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What To Eat At Christmas If You Have Diabetes

What To Eat At Christmas If You Have Diabetes

Enjoying the indulgent festive season can be a struggle for people with diabetes. Pav Kalsi, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, shares some tips to enjoy Christmas if you have the condition... Eating at Christmas is part of the fun, and there’s no need to completely miss out on certain foods. But a healthy diet is important for managing diabetes, so if you have the condition then you can always consider having healthy versions of classic Christmas dishes. This might mean adapting recipes so that they are more balanced, lower in fat and include plenty of vegetables and fruit. If you are planning a party it’s also a good idea to keep healthy snacks such as vegetable crudités or dried fruit around so that you’ve got an alternative. Festive glucose glitch At some point during the festive period, you may find that you have higher blood glucose levels than normal due to being less active than usual, overindulging or changing your routine. Don’t worry about one or two high readings as this shouldn’t affect your long-term diabetes control, but aim to avoid persistently high readings in order to avoid compromising your health. Don't get stuck on the sofa Making sensible food choices and keeping physically active could help you to control blood glucose levels, blood pressure and blood fats and to manage weight. There are lots of easy and fun ways to fit in some physical activity. A brisk walk is a great way to stay active – and it still counts if it’s in a shopping centre checking out the sales. Jumping about with the children, dancing at a party, or skating at a local or pop up ice rink all help towards keeping healthy during a typically overindulgent period. Make sensible choices (but still enjoy yourself!) Here are some examples of the kind of easy ways you can cu Continue reading >>

Home Made Food Gifts For Diabetic

Home Made Food Gifts For Diabetic

My MIL is diabetic but i would like to make her a gift with my 4 year old son. We are making no-cook truffles for everyone else (melt choc mix in cream and butter pop in fridge) so any good ideas please? Sugar-free chocolate and nuts are mixed to make these easy, delicious cluster candies. I like using almonds and cashews, but you can substitute any nuts you prefer. Be sure to buy "diabetic" or "sugar-free" chocolate (made with sugar substitutes), not unsweetened chocolate. 5.6 ounces sugar-free (diabetic) chocolate (two 2.8-ounce bars) 1/3 cup nut halves (optional, for decoration) 1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil. 2. Chop the sugar-free chocolate into small pieces and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until melted, stirring after every 45 seconds to prevent overheating. Remove from the microwave when the chocolate is mostly melted, and continue stirring until it is entirely melted and smooth. 3. Pour the nuts on top of the melted chocolate, and stir until the candy is well-mixed and all the pieces are coated. 4. Using a teaspoon, drop small spoonfuls of candy onto the prepared baking sheet. This recipe will make approximately 2 dozen 1-inch clusters. 5. If desired, top each cluster with a decorative nut half while the chocolate is still wet. 6. Place the candy in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to set the chocolate. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Are there any savoury suggestions, as the diabetic alternative ingredients upset her tummy (she eats too much and it has the known side effect Continue reading >>

Best Holiday Gift Ideas For People With Diabetes - 20 Ideas For Every Budget And All Personalities

Best Holiday Gift Ideas For People With Diabetes - 20 Ideas For Every Budget And All Personalities

20 ideas for every budget and all personalities As you might have guessed, buying a gift for someone with diabetes doesnt have to be different than buying a gift for someone without diabetes. There are, however, certain gifts someone with diabetes might appreciate more than others. Its easy to get stuck, so let our list spark some creative gift ideas to add to your shopping list. Weve got ideas for every budget and all personality types. Some are silly, others are sentimental each is a great gift in its own unique way! Give the gift of monthly deliveries of beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness, and home products. These boxes are customized based on your loved ones profile and preferences, and each delivery includes a set amount of samples. Available in 3-, 6-, or 12-month options, with various price points and themes, youll have fun finding an option that fits. Check out FabFitFun and Birchbox to start. Help make exercise fun this holiday season with a set of yoga or a high-energy dance classes like Zumba . You might even want to treat yourself to a class and join your friend for support. An average class costs around $5-$10, but buying sessions in bulk can help you save money. For a more personalized workout, consider purchasing sessions with a trainer. Personal training sessions usually start around $50, but check with local gyms to find the best deal. Some gyms (such as Planet Fitness ) will provide fitness assessments and program design for free if you have a membership. As an alternative to group exercise or fitness clubs, you can stream workouts in the comfort and convenience of your own homes. Crunch Gyms Crunch Live program promises to help you get fit on the fly by streaming over 75 online workouts that fit your level and schedule. Price Range:Crunch Live has a Continue reading >>

Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

Bring the warmth and friendliness of your own kitchen to others through these easy make-ahead food gifts. Everything tastes better when it's homemade by a loved one, so share that with friends and family this holiday season. Here, we feature classic homemade food gifts like canned jams and flavored popcorn, but you can also be adventurous and wrap up exciting brittles or chile-infused honey. These impressive products make great stand-alone gifts, or pair with a simple spatula, rolling pin, or mug for the perfect foodie gift. A good old nut and raisin blend delivers sugar, salt, and crunchAKA all things good. Healthier than store-bought alternatives, this snack isideal for gift giving. This recipe will work with any fresh figs you have, such as Brown Turkey, Calimyrna, or Black Mission. Enjoy them as a simple dessert on their own, served with ice cream or yogurt, or as a salad topper. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. This brittle is sweet and mildly bitter all at onceowing to the caramel flavor of the cooked sugar. We added everything youd find on the iconic bagel of the same name except garlic and onion flakes for a nutty-savory-sweet treat. Brittle is very susceptible to moisture, so wrap it up in parchment paper and pack into an airtight container. Store the container in a cool, dry place. This is a decidedly grown-up sweet treat, but you can make it kid-friendly by omitting the poppy seeds and black sesame seeds and stirring in a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. There's no comparison between homemade nut butter and store-bought for Mark Overbay, founder of the handcrafted nut butter company Big Spoon Roasters , as long as you follow his rules of the road. "Freshness is paramount to great nut butter," he says, "so you have to start with raw nuts and roast the Continue reading >>

Any Suggestions For Diabetic Christmas Treats?

Any Suggestions For Diabetic Christmas Treats?

Any suggestions for diabetic Christmas treats? Every year I send my parents a box of homemade Christmas treats (just as I do this site's Christmas food exchange). My dad was just diagnosed with diabetes, so I don't want to load it up with the usual jams, cookies, candies, etc. Do any of you have ideas for diabetic-friendly food items that would ship well? Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct .) No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question. Savory (not sweet) baked goods. See this thread for some ideas (and there are many others around): Less good for shipping (so, for giving in person), but good for adding flavor to his new diet: High quality fats (French or high fat butter, packaged schmaltz, artisanal lard, etc) Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct .) No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question. Thanks for the recommendations, Nancy! I think my parents are starting the Keto diet, so they'd appreciate the nuts, oils, and fats. One thing my mom has learned over the years is that she can handle simple sugars relatively well (most fresh fruits are ok, not juices and jams which are usually too concentrated), but she has very little tolerance for starch (cakes, breads, cookies-anything with lots of flour, rice, potatoes, cornmeal, oatmeal, etc). So I found anything that is flourless, or has very little flour works well. Though for some reason, she can eat things made from rye flour normally. With these basic rules of what works for her, it makes it pretty easy to bake for her! I have made my mom these cookies, with a mix of bittersweet and semisweet chips, 1/2c sugar or maybe even less, and ho Continue reading >>

10 Homemade Christmas Gifts In A Jar

10 Homemade Christmas Gifts In A Jar

Home > Editor's Picks > 10 Homemade Christmas Gifts in a Jar You must be logged in to add a private note. Login | Register We are adding the recipe to your Recipe Box. You must be logged in to add a recipe. Login | Register Ho-ho-ho! Are you ready to have a merry holiday season? During this gift-giving season, why not surprise the ones you love the most with a homemade gift that'll tell 'em they're worth the extra effort? These homemade Christmas gifts are easy to put together and fun to make, which means you'll probably want to make more than just one! And whats even better is that you can get totally creative with these gifts, changing up the ribbons and labels to match your own personal preference. Everyone in your life will love receiving a gift that's been made with love, and one that'll make them say, "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!!" Give 'em a reason to celebrate by gifting them one of our most popular gifts in a jar! Our buttery, chocolaty, Confetti Cookies are great for the holidays, or anytime of the year. Just change up the colored candies and you're ready to celebrate any occasion! Everyone has a peanut butter lover in their life! And what does a peanut butter lover love, if not more peanut butter?! Our Peanut Butter Cup Brownies Mix makes a great gift! These brownies bake up to be rich, chocolatey, and full of peanut butter goodness! Friends, neighbors, and loved ones will love receiving your Hot Chocolate Mix, especially when it's chilly out! After all, who doesn't love cozying up to a mug of hot cocoa when it's cool outside? We really love the mini marshmallows! This is one of our favorite homemade Christmas gifts! For the pancake lover in your life, there's no better gift than our S'mores Pancake Mix. This is one of those gifts in a jar that'll be appreciated by k Continue reading >>

