What is a Brussels sprouts recipe for people with diabetes?

You’ll want to eat your Brussels sprouts when they're paired with hazelnuts and a hint of cardamom. Nutrient-rich Brussels sprouts are high in antioxidant vitamins C and K and are a good source of dietary fiber -- so they're an excellent choice for people with diabetes.

Hazelnut Brussels Sprouts


1 lb fresh Brussels sprouts, washed, stems and loose leaves trimmed
3 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
4 cups tap water
1/8 tsp salt (optional)


1. Cut Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise.
2. In large saucepan, add water and salt. Bring to boil. Add sprouts. When water returns to boil, remove to colander to drain.
3. In large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium high. Place half of sprouts, cut side down, in pan. Cook 5 minutes until golden brown. Remove to serving dish.
4. Return skillet to heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil. Place remaining sprouts, cut side down, in pan. Cook 5 minutes until golden brown. Remove to serving dish.
5. Toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil, nuts, and cardamom. Serve.

Additional Information
Almonds or walnuts can be substituted for hazelnuts.

Makes 4 servings

Calories 108.6
Total Carbs 8.8 g
Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
Sugars 2.9 g
Total Fat 6.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Unsaturated Fat 5.7 g
Potassium 27.2 mg
Protein 3.3 g
Sodium 40.9 mg

Continue Learning about Diabetes


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is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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