Easy recipes for diabetics include open-faced sweet potato sandwiches, Greek chicken salad, kale pesto salmon and toasted quinoa and cabbage salad. The American Diabetes Association recommends a diet including nutrient-rich, non-starchy vegetables and whole foods with a low glycemic index.
Diabetes superfoods include dark leafy greens, berries, sweet potatoes, beans, fish and nuts. The ADA recommends three to five servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Carrot soup and broccoli with orange sauce are two examples.
As for grains, the ADA recommends choosing whole grains such as brown rice, barley and oats over processed grains such as white flours. Chicken with brown rice and oatmeal with apples, nuts and seeds are example recipes. Beans are a filling, affordable source of protein that can be served as a meal, as in beef chili or white-bean hummus.
Fish has good fats that support heart health, and the ADA recommends at least two servings a week. Example dishes include seared tuna steaks and salmon with avocado-orange sauce. Low-fat dairy is a good source of calcium that can be found in a homemade cheddar cheese sauce or a creamy pumpkin soup.
Moderate amounts of healthy fats can be obtained in nuts, as in almond-crusted salmon, or an Asian peanut dip. These and other recipes can be found on Myrecipes.com.