabetes Type 2
  • If you fall into the category of ‘Pre-Diabetes’ which is raised Blood Sugar, but not high enough to be classed ‘Diabetic’ (Read More about Pre-Diabetes)
  • Women over the age of 25 are more at risk.
  • If you have previously given birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
  • If you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
  • If you are a Pacific Islander, Hispanic, African American or American Indian.
  • You have given birth to a stillborn baby in the past.

A Sample Diabetes Meal Plan

If you are brainstorming for ideas for the meal plan, here are some tips: 

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Breakfast
Get yourself some starchy vegetables along with whole wheat bread, drink some milk to get a good intake of protein. If you want, you may also add a bagel spread with a teaspoon of jam.

Lunch
You can grab a sandwich made with whole wheat bread with two ounces of protein rich meat, such as roasted turkey, lean roast beef or fresh tuna. You can use a tablespoon of salad dressing or mayonnaise along with your sandwich for flavor.  Finally, add a cup of nonfat yogurt or some milk to get your dairy requirement for this meal.

Dinner
You may want to get more protein and having some grilled chicken or salmon (approximately three ounces) would be a great start.  Next, you’ll want to get your carbohydrate of choice, with suggestions of either a cup of pasta or large baked potato and to this add a cup of steamed asparagus or some tossed salad with low fat salad dressing. Lastly for dessert you can enjoy a cup of fresh apricots, melons or other fruit.

Snacks!
If you feel hungry, you may want to get some snacks like whole wheat crackers or tortilla chips to help tide you over between meals. If you choose to go this route, just remember to keep the snacks small, so that your gestational diabetes meal plan is effective while at the same time enjoyable!

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A Simple Diabetic Meal Plan

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When you are designing a diabetic meal plan, you need to carefully calculate your calorie intake; specifically the calories that come from carbohydrates.

Some diabetics just avoid carbohydrates altogether, and consume only meat and green vegetables.

Avoiding all carbs may be a great solution for those with extreme will power, but most of us are still human after all and do want to still enjoy a wide selection of foods (in moderation!), so let’s take a look at some other simple diabetic meal plan options…

A Good Diabetic Meal Plan Needs to Contain Carbohydrates!

Here’s the good news – if you totally avoid carbohydrates, it can actually cause damage to your body in the long run, so you don’t have to worry about cutting out all the tasty bread etc – there’s still a place for it in a healthy and balanced diet for diabetics.

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The second bit of good news is that there are some good carbohydrates that are full of antioxidants and have a low glycemic index, thus helping to body to control and manage its blood sugar level.

Ok – enough of the science – let’s get down to the actual details of how you can go about creating a great meal plan for yourself to manage your diabetes.  It should also be noted that most diabetic eating plans are extremely healthy for diabetics and non diabetics alike, so if you are cooking for more than just yourself, you don’t have to worry about the other person.

You’ll actually be doing them a favor by providing more healthy meals.

Sample of a Whole Day Diabetic Meal Plan.

 Breakfast Ideas

  • Get yourself 2 (two) four and a half inch waffles.
  • Include with three quarters of a cup filled with blueberries.
  • Get a good cup of yogurt to aid your digestion.
  • Finally, have a cup of tea or coffee to help ease into the day and speed up food digestion.

Lunch Ideas
For those who want a simple lunch, you may want to try one of the following:

  • Turkey sandwich with whole wheat bread, one piece of fruit, and some carrots or cucumber sticks with light dip.
  • Chicken breast or tuna with a green salad, topped with light salad dressing and some low-fat yogurt.
  • Turkey wrap with whole wheat wrap, low fat salad dressing for flavor and spinach, tomato and other vegetables of your choice.  1 piece of fruit for your sweet tooth.

Dinner Ideas
If you’re used to enjoying a hamburger from time to time, you may want to switch up the beef for turkey or chicken, and the white bun for whole wheat and you’ll be well on your way to having a diabetic dinner meal.

