What’s a good food for prediabetes, or what’s a good prediabetes diet?
These are pretty common questions. And very often my clients are surprised that carbs aren’t off limits in a prediabetes diet. There’s a lot of wholesomeness in foods with carbohydrates. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, yogurt, lentils and beans are some of the best foods for prediabetes (and diabetes) even though they all contain carbohydrates. Today’s post is all about oats and barley.
These whole grains contain the fiber beta-glucan, one of many types of soluble fibers. This particular soluble fiber has special actions in the intestines that help your body use insulin better, making you more insulin sensitive. Plus, beta-glucan sweeps cholesterol from your digestive tract, helping to lower your blood cholesterol level and not just your blood sugar. Now that sounds like a mighty good thing for a prediabetes diet.
To help spread the word about these two super grains and my newest book Prediabetes: A Complete Guide, I asked my dietitian colleagues and others to share their favorite heart-healthy oats and barley recipes. From breakfast to dinner to dessert, these recipes did not disappoint. Pick out a few for your prediabetes diet.
First up: oats. Check out these creative recipes. Some are sweet. Others are savory. Enjoy!
Oats in your prediabetes diet
Creamy Sweet Oats and Lentils with Sweetly Spiced Apples, Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, Prediabetes: A Complete Guide
Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes, Judith Sharman, RDN, Foods with Judes
Wild Blueberry Chia Breakfast Bowl, Jenny Shea Rawn, RDN, My Cape Cod Kitchen
Sugar- Free Date Nut Baked Oatmeal, Laura Rutledge, RDN, Nourishing Plate
Berry Cardamom Baked Oatmeal, Judy Barbe, RDN, LiveBest
Peanut Butter Banana Protein Baked Oatmeal, Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, Nutrition Starring YOU
No Sugar Added Banana Raisin Oatmeal Cups, Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, Better is the New Perfect
Baked Oatmeal Cups, Diane Norwood, MS, RDN, CDE, The Wandering RD
Slow Cooker/ Pressure Cooker Oats
Oat Snacks & Desserts
Barley for your prediabetes diet
Bean and Barley Salad, Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, Prediabetes: A Complete Guide
Barley Salad with Black Beans, Avocado, and Corn, Shelby Kinnaird, Diabetic Foodie
Turkey Barley Vegetable Soup, Shelby Kinnaird, Diabetic Foodie
Mexican Barley Stuffed Peppers, Laura Rutledge, RDN, Nourishing Plate
Mushroom Onion Barley, Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, Jessica Levinson
Roasted Fennel and Citrus Barley Salad, Katie Pfeffer-Scanlan, RDN, One Hungry Bunny
Instant Pot Vegetable Barley Soup, Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant Powered Dietitian
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