3 Easy Salad Recipes To Help Control Diabetes
Do you ever feel tired right after eating? Do you feel lethargic and feel like you need to take a nap despite having had a good night sleep the night before?
If that’s you, then you’ve just experienced what’s know as a sugar crash. This can happen to anyone, especially when you overeat.
It’s not a big problem if it happens occasionally. However, if it happens frequently, then it may be a sign that your body isn’t processing sugar properly and that can be dangerous in the long-run.
Having high blood sugar levels can lead to a wide range of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic inflammation, cancer and so on.
Below are some delicious salad recipes for diabetes that will help keep your blood sugar levels stable.
1. Spinach With Garlic Vinaigrette
This classic salad can be dressed up with some chopped almonds and pumpkin seeds for extra protein!
- 6 cups baby spinach leaves, or about 6 ounces
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup sliced red onion
- 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- Combine all the ingredients, except the red onion and spinach in a large bowl, while stirring well with a whisk.
- Add the 6 cups spinach and red onion.
- Toss to coat.
2. Endive and Cucumbers Salad
This salad is deliciously savory and a little on the bitter side. Add some delicious artichokes or sun dried tomatoes to balance it out!
- 200 grams of cucumbers
- 90 grams of endives
- 10 grams of black olives
- Olive oil
- Prepare the endives. Then peel and cut the cucumbers. Wash afterwards.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Season with vinegar, salt, and oil to taste
3. Cucumber Salad
Enjoy this salad on a hot day to stay cool and hydrated. Add some chopped onions and crumbled feta cheese for a little more flavor!
- 1 large English cucumber or 2 medium cucumbers
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
(Makes 4 servings of about 1 cup each)
- Peel the cucumbers to leave alternating green stripes. Then slice the cucumbers in half lengthwise, while scraping the seeds out using a spoon.
- Cut into very thin slices by using a food processor or knife. Then put in a double layer of paper towel, while squeezing gently to remove any excess moisture.
- Mix together the salt and vinegar in a medium bowl. Stir to dissolve. Then add the cucumbers and sesame seeds.
- Toss well to combine and serve immediately.
And if you’re feeling courageous, you can try adding the following foods to your diet. These will also help keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.
- bitter melon
- apple cider vinegar