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10 healthy recipes that diabetics can enjoy! (World Diabetes Day 2013)

Diabetics need to keep a strict watch on their diet. However, that doesn't mean they cannot enjoy delicious food. Here are 10 recipes.

Written by Editorial Team | Updated : May 10, 2016 11:07 AM IST

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Despite belonging to the nut family and having its share of quirks, almonds have their share of health benefits – they lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Note that I’ve used toasted almonds and not fried them, so as to keep a check on the calorie count. Plus, the vegetables contribute abundant nutrients to this dish – making it absolutely fine to have as an occasional treat, even diabetics.

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Here is an exotic dish that is an ideal pick for special occasions. Apples are rich in fibre, making this dish acceptable for diabetics too. Crepes come out well when made with plain flour, as done in this recipe. I have also used low-fat butter, which is easily available in the market today – it is good for use in such desserts where butter is required for texture and flavour. Also Read - How To Treat Clogged Pores In Winter: Tips From Shahnaz Husain

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It has been recently discovered that split Bengal gram (chana dal), because of its low glycemic index, is a very beneficial pulse for diabetics as it helps in the utilization of sugar effectively causing a slow rise in blood sugar levels. Here is a pancake recipe with soaked chana dal mixed with vitamin rich vegetables and protein rich curds to enhance its taste. Cook these pancakes over a slow flame because the chana dal is coarsely ground and will take a while to cook well.

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Rice is the cereal that diabetics are advised to avoid. Add plenty of vegetables to the rice dish and use minimal oil for a simple and guilt free way to include rice in your diet! Adding vegetables not only enhances its vitamin value but also contributes plenty of fibre that prevents a rapid rise in blood sugar levels after a meal. Select an unprocessed variety of rice like kolam or brown rice instead of polished rice which has little or no fibre. Also Read - Heart Failure To Heart Attacks: Different Causes of Rapid Heart Beating And Its Risks

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Diabetes-friendly jamun (black plum) blends with low fat curds to make a delectable smoothie. Jambolene, the enzyme found in jamun, helps to utilize the glucose in the body thereby inhibiting the unwanted rise in the blood glucose levels.

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A drink that helps to add taste back into the day! Soluble fibre (pectin) present in the apple skin helps to keep blood sugar levels under a check. Jamun (black plum) is considered as a traditional medicine that helps pancreas release insulin (a hormone that is necessary to control blood sugar levels) and control diabetes. It is a good source of vitamin C and is also rich in calcium and phosphorous. Enjoy this juice without straining it because fibre being an important nutrient for diabetics should be retained in the juice.

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If you do not have the time for an elaborate breakfast, you can compensate by having a wholesome smoothie instead. It is sure to sustain you until lunch. This smoothie is stuffed with the goodness of papaya, which is rich in vitamin A and fibre… a must-have fruit for diabetics. This is undoubtedly a good combination of vitamin-rich fruits.

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An easy-to-make, almost-evil indulgence highlighted by the tang of pineapples, this version is within the reach of diabetics thanks to the use of low-fat milk and sugar substitutes. The sugar substitutes can be adjusted as per your liking. Pineapple contributes not just flavour but nutrients too, as it is rich in vitamin C. However, pineapple has digestive enzymes which can curdle the milk… so first you need to destroy these by cooking the pineapple before adding it to the milk. Ensure that you add it to chilled milk. Saffron and elaichi perk up the taste. That said, have this in smaller portions although it is relatively low in calories. Also Read - Samantha Ruth Prabhu Workout Routine: Actress Says She Is On ‘Strictest Possible Diet’ After Myositis Diagnosis