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Chicken casserole, cherry and chocolate dessert pots and fruit and nut bars are just some of the many delicious and healthy recipes that people with diabetes can try, now available on the Diabetes UK website. The recipes will also surely tempt anyone seeking inspiration for healthy meals that are not laden with fat and sugar.The charity’s ‘Enjoy Food’ recipe finderhas recipes to suit every occasion – from quick everyday family meals to something for a special occasion – and each one lists the all-important carbohydrate content to make ‘carb counting’ easy for people with diabetes who need to match their insulin dose to the amount of carbohydrate they are eating. Each recipe also includes protein, fat, saturates, sugars and salt content per portion, as well as calorie information. Every recipe has been analysed by a Diabetes UK dietitian.This resource aims to be hugely helpful to the 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes, for whom a healthy balanced diet is key to helping them manage their condition. There are also an estimated further 630,000 people who already have Type 2 diabetes but have not been diagnosed, and another 11.5 million people in the UK are thought to be at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It is really important for everyone, regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with diabetes, to embrace a healthy diet and these recipes can help everyone do just that.Chef Lyndon Gee, who specialises in healthy recipes, said:  “It was really important to me to make recipes that appeal to everyone and can be enjoyed by all the family. While living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes makes it important to follow a healthy diet, it shouldn’t mean you have to eat different food to your loved ones, or stop taking pleasure from food. And, in truth, it is important that everyone, whether diagnosed with diabetes or not, follows a healthy diet which includes plenty of vegetables and fruit but is low in sugar, salt and saturated fat.“From snack time inspiration to family-friendly meals, special occasions, gluten-free dishes, seasonal recipes and baking recipes, the ‘Enjoy Food’ recipe finder has it covered. People can choose from really easy-to-follow recipes or attempt others which are a bit more complex. We also understand that people with diabetes still want to be able to bake and enjoy the occasional treat which is why we’ve included healthy baking recipes too.”Diabetes UK is running regular recipe competitions to find the nation’s favourite healthy dishes. Prizes include hotel breaks courtesy of Red Letter Days, and winning recipes will be added to the Diabetes UK website.

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