A healthy diet including whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein is recommended for all people, but it is especially important for diabetics. With a little adaptation, diabetics can enjoy their favorite dishes, like pizza, while properly maintaining their blood-sugar levels. Pizza in restaurants and your grocery store’s freezer section can be fatty, greasy and unsuitable for a diabetic diet. The digestion system breaks down whole grains slower than other carbohydrates. Utilizing whole grains helps keep blood sugar levels steady, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Use whole wheat crust, a homemade sauce and low-fat cheese to create healthy, diabetic-friendly pizza.
Things You'll Need
Chop two large tomatoes, dice one small onion and mince two cloves of garlic.
Combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic and 1 tbsp. olive oil in a saucepan. Season the contents with 1 tbsp. dried basil, 1 tsp. dried oregano, 1 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the tomatoes are softened.
Pour the tomato mixture into a food processor and puree it until it’s smooth.
Place a whole wheat crust on a pizza pan.
Spread the tomato sauce on the crust with a spatula.
Sprinkle low-fat mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Arrange your chosen toppings evenly over the pizza.
Bake the pizza at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
References and ResourcesUniversity of Idaho Extension: Starch Group
Harvard School of Public Health: Nutrition Source: Carbohydrates
Joslin Diabetes Center: Healthy Cooking
Utah State University; Create Your Plate; Carolyn Washburn; December 2006
University of Maryland Medical Center: Diabetes Diet - Major Food Components
Completely Pizza: Diabetic Pizza