Making A Christmas Food Gift For A Diabetic

Making A Christmas Food Gift For A Diabetic

Making a Christmas food gift for a diabetic I have a diabetic friend that I would love to send some homemade goodies to for Christmas. They don't have to be sweet. I'm thinking about spiced nuts but what else? Oh yeah, she's a real foodie and a better cook than I am! Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now Chef/Owners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski visit one of San Franciscos most celebrated dim sum houses to discuss the inspiration for their popular restaurant State Bird Provisions. We go behind the scenes at the Varsity, one of the oldest and biggest drive-ins in the country. Read more . Acclaimed Chefs Joanne Chang and Karen Akunowicz meet rising-star Brian Moy for a tour of his restaurants, to trace the evolution of this iconic neighborhood. The taste of Malort has been described as baby aspirin wrapped in grapefruit peel, bound with rubber bands and soaked in well ginso why do Chicagoans claim to love it? Read more . Speakeasies are all the rage, but few can claim to be as storied as New York Citys Back Room. Read more . Vegan Chef Tony Mongeluzzi shows us his favorite fall dish. It's an umami bomb that fits right in at a Thanksgiving feast. Get the recipe, and see more vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes here . Continue reading >>

12 Days Of Homemade Christmas: Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Crackles

12 Days Of Homemade Christmas: Diabetic-friendly Chocolate Crackles

12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Diabetic-Friendly Chocolate Crackles in Chocolate , Christmas , Cookies and Bars , Diabetic-friendly There are a handful of diabetics in my immediate and extended family. And every Christmas I get a little stressed because at the very last minute, I realize that my goodie baskets are not diabetic friendly. And when hes the one you call when your air conditioner goes kaput in the middle of the Texas summer, the last thing you want to do is alienate your father at Christmas. My dad loves chocolate. He is firmly in the Ill eat whatever the heck I want, when I want camp, sugar levels be darned. But I do try to play the responsible daughter card when I can. Sugar plays several roles in baking, sweetening only being one of them. Back when Splenda had just made its public splash, I tried making brownies for him. Nope! It might have sweetened like sugar but it sho didnt behave like sugar. I always make sure to include a bag of Chocolate Crackles in his goodie basket at Christmas. Theyre super chocolatey. Part of the sugar is replaced with my favorite not-sugar, Ideal. Ive actually baked cakes, cupcakes, and pumpkin bread with it and I think it performs beautifully. Continue reading >>

Edible Christmas Gifts: Diabetic Friendly

Edible Christmas Gifts: Diabetic Friendly

Edible Christmas gifts: diabetic friendly Don't let anyone miss out on the Christmas love by baking up some of these diabetic-friendly treats. From fruitcakes to nut butters, if you have someone in your life that you'd like to give a food gift too, but you're unsure what you can and can't give, then here are a few recipes to see you through. Keep these ingredients handy to whip up any of these diabetic-friendly treats to give this Christmas. Dried fruit (mixed fruit, apricots, chopped dates, cherries, sultanas) Nuts (blanched almonds, flaked almonds, walnuts) Flour (wholemeal self-raising, self-raising, wholemeal plain) Luckily, one of the most iconic Christmas treats is easily adapted to make it diabetic-friendly. With plenty of mixed dried fruit, juice and spices in the mix, these cakes are sure to appeal to everyone, and are a welcome gift at Christmas time. If you'd prefer to make something lighter for your Christmas gifts, opt for one of these baked treats. From fruit and carrot cakes to moist muffins, these recipes will make a welcome addition to any gift. Package up jars of these creamy butters to give away to loved-ones. From almond to hazelnut, these decadent butters make a great substitute for jams and chocolate spreads and are good enough to eat straight from the jar. To make your own simply whizz two cups of raw nuts with teaspoon of sea salt in a food processor until they turn into a thick butter (roughly ten minutes). Nut butters will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Give the baking and sweet-filled hampers a miss and put together a thoughtful fruit and cheese hamper instead. Try stocking up on fresh seasonal fruit, such as berries, cherries and stone fruit and complimenting it with artisanal cheeses. There are a number of ways you can package your e Continue reading >>

