Making The Switch To Whole Wheat Following Diabetes Diagnosis

Sunrise Senior Living  |  September 17, 2012

When it comes to diabetes management, many seniors know they need to make changes to their diets so they can continue to live with the highest quality of life possible.

Keeping blood sugar levels in check is a balancing act, and while some seniors may feel as though they need to cut out the carbs, that is not always the case. According to, seniors may want to consider focusing on whole wheat rather than white starches. This can include swapping out regular pasta and white bread for the whole wheat and whole grain versions.

For those who are nervous about making the switch, never fear. There are plenty of tasty options that incorporate whole wheat without forfeiting taste.

Sunrise Senior Living puts an importance on eating right, and the Villa Valencia community serves up a whole grain pasta salad that offers a lot of flavor.

Villa's Whole Grain Pasta Salad
Sunrise of 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 while preparing dressing. 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.