22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes

August 2, 2014 at 7:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Some great tips and ideas from the Diabetic Living On Line website on the 22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes. The link to the entire article is at the bottom of the post. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 
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These top food offenders contain high amounts of fat, sodium, carbs, and calories that may increase your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, uncontrolled blood sugar, and weight gain. The good news is you can indulge in your favorite foods and still eat healthfully with our satisfying and delicious alternatives.

Think Twice Before Eating These Foods
At Diabetic Living, we believe that eating with diabetes doesn’t have to mean deprivation, starvation, or bland and boring foods. However, some foods really are best left on the table or in the store. Everyone — with diabetes or without — would be wise to avoid or limit the foods on this list because they are high in saturated fat, sodium, calories, or carbs, or might contain trans fats. High amounts of sodium and saturated fat can lead to heart disease, while excess sugars, high carb counts, and added calories can cause unwanted weight gain and blood sugar spikes.

If you see some of your favorite foods on this list, don’t despair: We’ve picked healthier options for you to choose from that taste great. So you can have your fries and eat them, too — provided they’re baked rather than deep-fat fried.

 

 

Nachos
You walk into a restaurant and you’re feeling starved. A quick scan of the menu and there they are: nachos, one of your favorites. You order them as an appetizer and also order a meal. Unfortunately, most restaurant nacho orders equate to and often exceed an entire meal’s worth of calories, carbs, and fat. For example, a regular order of Chili’s Classic Nachos has 830 calories, 59 grams of fat, and 39 grams of carb.

Top your nachos with heart-healthy avocados!

Chili’s Classic Nachos (regular order)*
830 calories
59 g total fat
31 g saturated fat
1,630 mg sodium
39 g carbohydrate
N/A cholesterol

Taco Bell Nachos Supreme*
430 calories
23 g total fat
4.5 g saturated fat
690 mg sodium
44 g carbohydrate
30 mg cholesterol

You don’t need to give up nachos to eat healthfully. Make a few changes to the basic recipe, such as using reduced-fat cheeses and baked tortilla chips like we do in our Loaded Nachos recipe. Finally, make the nachos your meal, not your appetizer….

 

 

Coffee Drinks
A simple cup of joe with a little milk or even half-and-half can be a low-calorie beverage perfect for a person with diabetes. But many coffee-shop drinks rival decadent desserts for their high calorie, carb, and fat contents. For example, a 16-ounce Starbuck’s White Chocolate Mocha (with whipped cream and 2 percent milk) comes in at 470 calories and 63 grams of carb. Similarly, a medium Dunkaccino contains 350 calories, while the large size has almost 500 calories.

Or, choose tea instead!

Starbuck’s White Chocolate Mocha (with whipped cream) *
470 calories
18 g total fat
12 g saturated fat
0 mg sodium
63 g carbohydrate
50 mg cholesterol

Dunkaccino (medium)*
350 calories
16 g total fat
13 g saturated fat
320 mg sodium
51 g carbohydrate
10 mg cholesterol

There are equally satisfying (and cheaper!) beverage alternatives that will help you keep your healthy eating plan on track. Try one of these:…..

 

 

* Click the link below for the full article.

 

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Diabetic Living’s Favorite Summer Recipes

July 27, 2014 at 5:43 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Some delicious and Diabetic Friendly Recipes from the Diabetic Living On Line website. It’s from the Diabetic Living On Line website.

 

 

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Enjoy our favorite summer recipes featuring no-cook dinners, grilled kabobs perfect for camp-outs, and low-calorie and low-carb versions of favorite meals such as Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Plus, don’t miss yummy desserts loaded with in-season fruits.

 

 

Asian-Style Brined Chicken Hindquarters with Sesame-Cilantro Pesto
Give dinner a flavorful, low-carb twist. Bursting with coriander, chili-garlic paste, orange peel, ginger, and cilantro, this Asian-inspired chicken dish will become grilling favorite…

 

Potato-Kale Salad
This low-carb potato salad features traditional flavors such as mayo, mustard, onion, and hard-cooked egg, but it gets a nutrition boost from calcium- and vitamin-A-rich kale….

Corn on the Cob Kabobs
Skip the butter and flavor this summertime staple with a delicious glaze featuring spicy mustard, cider vinegar, and honey. Cobs are wrapped with thin slices of zucchini for a fun side dish that has only 59 calories and 13 grams of carb per serving….

