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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

The Best And Worst Foods To Eat In A Type 2 Diabetes Diet

The Best And Worst Foods To Eat In A Type 2 Diabetes Diet

Following a type 2 diabetes diet doesn’t mean you have to give up all the things you love — you can still enjoy a wide range of foods and, in some cases, even help reverse type 2 diabetes. Indeed, creating a diet for diabetes is a balancing act: It includes a variety of healthy carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The trick is ultimately choosing the right combination of foods that will help keep your blood sugar level in your target range and avoid big swings that can cause diabetes symptoms — from the frequent urination and thirst of high blood sugar to the fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and mood changes of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). The Basics of the Type 2 Diabetes Diet: What Should You Eat? To follow a healthy diet for type 2 diabetes, you must first understand how different foods affect your blood sugar. Carbohydrates, which are found to the largest degree in grains, bread, pasta, milk, sweets, fruit, and starchy vegetables, are broken down into glucose in the blood faster than other types of food, which raises blood sugar, potentially leading to hyperglycemia. Protein and fats do not directly impact blood sugar, but both should be consumed in moderation to keep calories down and weight in a healthy range. To hit your blood sugar level target, eat a variety of foods but monitor portions for foods with a high carbohydrate content, says Alison Massey, RD, CDE, the director of diabetes education at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. “[Foods high in carbohydrates] have the most impact on blood sugar level. This is why some people with diabetes count their carbohydrates at meals and snacks,” she says. How Many Carbs Can You Eat If You Have Diabetes? According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), you can calculate 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

A Guide To Cooking For One

A Guide To Cooking For One

How to treat yourself right when dining on your own Everyone eats alone sometimes. Whether your usual companion is out of town for a few days or you live by yourself and often dine on your own, there's no need to resort to wolfing down a bowl of cereal over the kitchen sink when you could be eating in style. This month we offer tips and techniques for making single servings work, from planning to shopping to the final product. While it may seem at first like a lot of trouble to prepare a complete meal for one, the results are well worth it. Homemade dishes are usually more nutritious and economical than restaurant meals. Cooking well for yourself can also be an important way to make your own health and happiness a priority. In other words: You're worth it. It may also be helpful to think of preparing dinner less as a chore than as a way to relax and de-stress. You can try out different recipes at your leisure without the pressure of others' approval. And you get to choose your favorite foods, since you are the only one you have to please. Begin the process by setting the mood. Make an effort to establish a dividing line between the day's activities and dinnertime. Set a place at the table with your favorite linen. Turn off the television, turn on the music, light a candle or two, maybe have a glass of wineand enjoy taking care of yourself. Planning makes a huge difference when it comes to healthy eating. That's certainly true for big families, but it may be even more so for individuals and couples. Set a goal to plan menus for a week at a time. Don't like the idea of leftovers? Think of them as "planned overs" instead: A small roast prepared on a Sunday, for example, could serve as an open-face sandwich on Monday and a vegetable stir-fry with small amounts of beef on T Continue reading >>

Diabetic Meals & Recipes | Reverse Diabetes | Ex-diabetic

Diabetic Meals & Recipes | Reverse Diabetes | Ex-diabetic

Thefollowing are some examples of diabetic mealsand recipes (taken from the Death to Diabetes Cookbook) that will help you tocontrol and reverse your Type 2 diabetes. A healthy and diabetic-friendly mealprovides key nutrients that a diabetic requires in order to successfully fight and defeat their diabetes and the harmful biological processes that fuel the disease, including reducing insulin resistance, inflammation, oxidation and glycation. Some of those key nutrients include antioxidants, fiber, Omega-3 EFAs, monounsaturated fat, carotenoids, zinc, chlorophyll, magnesium, potassium, chromium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, fiber, and water. These critical, powerful nutrients are found in vegetables, super foods, healing foods, raw juices, antioxidant-rich foods, detox foods, garlic, and other (organic) herbs & spices. Eating a superior breakfast enables your body to fight your diabetes sets the tone for the rest of the day. Here is a sample super meal (diabetic recipe) for breakfast: 1 cups steamed broccoli (or 2 cups spinach) Omega-3 organic egg or 3 oz. canned wild salmon Tip: If possible, drink the raw juice 30 minutes before your meal. Seasoning: Onions, garlic, sea salt, colored peppers, other spices Optional: Add 1 scoop of super greens powder (e.g. chlorella/spirulina, wheat/barley grass) to a glass of water, raw juice or low-sodium V-8 juice. Here are some diabetic recipe/meal options for breakfast: Here is a sample super meal (diabetic recipe) for lunch: A small salad (with Romaine lettuce, baby spinach, sprouts, onion, garlic, celery, cucumber, tomato, tuna, boiled egg, olive oil, apple cider vinegar) Optional: Add 1-2 tsp. chlorella/spirulina to your water Optional Dinner: a raw salad that contains the aforementioned foods with Romaine lettuce, ground salba seed an Continue reading >>

30-minute Meals—all Diabetes-friendly!

30-minute Meals—all Diabetes-friendly!

