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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 >>

Tasty Recipes For Diabetics

Tasty Recipes For Diabetics

In simple terms, when someone has diabetes, their blood glucose is too high. Where does glucose come from? It comes from the foods we eat. Unfortunately, the tastiest meals cannot be eaten by diabetics. That is, unless you know about the delicious meals that a diabetic can eat! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program has created a booklet for tasty meals that can be eaten by diabetics. In general, a person with diabetes should: Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Choose fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruit and 100% fruit juices. Eat a variety of vegetables such as greens, spinach, carrots, squash, beans, etc. Eat fewer foods that are high in sugar and salt. Drink alcohol sparingly (if any at all). Here are a few of the tasty recipes from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program that the entire family can enjoy! Spanish Omelet Prep Time: 1 Minutes Cook time: 1 Minutes Ingredients – 5 small potatoes (peeled and sliced) – Vegetable cooking spray – ½ medium onion (minced) – 1 small zucchini (sliced) – 1½ cups green/red peppers (sliced thin) – 5 medium mushrooms (sliced) – 3 whole eggs (beaten) – 5 egg whites (beaten) – Pepper, garlic salt with herbs to taste – 3 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese (shredded) – 1 Tbsp. low-fat parmesan cheese– Directions: Preheat oven to 375 °F. Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender. In a nonstick pan, add vegetable spray and warm at medium heat. Add onion and sauté until brown. Add vegetables and sauté until tender but not brown. In a medium mixing bowl, slightly beat eggs and egg whites, pepper, garlic salt, and low-fat mozzarella cheese. Stir egg-cheese mixture into the cooked vegetables. In a 10- Continue reading >>

7 Tips For Diabetes-friendly Cooking

7 Tips For Diabetes-friendly Cooking

Who says that having diabetes means you can’t still whip up delicious, homemade food? When you know the basics of meal planning, you can make almost any recipe work. So don’t throw out your cookbooks or toss your favorite recipes. Instead, take some tips about how to cook wisely. 1. Cook with liquid fats in place of solid fats. Solid fats often include saturated fats, which you should limit, or trans fats, which you should avoid totally. If a recipe calls for solid fat like butter, lard, or hydrogenated shortening, try trans-fat free margarine, spreads, or shortening instead. Check the label to see whether the product will work for cooking or baking. Many liquid fats -- oils such as canola, corn, olive, and grape seed -- can be healthy when used in moderate amounts. Some oils have stronger flavors that may affect the taste. So experiment to find which oils work best with which recipes. 2. Switch to low-fat dairy. Many dairy products used in cooking and baking are high in fat. You can lower the fat content without compromising taste. Instead of whole milk or half-and-half, pour 1% or skim milk, condensed skim milk, or nonfat half-and-half. Instead of sour cream, try low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt, buttermilk, or even low-fat cottage cheese (you may need to blend it first to make it smooth.) To make a sauce that calls for cream or whole milk, use cornstarch and skim milk. 3. Use less fat altogether. For many dishes, you can use 25% to 33% less fat than what the recipe says. Another tip: Substitute applesauce or mashed bananas for some or all of the fat in baked goods. *CGM-based treatment requires fingersticks for calibration, if patient is taking acetaminophen, or if symptoms/expectations do not match CGM readings, and if not performed, may result in hypoglycemia. Pl Continue reading >>

Diabetes-friendly Recipes

Diabetes-friendly Recipes

We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs. All our recipes are tested thoroughly by us to make sure they’re suitable for your kitchen at home. We know many of you are concerned about healthy eating, so we send them to a qualified nutritionist for thorough analysis too. We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs. All our recipes are tested thoroughly by us to make sure they’re suitable for your kitchen at home. We know many of you are concerned about healthy eating, so we send them to a qualified nutritionist for thorough analysis too. Continue reading >>

