It’s that time of year and let’s face it-we have more food around than ever-it just seems to pop out of nowhere, doesn’t it?! And, for those who have diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance/elevated blood sugar levels, it can be really tough.
Here are three tips to help with keeping your blood sugar steady with all of those added treats.
- Add cinnamon. Cinnamon has been shown to help with maintaining and in some cases, lowering blood sugar levels. It has also been linked with lowering blood pressure and some blood lipids, such as cholesterol. As little as ¼ tsp. per day has been shown to have an effect. Add cinnamon to beverages, spreads, cereal, grain dishes, stuffing, in rubs on meats, game and poultry, desserts, toppings, and whatever else you can think of!
- Use vinegar. Vinegar has also been shown to help maintain and even lower blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. About an ounce (2 Tbsp.) of any type of vinegar was used in studies. If you’re having a high carb meal, request or use vinegar in your salad dressing, or dip your bread into some vinegar mixed with olive oil and herbs. Experiment with adding vinegar to your marinades, vegetable, salad and side dishes. Balsamic vinegar mixes well with some fruits as well, such as strawberries or peaches and plums.
- Add a dash of hot sauce. Hot sauce can help reduce appetite. So, when noshing a little or bringing some appetizers to a party, add some hot sauce to those deviled eggs, spreads, soups and dips.
Remember, enjoy the season and take it all in cheer-that’s what they should be about!