Here are 5 resources and tips for diabetics to try out this summer!
1. FreeStyle Libre blood glucose reader
The FreeStyle Libre system is a new way to monitor your blood sugar levels. The best part? You don’t have to prick your finger every time! The system has a sensor that you wear on the back of your upper arm and a handheld reader. The sensor measures and records your glucose reading every 15 minutes for up to 10 days before requiring you to replace the sensor. You only need to do a fingerstick test when the meter tells you one is required. The system is even covered by some insurance plans. Check out the system here.
2. Diabetic support groups
Support groups are a wonderful resource for people to connect who are having similar experiences. Sometimes just having the education of diabetes care is not enough and emotional support from others can be motivating. Check out some local free support groups in the Austin area here.
3. Mayo Clinic cookbook for diabetes
Here is one of Optimal RD’s favorite resources for diabetic cooking. The Mayo Clinic’s cookbook has many wonderful recipes that are diabetic friendly. You can check out the cookbook here.
Also, check out some free cookbook recipes on the American Diabetes Association website.
4. Angel Food Cake Recipe
Angel food cake is a wonderful diabetes-friendly dessert choice when eaten in moderation. The light, airy cake is not only low in sugar, but also low in carbohydrates. Adding a light topping of fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries adds a touch more sweetness and freshness.
Here is a diabetic friendly recipe from Living Sweet Moments .
We recommend using a more natural sugar substitute such as stevia
12 egg whites room temperature
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups sugar substitute*
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
Sift flour, cornstarch, sweetener, and salt into a bowl. Set aside
Using a mixer, whip egg whites with the cream of tartar until medium peaks form. Add the vanilla little by little
Gently, using a spatula, fold in the flour mixture into the egg whites in 3-4 batches. Be careful, do not deflate the egg whites
Place mixture into a UNGREASED angel food pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until cake is springy to the touch and the top is golden
Remove from the oven and invert pan onto the neck of a wine bottle to cool completely
Run a knife around the rim of the cake pan to remove the sides. Then run your knife between the cake and the bottom part of the mold to release the bottom part
Serve with sour cream, sugar-free whipped topping, and fresh fruit
*You can use 1 1/2 cups of Swerve or Splenda. Just keep in mind that some sweeteners are stronger than others, so read on the label their conversion chart to see how much you would need to replace 1 1/2 cups of sugar.
5. Simple swaps
Here are some simple swaps to try that will help you decrease your sugar and carbohydrate intake. Choosing a lower carbohydrate choice will help lower your blood sugar levels.
Choose nuts over potato chips
Choose sweet potato over white potato
Choose quinoa over white rice
Choose spaghetti squash over traditional spaghetti
Choose grilled chicken over breaded chicken
Choose strawberry shortcake over traditional, iced-cake
Choose unsweetened sparkling water over sugary carbonated drinks like soda