 

 

* Click the link below to see all the Diabetic Living’s Favorite Summer Recipes

 
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/popular/diabetic-livings-favorite-summer-recipes?sssdmh=dm17.748563&esrc=nwdlo071514

Fresh Diabetic Recipes for Summer

July 26, 2014 at 5:51 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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You can never have enough Recipes, especially Diabetic Recipes! These come from the Diabetic Living On Line website, Fresh Diabetic Recipes for Summer.

 

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Fresh Diabetic Recipes for Summer

With gardens and markets overflowing with ripe fruits and veggies, summer is the easiest season to eat healthfully. Whether you want to grill out with friends or cool off with a frozen treat, these summer-fresh recipes will let you enjoy summer’s bounty and feel good — all season long.

 

Blackberry Frozen Yogurt with Toasted Almonds & Waffle Wedges
Nothing signifies summer better than our homemade berry frozen yogurt recipe. Ditch the fatty toppings and opt for crunchy almonds and toasted waffle chunks…..

 

Ancho-Maple Barbecue Planked Salmon
A diabetic superfood, salmon tastes best in the summer. Coat it in our original smoky-sweet sauce for a healthier spin on barbecue with just 8 grams of carb per serving…..

 

Green Goddess Dip with Crudites
Serve this pretty party platter of veggie cups with a creamy low-carb avocado dip….

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the Fresh Diabetic Recipes for Summer

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/popular/fresh-diabetic-recipes-summer?sssdmh=dm17.748563&esrc=nwdlo071514

Top Fast-Food Picks for People with Diabetes

July 18, 2014 at 7:17 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Here’s some very good ideas and Diabetic tips to pass along from the Diabetic Living On Line website.

 

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Top Fast-Food Picks for People with Diabetes
Fast food is not off-limits for people with diabetes, but knowing what to order makes all the difference. Check out our top picks for healthier eating at fast-food restaurants.

Healthy Choices Made Easy!
Sometimes you can’t beat the convenience and price of a drive-through meal. Here are some fast-food options that won’t derail your goals….

Best Bites at Burger Joints
At burger joints, the calories, fat, and sodium add up quickly. Search nutrition information online to find options with fewer than 400 calories, 20 grams of fat, and 800 milligrams of sodium per serving….

Wendy’s
Go for a healthful yet filling salad. This half-size order of Apple Pecan Chicken Salad at Wendy’s is served with pomegranate dressing and pecans. To drink, choose unsweetened iced tea.

Nutrition Facts: 340 cal., 18 g total fat (4.5 g sat. fat), 60 mg chol., 700 mg sodium, 29 g carb. (4 g fiber, 22 g sugars), 19 g pro……

* Click the link below to get all the Top Fast-Food Picks for People with Diabetes

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/dining-out/top-fast-food-picks-people-diabetes?sssdmh=dm17.747005&esrc=nwdlo070814

Perfect Picnic Side Dishes

July 13, 2014 at 5:37 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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If your looking for some Perfect Picnic Side Dishes, look no further! It’s all on the Diabetic Living On Line website!

 

 

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Perfect Picnic Side Dishes
Warm weather calls for outdoor picnics! Instead of heavy picnic food, bring one of these healthy picnic side dish ideas. Whether you’re looking for a diabetes-friendly picnic salad recipe or a lightened-up potato side dish, we have easy picnic recipes that will wow your friends and family.

 
Ranch Deviled Eggs
Give your traditional deviled eggs recipe a little variety by substituting roma tomatoes and jalapenos for some of the egg whites. We cut the filling with Greek yogurt and the remaining egg whites instead of mayonnaise for a leaner picnic appetizer….

 
Jicama Radish Slaw
Our healthier coleslaw recipe replaces the traditional fatty mayonnaise with a light rice vinegar and sesame oil dressing. The result is a colorful, low-carb picnic side dish with Asian-inspired flavor……

 
*Click the link below to get all the Perfect Picnic Side Dishes

 
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/side-dishes/perfect-picnic-side-dishes?sssdmh=dm17.745782&esrc=nwdlo070114

Light Cheesecake Recipes

July 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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For all the Cheesecake lovers out there, here’s some healthy and Light Cheesecake Recipes. It’s from Diabetic Living On Line. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

 

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Light Cheesecake Recipes
Rich and decadent, cheesecake always hits the mark. The classic cheesecake has evolved over time into countless varieties. Whether your favorite features candy bars, liqueur, or berries, our diabetic cheesecake recipes will delight every palate while fitting into your meal plan. Indulge!

