Foods You Can Still Enjoy When You Have Diabetes

Part of the Diabetes Meal Planning & Nutrition For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Many people with diabetes think that they can't have "fun food," such as good breads or sweet and creamy ice cream. With a little tweaking and swapping, you can enjoy many different kinds of foods that you might have believed were off limits!

  • Ice cream: Choose low-fat, no-sugar-added ice cream and count the carbohydrates.

  • French fries: Choose low-fat, frozen, baked fries and count the carbohydrates.

  • Margarine: Tub margarines contain mostly healthy unsaturated fat and no unhealthy trans fat.

  • Bread: Choose whole-grain breads and count the carbohydrates.

  • Fruit: Fruits are a key source of nutrients and a healthy way to satisfy your cravings for sweets. Count the carbohydrates and choose canned fruit packed in juice, not syrup.

  • Adult beverages: Alcohol in moderation is healthy. Have no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women — and count the carbohydrates.

The one constant theme throughout this list is to count the carbohydrates. Keep carbs in mind and you can enjoy a wide variety of foods.

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