Whole Grains As A Diabetic Superfood

Sunrise Senior Living  |  April 20, 2012

Living with diabetes can be difficult, particularly if you suddenly have to go on a restrictive diet. While you do not have to get rid of sugar completely, it requires a bit of planning if you want to consume it, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Of course, there are ways to help ensure you're getting the most nutrients possible to help you adapt to the condition. The Association reports that whole grains are considered a diabetic superfood, as grains provide servings of magnesium, chromium, omega 3 fatty acids and fotale.

Not only is whole grain great for diabetics, but whoever they're dining with will likely love its rich flavor too, particularly if it's paired with vibrant vegetables such as the recipe below from Villa Valencia in California.

Villa's Whole Grain Pasta Salad
Villa Valencia, California
Serves 5

1/2 lb. whole grain penne pasta, cooked
1/2 c. green onions, sliced
1/2 c. grape tomatoes
1/2 c. artichoke hearts, quartered
1/4 c. yellow bell pepper, julienned
2 T. cider vinegar
2 T. light soy sauce
3 T. olive oil
2 t. garlic, finely chopped
2 t. parsley, finely chopped
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine pasta, green onions, tomatoes, artichoke and bell pepper. Set aside. Whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss pasta mixture with dressing; sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top.