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Healthy Desserts For Your Diabetes Diet

Healthy Desserts For Your Diabetes Diet

You might think a diabetes diagnosis means you’ll have to skip dessert forever. “Not so,” says Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, a certified diabetes educator at DuPage Medical Center in Chicago. “With a little planning, you can satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your blood sugar under control.” But just how do you do that? There are several ways. Swap Other Carbs for Dessert “Everyone focuses on the sugar, but what’s really important is the total carbohydrates,” says Rondinelli-Hamilton, author of the American Diabetes Association cookbook Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking. “If you’d like to have a small piece of pie for dessert, skip the starchy vegetable during dinner,” she says. But she’s quick to point out that this isn’t something you should do on a regular basis. “Desserts and sweets don’t have the nutritional value that other foods do, so it’s best to save them for special occasions,” she says. Think Small Along with limiting how often you have dessert, you’ll also need to limit how much you eat -- and that can be a challenge. “Sugar sets off fireworks in your brain, making you crave more,” says Jessica Bennett, RD, a dietitian at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Fighting the urge to overdo it takes a lot of effort. But there are ways to make it a little easier. “Set yourself up for success by buying desserts that are packaged as a single serving, like a sugar-free fudge pop or a small square of dark chocolate,” Rondinelli-Hamilton says. And be realistic. “If you can’t have cake in the house without eating the whole thing, don’t buy a cake,” she says. When you go out, check the menu for miniature desserts. Many restaurants now offer treats served in small dishes or shot glasses. “If that’s not Continue reading >>

Diabetic Cakes - Baking Diabetes-friendly Cakes

Diabetic Cakes - Baking Diabetes-friendly Cakes

Baking using sugar substitutes isn't impossible A lot of people with diabetes would like to know whether they can eat cakes and treats without the feeling of guilt or the sharp rise in blood sugar levels that are usually associated with these so called naughty indulgences. We bring you tips on how to modify cake recipes to lower their carbohydrate content and therefore reduce their effect on your blood sugar levels. The main suspects involved in pushing up sugar levels in cakes are sugar, flour and any additional decoration (inside or out). Download the FREE Diabetes Cookbook 2016. Sugar can be replaced with sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners , also called intense or low calorie sweeteners such as those containing saccharin, aspartame or sucralose, have a sweeter flavour than sugar and so fewer grams of sweetener may be needed to replace the grams of sugar. Check instructions on the sweetener or its accompanying website for more details of how best to use it in baking. Safety note: If you have phenylketonuria you should not consume products containing aspartame. Sugar alcohols, also known as polyols, such as: have less of an effect on blood sugar levels than sugar but can have a laxative effect and are best consumed in smaller quantities. A good replacement for flour is finely ground almonds, which you may be able to buy as almond meal and has a much lower carbohydrate content than flour so is much kinder to blood glucose levels . You can make your own almond flour by roasting and blitzing fresh almonds in a food processor. Please note that over blitzing of the almonds can see it turn to nut butter so you may need a few attempts to get the consistency right. Dont forget the baking powder or baking soda and have fun cooking. Continue reading >>

