What are some good low carb side dishes for people with diabetes?

Eating a low carb meal plan as part of a nutritious diet is essential for good diabetes management. Planning meals and snacks which include protein (such as fish, eggs, poultry, and meat), along with adequate fiber (from whole grains and veggies) can help improve your blood sugars. Here are a few suggestions on how to lower the carb content of your side dishes:
  • In place of white rice, serve whole grains such as barley or quinoa, and add low carb vegetables to them. Remember to measure out your portions. After a while, you'll become familiar with proper serving sizes.
  • Try substituting spaghetti squash for pasta, or bean sprouts for noodles.
  • Serve mashed cauliflower topped with cheese in placed of mashed potatoes.
  • Start your meal off with a colorful fresh salad, dressed with olive oil and vinegar. Over the winter, try some fresh vegetable soup.

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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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