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20 Tasty Diabetic-friendly Recipes

20 Tasty Diabetic-friendly Recipes

Indulge in these diabetic-friendly dishes Not all low-carb, low-sugar meals have to be tasteless. Check out this collection of recipes to find a dish perfect for every course. Applesauce Pancakes Trading butter for applesauce is a healthy way to cut out excess fat and still enjoy the sweetness of pancakes. Try this recipe: Applesauce Pancakes Continue reading >>

Easy Lunch Ideas For Tweens (with Carb Counts For Type 1 Diabetic Kids)

Easy Lunch Ideas For Tweens (with Carb Counts For Type 1 Diabetic Kids)

We’re two months into the school year and I’ve discovered the secret to getting tweens to eat their lunch — pack as few items as possible! Really pack their nutrition into their foods (or teach them to make their own lunches!) This post for any kid eating lunch or Type 1 Diabetics, like my 12 year old. He’s in sixth grade and besides running to the nurse to take his insulin, he has almost no time to eat when he gets back upstairs. Which means I can’t pack a big lunch, but I have to pack a main, a snack or two, and a milk. Counting carbs for him is actually pretty easy – I try to shoot for 66 carbs per meal. Yogurts and containers of milk are pretty easy for him to enjoy quickly (and a great way to get protein with carbs in) so I try to include at least one of those every day. As much as I would love to tell you to get some veggies in your lunches, if it’s not in his sandwich or wrap, he’s not going to eat it. But I always include vegetables at home and he takes vitamins. With my son’s recent Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis, I have enough to worry about, I can’t stress about his lunches having every single food group! So I include carbs, fats, and protein (and make one of his choices a fruit every day). Fruits have carbs, so an apple, clementine, or berries is a good choice — bananas are very high in carbs, so I tend not to include them. I will give him 1/2 a banana sometimes, but usually only at home. Easy Lunch Ideas for Tweens (with Carb Counts for Type 1 Diabetic Kids) Here are some of our recent lunches. Lunch #1: Uncured salami, Sabra Hummus mini container (9 carbs), romaine lettuce (1), Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran Lavash (17 carbs for a huge piece), Chobani Tube (6 carbs), Clementine (9 carbs), milk (13). The total is 64 carbs. Lunch #2: Maia Pomegra Continue reading >>

Can Lunch Packing On A Diabetic Diet Be Fun?

Can Lunch Packing On A Diabetic Diet Be Fun?

Laura Folos, who blogs at My 3 Ring Circus, is a busy young mom who was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Portion control and specific diabetic diet plans aren’t what most would describe as ‘fun’, but when Laura told me what a difference my EasyLunchbox System was making in her life now that her eating had to be regimented and restrictive, I asked if she would share her story. I thought it could be encouraging to those who have medical conditions or allergies that require them to carefully plan and pack meals ahead. So, dear Lunchers, here’s Laura’s story in her own words: All of my life, I’ve battled with healthy eating and what tastes good…as well as how to make it fun to eat. So, when I was diagnosed with what appeared to be type 2 diabetes (I have recently been told I’ve got type 1.5 – originally presents as type 2, but has shades of type 1 in there – so, hence, the 1.5…) three days after my 33rd birthday, I was not only crushed, but I was given a list of everything I’d have to lose in my food library. I was told to drop my carb intake significantly and count every. single. thing. that went into my mouth. I went on the usual purging of all carb-y stuff in my house and tried to cold turkey bagels. Yeah. That went well. You try and tell a girl from NY that she can’t have a bagel. It just doesn’t happen. But then, I resigned myself to being a bit more sensible. I started baggie-ing my lunches. Some carrots in this baggie, some popcorn in that one, some protein in this one, and usually a drink to go with it. It became annoying, and I think I made more visits to the dollar store to stock up on baggies than I care to admit. Since this got so everloving annoying, I quickly tired of the entire regime, and stopped. It wasn’t a cold turkey Continue reading >>