18 Soul Satisfying Diabetic-friendly Desserts

18 Soul Satisfying Diabetic-friendly Desserts

If you’re looking for diabetic desserts you’ve come to the right place. All of these desserts deliver massive satisfaction, but won’t send your blood sugar soaring. Just be sure to keep portion sizes to a reasonable amount. 1. Salted Peanut Caramel Clusters You won’t feel like you’re eating a diabetic dessert with these caramel clusters. That’s because they’re using erythritol as the sweetener, providing plenty of sugary taste without the resultant spike to your blood sugar levels. Peanuts, chocolate, cream and vanilla combine to make these a do-it-yourself answer to all of those store bought goodies that definitely don’t keep diabetics in mind. Carolyn does a great job of making these easy to make, but at the same time they come out looking like a fancy dessert or sweet snack. They’re perfect as a crunchy after dinner finish, or as a game time treat. Photo: Sweet Peas Kitchen 2. Nanaimo Bar Tart If you’re familiar with the Canadian Nanaimo bar, you’ve probably been looking for a way to make it so that it conforms to diabetic standards. Well search no more because here’s that delicious bar that keeps things diabetic-friendly, and just like the original there’s no baking required. This makes it a great dessert option for hot summer days when you just don’t feel like turning the oven on. The use of unsweetened and sugar-free items keeps this one off your diabetic radar, and means you can enjoy the taste without worrying about compromising your health. 3. Strawberry Mousse Cake Dive into this decadent strawberry mousse cake and you’ll start to wonder if you really do have diabetes. It’s the sort of cake you remember from before, but might have written off as something you just can’t have anymore. But this is a tried and true diabetes-frien Continue reading >>

Birthdays And Celebrations | Diabetic Connect

Birthdays And Celebrations | Diabetic Connect

The company I work for celebrates employee birthdays by buying a cake and gathering everyone to sing Happy Birthday and eat said cake. There have been five birthdays in the past month alone. Every time, at least four or five people will offer me cake. I always politely refuse and when questioned say that I do not want cake because I have diabetes. This seems to spark a whole uproar where people try to force me to take a slice of cake, saying "one piece won't kill you!" or "you can go off your diet once in a while, right?" Sometimes people think it's rude and get offended when I refuse the cake and ice cream. My question is, why the hell do these people think it's acceptable to try to get me to eat cake or ice cream or pie or bagels or whatever carb loaded, sugary thing they bring into the office?! I am always polite when I turn down their offers, but it really gets to me sometimes. Now, my coworkers are questioning what they can bring for my birthday. They ask, "well, what CAN you eat?" Like I'm reatricted to celery and water or something crazy like that. One person even went so far as to suggest they bring a veggie plate for me and a cake for everyone else! I'm just so frustrated with constantly having to explain my food choices and defend myself against their ignorance. Does anyone else deal with this stupidity? What do you say to people? If you are so polite why can't you tell them what you can eat? I did and they had gluten free and sugar free cupcakes for me and the other diabetics as well as the people who are gluten free. There was also regular cake. Part of this is your fault. You can't blame them entirely. Simply explain to them what diabetes really is and tell them what to bring so you can be a part of the festivities. Sometimes diabetics bring problems onto Continue reading >>

Our Best Birthday Cakes

Our Best Birthday Cakes

Diabetic Living / Diabetic Recipes / Dessert Make a wish! What better way to celebrate another year than with a delicious birthday cake? Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly diabetic birthday cakes, plus delicious treats that will bring out the kid in you. Surprise! Yes, this red velvet cupcake recipe is diabetes-friendly and makes perfect personalized cupcakes for any special occasion, including birthdays and weddings. Diabetes Recipes , Diabetes Desserts , Popular Diabetic Recipes Our cute cupcake critter is crawling by to wish your wee ones a happy birthday. Kids will love to help decorate this low-carb, low-cal treat with their birthday party guests. Diabetes Recipes , Diabetes Desserts , Popular Diabetic Recipes You'll feel like a kid again with our diabetes-friendly version of this ice cream parlor favorite. As fun as it is scrumptious, this cake is also low in calories -- even with a cherry on top. Diabetes Recipes , Diabetes Desserts , Popular Diabetic Recipes Bejeweled cookies are the key to this regal diabetic dessert. Customize the shapes and colors to please any birthday royalty, be it king, queen, prince, or princess! Diabetes Recipes , Diabetes Desserts , Popular Diabetic Recipes Surprise! Your birthday guests will be delighted to discover that concealed inside these charming sprinkle cones are actually low-carb cupcakes with a delicious strawberry filling. Diabetes Recipes , Diabetes Desserts , Popular Diabetic Recipes Brighten up a birthday with this light and fluffy cake The zesty lemon-flavored whipped topping will delight your guests and keep the party going! Diabetes Recipes , Diabetes Desserts , Popular Diabetic Recipes Juicy raspberries, rich mocha ice cream, and moist brownies stack up to create a truly decadent reduced-calorie dessert. Thi Continue reading >>

How Do I Make A Sugar Free Diabetic Birthday Cake?

