The flavors of summer are rich, sweet, and indulgent – all things that pose problems for people with diabetes. But you don’t have to suffer through a dull, tasteless season or worse, send your blood sugar soaring with guilty delights. With some fresh seasonal produce and a little creative cooking, you can enjoy your favorite summer flavors without sacrificing your health. Get inspired with a few of our favorite summer treats that are delicious and diabetes-friendly.

Frozen Fruit Popsicles

Nothing says summer like an ice-cold popsicle at the hottest time of day. They’re nostalgic, fun and, most importantly, can be made absolutely guilt-free. For a diabetes-friendly option, blend together a variety of berries (think strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries) with a dash of lemon juice and a splash of unsweetened almond milk. These fruits are lower in sugar content and packed with healthy antioxidants. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze. A few hours later, you’ll have a diabetes-friendly popsicle that’s refreshing and nutritious.

Refreshing Greek Yogurt Parfait

Parfaits make for an ideal summer breakfast or dessert. For a diabetic-friendly version, start with plain Greek yogurt that is high in protein and contains no added sugars. Layer it with a generous serving of summer fruits like peaches, cherries and apricots. Add some crunchy, sugar-free granola and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on top for an extra kick.

Chicken and Peach Summer Salad

Summer isn’t just about the sweet stuff; it’s also the season of crisp, fresh veggies and juicy, ripe fruits – perfect ingredients for a bright summer salad. The key to a diabetes-friendly salad is choosing toppings that are low in carbs and high in fiber. For an ideal blend of texture and taste, try whipping up a grilled chicken and peach salad. Grill a chicken breast and slice it thin, then toss it with mixed salad greens, a couple of sliced fresh peaches, some crumbled feta, and a handful of walnuts. For the dressing, create a simple vinaigrette with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a hint of Stevia for a touch of sweetness. This salad is not only filling but also provides a good mix of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

Portobello Mushroom Burger

Burgers are a summer staple, but their carb-heavy buns and sugar-loaded condiments are disastrous for diabetes. At your next summer barbecue, shake things up with a diabetes-friendly burger that’s filling and nutritious. Grill a lean beef or turkey patty and top it with a slice of low-fat cheese and fresh veggies like lettuce and tomato. Sandwich everything between two grilled portobello mushroom caps and enjoy a juicy burger that hits the spot (but leaves your sugar alone).

Berry Mint Spritzer

You can’t forget the summer cocktail! Toast to the season with a fresh Berry Mint Spritzer, an intoxicating mix that’s delicious and diabetes friendly. Start with a handful of fresh mixed berries and muddle them with fresh mint at the bottom of your glass. Then, add ice and pour over a shot of your favorite gin or vodka. Top it up with a splash of soda water, a squeeze of fresh lemon and a hint of Stevia for sweetness. Give it a gentle stir and garnish with a sprig of mint and a couple of whole berries. Sip, relax, and repeat!

These delectable summer treats are a guilt-free way to enjoy fresh summer flavors without stressing over your blood sugar. But you still need to test regularly, and we can help with that, too. Our Diabetes Testing Supply Program delivers testing supplies right to your door, and our Continuous Glucose Monitors let you control your condition with confidence and ease. Contact us today to learn more!