If you've been working hard to reduce the total carbohydrate content of your diabetic eating plan, one food that has likely been removed from your favorite foods... is pasta. (One hint though, if you cook pasta for less time than is stated on the package, if you keep it a little chewy you will keep the GI low. But you need to keep testing to make sure you don't overcook it). However, as with any carbohydrate, even those with a low GI, if you eat too much of it you will eventually see a big increase in your blood sugar level. High in carbohydrates with a relatively high GI rating, pasta simply isn't the most ideal food to be included in any diabetic eating plan.
But, if you love your pasta, this may be a hard food to cut out. Fortunately, it doesn't have to be. With a few smart ideas, you can calm those cravings in a much healthier way. Here's how...
1. Try Spaghetti Squash. First, a great nutrient dense replacement for your usual bowl of pasta is spaghetti squash. Squash is a fantastic source of fiber and will contain a mere fraction of the calories you would get from pasta.
Simply slice the squash in half and then microwave in a shallow dish filled with about an inch of water or so. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes and then use a fork to scrape out the 'rinds' from the squash.
Use this as you would any other pasta.
2. Create Zucchini Pasta. Another great replacement for your usual bowl of pasta is zucchini pasta. This is prepared using a regular zucchini and a Vegetti device (available online or in specialty kitchen/household stores).
Simply place the zucchini in the Vegetti, twist - and pasta-like strands will come out. Then you simply sauté this for about 60 seconds or so, and you'll have a pasta-like dish ready to go.
This is an especially low-carb and low-calorie option, coming in at just 19 calories per cup. Just note you definitely do not want to overcook these or they'll be more mushy-like than they will pasta-like. Just a short bout of steaming will be perfect here.
3. Use Yam Noodles. Finally, the last option to consider is to simply use yam noodles. These noodles, prepared from the fiber of a yam, are extremely low in calories and taste very similar to that of Ramen noodles. They're often found in the Asian section of the supermarket.
So there you have three great ideas to replace your traditional carb-heavy pasta and help you maintain both your blood sugar and body weight in a healthy range. Use these in the same way you would any other pasta, topping with your own home prepared low-sodium tomato sauce, using them in stir-fries, or even using them to prepare a cold salad if you wish. The possibilities are really endless.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.
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