Kitchen Hints of the Day!

August 26, 2015 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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A few things to remember if you’re watching carbs…….


* For snacks make them protein-rich. Hard-boiled eggs, slices of hard cheese, a handful of nuts.


* Be aware that ‘diet’, ‘light’ or ‘no added sugar’ products, especially drinks, may still contain more carbs than you can afford to spend.


* Of course, not all carbohydrates are created equal. There are good carbs (whole grains, fruit, legumes) and there are bad carbs (white flour, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white rice.)


* Not all vegetables are low in carbs. Certain vegetables should be avoided if you’re looking to go low-carb. Examples include starchy or sweet-tasting veggies like peas, corn, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

Kitchen Hints of the Day!

August 8, 2015 at 5:19 AM | Posted in Kraft Cheese | Leave a comment
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When watching Carbs due to Diabetes, keep these Hints in mind…….

* Try low fat cheeses, skim or low-fat milk, and low-fat and non-fat yogurt.
* Use evaporated skim milk when making cream sauces.
* Cook with an egg substitute.

Easy Low-Carb Snack Ideas

June 4, 2015 at 5:13 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Help beat those snack cravings with these Easy Low-Carb Snack Ideas. It’s from the Diabetic Living On Line website, Enjoy!

Easy Low-Carb Snack Ideas
If your next meal seems hours away, choose one of these diabetic snacks to ease those hunger pains. A cinch to put together, each snack idea has 15-20 grams of carb per serving.
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If you need a pick-me-up between meals, a snack with 15-20 grams of carbohydrate is often the answer. For someone with diabetes, it’s important to eat a fiber-filled and nutrient-rich snack to curb the appetite before the next meal, says Angela Ginn-Meadow, a registered dietitian and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Talk to your health care provider about whether a snack will work in your meal plan.


Grapes and Grahams

Want a crunchy, sweet treat that’s quick and easy to whip together? Spread 1 tablespoon light cream cheese on 2 graham crackersquares and top with 1/4 cup halved grapes…..



Fruit and Nut Yogurt

Need a snack that will help you go the extra mile? Sprinkle 1 tablespoon dried cranberries and 1 tablespoon toasted slivered almonds atop a 6-ounce carton of plain fat-free Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has more protein than its regular counterpart to keep you satisfied longer, and the sweet cranberries will balance the tangy zip of the yogurt…..



Cereal Nut Mix

Get a good dose of fiber by mixing 1/2 cup unsweetened miniature shredded wheat cereal, 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, and 1 tablespoon roasted pistachio nuts. By using unsalted nuts, you’ll keep the sodium to a record low of 2 milligrams…..



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22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes

May 15, 2015 at 5:15 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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Here’s some help to alert you on 22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes. It’s from the Diabetic Living On Line website, which is stocked full of Diabetic Friendly Recipes.



22 Foods to Avoid with Diabetes
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.
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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.




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…..
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…..



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Better Than Takeout: 30-Minute, Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes

May 9, 2015 at 5:10 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Forget about takeout food! From the EatingWell website, Better Than Takeout: 30-Minute, Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes.

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These easy 30-minute meals are quicker and tastier than takeout and they’re better for you too.
The next time you’re thinking about ordering takeout, put down the phone and start cooking one of our delicious 30-minute dinners. Each of these healthy dinner recipes has 350 calories or less and is ready in under 30 minutes. Our low-calorie pizza recipes, Mexican recipes, Chinese recipes and more are healthier than takeout⎯and you’ll save money and cut calories with these healthier options for dinner.

Sichuan-Style Chicken with Peanuts
The piquant Sichuan Sauce (which doubles easily) works well with almost any stir-fry but particularly enhances dishes with meat, fish and poultry. When stir-frying chicken, always spread the pieces in the wok and let them cook undisturbed for 1 minute before stirring. This allows the chicken to sear and prevents sticking. To smash the ginger, use the side of a cleaver or chef’s knife…..

Black Bean & Salmon Tostadas
Pickled jalapeños, cilantro and avocado perk up convenient canned salmon for a quick tostada topping. Skip store-bought and make your own crispy shells in the oven. Serve with: Brown rice cooked with diced tomatoes and onions or salsa……

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30-Minute, Low-Calorie Pasta Recipes

April 23, 2015 at 5:25 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Love Pasta but not the Calorie and Carbs that come with it? Try these 30-Minute, Low-Calorie Pasta Recipes from the EatingWell Website.



30-Minute, Low-Calorie Pasta Recipes

Quick, low-calorie pasta recipes for 350 calories or less.
Pasta is a favorite comfort food in any season─and it’s cheap and quick to prepare. Our healthy pasta dinners are an EatingWell2easy way to make a low-calorie dinner in 30 minutes or less. We love whole-wheat pasta for its extra fiber and nutrients, as well as its nutty flavor, and we pair it with lean proteins and fiber-rich vegetables for a balanced meal. Try one of our healthy pasta recipes like Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce or other pasta recipes, such as No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese or Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole, all for 350 calories or less.



Spaghetti with Quick Meat Sauce
Instead of opening a jar of sauce, try this easy spaghetti with meat sauce on a weeknight. Serve with steamed broccoli and garlic bread. The recipe makes enough for 8 servings. If you’re serving only four for dinner, cook 8 ounces of spaghetti and freeze the leftover sauce…..


