How to Stock Pantry with Foods That Control Blood Sugar

How to Stock Pantry with Foods That Control Blood Sugar

How to Stock Your Pantry with Diabetes-Friendly Foods

Keeping a sufficient stock of low-carb foods and foods that control blood sugar in our pantry is the key to managing our condition and living a stress-free life. By storing all our nuts, flours, and other packages in glass containers, we can keep them fresh for a long time.

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

Foods That Control Blood Sugar

It is important that we purchase the right food. We suggest grabbing a can of coconut milk, tomatoes, spices, and other ingredients we will need. This is an extensive pantry list that will give us all the tips we 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 we 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 are a cheap representation of the good oils. So, stay away from such low-grade oils. When it comes to purchasing 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 we use them in moderation, we can consume them.

Besides, good condiments will always make the food taste better and will keep things interesting. But, before we purchase any, we should read the labels. We better choose the condiments that contain the lowest amount of carbs we 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 consume it.

5. Vinegar

The best vinegar is red wine, balsamic, white wine, and apple cider vinegar. They can all be a great addition to our salad.

6. BBQ Sauce

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

7. Salsa

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

Other Condiments We 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 breads we 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 we 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 We Can Eat

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

Other Spices

Here are the seasonings and spices we can use in our 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 we can eat. We can add them to salads, in meals, or simply eat them as a snack. Here are some of the seeds and nuts we should add to our diet.

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

Pasta / Noodles

We can get a vegetable spiralizer and make our own veggie noodles. We can make them from a cucumber. Other than that, we can purchase:

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

Legumes and Beans

To feel full for a long time, we suggest adding the following legumes and beans to the regular diet.

  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Mixed beans
  • White beans

What About Alcohol?

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

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

Snacks and Treats

It is crucial that we add healthy snacks to our pantry. This is what we can eat:

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