What is a lentil soup recipe for people with diabetes?

Lentils are a good choice for people with diabetes, since they're high in fiber and a good source of protein. This lentil soup also contains a nutrient superfood: kale. This dark leafy green is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Kale, Lentil, and Chicken Soup


1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup fresh chopped onion
1cup chopped carrots
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cup cold water
1 tbsp fresh basil, snipped (optional)
1 tsp dried basil, crushed (optional)
4 cups kale, chopped (about 8 ounces)
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/8 tsp black pepper
1-1/2cups cooked chicken breast, diced
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup cooked lentil beans


1. In large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onion, carrots, and garlic.
2. Cook, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the vegetables are nearly tender, stirring occasionally.
3. Add chicken broth and water. Add dried basil (if using).
4. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in kale, salt, and pepper.
5. Return to boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
6. Stir in chicken, tomato, lentils, and (if using) fresh basil.
7. Simmer, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes more or until kale and lentils are tender.
Makes 6 servings
Note: Optional items are not included in nutritional facts.

Calories 160
Total Carbs 14.4 g
Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
Sugars 3.5 g
Total Fat 4.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Unsaturated Fat 3.6 g
Potassium 631.9 mg
Protein 16.4 g
Sodium 611.8 mg

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

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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