How Do I Make A Sugar Free Diabetic Birthday Cake?

Sugar-free cakes allow diabetics to enjoy culinary yumminess. How do I Make a Sugar Free Diabetic Birthday Cake? Piper Li, a professional freelance writer, began writing in 1989. Her articles appear online at Biz Mojo, Walden University and various other websites. She is the co-editor for "Kansas Women: Focus on Health." With a bachelor's degree in journalism from Mesa State, Li enjoys writing about health, horticulture and business management. Sweet foods, such as cakes and desserts, often contain large amounts of sugar and carbohydrates. While too many sweets are unhealthy for most people, individuals with diabetes must be extra cautious about their overall carbohydrate intake. Using sugar-free ingredients allows you to bake a cake that everyone can eat, including diabetics. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place an oven rack in the center of your oven to ensure even heat when baking the cake. Spray nonstick cooking spray into a small baking pan that measures 8 inches square by 2 inches deep. For a double-layer birthday cake, prepare two cake pans and double the basic recipe. Mix 1 egg, 2 tbsp. low-fat milk, 3 tbsp. softened margarine and 3/4 cup granulated sugar substitute, such as the herbal sweetener stevia. In a separate bowl, blend together 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture. Beat the ingredients until smooth. Add 1 to 2 tsp. of sugar-free decorative sprinkles to add a festive flair to the birthday cake. Otherwise, sprinkle in 1/4 cup of sugar-free baking bits in flavors like cherry, chocolate or peanut butter. For a fruit-type cake, use 2 cups sliced apples lightly sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon. Use a wooden spoon to turn the additives gently into the prepared cake batter. Scoop the cake Continue reading >>

Delicious Diabetic Birthday Cake Recipe

Delicious Diabetic Birthday Cake Recipe

This delicious Diabetic Birthday Cake Recipe has a sugar free vanilla cake with sugar free chocolate frosting. A decadent and tasty dessert for everyone! Delicious Diabetic Birthday Cake Recipe What is it about Birthday cakes that makes them so special and delicious? It’s just 2-3 layers of sponge cake and some frosting on top. To me, they’re my favorite ones. I guess these kinds of desserts are more about nostalgia. I still remember blowing the candles in the presence of my loved ones. Of all the childhood memories one may have, blowing the candles on your birthday cake will always be one of them. This amazing Diabetic Birthday Cake Recipe is super easy to make, uses regular ingredients and everybody will love it. I made it last night and gave it to my husband and my in-laws, they were drooling and complimenting on how great it tasted. When I told them that this cake was sugar-free they couldn’t believe it. Of course, they went for seconds. I can imagine adjusting your diet must be hard since everything has so much ADDED sugar! including things one may not think of, for instance: spaghetti sauce, bread, yogurt (even the non-flavored Greek one), BBQ Sauce, dried fruits, etc. This Diabetic Birthday Cake Recipe is so delicious because it has a spongy and very moist vanilla cake and a fudgy and addicting chocolate fudge frosting that is finger-licking good. Last week I made a Diabetic Lasagna Recipe that would go great as the main course of your party. I used Swerve sweetener which is a great sugar substitute for the sponge cake part. You can also use Splenda baking blend or any of the usual sugar replacements you are used to cooking with. This Diabetic Birthday Cake Recipe is on the small side. It’s only 6 inches in diameter, which is perfect for a small gathering Continue reading >>

