The primary goal of a low-sugar diet is to reduce the intake of both added sugars and natural sugars. You might be on a low-sugar diet for a plethora of reasons including, but not limited to, type 2 diabetes, weight management or simply to minimize your overall sugar intake. Specifically for someone with type 2 diabetes, limiting the intake of carbohydrates, commonly referred to as sugars, is imperative. Carbohydrates are found in fruits, grains, beans, dairy products and starchy vegetables like potato and corn. The popular train of thought is that carbohydrates are “bad” because they elevate blood sugar levels. On the contrary, we do need certain amounts of carbohydrates to help provide the body with energy. But when we eat too much carbohydrates, blood sugar levels can become elevated. And over a period of time this can lead to complications of body organs like the eyes, kidneys and heart, to name a few. However, because every individual needs carbohydrates (even if it’s a bit less than others), here’s a list of Splendid Spoon meals that are low in sugar and total carbohydrates:
Dark leafy greens like kale are free of carbohydrates and contain vitamins, minerals and fiber. One serving of the Kale Pesto Noodles contains 24 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of total sugar (not to mention absolutely no added sugars) and 3 grams of fiber. In other words, this means a serving of the Kale Pesto Noodles is low in carbohydrates and sugar, and is a good source of fiber. The fiber (which comes from the kale, roasted tomatoes, cashews and hemp seeds) provides not only nutrients, but promotes satiety and helps regulate the absorption of carbohydrates in the body. Furthermore, tomatoes contain chromium, which may help to decrease blood sugar levels.
Who doesn’t love a soup that packs a tasty spice combination. In this dish, cinnamon and rosemary not only work together to provide a pleasant punch of flavor, but cinnamon may help to lower blood sugar levels. Additionally, this lentil and kale soup is void of added sugars, has only 17 grams of carbohydrates and is high in protein (which will help balance blood sugar levels.) But if you’re not a fan of lentils, you can try the Zucchini Puttanesca with Yellow Squash and Kale or the Butternut Squash Ratatouille with Tomatoes & Kale. They contain only 11 and 9 grams of carbohydrates (respectively) per serving.
This smoothie not only contains cinnamon (which may help to lower blood sugar levels), but blueberries as well! Why is that such a big deal? The blueberry is a fruit that has a low glycemic index. In other words, blueberries do not raise your blood sugar levels quickly, and according to the American Diabetes Association, berries are considered to be a “diabetes superfood” *. One serving of Splendid Spoon’s Blueberry Coconut Smoothie contains 12 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fiber. It also contains cashew butter. This is a fat that helps to balance blood sugar levels when ingested. If you don’t like blueberries, however, you should try the Strawberry Goji Smoothie with Cashew Butter & Baobab Powder instead. Though their macronutrient profiles may be slightly different, both smoothies yield the same carbohydrate-controlled benefit.
So whether you’re looking to improve your blood sugar numbers or simply reduce your intake of sugar, consider Splendid Spoon a helpful friend. Trying any of the aforementioned meals or smoothies is a great idea. They’re quick, full of nutrients and can help you meet your overall health goals.