8 Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar

 
8 Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar

8 Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar

 

Balanced blood sugar levels are crucial to a healthy and prosperous life. When you incorporate certain foods to help keep your blood sugar more balanced, you can avoid those sugar crashes that leave you feeling tired and sluggish. Balanced blood sugar levels prevent disruption of your body’s functions, leave you feeling more energized, and help your overall health. Here are a few foods to add to your diet to help balance your blood sugar.

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Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar #1: Greens

Eat your greens! For the best blood sugar benefits, go for nutrient-dense, low-carb greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli. These greens are also very rich in protein and calcium, which help your body in multiple areas. You can toss these greens in salads with olive oil and chunks of salmon, or saute them up for breakfast. Try to get your greens in every single meal of the day. Try this

Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar #2: Low Fructose Fruits

For blood sugar-specific management, choose fruits that are low fructose, such as raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, cantaloupe and blackberries. Consume fruits in moderation throughout the day. Grab them for a snack, or toss them in your salad, smoothies, or acai bowls. Full of vitamins and antioxidants, low glycemic fruits are a great way to add in some sweet without too much sugar. Try this Low Carb Zucchini Blackberry smoothie for breakfast or an afternoon snack!

Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar #3: Protein

Protein is essential for slowing down glucose absorption in your body, which helps regulate your blood sugar levels. Add foods to your diet that are packed with protein, like wild salmon, cod and otherfish, beef and other types of lean meat, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt (if you’re not sensitive to dairy), and eggs. Other types of plant protein include tofu, lentils, chickpeas, hemp, and chia, to name a few. Make your meals and snacks interesting. Try changing up your normal routine and incorporating other types of food you haven’t tried before. Consume protein in moderation — too much protein can become sugar in your blood, creating a condition called gluconeogenesis.

Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar #4: Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are natural supplements for balancing your blood sugar levels. They not only add flavor to your dishes but they may also help your hormone’s lower your blood sugar. Some spices, like turmeric, contain anti-inflammatory properties, which help in balancing out your blood sugar. Try including other powerful herbs and spices like rosemary, garlic, basil, thyme, curry powder, and cinnamon into your meals.

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8 Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar

8 Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar

 

Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar #5: Low-Calorie Drinks

Many of us want to grab that afternoon soda to help us with energy if we’re feeling sluggish after lunch. Cutting out those sugary, high-calorie drinks from your diet will help curb your sugar cravings and will keep you feeling more balanced. Add drinks like cinnamon tea, lemon water, golden milk, celery and cucumber juice in your daily routine. Try replacing your sugar-filled coffee creamer with unsweetened almond milk.

Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar #6: Whole Grain Foods

Whole grain foods that are also rich in protein, fiber, and vitamins, like millet and quinoa, provide and store energy without causing spikes in your blood sugar levels. Processed grains like white flour, have many nutrients stripped from them and can cause your blood sugar to spike while whole grains are digested more slowly, which helps keep you full. Try having some oatmeal for breakfast or toss in some quinoa to your salad.

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Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar #7: Beans

Beans are a good source of protein, low carb, and rich in fiber, all important factors in balancing your blood sugar. Hummus, lentils and garbanzo beans are good examples and great dietary choices. Remember to soak them the night before to promote easier digestion.

Foods to Help Balance Blood Sugar #8: Nuts

Nuts like almonds and walnuts contain fiber, protein, and healthy fats and are a great low carb snack idea. You can also toss them on top of your salads, add them to your smoothies, make your own nut butter, or eat them raw as a snack. These healthy fats help to keep you full and help keep your blood sugar stable.

Try balancing your blood sugar the natural way by changing the way you eat. You’ll be amazed at the difference!

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In Health & Wellness,
Ashley


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Ashley Lillis is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach dedicated to helping women find their own version of healthy through sustainable lifestyle changes.

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