Finding the Best Recipes for a Diabetes Diet

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Having type 1 diabetes or cooking for someone with type 1 diabetes doesn’t mean you’re stuck with bland, boring or tasteless food. Rather, eating moderate amounts of a variety of healthy, nutritious foods is key to keeping your insulin levels in check. In general, you’ll want to stick with nutrient-rich foods that are low in fat and calories, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Finding Diabetic Friendly Recipes

We’ve compiled some of our favorite resources for finding the best diabetic recipes that fit into a diabetic diet.

Diabetic Foodie

Shelby, the writer behind Diabetic Foodie, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1999. She grew up eating southern food at nearly every meal, but after her diagnosis she quickly learned that eating healthy foods made managing her diabetes much easier. On her blog, Shelby provides recipes that generally follow the American Diabetes Association Guidelines, focusing primarily on lean protein, healthy fats and vegetables.

A Sweet Life

A Sweet Life is a diabetes magazine, and their website is packed full of great recipes for diabetics. Whether you’re looking for diabetic-friendly desserts, something low carb, or something to cook for a holiday, you’re sure to find it in their catalog of recipes. Plus, if you’re looking for a diabetic version of a specific recipe, just use their search feature to look for something diabetes-friendly!

Diabetes Self-Management

Diabetes Self-Management discusses multiple ways to manage your diabetes, but their recipes section is especially valuable. Recipes are diabetes-friendly and are divided into categories such as beverages, breakfast, desserts and sweets, main dishes, salads, sides, snacks and appetizers and soups and stews.

T1 Everyday Magic

T1 Everyday Magic is a special resource from Lilly Diabetes and Disney, and is specifically geared toward parents of children with type 1 diabetes. While the site includes resources for parents of newly-diagnosed children, information about general daily living and a large section devoted to recipes for children with diabetes. These recipes are kid-friendly, and include foods such as waffled eggs, chocolate avocado truffle spoons, peanut butter rice cereal bars and holiday-specific classroom treats.

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