November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time dedicated to bringing attention to this metabolic disorder. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in school-age youth in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms the statement adding that excepting people younger than 20 years, new diabetes cases have decreased over the last decade, and adults have more room for improvement in preventing complications.
However, despite the resources and pieces of information, the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020, shows vital findings that include that 34.2 million Americans — just over 1 in 10 — have diabetes; also 88 million American adults — approximately 1 in 3 —have prediabetes. When it comes to race and ethnic groups, the study revealed that new diabetes cases were higher among non-Hispanic blacks and people of Hispanic origin than non-Hispanic Asians and non-Hispanic whites.
Taking into consideration how more young people are developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and racial and ethnic minorities continue to develop type 2 diabetes at higher rates, now than ever, it is essential to give your heart some TLC.
Luckily, both prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes may be prevented or delayed with simple lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in regular physical activity — and of course, eating a heart-healthy diet! Diets rich in healthy foods contain fiber, which may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. The best part of consuming fiber is that it promotes satiety, slows digestion, and prevents rapid blood glucose rises.
But where do we find fiber? One of everyone’s favorite fruits is an excellent source of fiber. Yes! Fresh avocados may help prevent and manage Type 2 Diabetes! Thirty percent of the fiber in an avocado is soluble fiber, which means it prevents your digestive tract from absorbing cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. Our friends from Saborea Uno Hoy and Love One Today shared with HOLA! USA, a visual guide to help you and yours get back on track with healthy meal planning. The below Plate Method is a simple reminder that allows you to prioritize non-starchy vegetables and fruits like fresh avocados as an everyday strategy to help keep blood sugar levels in a target range.
Find below three unexpected recipes that contains fresh avocados
Avocado Banana Horchata-Style Smoothie
1 ripe, fresh avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
1 ripe banana, sliced
2 cups vanilla rice milk
1 cup ice cubes
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Place avocado, banana, rice milk, ice, vanilla and cinnamon in a blender. Cover and blend until smooth.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Grilled Shrimp Avocado Veggie Skewers
24 medium or large shrimp, uncooked, peeled, deveined
3 firm, avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and cut in 24 pieces
1 small red onion, cut into 16 (1-inch) pieces
1 medium yellow or red bell pepper, halved, seeded and cut into
16 (1-inch) pieces
24 cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup salsa fresca, homemade or store-bought, divided
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
8 bamboo skewers
Preheat broiler or grill. Arrange three shrimp, three pieces avocado, two pieces onion, two pieces pepper and three tomatoes on each skewer. Repeat to create eight skewers.
Combine 1/4 cup salsa, lime juice and olive oil. Brush over skewers to coat.
Cook 8 to 10 minutes until shrimp is cooked through and vegetables are tender, turning occasionally.
Transfer to serving platter and serve with remaining salsa.
2 ripe fresh Hass avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. tahini
1 clove garlic, smashed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
In a food processor, puree avocado, chickpeas, lemon juice, oil, tahini, garlic, salt and pepper.
Transfer to a serving bowl.