When I was invited on the popular Greek cooking show Chef ston aera (Chef On Air), I presented some diabetic friendly recipes made with Mediterranean ingredients such as tahini, phyllo dough, couscous and soft Greek cheese. You can see it here, but it is in Greek, so I will post the recipes here in the next few days, starting with the dessert today which are these easy fruit and cheese phyllo turnovers.
Of course, the traditional Greek diet is diabetic friendly: moderate carbohydrates, whole grains, plenty of vegetables and fruits and rich in monounsaturated fats. Plus as I mentioned in an older post, research showed that a Mediterranean style diet may actually help prevent the need for drugs for newly diagnosed diabetics.
Many people with diabetes believe that they can’t eat any desserts. Well the fact is that you do want to avoid sugar, but in small amounts it can be OK. The following recipe has a very small amount of sugar, corresponding to less than 1/4 teaspoon per turnover, these turnovers also contain a good amount of protein from the low fat cheese and the Greek yogurt and the phyllo dough has a fairly low glycemic index.
And no, these are not only for people with diabetes but for everyone, I make these all the time for us and it’s a great treat with very little sugar for my son.