Diabetic Living Magazine’s Spring Recipes

April 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM | Posted in cooking, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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Just in time for Spring from the Diabetic Living On Line web site; Diabetic Living Magazine’s Spring Recipes. I left the link to their web site which is packed full with great healthy recipes.
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Diabetic Living Magazine’s Spring RecipesDiabetic living logo

By Toni Mortensen
Loving the diabetic recipes in our spring issue? We are, too — and we’ve compiled them for an easy way to find all your favorites. Enjoy recipes for breakfasts, lunches, appetizers, and restaurant-style dinners.

 

 

Hazelnut Coffee Cake
Guests will gush over this luscious sour cream breakfast bread that’s spiced up with cinnamon and hazelnut. Serve it for brunch or as an after-dinner treat…..

 

 
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/popular/diabetic-living-magazines-spring-recipes/?sssdmh=dm17.659724&esrc=nwdlo040213

Free-Food Snacks: Low-Calorie, Low-Carb Diabetic Snacks

October 27, 2012 at 9:56 AM | Posted in cooking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, low calorie, low carb | 1 Comment
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My weekly “Pass it along” article from Diabetic Living On Line. It’s another informative one on Free-Food Snacks: Low-Calorie, Low-Carb Diabetic Snacks this week. You can read the entire article by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.
Free-Food Snacks: Low-Calorie, Low-Carb Diabetic Snacks
By Marsha McCulloch, M.S., R.D., L.D.; Reviewed by Hope S. Warshaw, R.D., CDE, BC-ADM, 2011
Free foods have less than 20 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving. Find out how to use these low-calorie and low-carb foods as healthy diabetic snacks to get you through between-meal cravings or add flavor to dishes.

Free Foods for People with Diabetes
When you have the munchies but no calories or carbohydrate grams to spare, get your fix with a free-food snack. A free food, as defined by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), is any food, drink, condiment, or seasoning that contains less than 20 calories and 5 grams or less of carb per serving.

ADA guidelines suggest you can eat up to three free-food servings per day without counting them in your diabetes meal plan. Do spread them out through the day. The small amount of carb they contain should have little impact on your blood glucose.

Before eating free foods, keep in mind that:

— Eating three free-food snacks with about 20 calories each adds up to 60 extra calories, which could ultimately impact your waistline and efforts to lose weight if you include free foods every day.

— Free foods, other than small amounts of some fruits and vegetables, contain few to no calories and minimal to no nutrition.

— If chosen wisely, free-food snacks can enhance the flavor of nutritious foods while adding minimal calories.

The following slides give you free-food snack ideas to keep your stomach satisfied without ramping up your blood sugar….

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/count-carbs/free-food-diabetic-snacks/?sssdmh=dm17.625082&esrc=nwdlo102312

Top Tips to lower your Blood Sugar

May 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | 1 Comment
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Thought I would pass these articles along from http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/?sssdmh=dm17.595934
You can read the entire article by following the link at the bottom of the post.

Take Control!
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or worried you’re at risk, you can find ways to lower your blood sugar that fit easily into a healthy lifestyle.

To Stay Well, Mix and Match a Healthy Lifestyle and Medicines

Research now shows that to stay healthy year in and year out with type 2 diabetes, you’ve got to get and keep your blood sugar, lipids (cholesterol), and blood pressure in control. That’s goal No. 1. The best recipe to tackle this? A healthy lifestyle matched with the correct mix of blood glucose-lowering medications for you at the time.

The Science: Newer studies show that by the time most people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (yes, diagnosed!), they have lost at least half of their insulin-making beta cells. For this reason, the big push today is to treat type 2 aggressively from day one. To achieve the recommended target glucose goals, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests that most people with type 2 diabetes start on a glucose-lowering medication right out of the starting gate.

In the Trenches: Yes, it’s human nature to delay starting more medications, but too many people and their health care providers are too slow to act. “Healthy eating and being physically active always help make the job of getting and keeping your glucose, lipids, and blood pressure in control easier and may help you have fewer pills to pop,” says Claudia Shwide-Slavin, RD, CDE, a dietitian and diabetes educator in New York City.

