10 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables

February 9, 2014 at 8:33 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | 2 Comments
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The more Vegetables the better, and here’s 10 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables. It’s all from the Diabetic Living On Line web site.



10 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables
Discover 10 sneaky ways to eat more veggies using the superstars of the produce department. Even in brownies!Diabetic living logo

Tips to Sneak In Veggies
Any nutritionist will tell you that eating plenty of vegetables is the cornerstone of good health. After all, veggies are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and the necessary dietary fiber to help control blood sugar numbers. What’s more, in a recent Pennsylvania State University study, adults who consumed meals that incorporated more veggies took in as many as 357 fewer calories throughout the day. But reaching your daily quota doesn’t mean you have to resort to nibbling on salads and choking down carrot sticks. The trick is to find ways to seamlessly sneak vegetables into some of your favorite dishes. Here’s proof that getting those extra servings can be easy and delicious.



Whip It Good: Spinach
Smoothies can be a great way to sneak in more nutritionally charged dark leafy greens, such as spinach and kale. When blended with sweet and tangy foods, such as frozen berries and Greek yogurt, their flavor will blend right in, so to speak….


Under Wraps: Lettuce
To cut down on carbs and up your vitamin intake, use large lettuce leaves, such as romaine or Bibb, instead of flour tortillas for wrapping up your lunchtime sandwich. Or use the green giants in place of corn shells to add a twist to taco night….


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Diabetic Diets for Weight Loss

February 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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I have Diabetes 2 and I’m in a wheelchair, left leg amputee, so trying to keep the weight off is a #1 priority. From the Diabetic Living On Line we site, its Diabetic Diets for Weight Loss. Very good and informative articles.

Diabetic Diets for Weight Loss
If you’re ready to lose weight and improve your diabetes (or kick it to the curb entirely), use an expert weight loss diet plan to Diabetic living logoguide you. We review five options for people with diabetes.



Diabetes Diet Plans
It’s only natural that certain weight loss books and programs appeal to some people more than others. Different plans might work better for different people, and finding what fit best is an individual choice. Whether you love to cook from scratch, the microwave is your best friend, you’re looking for a complete overhaul, or want to take small steps, there’s a diet plan that can help you succeed. We help you explore five diverse approaches to losing weight while maintaining a diabetes-appropriate diet.

For people with diabetes, weight loss success is not only measured by the scale, but also by blood sugar control. “People can put diabetes into remission or reverse its course if they lose weight,” says Osama Hamdy, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Obesity Clinical Program at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. “In my research, I’ve found that when people lose 7 percent of their body weight, their insulin sensitivity improves by 57 percent. That is better than taking two medications for diabetes at the maximum dose.”

How’s that for a little inspiration?



1 – DIET PLAN: Paleo Diet -

Overview: “Eating a Paleo diet essentially means favoring real, whole food in its purest form,” says Kelly Schmidt, RD, LDN, who has type 1 diabetes and owns Paleo Infused Nutrition in Chicago. “Food is more than fuel. ……..

2 – DIET PLAN: Weight Watchers
Overview: The premise of this program is learning how to manage real food decisions in real-life situations. “It’s structured like a four-legged table, and each leg — food, behavior change, activity, and support — is essential for success,” says Stephanie Rost, M.S., RD, of Weight Watchers…..

3 – DIET PLAN: The Diabetes Breakthrough
Overview: The Diabetes Breakthrough (Harlequin, March 2014) is an at-home guide based on the Joslin Diabetes Center’s Why WAIT program, which attacks weight loss from all angles, including diet, exercise, medication adjustments, behavior change, and education. …..

4 – DIET PLAN: Mediterranean Diet
Overview: The Mediterranean diet is a lifestyle approach to healthy eating based on the food traditions of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It’s largely a plant-based diet but encourages omega-3-rich fish and allows limited amounts of animal-based foods…….

