Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition For Dummies
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Preparation for diabetes meal planning and nutrition starts with a very minor kitchen makeover. Your kitchen should be set up for ease of food preparation, and that includes everything from measuring cups and scales to the right ingredients. Preparing food at home more often than not simply makes diabetes management easier, so your kitchen should make food preparation convenient. Some kitchen tools you want to have handy include:

  • Food scale for weighing food portions

  • Steamer basket for cooking fresh vegetables without oil

  • Oil mister — less expensive than nonstick sprays, and reduces added fat

  • Measuring scoops for easy measuring of oats and grains

  • A grater for citrus zest, fresh ginger, and other flavors that can replace salt in your food

  • Salad spinner to wash and dry salad fixings

  • Vegetable peeler to take the work out of prepping fresh fruits and veggies

  • Sharp knives can make a huge difference in the work involved

  • A carb counting book or smart phone app so you’re not guessing

After you get your ingredients together and your meal ready for preparation, remember that the healthiest ways to cook are:

  • Steaming

  • Baking

  • Broiling

  • Grilling

  • Stir fry

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Toby Smithson, RDN, CDE, has managed her own diabetes for more than 40 years, and founded DiabetesEveryDay.com to share her insights into diabetes self-management. Alan Rubin, MD, is the author of several successful diabetes books, including Diabetes For Dummies and Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies.

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