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10 Sugar Free Desserts For Diabetics

10 Sugar Free Desserts For Diabetics

Diabetes, medically referred as diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic medical condition in which a person has high levels of glucose or blood sugar in the body. The condition makes heart and circulatory problems more likely. Most people develop high blood pressure which can lead to stroke, blood vessel damage, kidney failure, etc. Complications of type 2 diabetes are associated with platelet and neurovascular unit dysfunction. Patients with a high level of blood sugar will typically experience frequent urination, increased thirst, and most of all, increasing hunger. In the last 5 years, there has been an estimated number of over 382 million people throughout the world with diabetes. Luscious cakes, chocolate pies, parfaits, all those mouthwatering desserts, does it really mean that a person with diabetes should give a farewell to these sweet temptations? That is not necessarily true all the time because there are sugar free desserts for diabetics! Sugar Free Desserts for Diabetics Most people who learned that they have diabetes would quit delicious desserts in fear of an impending doom and start a dull, strange new diet along with skipping dessert. Isn’t it frustrating to quit on something you love to have with you and has already become your routine ever since? The truth is you don’t have to quit dessert. We’ve listed below the best desserts for diabetics to make life more delicious. It should just be a matter of balancing what you eat instead of quitting on them. Don’t lose hope, you can still enjoy these delightful desserts even if you have diabetes. Indulge your sweet tooth with these 10 sugar-free desserts without bringing your sugar level to a roller coaster ride. Sugar-free and low amount of calorie can be a healthy way to eat mouthwatering desserts, Continue reading >>

Diabetic Cakes & Desserts

Diabetic Cakes & Desserts

Being diagnosed with diabetes may feel like a prison sentence if you have a strong sweet tooth. With a few modifications, however, it’s more than possible to have your cake and eat it, too. Sugar substitutes, low-calorie ingredients, smaller servings and lower-glycemic sweeteners are all helpful when designing a meal plan that includes appropriate desserts. Video of the Day Unless nutritional information is listed on the menu, you never quite know what you’re getting when you order dessert from a restaurant. When you prepare it yourself, however, you know exactly what goes into it and can even calculate the nutrition facts per serving. Instead of following recipes to the letter, make substitutions -- such as applesauce for some oil or skim milk for whole milk -- to reduce calories per serving without dramatically altering the taste of the final product. Use Sugar Substitutes Artificial sweeteners have major advantages in diabetic desserts. Most are hundreds of times sweeter than traditional table sugar, for example, so you can get by with much smaller amounts of them. Most also have no effect on your blood sugar levels, so it’s possible to sub them in for sugar and reduce carb and calorie counts. Joslin Diabetes Center Nutrition Diabetes Educator Gillian Arathuzik recommends using aspartame or sucralose as sugar substitutes, and “Diabetic Pastry Chef” caterer Stacey Harris suggests a blend of sucralose and traditional sugar in recipes. Desserts are carb-rich even in very small amounts and even when you use sugar substitutes, so plan to enjoy just a few bites rather than a few big helpings. To avoid temptation, portion out desserts right away, share them with a friend and store extras out of sight. It can help to think about portion sizes visually. According to Continue reading >>

Diabetic Thanksgiving Desserts

Diabetic Thanksgiving Desserts

Almond Butter Chocolate Truffles You'll never crave a store-brand peanut butter and chocolate candy again with these homemade truffles. Made with almond butter and melted dark chocolate, you can add any toppings you like such as coconut, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, or dried fruit. Make a bunch of these to save in your fridge as a quick, sweet snack that won't make you crash later thanks to 8g of protein, 5.1g fiber, and little added sugar thanks to unsalted almonds, almond butter, and dark chocolate cacao. View Recipe: Almond Butter Chocolate Truffles Protein-Packed Cheese Board Enjoy this spread as an appetizer or dessert. Nuts and cheese pack in the protein while the fruit and chocolate add just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy your cravings. Not only does this cheese board pack in protein, there is more than 390mg of calcium per serving thanks to the cheese, almonds, and chocolate. Guests will love this lighter alternative to traditional Thanksgiving desserts. With 10 servings per cheese board, there's plenty for friends and family, but the recipe is easy to double if you need more. View Recipe: Protein-Packed Cheese Board Almond Butter Nice Cream A blend between frozen yogurt and ice cream, "nice" cream is the easiest and healthiest way to satisfy your sweet tooth. There's nothing better than the salty and sweet combination of nuts and chocolate. We've elevated this classic combo with creamy almond butter and high quality cocoa powder for 5.84g of protein, 5.32g fiber, and just 13.71g of sugar. Guests will love the taste of this alternative to traditional ice cream, and you'll love how quick and easy it is to make. View Recipe: Almond Butter Nice Cream Spiralized Cinnamon Apples with Greek Yogurt We’re kind of obsessed with spiralizing, so naturally we had Continue reading >>

32 Healthy Store-bought Snacks

32 Healthy Store-bought Snacks

1 of 34 When food shopping, picking the healthiest groceries can be tough. Say one bag of potato chips is "baked" while another is "kettle-cooked." Which is the better choice? (Turns out kettle-cooked is more nutritious.) A new system, being used in more than 750 supermarkets across the country, can help you figure that out. NuVal ranks every product in the store from 1 to 100 (100 being the healthiest) by evaluating more than 25 nutrients and other related factors. So we sorted through scores of popular snacks, from chips to cheese, to pull out the best. NuVal: 24Calories: 140Serving Size: 16 chips 2 of 34 3 of 34 Continue reading >>

