Grilling season can be a challenge for those with diabetes

May 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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DALLAS, May 25 (UPI) -- Picnics, parties and other outdoor events during grilling season can present a challenge for those with diabetes, a diabetes nutritional specialist says.

"The goal is to keep the carbohydrates down and encourage more of the protein-enriched foods to enhance satiety," Dr. Deborah Clegg, a diabetes nutritional specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, said in a statement.

Those trying to control diabetes could bring their own favorite dishes or coordinate with family and friends with diabetes to ensure the spread includes healthier options, Clegg said.

Clegg coaches her patients to monitor blood sugars on a regular basis throughout the day.

Party hosts can include healthy options such as salad, fruits and vegetables. Low-calorie and sugar-free options can help diabetic friends and family control calories and carbohydrates and make sound choices without much fuss.

Clegg suggested hosts provide:

-- A broad array of salad options, including sugar-free and low-calorie dressings, including salad greens, mushrooms, onions, peppers, radishes and tomatoes.

-- Beverages options such as water, unsweetened tea, coffee and calorie-free diet sodas.

-- Grilled fish, skinless chicken or turkey, and/or soy-based "veggie" burgers.

-- Low/Non-fat dairy options including non-fat cheeses, yogurts and skim milk.

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