5 – DIET PLAN: Nutrisystem D
Overview: This program ships you portion-controlled foods that are nutritionally formulated and tested for good blood sugar control. Extensive online resources help you modify food-related behaviors, boost activity, and gain peer and professional support. “Within three months, 80 percent of participants achieve at least a 5 percent reduction in their body weight, which can significantly improve diabetes management,” says Meghan Nichols, RD, manager of research and development at Nutrisystem. …..




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Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes

January 30, 2014 at 8:34 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Some fantastic recipes and tips from the Slow Cooker for those watching their carbs and for those with Diabetes. It’s all from the Diabetic Living On Line web site!



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Slow cookers are the ultimate convenience, simmering foods to perfection for hours at a slow and steady rate. These low-carb meals (all with 35 grams of carb or less per serving!) allow you to save time and enjoy the foods you love with half the carbs!



Easy Chicken Enchiladas
For a Mexican-inspired make-ahead meal, slow-cook chicken in a spicy salsa mixture, then roll it up in tortillas. This diabetes-friendly meal looks so indulgent you won’t believe two enchiladas have only 24 grams of carb per serving…..



Coffee-Braised Brisket
A coffee, brown sugar, and paprika rub gives this slow cooker brisket a complex sweet-and-spicy flavor. Use a brown sugar substitute to bring this already low-carb meal down to just 5 grams of carb per serving…..


* Click the link below to see all the Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes


10 Easy Ways to Eat Healthy Portions

January 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | 1 Comment
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Help to control those portions from the Diabetic Living On Line web site!


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10 Easy Ways to Eat Healthy Portions
Many factors influence how much we eat. Try these tips to tackle common portion pitfalls and satisfy your grumbling stomach

How to Eat What You Love
Diabetes shouldn’t equal deprivation. Moderation is key, and following a few tips can avoid bad habits that leave you with feelings of guilt. From pizza to potatoes, we give you options to enjoy the foods you crave.

1) Favor Whole, Fresh Foods
Processing foods tends to concentrate the calories and carbohydrate. Consider this: For 15 grams of carb, you could eat either 4 fresh apricots or just 1/2 cup apricots canned in juice. And for 15 grams of carb, you could eat either 1-1/4 cups strawberries or a mere 1-1/2 tablespoons all-fruit strawberry preserves.


2) Train Your Eyes
A typical 12-ounce baked potato at restaurants has 70 grams of carb, whereas 3 ounces (about 1/2 cup) of boiled red-skin potatoes has just 17 grams of carb. Weigh or measure spuds, rice, and other foods at home so you’ll be able to more accurately size up portions when eating out….

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Low-Calorie Diabetic Dinners

January 18, 2014 at 8:39 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Some great ideas and recipes for Low-Calorie Diabetic Dinners. It’s all from the Diabetic Living On Line web site, which as you probably know by now, is stocked full of healthy dinner ideas.



Low-Calorie Diabetic Dinners
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Don’t let counting calories take the fun out of mealtime. With our tasty, low-calorie dinner recipes, it’s easy to create healthy,
mouthwatering meals. We kept dishes under 250 calories per serving, so you can keep it light and satisfy your cravings.



Sirloin Steak with Deep Red Wine Reduction
Calories: 162 per serving

A coffee and red wine marinade gives our healthy steak recipe its complex flavor. Serve steamed zucchini or yellow summer squash on the side for a balanced low-calorie dinner…


Cranberry Cucumber Salad
Calories: 88 per serving

Juicy cherry tomatoes, ripe olives, and sweet dried cranberries provide pops of flavor and color to a simple bed of greens. Enjoy a serving of the nutrient-rich diabetic salad recipe for only 88 calories and 6 carb grams….




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Baked Stuffed Apples (Diabetic-friendly)

January 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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Thank you to Dara and Sinn for passing this one along to me to share. It’s a diabetic-friendly recipe with baked apples stuffed with chopped dates.



