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Continental Meal Plan – Italian and Pan Asian Food for Diabetics

Diabetes diet can often seem to be devoid of any tempting, mouth-watering and colourful food items, given the health quotient to be observed which doesn’t leave much scope for experimentation, but food for diabetics can be delicious and yet be healthy, even if you are eating out.

We bring to you some quick tips to add international flavors to your everyday diabetic food list and yet serve as a perfect diet plan for diabetic patient.

Pan Asian Cuisine as part of Diabetes Diet
Asian cuisine offers many choices for Diabetics. Ask the right questions at the restaurant so you know you are not consuming hidden carbs and calories.

Here are a few BeatO tips to help you make a smart choice:
• Choose Wok tossed / steamed or grilled dishes
• Sauces and gravies are often high calories and sodium. Ask if they can be given on the side. Use it to dip your veggies and meats in.
• Combine starters / dim sums or sushi with a salad or soup for a hearty, yet healthy meal.
• Most Thai dishes have sugar added in them or come accompanied with sweet sauces. Check how much sugar is used and if it can be made without it.
• If the dish is deep fried, check if it can be shallow fried. Common dishes such as chili chicken, sesame tofu are batter fried but taste pretty good with the spices even if had without the batter and not deep fried.

Here are a few suggestions from BeatO’s Pan Asian menu guide. All food items are chosen on the basis of being:
• Comparatively lower in calories & fat than other food items in the menu
• Low GI foods (Glycemic Index)
• Cooked through healthy methods
• High in fiber and protein

Soups: Try one of these.
• Tom yum (Veg/chicken/prawn)
• Clear soup (Veg/chicken/prawn)
• Hot and sour soup (Veg/Chicken)
• Miso soup
• Tomato soup

    Non Veg

Salads and Starters
• Som tam Salad – Raw papaya salad with (prawn/ shrimps/ Chicken)
• Seafood salad
• Asian chicken/grilled fish salad
• Stir fry chicken/sea food with chili or basil
• Steamed Chicken momos
• Chicken / seafood sushis

Main Course:
• Stir fry chicken / sea food with garlic, chilli or basil
• Grilled Asian chicken
• Steamed fish with lime chili sauce
• Sesame prawn/ fish


Salads and Starters
• Japanese Miso salad
• Crispy lotus stem salad
• Snow pea and green bean salad
• Tofu / Paneer with chili sauce
• Salt and pepper veggies
• Lettuce wraps
• Mushroom and vegetable sushi
• Vegetable momos
• Edamame

Main Course

• Bokchoy with mushroom
• Stir fried vegetables
• Chinese greens with vegetables
• Thai wok tossed Tofu

• Vegetable /chicken /sea food fried rice /steam rice
• Vegetable /chicken /sea food steamed rice noodles/noodles

Italian picks for the Diabetic foodie
When you think of Italian cuisine, the first thing that comes to your mind is cheese and carbs. However, we wanted to help out Diabetics travel the streets of Rome and enjoy the flavors of Italy in a healthy way.
All food items in this Italian food guide are chosen on the basis of being one or all of the following:
• Comparatively lower in calories & fat than other food items
• Low GI foods (Glycemic Index)
• Cooked through healthy methods.
• High in fiber and protein

Italian food guide
• Chicken, Vegetable or Seafood based pasta with tomato based sauces or olive oil and herbs

• Thin crust Pizzas with vegetables, chicken or seafood. Avoid cheese on the pizza.

• Grilled fish, chicken or seafood dishes

• Grilled vegetable dishes such as aubergine and tomato bake but without the cheese

• Chicken or vegetable stew with multigrain/ wheat / brown bread

• Salads with vinaigrette

BeatO Tips
• Ask for dishes without cheese. Order a small portion of Parmesan on the side instead. You can always sprinkle a tablespoon on your dish for taste.

• Balsamic vinegar, a key ingredient in Italian dishes contains high sugar content and therefore best avoided. Check with the restaurant if it’s included in your dish preparation.

• Opt for whole-wheat pasta or pizza base wherever, possible.

• For salads, ask for the dressings on the side and dip your salad in a bit of dressing to avoid consuming too much of it.

Don’t forget, along with these smart tricks, regular blood sugar monitoring with the help of a smartphone glucometer must not be compromised upon at any cost.

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  1. Awesome article…. great ideas …!!

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