The perfect meal exists.
But what exactly makes a meal “perfect”? Good question.
It all comes down to which you think is more important: perfect for health or perfect for your taste buds.
Well, if you have to sacrifice one for the other, then the meal isn’t perfect (duh). So I present to you: the perfect meal, a meal brimming with health benefits and also killer flavor.
First, let’s talk about diabetes for a second.
Diabetics have a blood glucose problem because of either a lack of insulin or major insulin resistance. This volatile blood glucose does serious damage to the blood vessels, enough damage that basically everything that needs fresh blood flow becomes secondarily damaged.
As a result, brain damage, reduced cognitive decline, heart disease, amputation, skin disorders and eye problems all become a certain fate for diabetics.
The Problem(s) with Diabetes
The best way to help prevent diabetic complications is to first get your blood glucose under control. That way, there is minimal damage to your blood vessels. For type 1 diabetics, this can be tricky because you are at the whim of your disease, though certain foods can help soften the blow.
For type 2 diabetics, well, you have probably heard that you can reverse your disease (which is true), and this meal will help you achieve that.
Let’s reveal the ingredients.
Barley is probably the healthiest grain you can eat and won’t spike your blood sugar. It is loaded with fiber and helps seriously lower your LDL cholesterol. As we have mentioned, heart disease is an imminent secondary diagnosis, so lower cholesterol is a great preventative step.
Check out this amazing Simple Barley Pilaf recipe by Mels Kitchen Cafe.
Salmon is so good for you that I’m not quite sure where to begin. It has a whole host of vitamins and minerals that all work to boost your blood and organs. It is also well-known for its healthy fats, which help support brain health and functioning, heart health, and better eyesight (all things that diabetics need to be careful with). It also improves insulin resistance, effectively lowering the death grip of diabetes on your body.
Here is a delicious Salmon Roasted in Butter recipe by the New York Times.
I don’t think that I need to explain why vegetables are good for you, so this should be easy convincing. Greens are best known for their fiber (which is great for slowing the intake of glucose), but they are also good for the heart and brain as well, thanks to the abundance of vitamins and minerals.
Mix your favorite vegetables in a bowl and top with this amazing Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing. I rarely use any other salad dressing because this one is so good and easy to make in minutes.
Did you know that beans were recently named one of the best foods for diabetics? That is because it is high in fiber and protein, low in carbohydrates, and full of vitamins like all good plant foods are.
Try adding this Sauteed Spinach and White Bean side dish to your plate for all the benefits.
Mango, though sweet, actually has been found to reverse diabetes. Combined with dairy, which stabilizes blood sugar thanks to the vitamin D and calcium, this delicious drink makes the perfect finishing touch to your dinner.
Try this simple Mango Lassi by Jamie Oliver. And don’t worry, if you don’t happen to have cardamom pods in your kitchen, just use the powdered stuff.
Give this meal a try and let us know how it goes! I’m confident that it won’t disappoint!
NBC News. URL Link. Accessed April 14, 2017.