We’ve all been told to eat our veggies from a young age. That’s because vegetables are nutrient dense and can help protect your health and reduce your risk of developing chronic health conditions. As a person living with diabetes, there are seven stellar picks that offer bonus benefits. Plan to fill half of every mealtime plate or bowl with non-starchy veggies by regularly enjoying these winners.
Apples. Cinnamon. Pumpkin spice. Sweet maple. The changing of the weather to fall brings many exciting additions to menus. However, many of these traditional fall-favorite flavors come in the form of high-carb and -calorie dishes. But remember, you can still enjoy all the comforting tastes of the season as part of your diabetes-friendly meal plan.
There’s no better way to start a brisk fall morning than with this filling baked pumpkin oatmeal. With 10g of protein per serving, this nutritious dish is the perfect way to kickstart your morning and keep you fueled and satisfied.
Apple Pie Yogurt Parfait
This delightful yogurt parfait captures the essence of cozy evenings and apple-picking adventures. Layered with the warm essence of apple pie filling, creamy yogurt, a hint of cinnamon, and topped with crunchy oats, it's a perfect balance of comfort and health.
Instant Pot Pumpkin-Spiced Turkey Chili
Chili is a fantastic fall dish, now take it up a notch by adding in some pumpkin spice flavors. Balancing sweet and savory, this high-protein, high-fiber chili will keep you full and warm through the cooling months.
Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs
These juicy chicken thighs, topped with a flavor-packed blend of maple and mustard, offer a burst of fall flavors that perfectly complement the season. Add your favorite fall veggies and you’ve got a delicious dinner you’ll want to add to the weekly rotation.
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
This creamy pumpkin pasta is a comforting diabetes-friendly meal for a brisk autumn night. This high-fiber recipe is vegetarian, but you can try adding a lean protein like chicken for more protein. Plus, the leftovers make an easy meal the next day!
Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash
Enjoy the natural sweetness of butternut squash with a savory, nutrient-packed filling in this Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash recipe. Perfect for autumn, this recipe blends comfort and health effortlessly so you can savor the season with every bite.
Maple-Thyme Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Savor the essence of autumn with these diabetes-friendly, low-carb Maple Thyme Roasted Brussels Sprouts. These tender sprouts, drizzled with a delightful blend of maple syrup and thyme, are a delicious addition to your menu.
Roasted Beet, Apple, and Queso Fresco Salad
This flavorful salad features fresh fall produce with apples and beets. Creamy queso fresco pairs perfectly with tart apple slices and savory beets, especially when topped with the zesty salad dressing. Add some lean chicken for an extra dose of protein.
Maple-Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies
Enjoy all the flavors of fall with these hearty oatmeal cookies. Diabetes-friendly and made using small amounts of natural sugars, these cookies will satisfy your pumpkin spice sweet tooth without derailing your diabetes management plan.
Fall Granola with Pumpkin Seeds
This granola makes a satisfying snack on its own or you can use it to top yogurt or oatmeal. Baking this granola will fill your house with a delicious autumn aroma and you can easily swap ingredients for your favorite nuts or dried fruit.