Have you ever wondered how many carbohydrates are in the serving of blueberries you often have as a healthful snack? Or the carb count of that go-to veggie you often add to sauces and stews? And just what is a serving size anyway? And how is it calculated for carb counting?
In the past, health professionals may have advised people living with diabetes to avoid fruit. That has changed; those living with diabetes may often eat the foods they love, especially fruit! Fruit does have carbs, however, so portions are especially important. See six favorite fruit choices for life with diabetes, and their portion sizes.
Nature provides an abundance of nutrient-dense, non-starchy vegetables with minimal calories and few carbs. For diabetes meal-planning purposes, portions are estimated based on the amount of food containing about 15 grams of carbohydrate. Here are serving sizes for six favorite non-starchy vegetables. Enjoy them on their own or mix them up, making chopped salads, stir fries, mixed roasted veggies and other medleys.
Are you considering adding more beans, peas and lentils to your diet? Be sure to count the carbs. A bonus when eating legumes is that a greater portion of the carbohydrates tends to be healthful dietary fibers. Find out how many carbs are in black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans, lentils and more.
That depends on what snack you choose, and the portion size. Did you know that half an avocado drizzled lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds has the same carb count – about 15 grams – as ¼ cup of almonds or walnuts? Read more here about snacks that contain 15 grams or less of carbohydrate.
Ask your diabetes care team to help you determine the ideal carb counting goal for you. Knowing the amount of carbohydrate in your meal or snack requires that you know your portion sizes. For example, if a food label tells you that 1 cup of cereal has 20 grams of carbohydrate, how much did you pour into your bowl? Take time to learn how much your bowls, cups and glasses hold. Fill them with water and pour the water into a measuring cup. Get more tips for getting comfortable counting carbs. And learn more about reading nutrition labels.
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