Seven-day Type 2 Diabetes Meal Plan

Seven-day Type 2 Diabetes Meal Plan

Eating a diabetes-friendly diet can help keep your blood sugar levels under control. But it can be difficult to stick to a regular meal plan — unless you have a plan in place. Check out these 21 delicious, diabetes-friendly recipes to use for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Remember to stay within your carbohydrate allowance by noting the carb content and serving size of the recipes. Also, be sure to balance your meals with lean protein and healthy plant fats. Breakfast: Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast This may sound too decadent for breakfast, but paired with scrambled egg whites, it can fit into a diabetes-friendly meal plan. Whole grain toast will help ensure you get your daily fiber too. Lunch: Salmon Salad with White Beans Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and is also a delicious topper to workday salad. Dinner: Cuban-Marinated Sirloin Kabobs with Grilled Asparagus Spice things up with this flavorful skewer. Dried herbs and spices are a great way to pack a punch of flavor without adding unnecessary calories and fat. Breakfast: Apple Pie Oatmeal with Greek Yogurt Who wouldn’t like a slice of pie for breakfast? This oatmeal will leave your kitchen smelling like the flavors of fall, and your stomach happy and satisfied. Add some extra plain Greek yogurt on top for more protein. Lunch: Turkey-Cranberry Wraps Turkey and cranberry sauce isn’t just for Thanksgiving! This is an easy grab-and-go lunch that even your kids will enjoy. Note: This recipe may not be appropriate for all people with type 2 diabetes, because it contains 60 grams of carbs per serving. You can adjust the amount of cranberry sauce to lower the carb count. Dinner: Cilantro-Lime Tilapia with Spinach and Tomatoes Take a trip to the tropics with this fast fish dish. Breakfast Continue reading >>

Diabetes Meal Plan Recipes

Diabetes Meal Plan Recipes

It's not always easy to follow your diabetes meal plan day after day, but these delicious recipes may help. Appetizer recipes Beverage recipes Bread recipes Breakfast recipes Dessert recipes Main dish recipes Salad recipes Sandwich recipes Sauce and dressing recipes Side dish recipes Soup recipes Vegetable recipes Continue reading >>

15 Delicious Diabetes-friendly Dinner Ideas

15 Delicious Diabetes-friendly Dinner Ideas

For many people, dinner is a time to sit down as a family and reconnect — and it turns out that this routine is good for your health. Studies have shown that eating alone in front of the TV and eating on the go are associated with greater incidences of obesity and type 2 diabetes in both children and adults. Now that you are working to manage your type 2 diabetes, it’s even more important to sit down with people you care about and enjoy a well-planned meal together. Here are 15 tasty, diabetes-friendly dinner recipes to get you started. Tip: When dinner is served, take the time to teach your family members about the healthy-plate method and the other smart-eating tips you’ve learned. You’ll be contributing to their ongoing health as well as your own — and teaching your kids good habits now may even prevent them from developing type 2 diabetes themselves. Learn more healthy habits in Step 5. Continue reading >>

Healthy Diabetic Recipes

Healthy Diabetic Recipes

Find healthy, delicious diabetic recipes including main dishes, drinks, snacks and desserts from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell. Of all the vegetables in the supermarket, cabbage gives you some of the best value for your dollar. It's inexpensive and low in calories, but packed with nutritional benefits (vitamin C, fiber, cancer-fighting phytochemicals). This easy vegetable side dish gets a boost of flavor from shallot, caraway seeds and a delicious finish of crisp bacon. This good-for-your-gut-health food gets super-silky when slowly cooked in the oven. Serve these flavorful braised leeks with roast chicken or fish. 1 1 This simple snack provides the energy you need when you start to drag. Protein-rich Greek yogurt and sweet strawberries make for a super-simple and satisfying snack. Roasting vegetables and salmon together on one sheet pan while the rice cooks makes an easy, satisfying meal packed with protein, whole grains and veggies. To ensure that you're getting 100 percent whole grains, look for a wild rice blend that consists of wild and brown rice. Blitzed cauliflower gives this very easy vegan soup recipe its creamy taste without adding any dairy. To get the silkiest texture, puree the soup in a blender rather than using an immersion blender. Make guacamole at home that tastes just like it came from Chipotle--but don't worry, our version won't be "extra"! This deliciously fresh guac is perfect for topping burrito bowls or tacos, or serve as an appetizer or healthy snack with tortilla chips and veggies. 1 ADVERTISEMENT Mashed avocado and white beans make for a fiber-rich and creamy topping, the perfect partner for a crispy slice of toast. Try it for a quick breakfast or snack. Potatoes were first to benefit from the Hasselback techinique--making thin Continue reading >>

Diabetic Entrées

Diabetic Entrées

Healthy Diabetic Meals Although the management approach and medications for diabetes vary depending on the type of diabetes, age, health status, and lifestyle factors–diet is always a key factor. The good news is that there are foods you can add to your diet that will help control diabetes. Our collection of healthy diabetic main dishes offer low-carb, low-fat, low-sugar, and low-sodium options that are flavorful and satisfying down to the last bite. First up is our Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon with Avocado-Orange Salsa. View Recipe: Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon with Avocado-Orange Salsa Grilled Chicken and Lemon Salad Depending on the season, you may want to consider substituting thin, blanched, fresh asparagus for the sugar snap peas. You can’t go wrong with either application. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential to the flavor of this salad. The bottled juice just doesn’t compare. Microwave lemons for about 30 seconds before squeezing them; they’ll yield more juice. View Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Lemon Salad Skillet Pork and Warm Pineapple Salsa Pineapple is a sweet foil for the fiery jalapeño. Either fresh or canned pineapple chunks work well in this recipe. If you like a spicier kick, remember that smaller jalapeño peppers are typically hotter than the larger ones. To complete the meal, serve with rice and steamed snow peas. View Recipe: Skillet Pork and Warm Pineapple Salsa Continue reading >>