You can read the entire article by clicking the link below:

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/monitoring/blood-sugar/naturally-lower-blood-sugar/?sssdmh=dm17.595934&esrc=nwdlo051512&email=2933188293

American Diabetes Association Alert Day®

March 27, 2012 at 8:25 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | Leave a comment
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American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Held on the fourth Tuesday of every March, the next Alert Day will be held on March 27, 2012.

For every Diabetes Risk Test taken, Boar’s Head® – manufacturer of premium delicatessen products – will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association starting March 27 through April 27, 2012, up to $50,000.

The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider.

Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year-round.

What is Diabetes Alert Day?

American Diabetes Association Alert Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Why is Alert Day important?

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them – 7 million – do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes 7 to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to succesful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.
Who should participate in Alert Day?

Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at a higher risk for the disease. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7% of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/programs/alert-day/

Tip of the Day – Blood Sugar Control

January 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living On Line web site.

Blood Sugar Control: Stay Active for Your Health

The American Diabetes Association recommends accumulating 30 minutes of aerobic activity on most days and doing resistance activities (pushing, pulling, lifting) three times a week.

Exercise:
• Lowers blood glucose levels.
• Helps your body use insulin better.
• Decreases total cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats) and increases HDL (good) cholesterol.
• Decreases blood pressure.
• Fosters weight loss and maintenance.
• Increases strength, endurance, and flexibility.
• Increases energy and feelings of well-being.

http://tips.diabeticlivingonline.com/?sssdmh=dm17.570489&esrc=nwdlo010312&email=2933188293

Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes

June 30, 2011 at 7:36 AM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, vegetables | Leave a comment
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I had been showing  articles from Diabetic Living On Line on 15 Foods that were bad for Diabetes and now I’ll be showing articles on the Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes and some healthy recipes along with it. All from: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

By Lori Brookhart-Schervish; Contributing writer Marsha McCulloch, RD; Reviewed by Connie Crawley, RD, LD, 2009

Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help you meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease. Of course, the foods on this list shouldn’t be the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.

Are These Power Foods in Your Diet?

If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You’re on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood glucose levels. Plus, you’re probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.

For those who are taking the baby-steps approach to eating better, this list is even more helpful. Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.

#19 Tomatoes

The tomato is an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium and is rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that is easier for your body to absorb from cooked and processed tomatoes, such as tomato juice, than from fresh, whole tomatoes. According to Healing Gourmet: Eat to Beat Diabetes (McGraw-Hill, 2006), adding a little bit of oil while sauteing or cooking tomatoes can help aid in lycopene absorption.

Studies suggest lycopene-rich tomato products may help protect against certain types of cancer, including prostate cancer, and may offer cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory protection.

Check the Nutrition Facts food labels on packaged and canned tomato products to find those with the least sodium and sugar. Also, make sure you choose tomato sauce. The American Diabetes Association points out that tomato sauce is different than pasta or spaghetti sauces, which are categorized under starchy vegetables.

Smoky Tomato Pizza
Smoked Gouda and herbs add a sophisticated flair to this fresh tomato-topped appetizer pizza.
SERVINGS: 16 servings
CARB GRAMS PER SERVING: 16

1     16-ounce loaf frozen whole wheat bread dough, thawed
2     tablespoons cornmeal
1     tablespoon olive oil
1/8     teaspoon crushed red pepper
1     cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
6      plum tomatoes, sliced
1     small red onion, cut into very thin wedges and separated into strips
2     tablespoons snipped fresh basil or oregano
1     tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary
1/2     cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese (2 ounces)

1. On a lightly floured surface divide dough into two portions. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each dough portion into a 10- to 12-inch circle. Grease two extra-large baking sheets; sprinkle with cornmeal. Transfer dough circles to baking sheets. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 5 minutes. Remove baking sheets from oven; place on wire racks to cool.

