These grocery store finds will keep your blood sugar—and your belly—in check
The American Diabetes Association recommends foods with key nutrients that have low glycemic indexes for people with diabetes. That means things like beans, leafy greens, citrus, nuts, and grains—foods that are smart choices even if you don’t have diabetes. Combine fiber-rich foods with lean proteins to help balance your blood sugar, maintain a healthy weight, and please your palate.
HOT CEREAL: EARNEST EATS MAYAN BLEND HOT & FIT CEREAL
Oats have fiber and potassium, two key nutrients that people with diabetes need, according to the ADA. This has no sugar, and that’s saying something, considering that even some so-called “healthy” options we looked at had 10-plus grams per serving.
CAN’T FIND IT? Quaker Old Fashioned Oats contain only 3 grams of sugar and a full 12 grams of finer per 450-calorie serving.
MICROWAVEABLE LUNCH: LUVO QUINOA & VEGETABLE ENCHILADAS WITH MOLE SAUCE OVER BROWN RICE
Whole grains, such as quinoa and brown rice, can help manage blood sugar. This frozen meal tastes like something from Chipotle and provides a whopping 8 grams of fiber for 330 calories. Plus, vegetables!
BONUS If you’re a build-your-own-lunch kind of guy, Minute Rice whole grain brown rice offers 2 grams of fiber in 2/3 cup.
INSTA-SAUCE: RAO’S HOMEMADE TOMATO BASIL
One day at the office, MH staffers dunked bread into a lineup of low-sugar sauces. Most jars fell flat on flavor, but this one had a taste that rivaled Grandma’s recipe. Plus, it’s bursting with vitamins C and A.
DEPTHS-OF-WINTER SAVIOR: EVOLUTION FRESH SWEET GREENS AND LEMON
This juice is sweetened with a little apple to balance out the spinach and kale.
EYE-OPENER: GEVALIA RAINFOREST ORGANIC REGULAR GROUND
More java, anyone? People who increased the amount of coffee they drank daily by more than one cup lowered their diabetes risk by 11 percent, a 2014 Harvard study found. Hold the sugar: Let this robust brew’s flavor come through.