Low Carb Guide To Healthy Eating With Diabetes

Low Carb Guide To Healthy Eating With Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic disease that has reached epidemic proportions. It currently affects over 400 million people worldwide (1). Although diabetes is a complicated disease, maintaining good blood sugar control can greatly reduce the risk of complications (2, 3). One of the ways to achieve better blood sugar levels is to follow a low-carb diet. This article provides a detailed overview of low-carb diets for managing diabetes. What is Diabetes, and What Role Does Food Play? If you have diabetes, your body cannot process carbohydrates effectively. Normally, when you eat carbs, they are broken down into small units of glucose, which end up as blood sugar. When blood sugar levels go up, the pancreas responds by producing the hormone insulin. This hormone allows the blood sugar to enter cells. In healthy people, blood sugar levels remain within a narrow range throughout the day. In diabetes, however, this system doesn’t work the way it is supposed to. This is a big problem, because having both too high and too low blood sugar levels can cause severe harm. There are several types of diabetes, but the two most common ones are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Both of these conditions can be diagnosed at any age. In type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune process destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Diabetics must inject insulin several times a day to ensure that glucose gets into the cells and stays at a healthy level in the bloodstream (4). In type 2 diabetes, the beta cells at first produce enough insulin, but the body’s cells are resistant to its action, so blood sugar remains high. To compensate, the pancreas produces more insulin, attempting to bring blood sugar down. Over time, the beta cells lose their ability to produce enough insulin (5). Of the three nutrie Continue reading >>

Dinner Ideas For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Dinner Ideas For People With Type 2 Diabetes

Every 23 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. But although diabetes is widespread, public awareness and understanding of the disease can be limited. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 29 million Americans currently have diabetes, but a quarter of them do not know it. Another 86 million adults have prediabetes, with 90 percent of them being unaware. Diabetes is a serious disease that can, if uncontrolled, lead to loss of eyesight, cardiovascular problems, kidney damage, and even amputation of lower limbs. The good news is, it can be managed and these serious health problems can be avoided. Diet techniques for diabetes The even better news is that diabetes can be managed through a combination of exercise, health care, and diet. Despite popular belief, a diet can be varied, tasty, and fulfilling. The "diabetic plate" Maintaining a consistent, well-balanced diet can help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels under control. Portion control is also important, which is where the "diabetic plate" comes in. Endorsed by several organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the "diabetic plate" can be very helpful when planning dinners. Follow these simple steps: Draw an imaginary line down the center of your plate. Divide one half into two further sections, so that your plate is now divided into three. Fill the biggest section with non-starchy vegetables, such as spinach, green beans, salsa, mushrooms, broccoli, or others. Use proteins to fill one of the smaller sections. Good options are skinless chicken, salmon, shrimp, tempeh or tofu, eggs, and much more. Legumes can fit in either the protein or the starch section because they provide both protein and carbohydrate. Grains, legumes and starch Continue reading >>

Easy Greek Chicken

Easy Greek Chicken

Quick and easy meals are great any time of the year! Here’s a tasty chicken breast recipe you can make on the weekend, then use all week long in wraps, salads, sandwiches and other easy meals. Spend more time at the pool or the ball game and less time cooking! Be sure to check your herbs to make sure they are fresh and still in date. This will ensure you receive maximum flavor and health benefits! Updated 3/27/15- This recipe is featured in my new ebook! The 28 Day Diabetes Diet Meal Planner: Lower Carb Menus & Easy Recipes is the perfect way to stay on track with your diet- whether you have Type 2 diabetes or just want to watch your carb intake. In this newest ebook, I wanted to make meal planning and cooking super easy so that even people who have no previous cooking experience could make healthy and delicious recipes. This particular recipe is really a “base” recipe that you can build lots of meal on. For example, in the photo above, I am using the Greek chicken in a salad. I’ve also included other ways you can use this recipe such as pita wraps, chicken salad, etc. You can cook up a batch of this chicken and have a good variety of meals to enjoy for several days. If your life is busy and hectic at mealtime, this will make meal prep and cooking a breeze! P.S. Check out my Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Dip recipe! Continue reading >>

