The Jerusalem Artichoke That Could ~
Hello My Darling Loved Ones,
A good friend of mine mentioned to me that she wanted to revisit her diet as the Dr. told her that her blood sugar was creeping up, causing concern that she may be at risk of becoming diabetic. She wanted to know how to lower her blood sugar and how to keep it from spiking.
And it reminded me that as a child, my father always insisted that we eat Jerusalem Artichokes at least once a week. He said that they would help us avoid issues with high blood sugar and potential concerns with diabetes.
My dad grew them in the backyard, they were tall plants ( almost 5 feet high! ) with cheerful yellow daisy-like flowers. He later had to build a concrete planter around them though, as the roots can be invasive and threatened to take over our yard. I still remember him grumbling about them (I am laughing as I remember this, lol)
This past Saturday my friend was coming over for supper so I thought perfect, I will get some Jerusalem Artichokes and add them to our supper. I thought, I’ll make them the way my father did, which was to simply boil them and to remove the outer skin. I wanted her to try them plain first to she could taste them naturally.
She loved them as is! I was SO delighted as they offer a natural way to reduce one’s blood sugar. For our meal, I prepared a lovely trout baked with yummy spices, served salad and the Jerusalem Artichokes. It was a perfectly delicious meal.
This is the salad I made the following day with the cold Jerusalem Artichokes.
They are plain white and have a texture that is a cross between a potato and a beet. They have a low Glycemic Index ( Low GI is a super healthy choice ) high fiber, offer electrolytes, minerals like iron and copper. They also have potassium which is heart healthy as well as B vitamins.
I will remind you to be moderate, and perhaps just add them to your weekly meals once or twice a week. This really is a great approach to help you on your health journey. They can cause cramping in the intestines if you are not used to them, so please eat them moderately, perhaps try one or two, and see how your body assimilates them.
What are some other ways to naturally reduce your blood sugar?
- Exercise ~ walking, running, some weights, swimming, do something fun like dancing!
- Choosing lower GI foods ~ get to know which foods are high GI to help you make healthy choices
- Enough Daily Water ~ I’ve said it before, but the wonders of water never cease to amaze me. Try 4-6 tall glasses per day.
- Fibre ~ keeps your gut healthy and enhances your ability to metabolize blood glucose
- Sleep ~ proper sleep improves your body’s ability to break down sugar.
I’m looking forward to hearing your stories if you have enjoyed eating Jerusalem Artichokes too! Let’s share some recipes. If you have never tried them, I think you will really enjoy them for their flavour (often described as slightly nutty, slightly sweet) and their positive effect on your health.
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