Lunch Menu For A Diabetic

Lunch Menu For A Diabetic

Following a diabetic meal plan isn't about being deprived, assures the American Diabetes Association. Instead, you make informed choices about what foods can enhance your health while helping you control weight and blood sugar. All healthy diets should include grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein sources and calcium-rich foods daily. A diabetic menu -- including one for lunchtime -- emphasizes certain foods from each of these categories. Ask your doctor or a nutritionist if you need help developing a diabetic-friendly meal plan that fits your lifestyle. Video of the Day The ADA recommends that about half of a healthy diabetic meal should consist of nonstarchy vegetables. These have fewer total carbohydrates and more fiber than starchy vegetables such as corn or potatoes, meaning they won't cause dramatic spikes in your blood sugar level. Nonstarchy vegetable choices include asparagus, cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes, all types of lettuce, cabbage and carrots. A typical lunch for a diabetic might start with a large salad of mixed greens and chopped, raw vegetables, topped with a sugar-free vinaigrette. About 25 percent of the ideal lunch for a diabetic should be grains or high-starch vegetables, beans or legumes. Skip products made with refined grains like white-flour bread or white rice in favor of whole grain items such as whole-wheat bread, whole-grain pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, barley or quinoa, all of which have a low glycemic index and can help keep your blood sugar level steady. Along with your lunch salad, try seasoned black beans wrapped into a whole-wheat tortilla along with your choice of vegetables. A rich source of protein should take up the remaining 25 percent of a healthy diabetic lunch. Choose skinless poultry, fish, shellfish, nuts and seeds, soy pr Continue reading >>

8 Awesome Diabetes Friendly Lunches That Are Easy For Work

8 Awesome Diabetes Friendly Lunches That Are Easy For Work

Brown bagging it to work, even if you’re not using a brown paper bag, is the best way to control your carb intake at lunch time. Not to mention, it’s much easier on your wallet than eating out every day. Gone are the days of boring old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a bag of chips and a red apple. Get creative and enjoy your lunches from home again. Here are some healthy lunch ideas, along with the carbohydrate counts. These lunches include 60 grams of carb each, but are broken down for you to see where that carb is coming from, in case you want to adjust for your personal needs. 1. Smoked Turkey & Harvarti Pita – Creamy Havarti paired with smoked turkey is divine. Thin slices of Granny smith apples inside are the icing on the cake. You can even enjoy a few vanilla wafers with this lunch and still meet an acceptable carb count. Food Amount Carbs (grams) Pita 1 30 Apple 1 15 Vanilla Wafers 5 15 Total 60 2. Fancy Grilled Cheese – Use whole grain bread and add chopped marinated olives or mushrooms, or roasted red peppers, or roasted green chilies to the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. Nothing goes better with grilled cheese than tomato soup. You can also include 1 cup of melon and still make the target. Food Amount Carbs (grams) Bread 2 slices 30 Melon 1 cup 15 Tomato Soup 1 cup 15 Total 60 3. Mason Jar Salad – These are all the rage right now. Simple to prepare ahead of time. They keep well up to a week in the fridge. Layer ingredients in this order: salad dressing, protein (tuna or chickpeas or black beans), veggies (grape tomatoes or chopped bell peppers or cucumber slices), and salad greens. Carb counts will vary based on what you include, but you should have plenty of carbs leftover to add a Greek yogurt parfait with 1 cup of plain yogurt and 1 Continue reading >>

Your 5-week Diabetic Diet Meal Plan

Your 5-week Diabetic Diet Meal Plan

The Outsmart Diabetes Diet is based on new research that found four specific nutrients—fiber, vitamin D, omega-3s, and calcium—work together to help balance blood sugar and encourage weight loss. Build your daily diabetic diet meal plan by choosing one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner, plus two snacks—any combination gets you approximately 1,400 calories a day and a healthy dose of the "Fat-Fighting 4." Remember to eat about every 3 hours and practice portion control. Prevention Premium: What Every Woman Knows About Erectile Dysfunction Follow this mix and match diabetic diet meal plan—adapted from The Outsmart Diabetes Diet—for the next five weeks to help fight fat, maintain healthy blood sugar levels, boost energy, and reduce your diabetes risk. BREAKFAST Fruity bagel breakfast: Spread 1 Tbsp light cream cheese and 1 tsp 100% fruit spread on ½ of a whole grain bagel. Serve with 1 c fat-free milk. Crunchy yogurt: Combine 6 oz fat-free light yogurt, ¼ c granola cereal, 1 Tbsp ground flax seed, and 1 Tbsp chopped nuts. Add ground cinnamon and/or sugar substitute to taste. Eggs and English muffin: Scramble 1 egg in a pan coated with 1 tsp canola or olive oil; top with ¼ c chopped tomato, onion, and chile salsa. Serve with toasted 100% whole grain English muffin, spread with 2 Tbsp low-fat (1%) cottage cheese, and 1 c fat-free milk. Instead of scrambled eggs, try poaching an egg: Good Morning Blend: Stir together 6 ounces fat-free yogurt, 2 Tbsp dried mixed fruit, 2 Tbsp ground flax seed and 2 Tbsp chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans. Nutty Oatmeal: Top ½ c cooked oatmeal with ¼ c walnuts or other nuts; add ground cinnamon and/or sugar substitute to taste. Serve with 1 c fat-free milk or calcium-enriched soy or rice beverage. Bagel and cream cheese: Sprea Continue reading >>

