Summer Salads for those with Type 2 Diabetes

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With Summer often comes higher temperatures and less time indoors. Who wants to turn on the oven when your home is starting to feel like the inside of a sauna? For people with type 2 diabetes, this is the perfect time to up their salad game. According to the Mayo Clinic, diabetics should be focusing on eating healthy sources of carbohydrates, fiber-rich foods, fish and good-for-you fats. That sounds like the perfect general recipe for any salad out there!

Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

Nothing screams Summer quite like watermelon. This versatile fruit can be served in a variety of ways, including this refreshing minty salad. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive while melons are in season, and the preparation is minimal. Since you can prepare it up to two hours in advance, it’s also great for a party or a potluck. Bringing alongside dishes that you know will keep you feeling your best is a great way to be prepared for events.

Spinach with Garlic Vinaigrette

Any recipe where the instructions are to simply combine all the ingredients and toss it into bowls is a winner in our book. This spinach salad is both light and simple, easy to make as a side dish — perhaps alongside some fish once or twice a week. It’ll help you balance your meals and keep you satisfied in both fullness and flavor.

Sarah’s Summer Salad

This one is definitely meant to be a meal unto itself! With a quinoa base and grilled chicken breast, you’ll definitely walk away satisfied.

Fresh Heirloom Tomato Salad

If you’ve never experienced the joy of biting into an heirloom tomato straight from the farmer’s market, you have to try this salad. It’s another very simple dish that shines due to the simple ingredients. The only challenge here is making sure the tomatoes stick around long enough to make it into the dish!

Broccoli and Blue Cheese Salad

Not every salad has to come in the form of lettuce. This broccoli and blue cheese salad is the perfect example of that. Add a lean protein on top or on the side of it and you’ll have a hearty meal in no time at all.


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