Unique Gift Ideas For People With Diabetes

Unique Gift Ideas For People With Diabetes

Have you ever wanted to send someone with diabetes a gift basket only to feel stumped? Traditional gift baskets are typically chock full of carbohydrate rich foods, such as sweet treats, candies, and cookies—items that aren't always diabetes friendly. And many of the gift baskets on the market that are geared towards people with diabetes are filled with medical items, diabetes-related books or food products that say "diabetes" and "sugar-free." Artificial sweeteners and sugar-free candies can make up for sugar's sweetness, but not all people with diabetes like to use them, which makes creating a basket even more of a challenge. Fortunately, if we think a little outside-the-box, we can come up with some unique food and beverage gift basket ideas that are awesome and diabetes appropriate. 8 Gift Basket Food and Beverage Ideas - Perfect for People with Diabetes Dark-Chocolate Treats. Studies have shown that eating a small amount of cacoa found in dark chocolate may have a beneficial effect on blood pressure, insulin resistance, and vascular and platelet function. Choose dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacoa. Look for a high percentage (over 75 percent) with no added sugar. Make sure to check the carbohydrate grams per serving. People with diabetes often aim for 15 g of carbohydrate per serving. Popcorn. Popcorn is a whole grain that is rich in fiber and low in carbohydrate for a decent sized portion (about 3 cups popped contains 15 of carbohydrate). Many companies today make single serve to-go baggies or get creative and place a serving into a mug, festive bowl, or decorative bag. Aim to choose air-popped popcorn or popcorn flavored with olive oil or herbs. Avoid kettle corn and other sweet alternatives as these are rich in added sugar. Fruit. People with diabet Continue reading >>

Everything In A Jar Gifts | Diabetic Connect

Everything In A Jar Gifts | Diabetic Connect

By Gabby PA Latest Reply2014-11-16 17:29:44 -0600 With the holidays quickly approaching, I thought I would share this cute idea. It's mason jars packed with little thoughtful items for the special people in your life. If you like to be creative, you can expound on the 3 jars suggestions they offer (Energy, Pamper, and Refreshment) It has labels you can print out and everything. Very neat. You could theme them anyway you like and make your own labels if you wanted. I might make a Minion (from Despicable Me) one for my step daughter. She loves those little yellow guys. Just something kind of fun that the family could do and share. What would you pick as a theme? I bet there are a lot of ideas out there. Sugar Free, Diabetic Relief, or First Aid (for all our finger sticks). It was fun. I spent time with my step daughter, we went out shopping and came home with our booty. Then we made about a dozen jars. It was a lot of fun and it can be a challenge to get everything in a jar you want. But now I have several gifts ready to go. I love this idea!!! Thank you for sharing I think I'm going to make some for my family and friends. I may make a movie themed one for my nieces and nephews with red licorice and a gift card to the movies. I think for my siblings I'll do a date night themed one. I think I will make a little babysitting card and probably a gift certificate for a restaurant, with mints and breath freshener. Yeah So excited!! I love the movie theater idea one. Very nice. I have some movie buffs that would enjoy that. These gifts in s jsr are so cute, best I've ever seen. You could use them for Christmas that's for sure but also all the other gift giving holidays as well. Thank you for sharing Baby showers it could be fun, too. House warming, welcome to the neighborhood. Continue reading >>

How To Treat Your Favorite Diabetic, On Valentine's Day And Beyond

How To Treat Your Favorite Diabetic, On Valentine's Day And Beyond

Home How to treat your favorite diabetic, on Valentine's Day and beyond How to treat your favorite diabetic, on Valentine's Day and beyond This is my second year of being a type 2 diabetic - my surgeries and other cancer treatments having somehow pushed me over the edge from the prediabetic range. Although diabetes is a very widespread disease ( more than 100 million Americans are diagnosed with type 2 or pre-diabetes , a staggering number), many people have no idea what it's like to live with it, and how diabetics keep it under control. Yes, us diabetics do have to be careful about our sugar intake, or anything that makes our blood glucose levels spike. But for most of us, unless we are at a very serious stage of the illness, manage to live with it pretty well. What gets to me more sometimes is the way people react when I tell them I have diabetes. Too many times I've had people look at me with eyes full of pity, saying things like "Oh, you can't have anything nice to eat anymore". And yeah, having this diet or another pushed at you constantly isn't so fun either. Holiday times are particularly hard for a diabetic, since everything and everyone wants to push sugary snacks at you, from 12 days of Christmas Cookies to chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies. But somehow Valentine's Day is especially difficult, since it's become closely associated with chocolate gifts and sweet things in general. So, for those of you who have diabetics in your life, here is how I, as one of them, would like you to treat us, on Valentine's Day or the rest of the year. Take it with a grain of um, sugar. Believe it or not, most of us don't feel as if our lives are over because we can't indulge in a big box of chocolates, or a plateful of cookies, or three slices of cake, or whatever our furtive s Continue reading >>