How One Mom Packs Lunches For Her Diabetic Son

How One Mom Packs Lunches For Her Diabetic Son

Coming up with a variety of healthy foods for school lunches is challenging enough, but if you have a child who is diabetic, the thought of calculating starches/carbohydrates can be overwhelming. Here, Brooke Wheeler shares three tips that have made lunch packing for her diabetic son a bit easier. My now 5½-year-old son was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes at 21 months of age. Since his diagnosis, we have encountered many obstacles along the way as we navigate through life with diabetes. One of the biggest hurdles to-date, for me, came in the months before we were preparing to send him to kindergarten. Because I am a stay-at-home mom, this was the first time his diabetes management would be entrusted to someone else (the school nurse). I was particularly concerned with how lunchtime would be for him. Now we are halfway through the school year, and I am so happy to say that my worry was for nothing. I’m not saying every day has been perfect, but we have found a pretty good system that is working for us and that is giving our son a “normal” school experience. Lunch packing for a diabetic isn’t as different from lunch packing for someone without diabetes as you might think. As is the case for any other kid, the most important thing is to have a balanced diet. The difference is that with a diabetic, you must be aware of the carbohydrate content because that determines the insulin dosage for each meal. Fortunately, our son is on an insulin pump, so once you enter the amount of carbohydrates he’ll be eating, it makes all of the calculations for you. I try to keep my son’s lunches in the 40- to 50-gram carbohydrate range. I have found that this amount helps keep his blood sugar stabilized, while still being able to provide him with a food portion that kee Continue reading >>

Quick, Delicious Dinner Ideas With Type 2

Quick, Delicious Dinner Ideas With Type 2

I've been really into smoothies recently, as they're a great way to start my day. I make them fresh every morning. Anything in my fridge, I throw into my Vitamix — always greens included — with yogurt, ice, and my favorite nut milk. This helps maintain my blood sugar and keeps me going throughout the day. Continue reading >>

Packed Lunches | Diabetes Uk

Packed Lunches | Diabetes Uk

Need new, creative packed lunch ideas? Want to ensure that snacking isnt affecting your child's diabetes management? If your child doesn't have school dinners, chances are that you're making packed lunches. Often a last-minute rush where it's easiest to use whatever's closest to hand, packed lunches can often be standard fare. To make life easier for you, and to help control your child's blood sugar, we've stepped in with some alternative balanced lunch ideas. We've created a selection of five different lunchboxes, full of healthy snacks for your child. Each offers a balanced range of food and drink to ensure that they get all the goodness they need for a busy day at school. Feel free to mix and match items across the boxes, or follow the Monday-Friday schedule, tailoring the snacks to your child's own favourites and preferences. Please note that portion sizes may need to be adjusted depending on your child's age, build and energy requirements. We're also aware that children have wide-ranging tastes and preferences surrounding food so these lunch options are intended purely as a guideline. Cheese wholemeal bread sandwich / Egg mayo wholemeal bread sandwich Small no-added sugar fruit smoothie (150ml) Tip: Your child will love helping to make this delicious healthy popcorn recipe . Breadsticks with low-fat cream cheese dip Tip: Also, check out our chicken caesar salad or simply swap the salad ingredients for whatever your child prefers. Tip: Our tortillas are filled with goodness and can easily be adapted into a vegetarian snack. Tip: Our homemade vegetable crisps are low in salt and fat. Make light work of lunchtimes - for yourself, too: Take time to prepare snacks and lunches before you leave the house in the morning - the likelihood that you reach for unhealthy snacks Continue reading >>

