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Diabetes affects a growing number of people around the world, and a lot of it has to do with poor lifestyle and even poorer food choices- check out the dedicated Diabetic food section at your Al Jazira store (diabetic food selection)

When you eat excess calories and fat, your body responds by creating an undesirable rise in blood glucose. If blood glucose isn't kept in check, it can lead to serious problems, such as a dangerously high blood glucose level (hyperglycemia) and chronic complications, such as nerve, kidney and heart damage, not to mention Type 2 Diabetes.

But research shows we can keep blood sugar levels under control (especially in the case of Type 2  Diabetes) by eating the right foods.  Diabetes should never and will never stop you from enjoying the most delicious and tastiest food available,  you can still be a gourmet master but stay healthy and fit whilst feasting on recipes and products from Al Jazira

Here are some healthy, blood-sugar stabilising meal ideas:

TIP: the healthiest carbohydrates are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans, peas and lentils) and low-fat dairy products.

  • For breakfast have a whole-wheat pancake or waffle, a piece of fruit or bowl of chopped mixed fruit and a cup of low-fat milk.
     
  • Make Asian-style eggs by adding hard-boiled organic eggs to cooked brown rice. Add a few drops of olive oil and raisins or currants and lightly sautéed chopped apple.
     
  • Meat doesn't influence blood sugar levels, but limit it as especially non free-range meat can be high in fat and the added growth hormones the animals are fed is stored there..
     
  • Sprinkle flour tortillas with herbs, bake until crisp at 200 degrees C. Spread with low-fat cottage cheese and sprinkle with chopped veg and/or beans or grilled chicken strips.
     
  • Puree some butter beans with a can of artichokes, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Serve with wholegrain toast.
     
  • Mix together whole, drained, tinned chickpeas with crushed garlic, grated ginger, chopped chilli, lime juice and soy sauce and serve over mixed greens.
     
  • Soak couscous in hot apple juice instead of water and use in salads.
     
  • Toss lentils in low-fat cream cheese, creamed horseradish and chopped chives. Add some feta and olives and whatever veggies you have at hand.
     
  • Toss roasted peppers with wholewheat pasta, olive oil and rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes.
     
  • Make a pasta  prepared with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and Parmesan cheese, mixed in with 1 cup of low-fat cottage cheese.