2. Meanwhile, stir together olive oil and crushed red pepper; brush onto the crusts. Top with mozzarella cheese. Layer with the tomato slices and onion. Sprinkle basil and rosemary over tomatoes. Top with cheese. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until mozzarella cheese is melted and pizza crusts are golden brown. Cut each pizza into 8 wedges to serve. Makes 16 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

* Servings: 16 servings
* Calories135
* Total Fat (g)5
* Saturated Fat (g)2
* Cholesterol (mg)11
* Sodium (mg)262
* Carbohydrate (g)16
* Fiber (g)2
* Protein (g)8
Diabetic Exchanges
* Starch (d.e.)1
* Vegetables (d.e.).5
* Lean Meat (d.e.).5
* Fat (d.e.).5

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes

June 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM | Posted in beans, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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I had been showing  articles from Diabetic Living On Line on 15 Foods that were bad for Diabetes and now I’ll be showing articles on the Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes and some healthy recipes along with it. All from: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

By Lori Brookhart-Schervish; Contributing writer Marsha McCulloch, RD; Reviewed by Connie Crawley, RD, LD, 2009

Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help you meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease. Of course, the foods on this list shouldn’t be the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.

Are These Power Foods in Your Diet?

If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You’re on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood glucose levels. Plus, you’re probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.

For those who are taking the baby-steps approach to eating better, this list is even more helpful. Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.

#4 Beans

You can’t go wrong with beans. Beans are high in fiber and protein and are a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, which is essential for the water balance between the cells and body fluids, such as electrolyte balance. The American Heart Association recommends eating a variety of foods to get the necessary soluble and insoluble fiber needed daily–about 25 to 30 grams a day, which is twice the amount the average American adult normally consumes. One serving of navy beans is 1/2 cup and has 5.8 grams of fiber per serving.

There are so many delicious varieties of beans to choose from, such as black, kidney, garbanzo, white, lima, and pinto, finding ways to incorporate beans in your diet is a breeze. Soak and cook dry beans or use canned beans. Try substituting beans as your main protein source for lunch or dinner a couple times a week. Protein is an important part of your daily nutrition, which helps the body repair and produce cells and build muscle and bones.

The American Diabetes Association counts one serving of beans, or 1/2 cup, as one starch and one lean meat.

Beef and Black Bean Wraps

Whole wheat tortillas and black beans make this sandwich a filling, high-fiber meal with a snappy, south-of-the-border appeal. It safeguards against diabetes, strengthens the immune system, and protects against some cancers.
SERVINGS: 6 wraps
CARB GRAMS PER SERVING: 27

8     ounces lean ground beef
1     cup chopped onion
2     cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2     teaspoons ground cumin
1     teaspoon chili powder
1/2     teaspoon ground coriander
1     15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1     large tomato, chopped
1/4     teaspoon salt
1/4     teaspoon black pepper
6     8-inch whole wheat flour tortillas
1 1/2     cups shredded lettuce
1     to 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (4 to 6 ounces)
Salsa (optional)

1. In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion, and garlic for 5 minutes or until meat is brown. Drain off fat.

2. Stir in cumin, chili powder, and coriander. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in black beans, tomato, salt, and black pepper. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

3. To serve, spoon beef mixture down the center of each tortilla. Sprinkle with lettuce and cheese. Roll up. If desired, serve with salsa. Makes 6 wraps.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

* Servings: 6 wraps
* Calories267
* Total Fat (g)10
* Saturated Fat (g)5
* Monounsaturated Fat (g)3
* Cholesterol (mg)44
* Sodium (mg)593
* Carbohydrate (g)27
* Total Sugar (g)2
* Fiber (g)14
* Protein (g)19
* Vitamin C (DV%)19
* Calcium (DV%)20
* Iron (DV%)11
Diabetic Exchanges
* Starch (d.e.)1.5
* Medium-fat Meat (d.e.)2.5
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