This past couple weeks have been all about sugar, blood sugar and type II diabetes for me. A silent in-class vow to myself to keep the sugar spikes less spikey (and hopefully spare my pancreas some trouble and decrease my risk for diabetes) prompted this week's treat: low glycemic fruit salad! After all, ambrosia--food of the gods in ancient Greek mythology--was thought to impart immortality. Kinda fitting, I'd say.
With the assistance of this chart, a list of blood sugar-regulating herbs that I've been slowly assembling, and some lessons from our nutrition course this term, I've devised a little ambrosia that is easy on the ol' pancreatic beta cells. The fruit was chosen for its low glycemic load, and the toppings for their ability to help the body manage the sugars in the fruit.* The end result is pretty close to how I imagine Greek gods would have it: pure delicious food for the soul.
I also especially wanted to highlight fresh strawberries and blueberries because they are just about to hit the farmers markets here in Portland and I wanted you to have an excuse to buy them right away. Maybe bring this little number to a barbeque or picnic?
1 apple (fuji or cameo)
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
2 tbs almond butter
2 tbs unsweetened shredded coconut
Freshly ground cinnamon
Hibiscus flowers (dried)
* Hibiscus is an exception. It has its own special powers, but they are not directly related to blood sugar management.