Going out to eat and spending time with others can be challenging when you have insulin resistance, but you don't have to fall off your plan to have fun! If you're going to someone's house for dinner or a cookout, offer to bring something so you know you're getting the right foods for you. Just remember to build your plate with higher fat, lower carb, and adequate protein to keep your blood sugar balanced.
Here are 5 easy recipes you can bring to your next cookout that are insulin resistance friendly.
Appetizer: Hummus with Veggies
Hummus and veggies are always a crowd pleaser, and they offer a great source of fiber, healthy fats, and protein! The perfect healthy appetizer or addition to any meal. To make it super simple, buy pre-made hummus and pre-chopped veggies, or make your own hummus with this easy recipe. If you've never made hummus, I'd highly recommend it. You can't beat homemade!
Entrée: Grilled Bruschetta Chicken
This simple entrée is bursting with flavor from the fresh tomatoes and basil, and it offers a good dose of fats from the olive oil and mozzarella cheese. Bonus: the bruschetta topping can be prepped ahead of time making this meal so quick!
Side: Quinoa Tabbouleh
Quinoa is a great carb option for those with insulin resistance because it is high in fiber and protein. It also has a relatively low glycemic load, meaning it won't spike your blood sugar too high. This quinoa tabbouleh is one of my favorite summer side! It's so flavorful, can be made in advance, and makes me feel great.
Dessert: Summer Fruit with Whipped Cream
Keep dessert light and refreshing with this simple fruit and whipped cream topping. Pairing the carb-rich fruit with higher fat whipped cream topping ensures your blood sugar will stay balanced.
Drink: Spindrift Sparkling Water
If you've never tried Spindrift, this is your encouragement to give it a try. It's so good and contains no sugar! Spindrift is sparkling water made with real squeezed fruit. All the flavor, without the sugar spikes of soda.
I hope you enjoy these recipes at your next cookout! What is your favorite dish to bring to a cookout?
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