Steady Your Blood Sugar With Winter Veggies!

These yummy winter veggies pack an extra health-boosting punch.

Health Monitor Staff
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Granted, finding a farmer’s market may be a bit challenging this time of year, but that doesn’t mean cold-weather produce is slim pickings. Quite the opposite! Just get a load of these winter gems: They don’t just stabilize blood sugar and help you better manage your diabetes; they provide other great health benefits besides!

Safeguard your sight with carrots
These vegetables are rich in beta-carotene (the compound that makes them orange), which your body converts to vitamin A—necessary for a healthy immune system and your eyes. Carrots are a great food choice for people with type 2 diabetes, says the American Diabetes Association, because they’re non-starchy, which means they’re low in carbohydrates (1 cup of raw carrots or ½ cup of cooked carrots has only about 5 grams of carbs).

Ease digestion with Brussels sprouts
A member of the cabbage family, this low-carb veggie is rich in fiber (just one cup contains 4 grams). The benefit? Your digestive tract gets a boost and you’ll feel comfortably full—all without spiking your blood sugar!

Sharpen your thinking with kale
This trendy green is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation and promote healthy brain function. Omega-3s also help lower triglycerides and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Bonus: Kale is also a great source of insoluble fiber, which slows the absorption of any carbohydrates it’s paired with!

January 2013