Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Diabetes Friendly Thursday; First Anniversary Special!



Diabetes Friendly Thursdays is a noble cause initiated by Sonal Gupta @ Simplyvegetarian777.com, a very versatile food blogger.  She hopped on this journey alone. Along the way, many of us joined her, some left, some remained . It has been a year already and DFT is celebrating it's first anniversary in April. 

To celebrate the joy and hard work of working on DFT for an year, team DFT is 

bringing a collection of Diabetes Friendly Recipes from individual contributors. 

BOOKMARK this post for the future reference.



                   Creating Recipes with a Cause! I am a proud DFT blogger. 
                                        To learn about DFT, Read this Link
                                        To view more DFT recipes, Click here!

The purpose of this initiative was to help diabetics worldwide eat healthy but delicious meals. Meals that would be delicious, yet healthy; simple and easy to make. Meals that wouldn't make them feel that they were missing out on food. Meals that wouldn't make them feel different from the rest of the members of the family. Meals that the lady of the house could put together without too much thought and serve it to all the members of the household. Meals that could be shared and enjoyed by all.



On the occasion of the first anniversary, it was decided that we will all share with you the best dishes from last year. It was suggested that we pick 5-6 of our favorite dishes! To me, that was a rather daunting task. I like all of them. However, upon   further contemplation, I chose the following six. There is a reason for this: all the following choices are appetizers or small healthy meals. I figured that these would make for perfect dinner options. It is preferred that diabetics eat light at night. When you eat a complete meal with several items on the plate, it adds up to a lot of calories. Instead, you are better off either eating a simple salad, wrap, or any other appetizer like items for dinner, again in limited quantities only and with no second helpings. Without further ado, here are the six delicious dishes. For detailed recipe of each one, click on the title itself.


Ragi ( finger millet) Porridge

Ragi ( finger millet) porridge is perfect for dinner and for any time that an individual experiences hypoglycemia. It is ready within a few minutes and is extremely nourishing. For recipe click here.




Kulith Kosumbari ( Horse-gram salad)

Kulith or horse-gram is a extremely protein-rich. This when combined with the goodness of all the vegetables into a delicious kosumbari, it makes for a filling meal. Also, kulith is one of the few lentils that is not gassy and therefore does not cause bloating. For recipe, click here.






Instant appe/paniyaram with vegetables

This is another of the dishes that can be put together pretty quick and the addition of vegetables makes it a balanced meal. For detailed recipe, click here.





Zucchini Boats


This is one of my all-time favorite meals. It is super-quick and easy to make, delicious and filling. I am yet to meet someone who does not like this dish. For detailed recipe, click here.






Quinoa-Sweet Potato Mini-Cutlets with Cranberry Chutney/Dip

Quinoa is a super-grain and sweet potato has several health benefits. Together, when combined in a cutlet, they are delicious, wholesome and nourishing. For detailed recipe, click here.







Tacos made healthy


I could talk volumes about tacos! They are so simple and easy to make. Yet, so versatile!! Anything can go into taco! Vegetables, quinoa, fish, chicken, eggs.. sky is the limit! Dips can vary as per your taste. Just ensure that it is healthy! For detailed recipe, click here!





Do check the Best of First Year from all the Teammates of TEAM DFT. If I start talking about them, I won't be able to stop. Each one is better than the other! So go ahead and bookmark this post! You will have so many wonderful recipes to choose from!


Sonal Gupta@simplyvegetarian777






Shailja@Sweet &Savory by Shailja  



Swati@ Let's Eat Healthy Tonight




Sarika @Tasteoftheworld.




Apsara @Eating Well Diary




Parvathy@Crackle & Temper


I am sharing this very useful post with my friends at Throwback Thursday#35, Fiesta Friday#116 and Saucy Saturdays! Angie's co-hosts this week are Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Cynthia @ eatmunchlove.

Tip for healthy living:


Always go for whole grain foods and food with a lower glycemic index value ( GI). These food items are digested, absorbed and metabolized  slowly and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose levels. 

References:

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/glycemic-index-and-diabetes.html
http://www.glycemicindex.com/
http://nutritiondata.self.com/topics/glycemic-index


Disclaimer

I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.

Food for Thought:


We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela


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