10 Homemade Food Gifts From Your Kitchen

10 Homemade Food Gifts From Your Kitchen

Head to your kitchen and make a healthy homemade gift. Im just going to come out and say it: I really dont like to shop. So giving a homemade gift from my kitchen is right up my alley. I get to shop at my favorite placethe grocery storeand spend time, perhaps even with my family, making yummy gifts I know my friends and family will enjoy. And Ill save some money too! Here are 10 easy homemade gift ideas courtesy of my fellow co-workers in the EatingWell Test Kitchen that you can make in an afternoon or less. And the recipes yield multiple servings/gifts, so you can cross a bunch of people off your list at once. Download a FREE Homemade Gifts Cookbook! Michelle Edelbaum, EatingWell Digital Editor Easy enough for kids to make, and delicious for breakfast or over low-fat vanilla yogurt, granola is a healthy homemade gift for everyone on your list. We love the maple-nut flavor combination of this heart-healthy granola, but feel free to substitute your favorite nuts or dried fruit for your own custom blend. Pictured Recipe: Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix 2. Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix This hearty soup makes an attractive homemade gift with layers of beans, barley and spices. Making your own dry soup mix from beans and spices couldnt be easier. In an attractive clear glass jar (such as a Ball jar), layer the beans, barley and spices to artfully display the various shapes, sizes and colors. Add a ribbon and tag and you have a thoughtful and tasty gift for your co-workers. Use your favorite combination of nuts to make this ultra-quick chocolate nut bark. Try unsalted nuts inside and add a sprinkle of flaky sea salt to topping for a hit of salt and a pretty sparkle. For the nut lover in your life, make a tin of delicious spiced nuts. We have recipes for Continue reading >>

12 Homemade Christmas Treats That Arent Sweets

12 Homemade Christmas Treats That Arent Sweets

Fajita marinade for steak or chicken , using Pioneer Womans Beef Fajita Nachos recipe. Giadas marinara . Gift it with a package of cheese tortellini and/or homemade garlic bread. (Not low carb or paleo, I know. But better than store-bought!) Pickled red onions . These make a beautiful jarred gift. Theyre a delicious addition to salads and sandwiches. Fancy-up your green beans or sweet peas instantly. Some folks like them atop a hamburger or roast. And when the onions are gone, youre left with a lovely pink vinegar to use in slaw or salad dressings. Feel free to improvise on the sugar and spices. Id use half this much sugar, and just a few generous pinches of thyme and some fresh-ground black pepper. (A note to diabetics and low-carb-ers: This is one recipe where Id go with sugar, honey or maple syrup over artificial sweeteners. Splenda doesnt always work well with vinegar, and if youre using these as a condiment, the amount of sugar actually ingested is very minimal.) Homemade taco seasoning . No sugar, no MSG, no gluten, no cornmeal filler. And for a bakers dozen, thelast item is a sweet, but its sugar-free, and not very sweet-tasting: sugar-free chocolate bark with your choice of toppings. Continue reading >>

Holiday Desserts That Make Great Food Gifts

Holiday Desserts That Make Great Food Gifts

Diabetic Living / Diabetic Recipes / Holiday Holiday Desserts that Make Great Food Gifts Share something sweet with folks on your "nice" list, and include the carb counts, too. These yummy Christmas cookies and creative holiday goodies fit great into a diabetic diet. Plus, they come with instructions for pretty packaging you can make. We've even included free holiday gift tags! Projects by Vicki Boutin and Teresa Laurenzo These nutty lemon crisps will be a hit with everyone on your gift list. Be sure to save a few for Santa. Print Free Instructions for This Cookie Box Print Free Instructions for This Pretzel Bag Nothing says the holidays quite like a warm mug of hot cocoa. This do-it-yourself mix is easy to make and gets a kick from crushed mint candies. Print Free Instructions for This Hot Cocoa Mix Jar Print Free Instructions for This Cookie Jar Lid Topper Cranberry-White Chocolate Cornmeal Tea Biscuits Turn your gift into a ready-made tea party by including some of your favorite tea with a tin of these special biscuits. Show someone you care with this festive apple-infused tea. Dried apples, cinnamon sticks, and crystallized ginger make this tea taste almost like a cider, but without the calories! You might start baking this tasty bread for a friend, but you'll have to make a double batch after you catch a whiff of its yummy aroma. Bonus: This diabetes-friendly bread makes a great make-ahead gift. You can wrap and store loaves in the refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to three months. These festive pastries are flaky, sweet, and oh, so yummy. Make a loved one's holiday merry and bright with these diabetes-friendly treats. Get Free Recipes, Package Instructions, and Gift Tags! Love the yummy recipes and cute holiday crafts you see here? Print it all for free! Fol Continue reading >>

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