Diabetes and Summer Treats

How do you enjoy the delicious summer fruits and keep your sugar in check? Since I started my journey to wellness, I have been eating healthy foods: whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies. I am a diabetic and I thought I was doing just fine until I had some blood work done recently and my sugar was a little high. So what is going on here? I am eating all the right things, so why is my sugar a little high? Well, no need to panic.

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How do you enjoy the delicious summer fruits and keep your sugar in check? Since I started my journey to wellness, I have been eating healthy foods: whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies. I am a diabetic and I thought I was doing just fine until I had some blood work done recently and my sugar was a little high. So what is going on here? I am eating all the right things, so why is my sugar a little high? Well, no need to panic.  

 
Looking through my food diaries, I observed that since the beginning of summer, I have been eating more fresh fruit and larger portions of them. I was not measuring or weighing my fruit portions. Eating fruit is very good, but serving size is key. I researched this further and found out the the types of fruit that have less natural sugar are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples and kiwi. These fruits are the ones that a diabetic should be making part of their daily selections when menu planning and keeping the other fruit options limited. My doctor suggested to add more fresh veggies to my daily menu and mix up my exercise program.

So bottom line, I discovered that it all comes down to portion control. I have learned that I can enjoy all of the delicious fruits that summer offers but must be mindful of my portion size. 

Here is a recipe that is diabetic friendly:

Berries and Yogurt

1 cup sliced strawberries

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

1 cup blackberries

4  cups fat free plain Greek yogurt

2  tbsp agave nector

1 tbsp wheat germ

Combine the strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and set aside. Mix the yogurt with the agave nector in a separate bowl. Serve the fruit mixture into (4) bowls and drizzle the yogurt mixture on top and sprinkle wheat germ.

Serving:  4


For a Summer Smoothie simply use FROZEN fruit and put all the ingredients into the blender and blend well. It will be thick and creamy and refreshing. Sprinkle with wheat germ and serve.


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Blog written by Maria Osnowitz
I am 54 years old, married, and the mother of two grown children. I have been unemployed since June of 2009, and since then have...