As we approach the Christmas season, we think more about eating and drinking to please our tastes and our appetite opens as we anxiously await the festivity with family and friends. It is a fact that good times are rare without mouth licking meals. Those of us who were diagnosed with diabetes are no exception to these gatherings filled with people waiting for the next bite.
With this said, it is my aim to present diabetics and their families with some mouth watering, finger licking Christmas recipes and today we will look at the recipe for garlic and herbs steamed potatoes.
However, before the recipe, allow me to remind you that the aim of this website is to motivate diabetics to control and possibly eliminate diabetes, through a lifestyle change of eating whole foods and indulging in physical activities.
Let us, therefore, take a brief look at the benefits of garlic and sweet potatoes, especially as it relates to our blood glucose levels. We will begin by looking at garlic.
“I believe in the magic of preparation. You can make just about any foods taste wonderful by adding herbs and spices. Experiment with garlic, cilantro, basil and other fresh herbs on vegetables to make them taste great” (Cruise, 2001). Garlic is known to help in the fight against diabetes, thanks to the following:
- Allyl Propyl Disulfide
- S-allyl Cysteine Sulfoxide
Garlic also contains:
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C
Garlic has other health benefits. A few of them are:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps in the control of cholesterol
- Helps with blood circulation
- Keeps cancer away, especially prostate cancer. It has been said that the sulfur content is the main reason for slowing down tumor growth and the spreading of cancer cells
- Helps in the prevention of heart disease and stroke
- Aids in detoxing the body
- Great for digestive issues
- Fights infection
- Prevents and also help in the treatment of arteriosclerosis
- Thanks to garlic, the Thyroid Gland is kept healthy
- Garlic strengthens the immune system. When we include garlic in our diet, we have a tendency to be free from getting colds and flu (Crawford, 2016)
We cannot state this often enough, “sweet potatoes are great for diabetics.” They digest at a slower rate and therefore we do not experience those horrible spikes in our blood sugar levels. Eaten on a regular basis, sweet potatoes keep our blood sugar in the normal range. Please, don’t get too excited. This is not a cure, so listen to me, please.
I am totally convinced that only a lifestyle change will eradicate diabetes from our lives. We have become a sedentary society, stuffing our bodies with the poison of junk foods, which are far from real foods. Everything is over-processed for our fast lifestyle.
In the event you are serious about eliminating diabetes, then slow down, return to the kitchen (and while you are there cook some sweet potatoes), and, live an active lifestyle. Get the point here? Sweet potatoes will help to get us there (normal glucose level), but, she needs her friends (active lifestyle and other whole foods which are unprocessed).
Other Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet potatoes protect us from cancer according to some researchers (Cook, 2016)
- Can help to prevent degenerative diseases
- Helps in the prevention of a heart attack
- Great for digestive issues
- Assists with bone and tooth formation
- Offers support for the immune system due to the iron content
- Thanks to Its magnesium content which keep arteries healthy
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I figure that you are getting a bit peeved at the moment because you are still looking for that recipe. Okay, please look below for the recipe, now that you can see how and why it is diabetic-friendly.
Here is the recipe.
Preparation time: 13 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes
Serves: 8 to10 (as a side dish)
- 1 Irish potato (about three to four inches long), unpeeled, cut into chunks
- 3 sweet potatoes (about three to four inches long), peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon or 3 limes
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 2 Tbsp chopped chives
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Place the Sweet potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and bring to boil over high heat. Simmer until the potato is tender (about 15 minutes). Drain well. Transfer to a large enough bowl.
- Place the Irish potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and bring to boil over high heat. Simmer until the potato is tender (about 10 minutes). Drain well. Transfer to a large enough bowl. (It is possible to combine steps one and two by placing the sweet potatoes first followed by the Irish potatoes after 5 minutes).
- Combine the mayonnaise, garlic and lemon/lime zest juice in a small bowl and whisk. Season with pepper. Stir in the parsley and chives.
- Combine the mayonnaise mixture and the potatoes and toss.
Please note that this can be used as a side dish for the family. The diabetic may enjoy this with some vegetables and their choice of protein. Do give us feedback once you have tried this recipe.
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- Crawford, Josephine. “A Natural Remedy for Diabetes-Garlic.” Controlling Diabetes with Diet, 3 Aug. 2016, howtocontroldiabeteswithdiet.com/a-natural-remedy-for-diabetes-garlic.
- Crawford, Josephine. “Sweet Potatoes, A Plant-Based Food for Diabetes.” Controlling Diabetes with Diet, 4 July 2016, howtocontroldiabeteswithdiet.com/sweet-potatoes-a-plant-based-food-for-diabetes.
- Cook, Michelle Schoffro. “9 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes.” 9 Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes. CARE2.COM, INC, 2016. Web. 03 July 2016.
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