People always ask me what my “must have” pantry items are.

 

So below is a collection of my favorite things and food items that I always keep on hand.  You can find more information about brands to buy in our BLOG and COACHING COMMUNITY  Resource Guides.    You can download a PDF copy HERE

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Non-Starchy Vegetables

(Here’s what I always keep on hand. I shop for other vegetables every few days)

  • Carrots

  • Cucumbers

  • Frozen Edamame, 

  • Fresh & Minced Garlic 

  • Fresh Ginger

  • Green & Red Cabbage

  • Kale

  • Celery

  • Romaine Lettuce

  • Lettuce mixes (arugula, spring mix etc.)

  • Onions, 

  • Peppers (red, yellow, green)

  • Tomatoes (we think of tomatoes as a vegetable, but they are actually a fruit...)

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Starchy Vegetables

When a sweet craving comes on, I often prepare a snack or side dish with one of these delicious starchy vegetables:

  • Yams

  • Sweet Potatoes

  • Peas

  • Parsnips

  • Rutabaga

  • Turnips

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Low Glycemic Fruit

Yes, fruit is nutritious, but for blood sugar control try to stick with low glycemic berries & citrus

  • Acai Berry (Powder & Frozen)

  • Blueberries (Frozen & Fresh)

  • Strawberries

  • Citrus Fruits (Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit

Occasional fruits that I keep on hands include:

  • Apples

  • Pears

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Whole Grains

I only eat grains as a very small side dish, and not every day. The trick is to mix lots of veggies and protein into your grain to keep blood sugars level. The best grains for blood sugar control include:

  • Quinoa (Red & White)

  • Barley (Great for Risotto)

  • Steel Cut Oats

  • Cauliflower Rice (Not a grain, but a great substitute.)

You will notice I don't keep rice around (white or brown. ) For most diabetics rice sends blood sugars soaring.

I eat brown rice  very occasionally with sushi.