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Just because you are making some changes to your diabetic meal plan, doesn’t mean that your meals have to be bland at all.  In fact, you may even find the meals more flavorful once you start to look at alternative ingredients and complimentary dishes that can enhance the flavor of each other.

Similar to the lunch and breakfast plans, you’ll want to stick to lean meat, veggies, and try to limit the amount of carbs that you are getting.  There are so many resources and ideas online that you should easily be able to find a few staple meals that you can add into your regular rotation.

For me personally, here is my current favorite Diet for Diabetes:

  • Ground turkey with Tex Mex
  • Frozen vegetable mix (usually oriental style mix with beans, onions, mushrooms and broccoli) seasoned with garlic powder, pepper, a little bit of soy sauce and Tabasco.
  • Lentils (added to the vegetables)
  • Then on top of that I like to put Pico de Gallo to get a nice balance of hot and cold, spicy and sour in the meal.

So there we have it! – get started on your Diabetic Meal Plan and you’ll feel much better for it!

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What are Good Diabetic Menu Plans?

Diabetic Menu Plans

Need a good diabetic menu plan?

For most diabetics eating right isn’t a choice – it’s more like it’s part of their lives. Without the proper diet and exercise the diabetic’s body will begin to suffer damage and the end result will be a rather short and miserable life – not a pretty picture!

Common Diabetes is a very serious non-communicable disease that is currently spreading over the United States and the entire world.

One Simple Rule for Your Diabetic Meal Plans

If you want to have a great diabetic menu plan, you only need to follow one golden rule – avoid anything that is colored white.

Breads and potatoes are examples of this main rule. These foods are stuffed with complex sugar and will drive your blood sugar level to the sky.  White sugar, and anything that has white flour in it are also items that you really need to stay away from.

That means the following should not appear on your diabetic menu:

  • Donuts
  • Buns
  • Cupcakes
  • Anything Sweetened with white sugar
  • Bagels

The bottom line is that a healthy diabetic menu isn’t that far off from the popular Atkin’s diet.  Carbs and sugar are the enemy, while protein, vegetables and limited portions of fruit are the answer.

Why Diabetic Menu Plans are SO Good!

If you haven’t tried eating and following the rules on this page, perhaps you should.  You might be doing yourself a massive favor.  Not only will you start to feel better, your skin will likely become more clear, you’ll sleep better, you’ll have more energy, you’ll be more relaxed, you’ll feel lighter.

There’s a whole bunch of benefits to eating like this even if you are a non diabetic.  So, don’t be afraid to mix things up in the kitchen and try eating like a diabetic.

Key Elements of Diabetic Menu Plans

Meat:
Lean protein is one of the first things to consider when putting together a diabetic meal.  So this means, that chicken, turkey, pork and fish are in, and beef is out.  That’s not to say that beef can’t be served on occasion, but generally speaking, sticking to the leaner meats will be the perfect way to start.

Veggies
Remember to add in some good veggies to your meals, but skip the temptation to add the potato – because it’s white!  Another important thing to keep in mind here is that your veggies can be sliced up and eaten as snacks throughout the day if you find yourself getting hungry.

Dairy
Milk and cheese are all good, but try to stick to the low-fat options as much as possible.   Yogurt is another great diabetic friendly food that can be added to any meal, and combined with some fresh berries makes for an excellent dessert or snack.

Dessert and Sweets:
There are a number of different ways that you can sweeten your food without using white sugar.  You need to be careful here not to trick yourself that while not using white sugar you may be using something that is equally refined and damaging to your body.

Fruit is a really good option because it’s sweet and also delicious and has not been processed or refined.  When you are choosing fruit, berries are some of the best because they are naturally very high in antioxidants.

Once you have weened yourself off of sugar and salt addiction and your sense of taste has started to come back you’ll be amazed at how flavorful and sweet some fruits really are!  I remember from my experiments with diabetic meal plans that cherries were so super sweet and full of taste that I almost couldn’t eat them.  Once you have transitioned to a more natural way of eating, it’s almost like you’ll have a chance to rediscover how food tastes again for the first time – truly amazing!

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