Cooking for Diabetics Tips

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Baked Tilapia

Tilapia can be a very healthy dish, especially when you cut out any extra salt. Two options diabetics can choose from is to use lemon juice or a lemon pepper seasoning. Spray a baking pan with olive oil cooking spray and then insert your fillets. Add two tbsp. of lemon juice for each fillet, or sprinkle on some lemon pepper seasoning. Cover with aluminum foil and cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. You will be able to fluff the fish with a fork when it is completely cooked. Serve over white rice with a side of steamed carrots.


Sugar Free Sweet Tea

Sweet tea can easily be converted for anyone who has diabetes. Simply boil a full tea kettle of water and then pour it in to a gallon container. Add one cup of Splenda and stir until dissolved. Place four small tea bags in the gallon container. Make sure you hang the strings over the side. Wait two hours and then remove the tea bags. Refrigerate and enjoy at your convenience.


Pure Coconut Oil

100% Pure coconut oil is the only fat that is actually good for diabetics. It helps to regulate blood sugar because it doesn't require the pancreas to produce so many enzymes. Diabetics should use this oil when cooking. Four tbsp. per day is fine, but never consume pure coconut oil on an empty stomach. It can cause gas and bloating.



JELL-O makes some excellent pudding and gelatin products for individuals with diabetes. These products are sugar free. Surprisingly, they taste just as good as the original. You can eat a sugar-free pudding for dessert, or use the sugar free pudding in another dessert such as chocolate pudding pie.

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