Low Carb Meal Ideas for Diabetics

Amy Tenderich Health Guide
  • Republished with permission from diabetesmine.com


    So this whole low-carb thing about diabetes is driving me crazy.


    As I said myself recently, when struggling to control your blood sugar, the more carbs, the more struggle.


    But I also don't believe that complete abstinence is the answer (like "just say no" isn't really the answer for birth control, right?) Carbohydrates are part of life, and part of a healthy diet, too, in moderation. I just wish there were more -- and more satisfying -- low-carb (LC) choices to make the whole carb restriction thing a bit easier.


    So in desperation, I turned to Atkins / ultra-low-carb devotees for advice.

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    I wrote to Jimmy Moore of the leading LC blog Livin' La Vida Low-Carb, with this query:


    Since most diabetics seem to struggle with restricting carbs and figuring out what in the heck they can eat, I need your help. Could you share your TOP 20 FAVORITE LOW-CARB MEALS & SNACKS with me to share with my readers?

    What we're looking for are some viable meal/snack options that really keep a person satisfied -- some actual dishes you can prepare for a dinner or a lunch meal, or something you can order in a real live restaurant.


    Jimmy posted the query on his discussion board, and whala, we got a whole mess of suggestions! I'm not sure they added up to exactly 20; I lost count (speaks for my carb-counting skills, ay?). Here's a rough synopsis, in no particular order:


    Fave Low-Carb MEALS:


    * Chicken Marsala


    "Thin sliced chicken dredged in parm cheese and pan fried in butter and garlic. A splash of real marsala wine for flavor (do not drink the rest of the bottle). Serve with sauteed sliced mushrooms and a gorgeous salad."


    * Chopped shrimp (the frozen stuff will do) on a bed of lettuce with a dollop of mayo and hard boiled egg slices


    * Green bean casserole, mashed cauliflower, meatloaf, turkey burgers, unbreaded fried wings, baked chicken breasts, baked fish


    * Fauxtatoes, buffalo wings, low carb pizza (not for the gluten-free, of course)


    * Sea scallops wrapped in bacon, skewered on the BBQ


    * Steak on the grill with "loaded broccoli": broccoli with a bit of sour cream, a touch of butter, real bacon bits, chopped onion, and shredded cheese (apparently kills those potato cravings)


    * Spaghetti squash, instead of pasta


    * "Lettuce sandwiches": wrap your sandwich fixins in lettuce leaves


    * Salad, salad, salad: taco salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad, Caesars salad with chicken or shrimp, spinach-strawberry salad, lemon-tarragon salad, and so on


    Fave Low-Carb SNACKS:

    * Steamed shrimp

    * Turkey Kielbasa (good as an entree, too)

    * Pepperoni chips

    * Yogurt cup with a few chopped berries and walnuts

    * Cauliflower "Popcorn" (comes complete with an oh-so-cute instructional video on YouTube HERE)

    * Celery sticks with flavored cream cheese

    * Deviled eggs, avocado-filled eggs, boiled eggs mashed with wasabi powder

    * Salad, salad, salad: chicken salad, tuna salad, shrimp salad, etc., etc.


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    Thanks so much for the suggestions, Guys! But I also see my problem right there; I am sick to death of skinless chicken, eggs, and salad, salad, salad. I can't stand cauliflower. Steak and pepperoni are too fatty for my poor sensitive stomach to take very often... whine, whine, whine... I know.


    Honestly, the enthusiasm of Jimmy's followers alone kind of re-kindled my motivation to slash the carbs. And it's sure nice to know there's a whole community out there to fall back on whenever you feel you might be "losing it." Time to start surfing the low-carb recipe circuit again :) Need a place to start? Go see Linda.

Published On: November 01, 2007