I get asked all the time what foods to buy for insulin resistance. When it comes to choosing what to buy, focus on higher fat, lower carb, and low glycemic index. This doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite foods to manage your insulin resistance, it just means you have to be a little more strategic!
Here are my top 10 products you can find at Whole Foods for insulin resistance. Note, you can find many of these foods at other stores as well, so this list is still useful even if you don't shop at Whole Foods!
1. Love Good Fats Bar
I shared these bars in the Top 10 Healthy High Fat Foods post. These bars are are low in sugar, high in fat, packed with protein, and convenient. Also, they are delicious! Sweetened with stevia, these bars only have 1-2 grams of sugar each.
2. Frey Organic Cabernet Wine
When it comes to wine (and alcoholic drinks in general), you want to watch out for sugar. Frey Organic Cabernet is not only organic, but also low in sugar and sulfites.
3. Siggi's Plant-Based Yogurt
Siggi's plant-based yogurt it the best non-dairy yogurt I've tried! Yes, it's delicious, but it's also has more protein than sugar per cup. It also has a short list of ingredients (always a win with dairy alternatives) and is super rich and creamy.
4. Vital Protein Collagen Peptides (unflavored)
Ever since I started taking collagen consistently and in the right amounts I noticed that my hair is growing long and thicker, my nails grow quicker and my overall skin health looks brighter and hydrated. One small placebo-controlled trial found that supplementation with collagen peptides for eight weeks significantly improved skin hydration and increased collagen density in the skin, while also reducing collagen fragmentation in the skin. Vital Proteins unflavored is by far my favorite! It's flavorless and easily mixes into my coffee.
Avocados are another one of my favorite high-fat foods. Not only is is delicious, but is an incredible source of healthy fats. Technically a fruit, avocados contain over 20 vitamins and minerals, contain no cholesterol, and are low in saturated fats.
6. Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips
You can still enjoy chips and guac with insulin resistance, just choose better chips! Siete tortilla chips are grain-free (made with cassava flour), and taste like the real deal, if not better! They are higher in fiber than corn tortilla chips and cooked in healthier oils. Also check out their grain-free tortillas that are super delicious!
7. Wonderful Pistachios
Pistachios are one of my favorite snacks! They are full of fiber, minerals, and unsaturated fat that can help keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol in check. It can be easy to overdo nuts, so I encourage buying pistachios in the shell, which helps you be more mindful when consuming them.
Strawberries are one of my favorite carbs for insulin resistance. Berries are generally low in glycemic index (GI), meaning they don't spike your blood sugar as much as higher GI foods. One cup of strawberries has a low GI score. Not only that, but strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C (one cup has more Vitamin C than an orange!).
9. Hummus (any brand)
Hummus is a great dip option for those with insulin resistance. It's made with chickpeas which are full of protein and fiber, making them a great carb for those with insulin resistance. Hummus also contains healthy fats, which if great for insulin resistance. Pair with fresh vegetables or siete chips, or add to a salad or grain bowl.
10. GT's Sacred Life Kombucha
I love kombucha and all its benefits! Kombucha is great for gut health because of its probiotics. However, you want to be cautious about added sugar in your kombucha. I love the GT's brand because it doesn't have added sugar, and the Sacred Life flavor is my favorite. It features raw coconut water (excellent for hydration), ginger, and blue spirulina - all with amazing health benefits!
For more ideas on what groceries to buy for insulin resistance, check out my grocery picks from Trader Joe's.
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