Happy Meatless Monday everyone!
As I enter into the pre-release promotional period for my brand new 30-Minute Type 2 Diabetes Cookbook, I wanted to offer up a taste of the manner of the recipes you will see.
My books are all about combining the best available nutrition science with actual practical and palatable recipes and today’s Tahini & Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are an excellent example of bringing this to life in a plant-based way.
In the context of diabetes management, the two characteristics of foods which are particularly valuable are a low glycemic index and high soluble fibre content.
Because of the nature of soluble fibre (it slows down the transit of food, thus leading to slower changes in blood sugar after a meal) these two traits tend to be paired together in specific foods.
In fact, there are few better examples of high soluble fibre and low GI foods than the three primary ingredients in today’s recipe – sweet potato, black beans and broccoli.
Plant Powered Diabetes Management
One of the most important dietary consideration on the path towards heart healthy eating with diabetes is striking a reasonable balance between animal and plant-protein intake.
That’s primarily because plant protein sources have distinct nutritional benefits that range from special types of fibre, fats and even large amounts of antioxidants.
Legumes such as black beans, for example, are among the richest plant-based protein sources and also have an incredible amount of heart healthy soluble fibre.
They are also a great source of plant-based iron, the absorption of which is enhanced with the presence of vitamin C ( which in this recipe is represented by the broccoli, I explain more about the connection between plant iron and vitamin C in a separate article on vegan nutrition).
Enjoy today’s recipe, which will certainly help teach you just how delicious a purely plant-based meal can really be.
And if you like what you see?
Don’t forget to grab your copy of my latest 30 Minute Type 2 Diabetes Cookbook, where I not only explain the science explaining why certain foods have heart health benefits – but I also help bring it to life with professionally curated recipes (such as the one below, which is from one of my previous books but too perfect a fit not to share in this book promo cycle.)