How to Stock Your Pantry with Diabetes-Friendly Foods

How to Stock Your Pantry with Diabetes-Friendly Foods

By MaYa | Articles

Apr 12

Keeping a sufficient stock of low-carb and diabetes-friendly foods in your pantry is the key to managing your condition and living a stress-free life. Store all your nuts, flours, and other packages in glass containers to keep them fresh for a long time.

Plus, this way you will keep your pantry organized. Here is a list of all the healthy foods you will need. These tips will come in handy.

Diabetes-Friendly Foods

It is important that you purchase the right diabetes-friendly food. We suggest that you grab a can of coconut milk, tomatoes, spices, and other ingredients you will need. This is an extensive pantry list that will give you all the tips you need to pick the right food.

Fats/Oils

Various oils can have a ton of different health properties. Here are all the fats and oils you can use.

  • Avocado oil
  • Butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Flaxseed oil – for salad dressings
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Sesame oil – for stir-frying
  • Virgin olive oil

When purchasing oils, stay away from plastic bottles. Oils that come in such packaging area a cheap representation of the good oils. So, stay away from such low-grade oils. If you want to purchase the best quality oils, choose the ones that come in dark glass bottles.

Condiments

The healthiest condiments are the homemade ones. They are always healthier. But, obviously, we always prefer the easier option. Condiments are used to give the food some nice flavor. They are not always 100% carb-free, but if you use them in moderation, you can consume them.

Besides, good condiments will always make the food taste better and will keep things interesting. But, before you purchase any, read the labels. Try to choose the condiments that contains the lowest amount of carbs you can find.

Here are some of them.

1. Salad Dressings

Chose the ones that are sugar-free. They might be hard to find but are very easy to make. But, stay away from no fat or low-fat salad dressings. They are not healthy.

2. Mayonnaise

Choose the real full-fat organic mayonnaise made from sunflower or olive oil. This one contains the lowest amount of sugar and other ingredients. But, low-fat mayonnaise is not healthy at all. It contains a lot of sugar, preservatives, and additives.

Any mayonnaise that contains more than 15 ingredients is not a good one.

3. Ketchup

Choose the one that has the lowest amount of carbs and is sugar-free. Stay away from the traditional kind of ketchup that has a ton of sugar.

4. Mustard

This condiment is great for sauces and dressings. So, feel free to add it to your diet.

5. Vinegar

The best vinegars for people with diabetes are red wine, balsamic, white wine, and apple cider vinegar. They can all be a great addition to your salad.

6. BBQ Sauce

Choose the one that is low in carbs and is sugar-free.

7. Salsa

Whenever you purchase salsa, it is important that you pick the one with the lowest amount of carbs and sugar.

Other Condiments You Can Use

  • Canned fish
  • Canned/ Jarred Goods
  • Capers
  • Coconut milk
  • Curry Pastes
  • Hot Sauce
  • Nut Butters
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Sesame Paste
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • Tomato goods

Purchasing Bread

When purchasing bread, it is important to choose the right one. The healthiest bread you can eat are:

  • sandwich bread (low-carb)
  • tortillas (low-carb)
  • cinnamon bagels (low-carb)
  • hamburger buns (low-carb)

Baking Goods

Here are the healthiest baking goods you can eat.

  • Almond flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cacao powder
  • Coconut
  • Coconut flour
  • Flaxseed Meal
  • Roasted carob powder
  • Sesame flour
  • Sugar-free Jello
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • Whole wheat flour

Sweeteners You Might Eat

  • Liquid stevia extract
  • Chocolate flavored stevia
  • Truvia
  • Honey

Other Spices

Here are the seasonings and spices you can use in your meals

  • Dried spices (sweet paprika, turmeric, Cajun, chili flakes, cinnamon, cumin, etc.)
  • Seasonings (black pepper, sea salt, Himalayan salt)
  • Dried herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, mixed herbs, etc.)

Seeds and Nuts

There are plenty of seeds and nuts you can eat. You can add them to salads, in meals, or simply eat them as a snack. Here are some of the seeds and nuts you should add to your diet.

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia
  • Pecans
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts

Pasta / Noodles

We recommend you get a vegetable spiralizer and make your own veggie noodles. You can make them from cucumber. Other than that, you can purchase:

  • Konjac lasagne
  • Konjac noodles
  • Low carb pasta
  • Kelp noodles

Legumes and Beans

To feel full for a long time, we suggest you add the following legumes and beans to your diet.

  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Mixed beans
  • White beans

What About Alcohol?

We suggest you use alcohol for cooking since it can give the foods a more dramatic flavor. Here is the type of alcohol you can use for cooking.

  • Dry sherry
  • Red wine
  • Sweet sherry
  • White wine

Snacks and Treats

It is crucial that you add healthy snacks to your pantry. This is what you can eat:

  • Choc protein bars
  • Low carb crackers
  • Moon cheese bites
  • Parmesan Crisps
  • Protein chips
  • Red pepper crisps