Cooking a diabetes-friendly meal doesn't have to be a time-consuming endeavor that traps you in the kitchen! Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, are prediabetic, or cook for someone who has diabetes, you know the importance of a healthy—and delicious—dish. We make it easy: These dinner recipes can be prepared, cooked, and served in 30 minutes or less. See 10 of our favorites now! Tandoori is an Indian term used to describe a method of cooking meats quickly over relatively high heat. The sweet mango-pear-cherry chutney not only perfectly compliments these spiced turkey cutlets, but it's also a great low-fat option that will help keep you slim. Antioxidant-packed tart cherries give the dish an extra healthful boost, too. See the full recipe! These simple grilled halibut fillets are chock-full of omega-3s, which reduce inflammation, a major risk factor for diabetes, and appear to improve insulin resistance. Let the flavor soar from average to extraordinary by topping each filet with a spoonful of roasted tomato and olive tapenade. See the full recipe! This small, corkscrew-shaped pasta gathers the rich taste of sauteed mushrooms, shallots, freshly grated Parmesan, and fiber-rich Swiss chard into its crevasses for a simple, healthy meal that tastes gourmet. See the full recipe! For a unique and flavorful twist on your standard stir-fried vegetables, toss them with fresh ginger, garlic, and sesame oil before throwing them into the wok or skillet. Top with seared shrimp for a satisfying dinner that boosts heart health: shrimp is high in vitamin B12, which may lower levels of homocysteine, a marker of heart disease risk. See the full recipe! If you're tired of your standby chili recipe, try swapping ground beef with chicken and adding veggies—chicken has half the Continue reading >>

3-day Diabetes Meal Plan: 1,200 Calories

3-day Diabetes Meal Plan: 1,200 Calories

Eating with diabetes doesn't need to be restrictive or complicated. Healthy eating is the cornerstone of managing diabetes, yet it can be a challenge figuring out what to eat to balance your blood sugar. Here we've created a delicious 3-day meal plan that makes it easier to follow a diabetes diet. In this plan you'll find a mix of nutritious foods including fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, like whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein sources, healthy fats and dairy. This plan limits the amount of foods with refined carbohydrates (think white bread, white rice and sugar), added sugars and saturated fats, which can negatively impact your health if you eat too much. The carbohydrates are balanced throughout the day with each meal containing 2-3 carb servings (30-45 grams of carbohydrates) and each snack containing around 1 carb serving (15 grams of carbohydrates). The calorie and carbohydrate totals are listed next to each meal and snack so you can swap foods with similar nutrition in and out as you like. Eating with diabetes doesn't need to be restrictive or complicated. Incorporating a variety of foods, as we do in this meal plan, is a healthy and sustainable approach to managing diabetes. Not sure if this is the right plan for you? Calculate your calorie level and find the diet meal plan that will work best for you. Day 1 Meal Prep Tip: Cook or set aside an extra 1/2 cup of black beans tonight at dinner to have for lunch on Day 2. Be sure to rinse canned beans to get rid of excess salt. Breakfast (298 calories, 32 grams carbohydrates) • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt • 1/2 cup blueberries • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts • 2 tsp. honey Top yogurt with blueberries, walnuts and honey. Note: We use a small amount of added sweetener, in this case h Continue reading >>

Paula Deen's Top Recipes, Made Diabetes-friendly

Paula Deen's Top Recipes, Made Diabetes-friendly

1 / 9 Back in January, celebrity chef Paula Deen went public with her type 2 diabetes diagnosis around the same time an endorsement deal was announced between Deen and the company that makes the diabetes drug Victoza. Since then, the public has been in an uproar over her full-fat, high-sugar recipes and how they may have contributed to her developing the condition, and it's easy to see why. "If you were to regularly eat the foods that Paula Deen traditionally cooks on her show, it certainly would increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes," says Megan Fendt, nutritionist and certified diabetes educator at the Friedman Diabetes Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. "These types of foods are high in calories, and any calories over and above what our bodies need are stored as fat. And there is a strong link between carrying excess weight and developing diabetes." When she made her announcement on the Today Show, Deen told co-host Al Roker, "I share with you all these yummy, fattening recipes, but I tell people, 'in moderation.' However, it's hard to figure out what constitutes a moderate portion of some of her more famous creations — like battered, deep-fried butter balls and a bacon-and-egg burger served on a glazed donut. The good news is you can enjoy Southern-style cooking with a fraction of the fat, sugar, and calories found in Deen's cooking. Here's our healthier, diabetes-friendly take on Paula's classic cuisine. Continue reading >>

Registered Dietitians Share Healthy Recipes For Type 2 Diabetes

Registered Dietitians Share Healthy Recipes For Type 2 Diabetes

Cooking is an art in itself. We cook not only to feed ourselves but also to bring flavor and spice to our lives. We cook so we can share our food with our loved ones, our friends, sometimes even strangers. Wouldnt it be such a wonderful world if we could eat to our hearts content without having to worry about the impact of food on our bodies and health? For people who have type 2 diabetes, this is a constant worry. The food that they put inside their bodies can either set their day into a beautiful and worry-free motion or wreak havoc to it. The reality of having to count carb, ensure they are getting the proper portion of sizes for every meal can be super daunting. This may even discourage them from wanting to prepare a healthy yet tasty meal for themselves. This is where the beauty of internet comes in: you can find type 2 diabetes-friendly recipes all over the place. In an effort to bring taste and flavor to their lives, weve reached out to very talent experts to share their favorite diabetes-friendly meal with our readers. They are easy to make, they are delicious and they wont cause your blood sugar levels to go array. 1. Remove the florets from the head of cauliflower 2. Transfer florets to a food processor and pulse until pieces are the size of rice grains. Set aside 3. Place 1 tsp of sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until onion is soft 4. Add the edamame and cauliflower and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 to 6 minutes, until cauliflower is heated through 5. Mix in the scallions, soy sauce, and remaining sesame oil, stir until combined 6. Remove from heat and transfer to serving dish This recipe uses a wonderful substitution for white rice, which is high in simple carbohydra 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 >>

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