Your Diabetes-Friendly Pantry
Foods to keep on hand year-round
By Sheila Buff
Is it easy to find foods in your kitchen to make a quick, low carb dinner? Do you keep the makings of a diabetes-friendly breakfast on hand? Can you quickly find a fulfilling, low carb snack in your pantry? If you can, you're more likely to stick to your low carb eating plan — and enjoy it. If not, you're in luck. Use these lists as a guide to stocking your low carb, diabetes-friendly pantry.
Oils and Condiments
Use grapeseed oil to saut and fry. For low temperature cooking and salad dressings, choose extra virgin olive oil. Add a small amount of flavored oils such as toasted sesame, walnut, or avocado to salad dressings. Drizzle some over veggies and grains to add flavor and heart-healthy fat.
A variety of vinegars go along with your new oils. High-quality red or balsamic vinegar is great to add to salad dressing. White vinegar is good for making your own pickles. A splash of flavored vinegar brightens up the taste of steamed or sauted green veggies. Also, vinegar is known to help keep blood sugar from spiking.
Other condiments to have on hand include:
- mayo (not a reduced-fat version)
- hot sauce
- soy sauce
- low carb or unsweetened ketchup
All add taste and interest to your food without extra carbs. Keep some pickles, olives, sun-drided tomatoes, and tomato salsa on hand. They can add a bit of variety to snacks and sandwiches.
- hot pepper flakes
- black pepper
- chili powder
Five spice powder is great if you like Asian flavors. Curry is good to have on hand for an Indian touch.
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