Balancing your diet when you are diagnosed with diabetes can be challenging. Although the food choices you make and your eating habits are important in helping you manage your diabetes, you should be able to continue enjoying a wide variety of foods as part of healthy eating.

The more than 250 calorie-counted recipes in our database have all been adapted, tasted and nutritionally analysed for Diabetes UK.

Cooking with diabetes

There's no need to throw away your favourite cookbooks because you have diabetes. You can modify your recipes by reducing the amount of fat, salt and sugar, and increasing fibre. High-sugar and high-fat foods do not need to be excluded from your diet altogether if you have diabetes.

The myth that people with diabetes should not eat any sugar still persists. However, people with diabetes can eat sugar, but this should be limited as part of a healthy diet. Good blood glucose control can still be achieved when sugar and sugar-containing foods are eaten.

Dietary management of diabetes depends more on eating regularly and including starchy carbohydrate foods like pasta at meals, and including more fruit, vegetables and pulses in your diet. The main thing to consider is the overall balance of your diet – with the emphasis on long-term health and weight control.

Vegetarian recipes

Seasonal stuffed aubergines

Bursting with flavour and colour, this dish tastes as good as it looks. Serve with Parmesan shavings.

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