Diabetes can only be managed with a balanced diet and lifestyle.
Diabetes has become a global issue over time with more and more people being on the risk of it, either due to genes or simply the lifestyle. Over 50 million people are already grappling with this chronic disease in India alone. The biggest reason of the increasing cases is, however, the unavailability of its cure. A condition characterised by fluctuating blood sugar levels, diabetes can only be managed with a balanced diet and lifestyle. Experts have suggested to have healthy snacking at regular intervals, foods to have and avoid, regular exercise and much more – all of this together can work towards managing the blood sugar levels.
If you think of an Indian diet, the picture is always of greasy curries, parathas and rotis but like any other cuisine, this too can be tweaked to suit a diabetes diet with certain smart food choices. As per health experts, vegetables like carrot (gajar) and methi can be beneficial in managing diabetes as they are packed with essential nutrients. Winter favourite methi (fenugreek) is the perfect fix for a fibre-rich meal which keeps us full for long and maintain blood sugar levels. As per various studies, besides fibre, methi is known for 4HO-Ile, an unusual amino acid which is found only in fenugreek and has possible anti-diabetic qualities such as enhancing insulin secretion and increasing insulin sensitivity. Carrot, on the other hand, is another winter staple that too is rich in fibre and ensures that your blood sugar levels are steady. Besides, carrots are also low on calories which are considered beneficial for diabetics.
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Methi is known for 4HO-Ile, an unusual amino acid which has possible anti-diabetic qualities.
Other than this, both these veggies are super versatile. So you can stuff these into parathas, cheelas or dosa, toss them into salads or make a sabzi for your next meal! Gajar methi is one of the most popular Indian meals in the winter season. Not only is it quick and easy but it is a treat to the taste buds when tossed with handful of spices!
In the recipe, fenugreek seeds are sauteed in minimum oil along with red chillies and then stir-fried with fenugreek leaves, carrots and spices including chilli powder, coriander powder and salt. A yummy, quick and easy sabzi for your next meal, you can serve gajar methi with roti or parathas! You can also use ghee instead of oil for sauteeing.
Find the full recipe of gajar-methi here.
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