What to Eat Wednesday: Healthy Fuel for March Madness

Fresh veggies and scooped out bread makes a more diabetes-friendly pizza snack.Well, guys, it’s that time of year again, when offices come to a complete halt as March Madness sets in. It’s also the time of year when diabetics really need to watch their diet, making sure that game-day snacks don’t throw off blood sugar levels and weekly meal plans.

Need some reinforcement? Here are some 3 game-day swaps from The Diabetes Experience you can make to keep your diabetes in check without ruining your Sweet 16 viewing parties.

Since a slice of pizza could have over 200 calories and 25 grams of carbohydrate—even before you add the toppings—try this idea instead: create your own French bread pizzas. Slice a loaf of French bread lengthwise, scoop out the doughy center, then cut each half into six or eight slices. Add toppings like sliced fresh tomatoes and veggies (try baby spinach and sautéed mushrooms). Select reduced-fat mozzarella cheese or go artisanal with feta or goat cheese and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. Make a bunch to please your entire crew.

“Buffalo” chicken wings
Frying makes chicken wings pack a major calorie punch; instead, try this “boil and broil” method: boil the wings in water, then season and broil for a few minutes to get them crispy. Wings are typically coated in a combination of butter and pepper, but sprinkling them with cayenne pepper will add a flavorful, lower calorie option.

While avocados are full of ‘good’ fats, just ¼ cup of guacamole has about 91 calories. Throw in chips, and your whole day could be thrown off. To save your game-day snack, stick to a few tablespoons of the green stuff and use raw veggies instead of chips for dipping.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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