Healthy Swaps: Lunch

Healthy Swaps: Lunch

With a little planning you can look forward to your packed lunches and enjoy a tasty, nutritious meal rather than a dried out sandwich. By choosing something from the four main food groups at each meal you can be sure your meals are healthy and well balanced. starchy carbs (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes) protein-containing food (lean meat, fish, eggs and beans) Here are some ideas for children's lunchboxes, cheap and easy tips for students, packed lunches on the go for adults and simple swaps for South Asian recipes. Packed lunches for children with Type 1 diabetes If you're stuck for ideas for your child's packed lunch, here are some healthy suggestions. Remember, younger children won't need as much as older children, so adjust portion sizes to your child's age and appetite. On PE days they will need more, especially carbs, as they will be using up more energy. Instead of sliced bread you could pack bagels, wraps, oat cakes, sandwich thins, pitta bread, square pitta bread, muffins or bread sticks. Freeze what you can so you always have something on standby especially as kids can be picky about what they want. Go for wholegrain varieties where possible. It's useful to have a loaf of sliced bread in the freezer for emergencies. If your child's not keen on wholegrain breads you can buy '50/50 bread', which is half white and half wholegrain. egg mayo with diced red pepper and cucumber For a change from bread, include pasta, rice, quinoa or couscous. Use leftover veg from the night before and add chopped meat, tinned fish, reduced-fat cheese, eggs or pulses to make a tasty salad. Pop in some fresh fruit, like an apple or Satsuma, a small box of raisins (you can but larger sizes for older children), individual tins or pots of fruit in natural juice. Kids need dairy foods for Continue reading >>

Lunch Ideas For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Lunch Ideas For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a progressive disease with many potential complications. These include blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and loss of toes, feet, or legs. Roughly 1 in every 11 people in the United States currently has diabetes, but although the condition may be familiar, it is hardly harmless. It is the country's seventh leading cause of death, and people with diabetes have a 50 percent higher risk of death than those without the condition. Fortunately, even though diabetes is a chronic disease, it can be managed. One way that complications can be prevented is by following dietary guidelines. Classic lunch ingredients that are good for people with diabetes With planning and conscious eating, people with diabetes can safely enjoy a satisfying and varied diet. The following common lunch items can also be part of a healthful lunch for people with diabetes: canned tuna or salmon hard-boiled eggs salads with dressing on the side low-salt soups and chili whole fruit, such as apples and berries cottage cheese plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt peanut or almond butter Lunch ideas People who need to control their blood sugar can still select from a wide variety of options when they are looking for a tasty lunch. The following lunch ideas provide about 3 servings of carbohydrates each, or about 45 grams (g), or less: soup and salad, such as tomato soup with a kale-apple salad whole-wheat wrap (tortilla = 30 g carbs or less), such as turkey with hummus, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, and olives spinach salad with canned tuna, ½ mayonnaise, ½ Greek yogurt, celery, and lemon juice, served over greens and diced apple hard-boiled egg served with five whole-wheat crackers, string cheese, a piece of fruit, and veggie sticks with peanut butter smoothie made with 1 cup frozen Continue reading >>

20 Diabetes-friendly Lunch Recipes

20 Diabetes-friendly Lunch Recipes

Spiced Couscous Tomatoes Choose ripe, well-flavoured tomatoes for this dish. Hollowed out, tomatoes make the perfect container for a spicy eggplant, dried apricot and nut couscous. Serve the spiced couscous tomatoes with sesame breadsticks. Tarragon Chicken Salad Tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, is a favourite ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking. Available at most large grocery stores, it adds a nutty taste and thick creaminess to the dressing for this nutritious tarragon chicken and baby spinach salad. Watermelon and Feta Salad In this salad, the salty tang of creamy feta cheese contrasts with pieces of sweet watermelon and juicy golden nectarines. A mix of arugula, endive and leaf lettuce adds a slightly peppery taste, while the toasted pumpkin seeds give it a nice crunch. Based on fattoush (the colourful, crunchy salad served throughout the Middle East), this version adds tuna for extra flavour and protein. Get the full recipe Citrus and Spinach Salad Fresh leaf spinach pairs well with citrus fruits, melon and prosciutto. Here the spinach is tossed with the fruits and their juices and then drizzled with a creamy and sweet balsamic dressing. A little prosciutto is used to top the salad, so you get the flavour without adding too much fat! Summer Salmon and Asparagus Fresh young vegetables and succulent salmon make this casserole highly nutritious, and it is also quick to prepare. Choose tiny leeks, tender asparagus and sugar-snap peas, all of which add visual appeal to the dish. Serve boiled new potatoes with the summer salmon and asparagus for a complete meal. Grilled Salmon in Ciabatta Here fresh salmon fillets are marinated, then lightly grilled and served in warm ciabatta rolls with mixed salad leaves and a basil mayonnaise, to create a very tempting and sp Continue reading >>

