Diabetes Power Foods: Our Best Superfood Recipes
Give your Asian-inspired meal a health boost by adding vitamin-rich red sweet pepper, heart-healthy cashews, and red onions, which are high in antioxidants, fiber, and potassium. These ultra-healthy ingredients find perfect harmony in a flavorful cashew chicken dinner.
Power Foods: Red Sweet Pepper, Red Onion, Nuts
Creamy Edamame-Veggie Soup
Get three superfoods in one when you make this creamy and delicious vegetable soup recipe: broccoli contains vitamins A and C, which promote healthy vision, teeth, bones, and skin; soy is a loaded with protein that's low in both cholesterol and saturated fat; and spinach is a packed full of vitamins and folate.
Power Foods: Broccoli, Soy, Spinach
Cinnamon-Spiced Cake with Melon
We've hidden a surprise superfood in this healthy dessert recipe: cantaloupe! The juicy melon keeps the diabetic cake moist without adding fat. Plus, cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Other melons -- watermelon, muskmelon, honeydew, and more -- are also nutrition-packed.
Power Food: Melon
Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Orange Asparagus
Asparagus is more than just a sidekick in this diabetic dinner recipe. The green power food is high in folate and vitamin C, which both contribute to a heart-healthy diet. Dressed with orange juice and served with tangy balsamic-glazed chicken, asparagus is as delicious as it is nutritious.
Power Food: Asparagus
Trail Mix Hot Cereal
The nutty-flavored flaxseed is hailed for providing three important nutritional benefits: heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), antioxidants called lignans, and fiber. Also kicking up the health value of this breakfast cereal? Nuts. Most nuts come with a variety of health advantages, including unsaturated fats, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, to name a few.
Power Foods: Flaxseed, Nuts
Southwest Salmon and Sweet Potatoes
There's more to this healthy fish recipe than meets the eye. The low-carb dish features salmon, an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Along with other fatty fish, such as halibut, herring, and mackerel, salmon is also low in cholesterol and unhealthy saturated fat, making it the perfect choice for a diabetic diet.
Power Food: Fish
Gluten-Free Blueberry-Lemon Doughnuts
Here's a fun way to eat blueberries -- in your next batch of homemade doughnuts! You'll get extra fiber and vitamin C, plus antioxidants such as flavonoids -- known to boost the immune system, fight inflammation, and improve heart health -- and anthocyanins, which have been associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Power Food: Blueberries
Tomato, Spinach, and Feta Strata
Our low-carb diabetic breakfast casserole is loaded with power foods and health benefits. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, plus potassium and the antioxidant lycopene. Both tomatoes and spinach were included on the National Institutes of Health's list of veggies with the highest amounts of antioxidants.
Power Foods: Spinach, Tomato, Asparagus
Apple Creme Brulees
Enjoy a warm, decadent dessert featuring an age-old superfood. Crisp, juicy apples have been studied for their effectiveness for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and decreasing the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Plus a medium-size apple has 3 grams of fiber.
Power Food: Apple
Need another reason to try this low-carb, flavor-packed tomato recipe? Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which may act as a deterrent for cancer and heart disease.
Power Food: Tomato
Cranberry Phyllo Cheesecake
This carb-smart diabetic dessert uses crispy phyllo layers for a crust. It's also studded with cranberries, a power food containing antioxidants that may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Use fresh cranberries in your healthy recipes, as they contain more nutrients than dried cranberries.
Power Food: Cranberries
Black Beans and Avocado on Quinoa
Everything about this diabetic salad promotes a healthy, nutrient-rich diet. The ancient grain quinoa is a complete protein -- it contains all essential amino acids. Beans are rich in fiber and protein, and avocados are known for their monounsaturated fat content.
Power Foods: Quinoa, Beans, Avocado, Tomatoes, Spinach
Two superfruits combine for a delicious dessert with added health benefits. Like cranberries and blueberries, raspberries contain antioxidants, as well as fiber and vitamin C.
Power Foods: Cranberries, Raspberries
Chicken and Sweet Pepper Linguine Alfredo
For a healthy meal in minutes, make this diabetes-friendly pasta dish starring the superfood red sweet pepper. Like other red fruits and vegetables, this sweet pepper contains vitamins A and C, plus the antioxidant lycopene.
Power Foods: Red Sweet Pepper
Fresh Figs with Yogurt and Honey
Enjoy a simple yogurt dish for an easy diabetic snack or quick breakfast. Loaded with protein, vitamin B2, and calcium, yogurt promotes bone and tooth health. Choose a probiotic yogurt to benefit your digestive health. For a double whammy of superfoods, we added heart-healthy nuts to our diabetic yogurt recipe.
Power Foods: Yogurt, Nuts
Sip on a sweet blended drink that's low in carbs and high in vitamin A. Adding carrots to your diet just may be the key to better vision as well as cancer and diabetes prevention.
Power Food: Carrots
There's a reason this diabetic pasta recipe is named "kale-powered." The versatile green is low in calories and carbs, and it contains almost every essential nutrient. It also contains pigments that aid in eye health.
Power Food: Kale, Red Sweet Pepper
Spiced Apple-Berry Oatmeal
Not only is oatmeal a warm and comforting diabetic breakfast choice, it also contains more soluble fiber than any other grain. Thanks to all that fiber, oatmeal is effective at decreasing the risk of heart disease and lowering LDL cholesterol. We added two more superfoods to the equation by topping the oatmeal with apples and blueberries.
Power Foods: Oatmeal, Apple, Blueberries
Whether you're adding it to pasta, shrimp, or chicken, garlic enhances the flavor of many dishes. It has also been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Power Food: Garlic
Sweet and Salty Roasted Nuts
Nuts are full of heart-healthy nutrients and have been studied for their effectiveness in lowering blood sugar. Another great benefit of nuts: They are portable, easy snacks. Try our diabetic nut mix containing cashews, almonds, walnuts, and pecans.
Power Food: Nuts
Lemon and Parmesan Fish
Crushed cornflakes and Parmesan cheese give these heart-healthy and protein-packed fish fillets a crunchy, fried effect, while remaining low-carb and low-calorie. Serve asparagus on the side to double the superfood power of your diabetic meal.
Power Food: Fish
Avocado-Grapefruit Salad with Jicama
This four-ingredient salad contains a whopping three power foods. Opt for ruby red grapefruit instead of white grapefruit, as it contains more antioxidants.
Power Foods: Grapefruit, Avocado, Spinach
Cranberry-Mango Green Tea
Adding fresh mango and cranberries to green tea is a surefire way to get your superfood fix. Both tea and cranberries contain antioxidants, and tea has been shown to decrease stress, cholesterol, and the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Power Foods: Tea, Cranberries
This yummy salad has a little bit of everything: veggies, fruits, chicken, cheese, and nuts. In fact, three of the ingredients happen to make our list of the best power foods: antioxidant-rich blueberries and spinach and heart-healthy nuts. Full of healthful ingredients and the power to satisfy your hunger until your next meal, this salad is sure to become part of your rotation.
Power Foods: Blueberries, Nuts, Spinach
This diabetic fish dinner is as easy to make as it is healthy. Simply fold a salmon fillet and mixed veggies into a foil packet and bake. Be sure to include plenty of carrots, as they are a great source of vitamin A and are a low-carb, nonstarchy vegetable.
Power Foods: Fish, Carrots