 
Orange Swirled Cheesecake
Sweet orange notes combine with hints of vanilla to create the unique flavor in this low-carb, diabetes-friendly cheesecake. Using fat-free milk, reduced-fat cream cheese, and low-fat Greek yogurt keeps this marbled beauty at just 5 grams of fat per serving…..

 
Lemon Cheesecake Bites
A delicate lemon flavor balances the rich creaminess of this low-cal, low-carb cheesecake. Top these bites with a little crunch in the form of pistachio nuts……

 
* Click the link below to get all the Light Cheesecake Recipes

 
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/dessert/best-cheesecake-recipes?sssdmh=dm17.744517&esrc=nwdlo062414

Low-Fat Ways to Add Flavor to Grilling Recipes

July 3, 2014 at 9:16 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Some great tip on Low-Fat Ways to Add Flavor to Grilling Recipes. It’s all from the Diabetic living On Line website. The link to all the tips is at the bottom of the post.

 
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Whether you are grilling vegetables, seafood, beef, pork, or poultry, use these diabetes-friendly tips for adding flavor–but not fat–to your next cookout.

 

Tasty Tips for Healthy Grilling
Grilling is one of the healthiest cooking methods around because it sears in flavor while the fat drips away. The seductive smokiness of barbecuing also adds calorie-free flavor, but you can accent grilled favorites in other ways, too. The key is choosing fresh and flavorful ingredients that turn up the taste without adding a lot of fat, sodium, calories, or carbs. Read on for tips you can use at your next cookout.

 
Marinate Meat to Add Flavor
Marinades: Meats, poultry, or fish are soaked in an acidic solution with seasonings to add flavor–or to tenderize less-tender cuts of beef. When you drain off the marinade, most of its high-calorie, high-fat, or high-sodium ingredients go with it. Still it pays to watch what goes into a marinade.

When choosing marinade recipes, question high proportions of oil, which can add fat without contributing flavor. Rely on those that use juices and vinegars for acid. And opt for recipes that flavor with fresh or low-sodium ingredients.

When it’s time to marinate, we recommend marinating in a sealed plastic bag, which not only holds the marinade close to the meat but also simplifies cleanup. And for food-safety reasons, don’t brush any reserved marinade onto the cooked meat. If you need the marinade for seasoning, be sure to boil it first for at least 3 minutes to be safe…..

 
Smoking Meat Brings Out New Flavor
Smoking: Wood chunks or chips infuse meat with flavor without adding calories. You can choose from mesquite, alder, maple, cedar, nut woods (such as hickory and pecan), or fruit woods (such as cherry and apple). Soak them first in water for an hour, then drain and sprinkle directly onto the coals (for gas or electric grills, put the wood in a smoker box or foil). If you’re grilling longer than an hour, plan to add more wood during cooking….

 
* Click the link below to get all the Low-Fat Ways to Add Flavor to Grilling Recipes

 
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/low-fat/low-fat-ways-to-add-flavor-to-grilling-recipes?sssdmh=dm17.743771&esrc=nwdlo061714

Healthy Grilled Kabob & Skewer Recipes

July 1, 2014 at 7:05 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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It’s grilling favorites from the Diabetic Living On Line website, Healthy Grilled Kabob & Skewer Recipes. The link to see them all is at the bottom of the post.

 

 

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Kabobs are easy to throw together for a summertime grilled meal. The options are endless for what you can add to the skewers — just mix and match your favorite vegetables and fruits with a healthy protein, such as chicken or shrimp. Enjoy 25 of our favorite boldly flavored kabobs.

 
Tandoori Turkey Kabobs with Couscous
Give grilled lean turkey exotic flair. Jalapeno, garam masala, and mint add traditional Indian flavors to these marinated kabobs, and whole wheat couscous will fill you up without feeling stuffed…..

