Ramadan 2022: Diabetic-friendly recipes for Iftar

Ramadan 2022: Diabetic-friendly recipes for Iftar

Ramadan 2022: Diabetic-friendly recipes for Iftar

Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. People with diabetes can still fast during the holy month of Ramadan if their diabetologists or endocrinologists provide sufficient consultation and supervision. However, gorging on your favorite recipes during Iftar time is cause for concern. We have a full Iftar menu with diabetic-friendly recipes that you can enjoy without feeling guilty.

Chef Mirvaan Vinayak, BeatO Food Lab and Pooja Sharma, BeatO Nutrition spoke with HealthShots to share their handpicked healthy and diabetes-friendly Iftar recipes.

“People with diabetes should focus on a diet that is balanced and contains unprocessed carbohydrates, protein and fat,” says Sharma.

Here are some easy, diabetic-friendly recipes you can try this Ramadan:

1. Fresh Spiced Coconut Sharbat

Ingredients

300 ml fresh coconut water
60g fresh Malai coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 nutmeg powder
1# cardamom powder
4 teaspoons Stevia (if needed)

diabetic friendly recipeTry this spiced coconut drink as a hydrating Iftar drink. Image Courtesy: BeatO Food Lab

Method

  1. Blend the coconut water and fresh coconut malai into a smooth mixture.
    Make masala mix of spices.
  2. Chill coconut mixture.
  3. Pour into a glass and sprinkle the masala on top.

Break your fast during Ramadan with this healthy and diabetic-friendly recipe for a summer soda. For Variation, you can also add rosewater and watermelon to this sharbat to create a different version.

Benefits of this diabetic-friendly recipe: Coconut is not only delicious, but it is also high in nutrients and minerals that the body needs to keep blood sugar levels in check. It is rich in fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium and iron.

Recommended serving size: 1 medium glass

2. Chicken Kebab Salad

Ingredients

For Chicken Skewers
250 gram chicken breast keema
1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
1 teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon red chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin powder
Mint leaves
Salt
Petroleum

diabetic recipesThis chicken kabab salad is the most delicious among diabetic friendly recipes. Image Courtesy: BeatO Food Lab

Bandage

½ avocado or vegetables such as roasted peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, or mushrooms
½ cup yogurt (Greek yogurt)
2 cloves of garlic
Lemon juice
Mint leaves
Salt
extra virgin olive oil

Salad

Lettuce/celery/spinach (options available locally)
Cucumber
yellow pepper
½ onion
Cherry tomatoes
Purple cabbage
pomegranate seeds

Method:

  1. Mix all the chicken kebab ingredients together and make kebabs.
  2. Shallow or air fry them and keep them aside.
  3. Add avocado, yogurt, garlic and mint to a mixer grinder. Blitz until smooth.
  4. Add water to thin it out a bit; add salt and lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil.
  5. Add the kebabs over the salad and serve.

Benefits of this diabetic-friendly recipe: This high-protein, high-fiber salad is a complete meal for the day that provides 1/3 of your daily nutritional requirements and is loaded with minerals, vitamins, and good fats.

Recommended serving size: 1 salad bowl (250-300 g)

3. Kheer of oats and dates with coconut

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of dates
1 cup oatmeal (rolled oats)
2 cups low-fat coconut milk/thick coconut milk/almond milk
1 teaspoon cardamom pod powder
½ cup of water
20 gms of almonds to decorate
Saffron

diabetic recipesCalm your sweet tooth with this diabetic oatmeal pudding recipe. Image Courtesy: BeatO Food Lab

Method

  1. Dry-roast the oats in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Add water and coconut milk, cardamom, saffron, almonds, chopped and dates.
  3. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until thickened.
  4. Let cool and serve cold, garnish with sliced ​​almonds and fruit of your choice.

Benefits of this diabetic-friendly recipe: This is a sugar free vegan oatmeal pudding. It is a highly nutritious dessert that people with diabetes can enjoy eating without worry.

Recommended serving size: 1 small cup (75-80 g).

How to maintain blood sugar levels during Ramadan

Fasting for patients with diabetes is a personal decision. However, it is crucial to consult your doctor before you start fasting. It is also important to monitor your blood glucose levels at regular intervals to track any unwanted fluctuations in sugar level. Talk to your doctor to adjust your medications for a smooth fasting experience.

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