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Type 2 Diabetes: Tips for a Summer of Healthy Cookouts

By July 19, 2018 Uncategorized

Type 2 Diabetes: Tips for a Summer of Healthy Cookouts

Nearly everyone knows about the dietary risks of summertime
cookouts; the menu tends to be loaded with items that are high in fat,
high in calories, and full of grease.

  • However, there are healthy alternatives that you can include
    in your next cookout to ensure that your menu stays tasty, but won’t
    ruin your dietary goals. Here are some healthy food choices to add to
    your next cookout:
  • Grill Veggies
    Cut veggies, such as peppers and onions, to roughly the diameter of a silver dollar. Dust them with a light layer of extra virgin olive oil and season to taste.

  • Wrap the veggies tinfoil and throw the package on a grill. Cook
    the veggies alongside your hotdogs and hamburgers for about 20 minutes,
    or until the veggies are tender and hot.

    Mayo-free Potato Salad
    Not all potato salads
    require mayonnaise. In fact, without the mayo, potato salads can be
    quite healthy and incorporate not only a healthy dose of carbohydrates,
    but also onions, celery, oils, and dairy. Check online for mayo-free
    potato salad recipes that suit your taste buds.

    Full-Fruit Popsicles or Icees

    of offering ice cream or another high fat, high sugar dessert, plan
    ahead and make your own full-fruit popsicles or icees.

  • Simply freeze any flavor of 100% fruit juice in an
    appropriately sized and shaped container, add small fruit chunks, and
    serve. You can find popsicle trays in just about any grocery store.
  • Limit the Alcohol
    Most people enjoy having a summertime beverage, such as a margarita, daiquiri, or even a simple beer during a cookout.

  • However, many fancy drinks are loaded with sugar that is not healthy for Diabetics.
  • While a splurge may not hurt every now and then (as long as you
    monitor your blood sugar level), it is always a good idea to have
    low-sugar alternatives. One of the best low-sugar alcohol beverages is
    rum and diet coke.

    The Right Melons
    Watermelons are classic cookout favorites. However, watermelons are notorious for having loads of sugar and calories in them.

  • In fact, one slice can pack as much as 80 calories. Instead of
    serving watermelon wedges at your next cookout, opt instead for
    honeydew or cantaloupe.
  • You’ll still enjoy a flavorful slice, but you’ll only get about half the calories and sugar.


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