10 Cute, Creative Birthday Cake Alternatives

10 Cute, Creative Birthday Cake Alternatives

10 Cute, Creative Birthday Cake Alternatives Get a print subscription to Reader's Digest and instantly enjoy free digital access on any device. Instead of blowing out the candles on a traditional birthday cake this year, why not celebrate with these deliciously fun (and unexpected) desserts! These sweet treats from Living the Pie Life are an impressive crowd pleaser. Craving the sweet flavor of vanilla cake? Make a batch of these birthday pudding cookies by Living Better Together . Go heavy on the sprinkles! You can't really go wrong by putting "oreo" and "cheesecake" into the same recipe. Here, Delicious by Dre transforms these dessert staples into a fantastic birthday cake alternative. Courtesy Carrie Sellman for TheCakeBlog.com The only thing better than a cake made from giant chocolate chip cookies? Smooth buttercream between each of the 12 layers, as done here by The Cake Blog . You're going to need a cold glass of milk to wash this one down. Attention Cinnabon fans! For a birthday indulgence, layer these cinnamon buns with cream cheese frosting like 1 Fine Cookie does here. It may be hard to believe, but these are made with some healthy ingredients. Kate from i heart eating includes ingredients like Greek yogurt and low-fat milk to cut some calories. You may not be able to wait until your next birthday to make Take a Megabite's incredible crepe cake. Feeling creative? Add a layer for each year older you are. Sally's Baking Addiction shows how to transform a simple sugar cookie recipe into a delicious, colorful cake. Continue reading >>

Super-low-carb & Gluten-free Diabetic Chocolate Cake

Super-low-carb & Gluten-free Diabetic Chocolate Cake

Helen January 7, 2016 baking , desserts , parve A few days before my father-in-laws 94th birthday, DH set me a challenge. HisDad was recently diagnosed withType 2 diabetes, but, being in his nineties, hes finding it a little hard to adapt to his new eating regime. In particular, after 93 years of eating cake, biscuits, sweets, chocolates etc., hes developed something of a fondness for them. And hasnt taken kindly to the idea of giving them up. So, as a birthday treat, DH wanted me to create a birthday cake that his diabetic Dad would be able to eat a large helping of and even have seconds! without any worries at all. A sugar-free, low-carb birthday cake. How hard could it be?! I have a huge bag of coconut flour, so decided to use that instead of wheat flour as it is significantly lower in carbohydrate, not least because you only need to use a fraction of the amount. But cake needs sugar, right? Or at least sweetener. I considered my alternatives Fructose (aka fruit sugar) is easier for some diabetics to metabolise, but is still a carbohydrate and most importantly, doesnt work well in baking. Xylitol, which Ive used in limited amounts before, is not metabolised, so doesnt count as a dietary carbohydrate. Its OK, but can cause tummy upsets in large quantities not what you want from a birthday cake, really. Stevia, which comes in various formulations, but is much sweeter than sugar so cant be substituted into a recipe easily. Erythritol, which is a sugar-alcohol like xylitol, and also is notmetabolised, so counts as zero dietary carbs. It doesnt have the side-effects of other similar products, and can be substituted 1:1 for sugar. Bingo! A browse of the health food shop shelves and Id bought a tub of Natvia which is almost entirely erythritol plus a teeny tiny bit of stev Continue reading >>

