If you have diabetes, it’s important to reduce the amount of carbohydrates and sugars that you consume, since they tend to raise blood sugar levels. Here are 4 Tips to Make any Cake or Dessert Recipe more Diabetes Friendly.
Make any Dessert more Diabetes Friendly. If you want to eat cake with frosting, some types of cake and frosting recipes are better than others. Try to find recipes with more protein (for example, cheese cake made with low fat cream cheese is a good choice with low cal sweetener).
A good choice for frosting is one made with low fat cream cheese or whipping cream and a sugar substitute or non-nutritive sweetener. Note that less carbohydrate (flour and fruit for example) and less sugar is always better!
It’s important to note that sugar and carbohydrates are converted by your body into glucose, so the more you eat of these foods, the more likely you will get dangerously high blood sugar levels. Protein and fat do not turn into glucose, so are better choices for any diabetic cake or frosting recipe. Adding fiber to recipes (oat bran/wheat bran for example) helps to buffer the effects of sugar and carbohydrates.
Here are some tips to help you adapt your current cake recipes (and the way you eat desserts) to diabetic friendly methods.
1) Substitute a low calorie or no calorie sweetener for the sugar in the recipe (also substitute a low glycemic sugar substitute for honey, corn syrup or maple syrup). As you know, sugar is high on the glycemic index and therefore, large amounts are especially poor choices for people with type 2 diabetes. It’s important to note that substituting a no cal/low cal substitute can change the results you get in baking your cake.
2) Add a high fiber supplement to the recipe. Adding a couple of tablespoons of whole wheat bran or oat bran (subtract the equivalent amount of flour), plus using whole wheat pastry flour to make the cake will not affect the flavor much but fiber always helps to buffer the effects of the high amount of carbohydrates found in cake recipes.
3) Here is a great tip for any “junk” food consumption (read high carbohydrate/high sugar/high fat food) if you have diabetes. Simply eat a smaller piece of the food/cake/dessert. Half of a regular serving has half the sugar/carbohydrates/fat – don’t give it up, just eat less.
Less is Better – The portion size affects the way your blood glucose reacts to a given food. Generally, the more you eat at a sitting, the higher your blood sugar. Be sure also, when you eat sweets, to always eat some protein as well, such as a piece of low fat cheese, non-fat cottage cheese, a handful of raw nuts or a small piece of meat or poultry to help prevent a blood sugar crash later on.
4) Another secret tip that can help a lot if you just have to “junk out” is to take a fiber supplement before eating the questionable food. There are several that will work including glucomannan (available in capsules at health food stores…take with lots of water), psyllium (1 tsp. to 1 tbls. add to water or low cal juice), guar gum (1/2 tsp. add to water or low cal juice), and fenugreek fiber (also available in capsules). It’s very important to take these with lots of water. These fiber supplements can also help you to lose weight.
Using some or all of the above tips can really help you enjoy eating foods you love while maintaining a healthy blood sugar profile to prevent the serious consequences of diabetes and uncontrolled blood glucose levels.