Healthy cooking tips from Diabetes UK

Healthy cooking tips from Diabetes UK - A healthy balanced diet is key to managing diabetes. Diabetes UK share their top tips for adapting recipes, planning ahead and packing a healthy lunchbox.

Healthy cooking tips from Diabetes UK

Small changes can make a big difference to the nutritional value of your meals. Diabetes UK share their top healthy cooking tips to help you to make healthier choices and reduce the fat in your favourite dishes.

Healthy cooking tips from Diabetes UK


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1. Adapt recipes to be healthier



  • Use less salt in cooking – replace salt with spices, herbs and black pepper

  • Trim any excess fat from meat. Use pulses to replace some red meat in dishes

  • Use low-fat or tomato based sauces for curries and pasta dishes. Or why not try reduced fat crème fraîche or natural lower-fat yogurt?

  • Choose lower-fat cheese, cream or milk in recipes

  • Try using dried fruit, a fruit purée or sweet-tasting vegetables like carrots to sweeten cakes naturally or reduce sugar in baking

  • Use healthier fats. The best are unsaturated varieties like olive, rapeseed or sunflower oil


Watch Diabetes UK's video tips for adapting recipes

Healthy cooking tips from Diabetes UK

2. Plan ahead



  • Prepare a weekly shopping list for the whole week

  • Think about the meals you're going to eat on each night

  • Pasta and curry sauces are good to make ahead of time. Portion them out and freeze

  • Make food in bulk and freeze single portions


3. Pack a healthy lunch



  • Grate a full-flavoured cheese instead of slicing for sandwiches – a little will go a long way

  • Use granary or wholegrain bread instead of white

  • Use lower-fat mayo or even a lower-fat, low-sugar yogurt with tuna or egg fillings

  • Bulk up sandwiches with healthy salad

  • Leftover rice and pasta make great salad bases

  • Include vegetables and fruit as snacks

  • Try homemade popcorn with some seasonings instead of crisps and place in a sealable sandwich bag


Diabetes usually refers to diabetes mellitus, a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood glucose levels over a prolonged period.

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