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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Type 2 Diabetes - Add Sweet Potatoes to Your Diabetic Eating Plan




One great carbohydrate source all Type 2 diabetics looking to control their blood sugar level can indulge in from time to time without feeling guilty, is sweet potatoes. This type of potato is excellent as they offer a delicious sweet taste that will help reduce food cravings, all while providing you with a high fiber, slow digesting carbohydrate source chalk full of vitamins. Sweet potatoes are...
  • 54 on the Glycemic Index (GI) scale, and
  • contain a lot of vitamin C which helps squash free radicals.
Sweet potatoes are especially great to eat before you head to the gym for a workout as they will supply lasting energy that will serve you well for the session to come.
This said, if you're stuck for ways to prepare this fibrous vegetable, here are some ideas. Keep in mind adding a little healthy fat to the dish to help with nutrient absorption so, whenever possible, cook with olive oil or grass-fed butter...
1. Mashed. Just as you would make the classic mashed regular potatoes, you can also prepare mashed sweet potatoes. Simply boil your potatoes and then place them in a bowl with a little milk and grass-fed butter. Mash or whip them with a mixer until they're ready to serve.
2. Cinnamon-Baked. Another great way to prepare your sweet potatoes is to bake them in the oven. This can really bring out the sweet taste they provide, making it an excellent side dish for any meal.
Simply cube these potatoes and then toss them together with a small amount of olive oil, cinnamon, and some rosemary if desired.
Once coated, bake for 30 to 40 minutes (depending on the size of the cubes), at 375 degrees. Toss once during the baking.
3. Sweet Potato Chips. Sweet potato chips are a fast and healthy snack you can take with you on the go any time you need an energy boost. The trick to preparing these is to slice them as thin as possible so they bake up crispy.
Slice them, then toss with a little olive oil (not too much), sprinkle with a touch of sea salt and then bake on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper at 375 for 10 minutes. Flip and then bake for another 10 minutes. Remove ahead of time if you see them starting to brown.
Let stand for a few minutes and then serve.
So be sure you are incorporating sweet potatoes into your diabetic eating plan. It's one reliable source of carb that will be healthy for just about everyone - Type 2 diabetic or not.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.

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