Guidelines for Cooking for a Diabetic
My BIL had surgery yesterday. We are going to see him today. He and DH are so close in age they are nearly like twins. I plan to be the main cook while we are there so that SIL can give him all her attention.
Here is where I need help. SIL is diabetic, but it is controlled by diet. She does not like to talk about it at all and is very self-effacing ("oh, don't worry about me. I'll get by." etc.) I want to provide her nutritious meals that will not upset her diabetes (DH will eat anything, literally. BIL I'm not sure of. His surgery was for oral cancer, so I'm guessing soups for him for a while.)
Can anyone steer me on how to cook for SIL? I know she doesn't eat sweets or pasta (although she may occasionally have a small portion of pasta once a week).
What kind of combination am I looking for? High fiber, high protein, low carb?
What about using agave nectar? I bought some for a recipe (used 1 tsp). Doesn't it have a high glycemic index? Does that make it appropriate to use when cooking for a diabetic?
I will have access to a Whole Foods, but not Trader Joe's.
As always, thanks for your help!