 

 

Peaches and Pound Cake Kabobs
Assemble and grill this fruity diabetic snack in just 15 minutes using fresh or frozen peach wedges and cubes of pound cake. Choose Splenda Granular or Sweet’N Low for a sugar substitute to cut calories…..

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Grilled Kabob & Skewer Recipes

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/main-dishes/healthy-grilled-kabob-skewer-recipes?sssdmh=dm17.743771&esrc=nwdlo061714

Foods You Thought Were Healthy — But Aren’t!

June 26, 2014 at 8:58 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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And all this time I thought those Extra Large Pizzas were healthy! Very good article loaded with tips and recipes to help keep your sugar, carbs, and weight in check. All from the Diabetic Living On Line web site.

 

 

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Foods You Thought Were Healthy — But Aren’t!
Choosing healthy foods is top of mind every day. But what if the foods you’ve been eating are less healthy than you think? Diabetic Living uncovers why these foods might sabotage your diabetes eating plan and offers healthier alternatives.

 

Foods You Thought Were Healthy
Some foods are obvious healthy choices — fresh blueberries, leafy spinach, grilled chicken. But some foods have a “healthy” halo even though they may be high in calories, fat, or carbohydrate.

The following 10 “healthy foods” aren’t as nutritious as you might think, so Diabetic Living helps you find ways to make over these foods with delicious, taste-tested, and dietitian-approved recipes you can make at home.

The same smart-eating guidelines apply to eating healthy foods as to any other food: Control your portions, read the nutrition information if it has a nutrition facts label, and choose light or low-fat toppings. Being aware of what you eat is always a good choice.

 
Calorie-Packed Sandwiches
As a classic lunch favorite, a sandwich can be a healthy option. But just putting the fixings between two slices of whole grain bread does not make a good-for-you meal. What you put in the middle also matters. Bacon, mayonnaise, ranch dressing, and full-fat cheese can add hefty amounts of fat and calories. A 6-inch tuna salad sandwich from Subway, for example, has 530 calories, 30 grams of fat (6 grams of saturated fat), and 46 grams of carb. And that’s before you add cheese or any other toppings!

Sodium content is also important to watch in deli meats, such as pastrami, and many cheeses, especially if you have high blood pressure…..

 
Make It a Healthy Sandwich
Choosing a sandwich with lots of nonstarchy vegetables, which are very low in carbohydrate, can reduce the amount of calories you eat yet help fill you up. Also, by topping a sandwich with veggies instead of extra meat and cheese, you’ll lower the sodium count…..

 
* Click the link below to read the entire article.

 
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/foods-you-thought-were-healthy-arent?sssdmh=dm17.742016&esrc=nwdlo061014

Top 10 Foods You Should Eat This Summer

June 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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If you’re wondering what the best foods are to eat with diabetes this summer, check out our top picks for fresh and flavorful summer eats that will keep you cool and your body nourished.

 
Summer Power Foods
From fresh fruits to sizzling vegetables, you’ll love knowing that you’re taking care of your body and your diabetes while feasting on the power foods of summer. Visit your local farmer’s markets for the best in seasonal fare.

 
Watermelon
Refreshing, tasty, and hydrating, watermelon needs no dressing up to provide the nutrition and flavors we crave. Summertime is when watermelons are best in quality and price. Watermelons come in all shapes and sizes, and they have thick green rinds that are spotted or striped.

The inflammation-fighting antioxidants in watermelon may reduce risk of complications of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and arthritis. Watermelon is also high in vitamins C and A (in the form of beta-carotene) and the antioxidant lycopene, known for reducing risk of macular degeneration and prostate cancer. Potassium, which helps muscle and nerve function, regulation of the body’s electrolyte and acid-base balance, and reduction of high blood pressure risk, is also a benefit from eating watermelon.

With about 92 percent of weight coming from water, watermelon also contributes to fluid intake — especially important during warm weather. Even with its sweet taste, watermelon fits into a diabetic meal plan.

One cup of watermelon has 45 calories and 12 grams of carb. Most watermelons purchased in the West are grown in California and Arizona; Florida, Texas, and Georgia are also leading producer states……

 

* Click the link below to get the Top 10 Foods You Should Eat This Summer

 
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/top-10-foods-you-should-eat-summer?sssdmh=dm17.742016&esrc=nwdlo061014

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