Beef Chow Fun
Brown sugar added to black bean-garlic sauce is what gives this stir-fry its unmistakable Chinese takeout flavor. The recipe for beef chow fun works equally well with tofu for a vegetarian meal or boneless, skinless chicken breast. Serve with sliced cucumbers tossed with rice vinegar, sesame seeds and a pinch of salt…..



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Quick Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes

March 16, 2015 at 8:47 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Just because your in a hurry doesn’t mean you still can’t prepare a healthy meal. To help you out, from the EatingWell website it’s Quick Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes.

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Healthy dinner recipes for 350 calories or less.
It’s easy to grab takeout when you’re busy, but these low-calorie recipes are just as easy and quick to prepare so you can have a healthy dinner on the table in no time!

Hot Chile Grilled Cheese
This deconstructed version of a chile relleno turned sandwich packs some heat and an ooey-gooey filling. We like the flavor of sourdough, but any kind of bread will work well. Serve with: Coleslaw and sliced pineapple…..



Shrimp Po’ Boy
This twist on the Louisiana favorite piles grilled shrimp and creamy-dressed cabbage onto a crusty bun. Bread that’s soft on the inside and crusty on the outside is perfect for a Po’ Boy sandwich. We grill both sides of a whole-wheat bun for that added crunch. You may need a few extra napkins to enjoy it, but this quick and easy sandwich is well worth it. Serve with: Sauteed corn and bell peppers….



Chicken & White Bean Salad
Zucchini and celery give this chicken-and-bean salad a nice crunch. We like serving it over a bed of slightly bitter escarole and radicchio, but any type of salad greens will work. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell…..



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Low-Calorie Slow Cooker Recipes

December 14, 2014 at 6:57 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Your Slow Cooker Recipes have just gotten healthier! From the EatingWell website it’s Low-Calorie Slow Cooker Recipes. You have to check the EatingWell website out, it’s loaded with tips, ideas, and healthy recipes.


Low-Calorie Slow Cooker Recipes

Slim down with these satisfying slow-cooker recipes.
If you’re trying to lose weight, consider your slow cooker your new best friend. Our low-calorie slow-cooker recipes and crock-pot recipes make it easy to cook healthy, affordable meals without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Try one of our soup, stew or chili recipes for a delicious and filling dinner.



Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup
Serve this zesty bean and barley soup garnished with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired…..



Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili
Black beans, earthy mushrooms and tangy tomatillos combine with a variety of spices and smoky chipotles to create a fantastic full-flavored chili. It can simmer in the slow cooker all day, which makes it perfect for a healthy supper when the end of your day is rushed….



Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili
Black beans, earthy mushrooms and tangy tomatillos combine with a variety of spices and smoky chipotles to create a fantastic full-flavored chili. It can simmer in the slow cooker all day, which makes it perfect for a healthy supper when the end of your day is rushed…..

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13 Healthy Holiday Swaps

December 7, 2014 at 7:17 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living On Line website it’s, 13 Healthy Holiday Swaps.


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Do you have diabetes and wonder: What can I eat at holiday parties and dinners? We have great tips to make healthier choices so you can still be festive while managing your weight and blood sugar goals.

Best Choices for Holiday Eating

The holidays are all about get-togethers with family, friends, and colleagues — and what holiday gathering would be complete without food? But there’s no need to worry about blowing your calorie and carb budget. With these 13 simple swaps, you can enjoy the holiday season confident and guilt-free.



Chip Dip

Ready to dip those chips? Choose fresh salsa over cheese dip, and you’ll save 125 calories and 12 grams of carb per 1/2 cup.

Bonus: You’ll save 4 grams of saturated fat — plus, a colorful red and green salsa is sure to complement your holiday decor…..



Skinny Shrimp

There’s no need to avoid appetizers while mingling. Save 113 calories and 1 gram of carb by selecting three jumbo shrimp and 2 tablespoons of cocktail sauce instead of three pigs in a blanket.

Bonus: In addition to saving 4.5 grams of saturated fat by choosing the shrimp, you can also be stylish — it’s hard to look holiday chic when gobbling down something called pigs in a blanket…



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Diabetic Dish of the Week – Sweet Pear and Cheese Crostini

December 2, 2014 at 6:32 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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Here’s a Diabetic Friendly Appetizer to have on hand for the Holiday’s, Sweet Pear and Cheese Crostini.


Sweet Pear and Cheese Crostini


16 3/8 – inch slice baguette-style French bread
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese or other blue cheese, crumbled
1 small ripe pear, halved, cored, and very thinly sliced
2 tablespoons flavored honey (such as French lavender honey) or regular honey
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)


Place bread slices on a large baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 30 to 60 seconds or until bread is toasted. Turn bread slices over; top bread slices with Gorgonzola. Broil for 30 to 60 seconds more or until cheese is bubbly and bread is toasted.
Top bread slices with pear slices. Lightly drizzle pear slices with honey. Arrange bread slices on a serving platter. If desired, garnish with mint sprigs. Serve immediately. Makes 16 appetizers.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 16
PER SERVING: 72 cal., 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 5 mg chol., 175 mg sodium, 10 g carb. (1 g fiber), 3 g pro.

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