5 Healthy Alternatives To Birthday Cake

5 Healthy Alternatives To Birthday Cake

So you (or someone you know) has a birthday to celebrate! Congrats! Birthday cake is pretty much an automatic element of most birthday celebrations. But dont get stuck this year! Celebrate life by choosing life-giving foods and activities that will actually power you into the new year instead of draggin you down! A fruit-based birthday cake is a festive nod to the tradition of birthday cake that still provides a nutritious boost to your body! Watermelons are the most popular for their size, but any type of melon will work, including cantaloupes and honeydew melons. These recipes are very simple. A quick search on the Internet will totally have you inspired. Youre only limited by your creativity for decorating them! Look for in-season fruits and maybe even add some colorful, naturally sweeter veggies such as carrots. Hey, a guy can dream. My wife is seriously a n ice-cream-making rockstar . I mean, if there was a degree in making nice cream, shed have a Ph.D! It is a fun twist on the dairy-filled ice cream that your body does NOT love, and it packs you full of nutrients and good carbs! Nice Cream: A creamy, dairy-free ice cream alternative made from frozen bananas. A vegan-friendly, plant-powered soft serve option! Eliza will tell you the ripe bananas with the dark spots are perfect for this! If you dont like the texture or taste of super soft bananas, this is a great way to get the unique nutrient profile of super ripe bananas in your diet! The dark spots mean your bananas have ripened to create tumor necrosis factors (TNF), which fight abnormal cells in your body by stimulating the production of white blood cells. No, TNF doesnt cure cancer as some articles circulating the Internet claim, but it they do give one heck of a boost to your immune system! Toppings can incl Continue reading >>

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A Sweet Life A diabetes-friendly diet calls for healthy carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables, and an eschewing of sodium, saturated fats and trans fats. One might think that this poses a problem when it comes time for dessert, but with some careful planning, desserts for those suffering from this disease can be as tasty as they are healthy. Generally speaking, baked goods are super-high in trans fats, no thanks to cups upon cups of white sugar, and sticks upon sticks of butter. But replacing these less-than-ideal ingredients with healthier alternatives is easy. Diabetic desserts often include dates, oats, and peanut butter. And don’t fret: chocolate is definitely not off-limits. We put together the best diabetes-friendly desserts we could find on diabetic food blogs. Check it out!: Continue reading >>

Sugar & Sweetener Free Birthday Cake

Sugar & Sweetener Free Birthday Cake

I wanted to make a sugar free cake for my daughters birthday. So I had a search online. Seems simple enough. Except, do you have any idea how hard it is to find agenuinely sugar free birthday cake recipe for young children? Seriously, Google it. Itll come up with hundreds of seemingly perfect options. And then you read the ingredients. Honey. Maple Syrup. Dates. Dried fruit. Fruit juice. I get that these are more appealing to give to children than caster sugar. They seem innocent enough. And for a celebration? Why not? Justdont call them sugar free!! These ingredients areall forms of sugar! I was getting really fed up of finding nothing. I was not entirely unhappywith the thought of giving my daughter a slightlysugary cake for her birthday. After all, its a celebration! But I dont see why a celebrationhas to include sugar . I dont understand why I will be judged asdepriving my child if I do not serve her sugar-laden treats and drinks on those days. So I wanted to do my best to try and find a totally sugar free cake before resorting to sugar. After all, my daughter is used to less-than-sweet treats, so why not give her something that she will truly enjoy without it being sugar-laden? As I was getting ready to give up, I came across a recipe for a totally sugar and sweetener free banana cake that looked good and had some great comments. It wasnt exactly what I was looking for, but was close, so I adapted it for my daughter and our family coming over, and it was a success all round! The World Health Organisation recommends that adults have less than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day (up to 9 for men), and that children have a maximum of 3 teaspoons a day. However, they make it clear that this is children from age 4, and kids under that should not have any sugar at all if possibl Continue reading >>

Can A Diabetic Have Birthday Cake?

Can A Diabetic Have Birthday Cake?

By Ward Alper in Blog: Notes & Recipes From THE DECADENT DIABETIC On April 10, 2014 My brother in law, Jack was diagnosed with Diabetes about six months ago. He has been a real champ about managing his disease and is doing really well. We are a closely knit family and always gather together to celebrate family birthdays. Next week is his birthday. Is there a birthday cake that I can make that will be ok with his diet and still taste good enough for the rest of the family? I dont want him to feel left out, but also dont want him to feel worse because the rest of the family has to eat some dried out tasteless cake just because of him. Do you have any suggestions for a cake that will make everybody happy? First of all, what a great sister you are to make sure he is included in your family tradition. Feeling normal is a big part of a diabetics incentive to control their disease while bolstering their self-esteem. GREAT NEWS! Yes indeed there are a number of my recipes that will fit the bill. If you and your brother in law are not caught up in NOT eating artificial sweeteners, many of my cake recipes make great birthday cakes. Ground nuts are a big part of all my cake recipes. By substituting nuts for some of the flour in the recipe you lower the carbohydrates. It also adds a lot of flavor. You can use almond flour instead of the ground nuts. I find it too expensive and it spoils faster than just toasting and grinding a few nuts as you need them. I share with her, and now with you, some recipes from my sites for cakes perfect for a birthday. Everything from a plain simple cake to an over the top cream confection. All are less than 15 grams of carbohydrates for a very decent size piece. Not a sliver mind you, but a slice. The Orange cake, chocolate cake, and pineapple carrot Continue reading >>

