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If you got to snack, and most of us do, do it smarter! Smart Ways to Satisfy Snack Cravings from the Diabetic Living On Line website.
Choose This, Not That Diabetic Snacks
When sugary, fatty, or salty treats seem to be calling your name, it can be tough to resist them. With a little creativity, you can satisfy your cravings with healthy snacks for diabetes. Here we show you how to bypass some of the most tempting snacks while still treating your taste buds and boosting your daily nutrition.
Smart Ways to Satisfy Snack Cravings
Managing weight and blood sugar would be easier if we craved cauliflower, chicken breasts, and kale instead of cake, chips, and cheesy crackers. Although you probably won’t bypass every tempting food that comes your way, the more often you make a smart swap, the better off your health will be. Here we tackle some of the biggest snack temptations shared by Diabetic Living readers.
Choose Frozen Low-Fat Greek Yogurt Over Gourmet Ice Cream
Choose This: Strawberry frozen low-fat Greek yogurt (1/2 cup = 130 cal., 19 g carb., 2.5 g fat, 7 g pro.)
Not That: Strawberry gourmet ice cream (1/2 cup = 240 cal., 22 g carb., 15 g fat, 4 g pro.)
When you want a smooth and creamy frozen dessert, pass up high-fat gourmet ice cream for frozen Greek yogurt. This low-fat swap cuts the calories in half. Plus, frozen Greek yogurt is higher in hunger-satisfying protein and has gut-loving probiotics not found in ice cream…..
Choose Cauliflower Popcorn Over Buttered Popcorn
Choose This: Cauliflower popcorn (Break a head of cauliflower into popcornlike, bite-size florets, then spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spray the cauliflower lightly with butter-flavor cooking spray, then sprinkle lightly with turmeric, freshly ground pepper, and sea salt. Bake 20 to 30 minutes at 425 degrees F or until the cauliflower is slightly browned.) (1 cup = 29 cal., 5 g carb., 0 g fat, 2 g pro.)
Not That: Buttered popcorn (1 cup popped = 45 cal., 5 g carb., 3 g fat, 1 g pro.)
Sure, you could swap buttered popcorn for air-popped to cut the fat, but this twist on popcorn sneaks in a veggie serving and gives you 75 percent of your daily vitamin C. Although the calorie savings may seem small at first glance, keep in mind that people typically eat several cups of popcorn at a time…..
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It’s Diabetic Living On Line’s; Our Favorite Diabetic Recipes for Winter. The link for all of them is at the bottom of the post, Enjoy!
Our Favorite Diabetic Recipes for Winter
Get ready to settle in for the season with our ultimate winter recipes. This mouthwatering collection will keep you busy in the warmth of your kitchen making simply delicious pastas, chicken dishes, spiced desserts, and more that will knock your cozy socks off.
Chicken and Broccolini Cavatelli
Opting for skinless chicken breast is an easy way to reduce fat and calories in this protein-packed dish. Add pasta and Broccolini, a softer and sweeter-tasting cousin to broccoli with longer stems and shorter florets, for a nutrient-rich Italian meal bursting with authentic flavor…..
Roasted Heirloom Squash with Sea Salt and Local Honey
This gorgeous roasted vegetable recipe is sweetened with honey and garnished with herbs and sea salt. You’ll love the colors and variety this low-calorie side dish brings to a meal. ….
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Liven up those Winter Days with 10 Power Foods You Should Eat This Winter. It’s all from the Diabetic Living On Line web site.
New Year, New You
Boost your health this season with the freshest winter ingredients. Learn which foods are at their peak during these chilly months, as well as how to pick them, how to cook them, and why they’re healthy. These foods are easy to incorporate into a diabetes meal plan and will tantalize your taste buds all winter long.
These small bulbs grow along stalks and have a taste and texture similar to cabbage. Brussels sprouts take a long time to grow and are best harvested in winter. In the produce aisle, look for sprouts that are green with little yellowing. To prepare this delicate vegetable, use fresh Brussels sprouts (refrigerate them for up to two days); rinse with cool water and remove the outer leaves…….
The edible seeds of a pomegranate are the real fruit of this dry-climate-grown produce. In the United States, pomegranates are typically grown in California and Arizona, where humidity is scarce. The bright red seeds are surrounded by membranes inside and protected by a thick and colorful skin…….
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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.
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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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 guide 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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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!
Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes
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…..
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…..
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Help to control those portions from the Diabetic Living On Line web site!
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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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.
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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Tags: Apples, Baking, Cinnamon, Cooking, Dates, dessert, Diabetes, Diabetes Friendly, Food, Nutmeg
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.
Tags: Apple Sauce, Baking, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake, dessert, Diabetic Friendly, Walnuts
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
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.