Kate Brind'Amour writes:
Dating with diabetes can be a challenge. It can feel awkward perusing the menu in search of low-carb foods, and simple outings for milkshakes or dessert can turn into a stressful mini-date forcing you to juggle the rest of your day’s diet. Instead of the pressure accompanying a meal out on the town, try impressing your date with your cooking skills—even if you don’t think you have any!
Cooking at home not only shows you know your way around the kitchen—a plus in the dating arena for men and women—it also offers you the chance to share a romantic meal without the last-minute stress of guesstimating carbs. Follow the tips below to offer an impressive diabetes-friendly meal with the least fuss.
So, stick to the basics:
* Keep it simple
* Opt for few, but high quality, ingredients
* Prep in advance when possible
* Don’t be afraid to let your date assist you
* Keep the focus on the shared experience
The next most challenging part of cooking for a date when you have diabetes is selecting foods you will both enjoy that are also appropriate for you to eat. Because you can plan the entire meal ahead of time, no last-minute estimations will be necessary.
Try some of the following carb-friendly, date-friendly meals:
Easy Chicken Curry with a make-ahead side dish of Greek Salad (just assemble when ready to eat). For adventurous dates and ethnic food lovers:
Chicken with Apricot Glaze (the birds and glaze can be prepped in advance) or with Asparagus with Lemon and Tarragon. For those with elegant palates:
Asian Grilled Salmon will also impress, with snap peas or Balsamic Arugula and Escarole on the side. For those who love fresh flavors and lighter menus:
For dessert, impress your date with Figs with Ricotta, Honey, and Pistachios or fancy but easy Roasted Berries with Whipped Cream. For those who love delicious, fruity goodness
Diabetes doesn’t have to be a hurdle in your dating life! Enjoy the ride.
[AS: A great article. More, please!]