Soup: A Fantastic Addition to Your Healthy Diet
Warm, delicious, nutritious, and easy to digest! This applies to all kinds of soups, for they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs. And most soups contain vegetables that must be an integral part of diabetes mellitus patients’ diet. Today’s recipe is fresh carrot and zucchini soup for diabetes patients.
Fresh Carrot and Zucchini Soup Recipe
Type of Meal: Main Meal: Lunch/ Dinner.
Servings: 2 Persons.
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes.
Total Time: 30 Minutes.
- 5 white button mushrooms.
- 3 fresh carrots.
- 3 fresh zucchinis.
- 1 teaspoon of salt.
- A pinch of ground black pepper.
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
- 1 teaspoon of curry (sweet or spicy).
- ¼ cup of whole wheat flour, or 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch.
- 2 cups of hot water.
- Chopped parsley or dried oregano for garnish.
- Thoroughly wash the vegetables, and peel then chop the mushrooms.
- Stir-fry the mushrooms in a pan over high heat.
- Grate the vegetables, then put them in a pot over medium heat.
- Add the salt, pepper, and curry and stir the ingredients every minute for 5 minutes.
- Add olive oil, and stir the ingredients, then add the hot water.
- In ¼ cup of water, add the whole flour or tapioca starch and stir well until they mix with the water, then add them to the soup, and boil for 5 minutes.
- Into a blender, pour the ingredients on high power until you have a thick, consistent soup.
- Pour the soup back into the pot and let it boil for 5 more minutes.
- Finally, remove from heat, add the mushrooms, and serve hot with parsley or dried oregano on top for garnish.
Zucchini Benefits for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Patients
Zucchini is low in calories and contains fibers. Therefore, it is helpful for losing excess weight and reducing cholesterol levels in the blood, making it an ideal choice to add to diabetes patients’ food. Essential nutrients in zucchini include various vitamins, such as vitamins A, B, and C. Moreover, it contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and folic acid.
Carrot Benefits for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Patients
Diabetes patients can consume carrot and include it in their daily diet despite its sweet taste; wherein it can help manage sugar levels in the blood. Carrot contains various antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, and fibers that contribute to stabilizing sugar levels. Moreover, carrots are low in carbohydrates; one medium carrot contains only 4 grams of digestible carbohydrates, consequently, carrots do not significantly affect the increase of sugar levels. Furthermore, carrots contain the necessary vitamins B for diabetes patients, wherein vitamin B1 and vitamin B6 deficiency is common in people with diabetes mellitus type 2.
- Exercise regularly in order to maintain a healthy weight, which is critical for maintaining the sugar levels in the blood.
- The diet for diabetes type 2 patients depends on eating healthy foods, controlling the portions, and making sure to consume foods that contain all types of nutrients.
- Best foods to lower the sugar level in the blood include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, oatmeal flour, nuts, garlic, and others. One should also avoid eating fast food and sugary drinks.