Baked Stuffed Apples



4 small baking apples
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Equal Spoonful
1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped dates
* Chopped Walnuts, optional


Remove apple cores, leaving 1/2-inch at bottom of each apple. Prick skins with fork; set aside.
In a small shallow microwaveable casserole, melt margarine. Stir in Equal, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and dates. Spoon date mixture into apple centers; place apples in casserole.
Microwave, covered, at High (100%) for 4 to 6 minutes or until apples are tender. Let stand a few minutes and spoon liquid back into apples before serving.
Makes 4 servings.

Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

January 5, 2014 at 11:03 AM | Posted in baking, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | 5 Comments
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Thanks to Jackie for passing this one along, Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake. She said it’s a Splenda recipe and she got it from her Mom. It’s around 200 calories and 27 carbs per serving.



Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake

Cake Batter:
3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, Blue Bonnet Light Stick Butter
1 1/3 cups Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 large egg
1/4 cup egg substitute
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 cups light sour cream – divided use

3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray a nonstick bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Sift cake flour, baking powder, and baking soda into a medium-sized mixing bowl; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer. Add Splenda Granulated Sweetener and egg. Beat until smooth. Add the egg substitute and vanilla. Beat briefly to incorporate. Add applesauce and half of the sour cream. Beat until smooth. Add the sifted flour mixture and beat at medium speed just until smooth. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted, and remaining sour cream and blend just until incorporated and batter is uniform. Set aside.
Make Filling: Place 1/4 of cake batter in a small bowl. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir well.
Place 1/2 of the remaining cake batter into prepared pan. Top with filling. Swirl with knife. Top with remaining batter.
Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Makes 16 servings.

Our Best Breakfast Recipes – from Diabetic Living on Line

January 4, 2014 at 9:48 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Some healthy Breakfast Recipes from Diabetic Living On Line, the link to see them all is at the bottom of the page.

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Start your day off right with healthy breakfast recipes. All your breakfast and brunch favorites, from blueberry pancakes to breakfast burritos, make tasty appearances in our all-star lineup of diabetic recipes.



Pear-Ginger Pancakes
Heat up the griddle and get ready to enjoy a decadent pancake breakfast that’s loaded with nutrition. A serving is two pancakes — a filling portion for less than 250 calories and 40 grams of carb…..



Scrambled Eggs with Sausage
The best thing about this breakfast is speed! In 10 minutes you can have a protein-packed start to your day that’s as delicious as it is healthy…..


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Apple-Butternut Squash Soup

January 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, soup | 1 Comment
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Thank you to Janice for passing this one along to me. She prepares this for her husband who has Diabetes 2. It’s around 170 calories and 28 carbs. She said the original recipe can be found at http://www.cooksrecipes.com



Apple-Butternut Squash Soup


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 carrot, chopped
3 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup unsweetened apple cider
Pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper





Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and carrot, and cook until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add squash, cover, and cook 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add broth and simmer until softened, 15 to 20 minutes.


Using a slotted spoon, transfer solid ingredients to a blender and apple cider and purée until smooth. Add 1 1/3 cups of the cooking liquid and purée until smooth. Stir back into the pan and add salt and spices to taste, and garnish with chives or parsley.. Serve hot.
Makes 6 (1 1/2-cups) servings.

Holiday Favorites Made Healthy

December 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Make those Holiday Dishes healthier. Find out how from Diabetic Living On Line we site, the link to all of them is at the end of the post.


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Holiday Favorites Made Healthy
You don’t have to pass up your favorite holiday foods! We’ve slimmed down everything from mashed potatoes and gravy to turkey and green bean casserole. Our festive, diabetes-friendly holiday recipes prove that classic entrees and side dishes don’t have to be loaded with fat, calories, and carbs to be enjoyable. Now that’s something to be thankful for!




Fresh Green Bean Casserole
Nothing says the holidays like a steaming serving of green bean casserole. By relying on a slimmed-down white sauce, this creamy casserole keeps fat and sodium in check….




Herb-Roasted Turkey and Vegetables
This herb-infused twist on traditional turkey is a flavorful and healthful alternative to a higher-calorie holiday classic…..



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