15 Easy Diabetic Recipes You’ll Want To Make Over And Over

15 Easy Diabetic Recipes You’ll Want To Make Over And Over

Pineapple Pudding Cake Taste of Home My mother used to love making this easy dessert in the summertime. It's so cool and refreshing that it never lasts very long! Recipe shared by Kathleen Worden, North Andover, Massachusetts. Mini Ham 'n' Cheese Frittatas Taste of Home I found this recipe a few years ago and tried to make it with it with a few changes. I'm diabetic, and this fits into my low-carb and low-fat diet. Every time I serve a brunch, the frittatas are the first thing to disappear, and nobody knows they are low fat! Recipe shared by Susan Watt, Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Simple Lemon Pie Taste of Home Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorite desserts, and this yummy, sweet-tart version is so good that no one will suspect that it's light. Recipe shared by Frances VanFossan, Warren, Michigan. Pork Chops with Honey-Garlic Sauce Taste of Home The honey and garlic sauce is so good, I sometimes double it so there's extra for dipping. Recipe shared by Michelle Smith, Eldersburg, Maryland. Walnut-Crusted Salmon Taste of Home Whenever I can get salmon for a good price, I always turn to this simple and delicious recipe. Recipe shared by Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah. Carrot Broccoli Soup Taste of Home This soup is a staple at our house. It's fast, easy, yummy and so nutritious filled to the brim with carrots and broccoli! Recipe shared by Sandy Smith, London, Ontario. No-Fuss Avocado Onion Salad Taste of Home My mother could take a simple salad and turn it into something incredibly delicious. This one is a favorite of mine, and it is so easy to make. Recipe shared by Marina Castle, Canyon Country, California. Spinach-Mushroom Scrambled Eggs Taste of Home My husband and I enjoyed a mushroom egg dish at a hotel restaurant. I've created a healthy rendition with loads of hearty Continue reading >>

Diabetic Main Courses For Summer

Diabetic Main Courses For Summer

The lamb is marinated in a brightly spiced marinade featuring cilantro, onion, lime, garlic, ginger , and garam masala, threaded on skewers, and served over bulgur. If you'd rather not make your own garam masala, look for the spice blend in the ethnic section of large supermarkets or at food specialty shops. Lime does double duty in this recipe, both in the marinade and the dressing. Its tart flavor enhances the grilled beef, the tomatoes, and the honey-kissed dressing. Large, juicy shrimp and succulent scallops keep company with tender onion and zucchini in these spicy-hot grilled kabobs. A brushing sauce of mashed chipotle peppers and cumin provide plenty of fire. Juicy chicken breasts go Southwestern with this salsa bursting with pineapple, chipotle pepper, and lime. Plain yogurt adds the creamy texture to the garlic-lemon dressing, which is tossed with greens and parmesan cheese, then topped with broiled salmon. This chicken recipe has all the best ingredients of Italy -- black olives, capers, garlic, fresh basil, red wine, olive oil, and tomatoes. Perfect for a meal on a hot day. This flavorful broiled fish dish has only 123 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Packed with B vitamins, protein, and vitamin C, this summer salad packs a nutritional punch. The sprightly marriage of lemon and dill is a match made in heaven, and three certainly isn't a crowd when sweet pink shrimp are added to the mix. The flavors of asparagus and shrimp flourish with the addition of a balsamic vinaigrette. This salad has the makings of an elegant meal and deserves to be included on a special celebration menu. Continue reading >>

Chicken Veggie Stir Fry + The Pre-diabetes Diet Plan

Chicken Veggie Stir Fry + The Pre-diabetes Diet Plan

Eating for overall good health and diabetes prevention just got a whole lot easier with this family-pleasing recipe for Chicken Veggie Stir Fry. Over 80 million Americans of all ages have pre-diabetes, which puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes—a disease that can lead to blindness, kidney failure, and blood vessel damage. Obesity, inactivity, a low fiber diet, and a high intake of sugar-sweetened beverages are common risk factors for diabetes. To the rescue is registered dietitian, Hillary Wright, M.Ed, RD whose new book, The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan outlines simple eating and exercise strategies aimed at reversing and preventing diabetes. As part of her pre-diabetes diet plan, Hillary recommends filling half your plate with non-starchy vegetables, 25% with a lean protein food, and the remaining 25% with a starchy veggie or whole grain. She’s not anti carb, but instead, she emphasizes the Two Qs: quality (whole grain) and quantity (not too much). I served our stir fry with whole grain brown rice and stuck to a 2/3 cup portion. Continue reading >>

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