Diabetes can bring in many restrictions in terms of food and lifestyle. Most often, people with diabetes find it difficult to resist the delicious food around and end up gorging on it. But you must understand that managing diabetes is very important and a good diet plays a key role in it. It may be easy to assume that one plate of sev puri or aloo chat isn’t going to do much of harm, but that is not true. It can increase the risk of other complications associated with diabetes.
But we don’t want you to punish your taste buds all along. Hence, we requested Celebrity Nutritionist and Health Educator Karena Adnani to share with us some healthy snack recipes for people with diabetes. These are easy to follow and use the perfect balance of ingredients to promote better management of diabetes through diet.
Diabetic-friendly Sev Puri Recipe
This no-sev, no-puri chaat is loaded with low calorie vegetables which are excellent sources of fibre and help maintain blood sugar levels. But don’t worry, this is as tasty as it can get.
- 2 Boiled sweet Potatoes – chopped
- 1 beetroot boiled and grated
- 1 big Cucumber – cut into 10 round discs
- Raw mango – finely chopped
- A pinch of jeera powder
- A pinch of red chilli powder
- 1 lemon juice squeezed
- Coriander for garnish
- Pomegranate kernels for garnish
- Salt to taste
- Take the round discs of cucumber and put on a serving tray
- Take a bowl and mix the grated beetroot and potatoes in it with the red chilli powder, salt, and jeera powder.
- Add this mixture on top of the cucumber discs
- Garnish on top with pomegranate and coriander
- Squeeze lime juice on top before serving
Diabetic-friendly Sweet Potato Chaat Recipe
Sweet potato has a low glycaemic index (GI) compared to potato and is also loaded with potassium to help lower high blood pressure.
- 4 sweet potatoes
- Half cup orange juice
- Chaat masala
- 1 tbsp sev
1. Boil the sweet potatoes
2. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into small pieces.
3. Add the chaat masala
4. Garnish with sev and orange juice
5. Serve hot.
Diabetic-friendly Roasted Makhana Bhel Recipe
High in protein, low on sodium and high in magnesium makes this an excellent snack for people with diabetes and those suffering from high blood pressure.
- 100gms fox nuts/makhana
- 1 tbsp peanuts
- 1 tsp ghee
- Black salt to taste
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
1. Heat a pan on a low flame and add little ghee.
2. Add the fox nuts to the pan and dry roast them for 5-7 min.
3. Now add sesame seeds and roast for 2 min.
4. Lastly add the peanuts and black salt and roast for 1 minute.
5. Serve hot.
These delicious snacks can be savoured in the mornings or evenings. Remember, moderation is the key. Hence, balance it with a nutritious daily diet.
Do let us know if you enjoyed snacking on these diabetes friendly recipes in our comments section below.