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5 Foods To Balance Blood Sugar

Jodi Geigle
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March 12, 2013
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March 12, 2013

Good health is all about balance, especially when it comes to blood sugar. Eating the proper ratio of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates at every meal keeps blood sugar stable, helps maintain physical and emotion balance, stops food cravings, and sustains energy levels. Balance your blood sugar by eating from the following list regularly, and don’t forget to keep your body hydrated with PLENTY of water each day.

Greens

You can’t eat enough of these! Look for nutrient-dense options such as kale, spinach, and broccoli, which are loaded with fiber and calcium. Eat them at every meal! 

Protein

Wild caught fish, free-range beef, and eggs are excellent sources of blood stabilizing protein. Eat 4 to 6 ounces at least twice a day for blood sugar balance

Whole Grains

Look for protein-rich whole grains like quinoa and millet, which help sustain energy without spiking or crashing blood sugar.

Nuts

Grab a handful of almonds or walnuts for a healthy snack that keeps you satisfied and stable. Nuts are a great source of fiber, healthy fat, and protein.

Beans

Lentils, garbanzo beans, and hummus are high in fiber, low in fat, and a good source of protein, keeping blood sugar nice and steady. Be sure to soak beans overnight, which will ease digestion.

But... You Should Stay Away From These Two Foods

To balance blood sugar, avoid foods that spike insulin levels, increase inflammation in the body, and lead to weight gain. For optimal health, steer clear of these next two foods...

Avoid Refined Sugar

No longer limited to candy, refined sugar is added to everyday items such as salad dressing, yogurt, fruit juice, and prepackaged foods. Read food labels carefully and focus on fresh, whole foods to avoid unnecessary spikes in blood sugar.

Avoid Processed Carbohydrates

Bread, pasta, and crackers elevate blood sugar. Reach for whole foods instead of packaged foods whenever possible.

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