A Basic And Easy Sugar Free Yellow Cake Recipe

A Basic And Easy Sugar Free Yellow Cake Recipe

At some time or another, we need to use a Sugar Free Yellow Cake Recipe This is the cake that we make when we want to bake a cake for a birthday, celebration, or simply for someone special. After all, not everyone wants chocolate or 'Devils's Food' cake all of the time. A Basic and Easy Sugar Free Yellow Cake Recipe Yellow cake is that standard cake that we have all enjoyed at some time or another. It seems as if we always ate frosted yellow cake cupcakes at birthday parties as a kid. This is because the yellow cake is the cake that most everyone can agree upon. It is the vanilla ice cream of the cake world. What I like about yellow cake is that it can be dressed up in so many ways. Unlike a chocolate cake, a yellow cake can be paired with any frosting. You can also decorate a yellow cake easily with colorful items like flowers and fruit. Thankfully, a yellow cake can be made without added sugar. I like to say that it is possible to have your cake and eat it sugar free too. However, even though this cake has no added sugar in it, this cake still tastes pretty good. This is a basic yellow cake recipe that has a sugar alternative rather than sugar in it. I use Splenda in my basic sugar free yellow cake. You are welcome to use the sugar alternative of your choice as long as you use the equivalent to sugar amount. To make a layer cake, use two 8" round cake pans. I've recently discovered silicon cake pans. They are super cheap and so easy to use. Cleaning the silicon pans is a breeze as well. Silicon cake pans can be easily found on Amazon. However, you can use the cake pan of your choice. Frosting this cake can also be done sugar free. I have a couple of great recipes for cake on this site. There is a sugar free chocolate buttercream recipe. A sugar free cocoa icing recipe Continue reading >>

Diabetic Birthday Cake Recipes

Diabetic Birthday Cake Recipes

Member Recipes for Diabetic Birthday Cake My traditional Birthday Cake.Submitted by: BUDGETMOM CALORIES: 172.3 | FAT: 6.7g | PROTEIN: 3g | CARBS: 25.4g | FIBER: 0.4g Full ingredient & nutrition information of the Yellow Cake Calories Cake I'm making for my sisters birthdaySubmitted by: BRONTE7723 CALORIES: 229.4 | FAT: 9.7g | PROTEIN: 3.4g | CARBS: 33.5g | FIBER: 0.9g Full ingredient & nutrition information of the Banana Cake Calories A delicious moist cake that is made birthdays, easter, whenever. It's that good!Submitted by: HAMB0NE82 CALORIES: 341.7 | FAT: 14.6g | PROTEIN: 5.6g | CARBS: 46.6g | FIBER: 1.1g Full ingredient & nutrition information of the Jell-O Cake Calories I created this recipe as a birthday cake for my daughter's first birthday using all organic ingredients, something healthy but still a treat! Yum! Make with my Cream Cheese Frosting.Submitted by: MAMAAIDAN CALORIES: 167.9 | FAT: 5.5g | PROTEIN: 3.5g | CARBS: 28.2g | FIBER: 2.6g Full ingredient & nutrition information of the Carrot-Banana-Zucchinni Cake (Healthy!) Calories Continue reading >>

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