When you live with diabetes, adhering to the right diabetic diet is crucial for your treatment. It can be hard to do, though - even if you have the best intentions. Full-size portions of old favorites may now be off-limits, whether they're dishes you love at restaurants or home-cooked delights. To combat any feelings of deprivation or loss of a favorite, it's a great idea to find diabetic-friendly recipes you're excited to try out and that will fit in with your meal plan. Here are a few places you'll want to look:

Ask your dietitian

Your dietitian has trained for years specifically in the best ways to support different kinds of special nutritional needs. It's likely he or she can direct you toward recipes that will suit your diabetic diet - he or she may even make some at home regularly. There's a huge variety of other resources for learning how to cook recipes that will be a healthy part of your diabetes care plan, and we'll discuss them below, but the number of possibilities could seem overwhelming. That's where your dietitian can help you along and point you in the right direction. In many communities, there are even cooking classes for people living with diabetes that will teach you a few new recipes and general best practices. Your dietitian is likely to know about these resources.

The right recipes can make your diabetic diet fun.

Browse the Internet

Find a few reputable sources for diabetic-friendly recipes, and you'll never have to wonder what to make for dinner again! If you're going to the Internet to find food to fit your meal plan, make sure you know in advance what your personal dietary requirements are - and make sure you find recipes with nutritional information included. It's important to know your food's carbohydrate content for a diabetic diet, for example - and it won't do to guess. So you'll need to stick to recipes that include that information, no matter how cute the latest recipe from your favorite food blogger is.

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Cookbooks can offer plenty of good recipes for diabetics.

Some websites you might want to check out include the recipe pages from the American Diabetes Association and the Mayo Clinic's diabetes website. There are also many recipes right here on Diabetic Connect that feature nutritional information and could fit well into your food plan.

Crack open a book

Though it's probably not the most common way to get recipes anymore, flipping through a cookbook can be a lot of fun. There are volumes for every taste - whether you're considering a couple of meatless meals a week or you want to find a few canapé recipes for your next dinner party that you can enjoy too. Look for books specifically written for people living with diabetes, as these are most likely to give you the information you need to make smart choices. You can also try out other cookbooks, but remember to stick to those that provide nutrition facts.

For recipes on Diabetic Connect:

20-Minute Meals
Peanut Lovers Recipes
Low-Carb: Quick Fix Snacks