16 Healthy Lunch Recipes

16 Healthy Lunch Recipes

We're all looking for ways to stay healthy and eat healthy, but this can be a challenge for some of us, especially at lunchtime. While it may be easy to go out and grab a lunch from a nearby restaurant or cafe, it's not always the healthiest choice. That's why we believe that a healthy lunch starts at home, where you're in control of the ingredients. To help you out, we've put together a list of some of our favorite healthy lunch recipes, along with some tips that we hope will help you make the best choices for your dietary needs. Salads You'll Love Salads can be a great choice for a healthy lunch, so long as you're making sure to use healthy salad dressings! And since there are so many different ways to make a salad, you don't ever have to get bored. Just mix and match your veggies, use what's in your fridge, try a new dressing...you get the idea! Below are just some of our favorites to help get you started. This low-carb tuna salad is full of garden-fresh pickin's, like tomatoes, celery, fresh dill and more. Our Garden Tuna Salad makes a great outdoor picnic recipe 'cause there's so much fresh flavor in it, but it's also an easy and quick lunch idea! Farm Stand Salad Cobb salad is one of our favorite American salads 'cause it's got a ton of yummy ingredients like egg, bacon, cheese, tomato, and more! It's said that this salad was first created at the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, which is why we call this our Brown Derby Cobb Salad. Pilgrim Chicken Salad Anytime you add a bit of Dijon-style mustard to a recipe, it immediately transports your taste buds to a French bistro. That's exactly what will happen when you lighten up your egg salad with this healthier recipe for Bistro Egg Salad. Sunshine Salad If you love those barbecue ranch flavors then this healthy sa Continue reading >>

Recipes

Recipes

These recipes have been adapted from safefood with information tailored to those with Diabetes. Check out the food and diabetes section on the website for more information and background to healthy eating for diabetes. You will find that some of these recipes include sugar and that the traffic light system indicates red, as the recipe may be high in sugars but this does not mean that they can’t be included as part of a balanced diet. We are trying to increase awareness that having diabetes does not mean you must follow a diet that restricts sugar, as this is not the case. Small amounts of sugar are fine, particularly if they are combined with foods that are high in fibre. Desserts, biscuits and confectionery are not forbidden but because these are also usually high in calories, fat and sugar, people with diabetes should only have these occasionally. Continue reading >>

School Lunch Ideas For Kids With Diabetes

School Lunch Ideas For Kids With Diabetes

Packing school lunches for kids with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes is easy. All you have to do is focus on fun, healthy foods that will help them manage blood glucose levels and keep them energized throughout the day. There are numerous school lunch ideas that are suitable for a diabetic meal plan. Many popular already prepared lunch kits are incredibly easy (because they take the prep work out), but they're loaded with fat and salt. Plus, when you buy these, you don't have control over the quality of the ingredients. That's why it's better to make your own lunches, and most importantly, make them fun for kids to eat. We've created a brief list of healthy school lunch ideas for kids with diabetes. Use these ideas to build lunches or create your own ideas. A fresh pear Baby carrots Cold rice, pasta, or couscous Crackers Cubes of fresh fruit Cubes of lean ham or turkey breast with packets of mustard or ketchup for dipping Cup of yogurt Graham crackers spread with peanut butter Hard-cooked egg Hot foods, such as soup and chili Hummus with pieces of pita bread Low-sugar jelly spread on whole grain bread Salad with pieces of grilled or baked chicken Seedless grapes String cheese or cubes of low-fat cheese Thin slices of lean deli roast beef wrapped around breadsticks Turkey dogs cut into small pieces and ketchup for dipping Vegetable sticks with your child's favorite low-fat dip To get your child more involved with making his or her own lunch, ask your child to help. Most kids love to assemble and prep food. Give them some choices from each food group and let them mix and match what they want for lunch. If the lunch contains something your child has chosen and packed, he or she will be more likely to eat it. Getting kids with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes involved Continue reading >>

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