As someone who has struggled with blood sugar issues for over fifteen years, I know that finding a good balance between healthy and tasty foods can be a challenge! Fortunately, there are many ways to make favorite dishes healthy for those with hypoglycemia, diabetes, and other blood sugar problems. Enjoy these quick and easy cooking tips to make your favorite dishes healthier.
Easy Chinese Stir Fry with Carrot Noodles
Enjoy the taste of Chinese cooking but egg roles and fried rice throw your blood sugar into a tailspin? Try this easy Paleo Diet solution – carrot noodles! They are inexpensive and easy to make. Simply wash four or five carrots, being sure to use your peeler to get rid of the outside layer of skin. Discard the waste, then use the same motion to peel long noodle-shaped strips of carrot vertically. Toss the carrot noodles in with your vegetables and lightly seasoned chicken breast chunks with a couple of tablespoons of oil, fresh ginger, and crushed garlic. Add a dab of soy sauce and you have a delicious and easy stir fry that is low-carb and delicious. Want to add extra protein? Make a quick Thai peanut sauce by mixing in a couple of spoons of peanut butter and hot chili pepper flakes or chili powder for extra heat.
Lettuce Wraps with Chili Sauce
What do I love more than sugary foods? Spicy foods! The beauty about spicy foods is that they give you that wonderful mouth-watering flavor that is often difficult to enjoy when you have dietary restrictions because of diabetes or blood sugar problems. Sure, I’d love to chow down on a chocolate donut, but finding delicious recipes that don’t send me in for a hypoglycemia crash is important for good health.
To make this simple recipe, you need to do a quick stir fry. I often use eggs or leftover chicken for this meal, as well as a cup or so of any veggies in the fridge. Good choices for vegetables include green onions, crushed garlic, peppers, carrots, broccoli, or mushrooms, but you can mix and match whatever vegetables you want, or even try bok choy or fresh ginger for a more authentic Asian taste. Toss it all together with a little bit of oil. Remember you aren’t deep frying. The amount of oil used is just enjoy to coat the bottom of your pan or wok.
After you are done, peel large leaves off of a head of the lettuce of your choice. You can choose iceberg or romaine, or blanche cabbage leaves. Put a spoonful of filling in the center of the leave and roll it like a tortilla. It will end up looking cigar-shaped. For the chili sauce, mix finely chopped garlic, red pepper flakes, a couple of teaspoons of hot Indian chili powder, and oil in a small sauce pan on low heat. Once the garlic starts to cook, add in a quarter cup of brown sugar or honey to give it body, just enough to enjoy some sweetness to counter the spice. Some chili sauce recipes will call for a whole cup of sugar, but I have found that less than a half a cup of sugar or honey will work fine. Watch the sauce because you don’t want it to burn. I usually will add a little bit of water to thin it out if it becomes too jelly like. You can add variety by chopping mango or pineapple into the sauce. Because of the spice, you will not need a lot of dipping sauce.
Variety in Asian Cooking
The beauty of Chinese cuisine is that it is based on what you already have in your kitchen. Make different varieties of stir fries using pork, beef, or tofu. Add in authentic Chinese vegetables or try to add your own cultural flair with your own favorite vegetables. I know that my Cuban roots means that I will always find a way to include peppers, garlic, and onion in almost any recipe. Avoid the breaded treats from the Chinese buffet like egg rolls, crab rangoon, and sweet and sour chicken, and instead enjoy the authentic and healthy flavors of Asia guilt-free!