Sweet! 15 Diabetic-friendly Holiday Dessert Recipes

Sweet! 15 Diabetic-friendly Holiday Dessert Recipes

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Taste of Home These sweet cookies feature white chocolate and cranberries for a delightful taste. The red and white coloring add a great holiday feel to any cookie tray. Recipe shared by Donna Beck, Scottdale, Pennsylvania. No-Bake Peanut Butter Treats Taste of Home This quick and tasty dessert is perfect for a road trip. The treats won't stick to your hands, so you'll crave more than one. Keep them on hand in the refrigerator for an easy snack. Recipe shared by Sonia Rohda, Waverly, Nebraska. Frozen Pistachio Dessert with Raspberry Sauce Taste of Home Raspberry sauce lends bright color and flavor to this cool and creamy pistachio treat. It's a beautiful, delicious dessert that's sure to impress. Recipe shared by Suzette Jury , Keene, California. Get the recipe on TasteofHome.com Makeover Marbled Orange Fudge Taste of Home Orange Creamsicles, you just got a makeover! This time, all the taste is packed in amazing fudge form, so you can enjoy all the flavor in one bite. Recipe shared by Jana Moses, West Linn, Oregon. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake Taste of Home This light and airy cheesecake is great for entertaining. The chocolate crust lends a unique flavor that complements the sweet strawberry filling. It always earns praise and adds a touch of elegance to the table. Recipe shared by Kathy Berger, Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Key Lime Mousse Cups Taste of Home Light, lovely, and laced with a splash of tart key lime juice, these fancy little phyllo cups are so refreshing served as an after-dinner dessert treat...and they take just minutes to whip up! Recipe shared by Suzanne Pauley, Renton, Washington. Get the recipe on TasteofHome.com Ganache-Topped Chocolate Cake Taste of Home Although this cake looks very elegant and like something y Continue reading >>

Shop Smarter: 100-calorie Store-bought Desserts

Shop Smarter: 100-calorie Store-bought Desserts

← Use Arrows Keys → Some nights, an after-dinner treat is the only way to satisfy taste buds. Homemade recipes are almost always best, but there's not always time to slave away in the kitchen! Whether you're craving a chocolatey, frozen, or fruity dessert, each of these store-bought treats are 100 calories or less, so feel free to indulge without any guilt. Continue reading >>

5 Diabetes-friendly Desserts

5 Diabetes-friendly Desserts

Mocha Ricotta Tiramisu This delectable take on the popular Italian dessert includes the traditional sponge cakes soaked in coffee and liqueur for the base. Then a light and creamy mixture of sweetened ricotta cheese and yogourt replaces the whipped high-fat mascarpone cheese that usually layers the ladyfingers. A sprinkling of grated dark chocolate is the finishing touch. Get the full recipe: Mocha Ricotta Tiramisu Black Forest Mousse Cake Here’s one of those heavenly warm, dense chocolate cakes that is very light, surprisingly low in fat and much easier to make than you might think. Cocoa delivers a rich, chocolatey flavour with less fat than plain chocolate. A dollop of mock whipped cream spiked with cherry brandy adds a delightful touch to each slice of cake. Get the full recipe: Black Forest Mousse Cake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Look what happened to the traditional chocolate chip cookie! This recipe yields cookies with half the fat of the original, plus old-fashioned oats, which add a fibre boost. Yet, all this trimming has not slimmed down the flavour-these cookies will disappear fast. Get the full recipe: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Look what happened to the traditional chocolate chip cookie! This recipe yields cookies with half the fat of the original, plus old-fashioned oats, which add a fibre boost. Yet, all this trimming has not slimmed down the flavour-these cookies will disappear fast. Get the full recipe: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies Baked Almond-Stuffed Peaches Turn fresh peaches into a fabulous warm dessert by stuffing them with dried apricots, toasted almonds and crushed amaretti cookie crumbs, then baking them in the oven until they are brown and bubbly. Try a variation featuring apples and stuffing them with Continue reading >>

Top 10 Convenient Store Bought, Low-carb Snacks

Top 10 Convenient Store Bought, Low-carb Snacks

We all know that convenience foods aren’t the best route to go especially if you’re on a low carb diet. Some of us just don’t have the luxury of being able to cook all the time, which makes it difficult to stay on-track with any diet. Below is our top 10, quick & easy ready to eat snacks found at most convenient stores – no preparation required! 1. Almonds There are approximately 7 grams of carbs per quarter cup of raw almonds. “Research has shown that almonds may reduce the rise in glucose (blood sugar) and insulin levels after meals,” says Peggy O’Shea Kochenbach, MBA, RDN, LDN, a dietitian and consultant in Boston. 2. Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds Another great choice are seeds which contains 2 to 3 grams of carbohydrate per ounce. Dry roasted sunflower seeds (without salt) have about 1.9g of carbs per serving. Make sure you read the labels since some flavored brand of sunflower seeds contains sugars and unhealthy trans fats. 3. Packets or Cans of Tuna Tuna is a great source of protein, contains zero carbohydrates, and is also a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. 4. Sugar-Free Gelatin Yearning for something sweet and fruity? Sugar-free gelatin will satisfy your craving for almost no calories and zero carbs. 5. Pistachios Eating a handful of pistachios makes a great tasty snack and is also healthy because it lowers the blood sugar level by slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates in the body. Read more about the health benefits of pistachios. 6. Carrot sticks Carrots are a good source of beta-carotene. Carrots makes a great snacks for diabetics as their carotenoid and vitamin A content helps protect your eyes from diabetic retinopathy or damage to the blood vessels in the eye from long-term diabetes. 7. Peanut butter Eating peanut butter may Continue reading >>

Healthy Desserts For Your Diabetes Diet

Healthy Desserts For Your Diabetes Diet

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

Diabetic Christmas Desserts

Diabetic Christmas Desserts

Almond Butter Chocolate Truffles Store-bought chocolates fall short compared to these homemade peanut butter and chocolate truffles. Made with almond butter and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, you can add any toppings you like, such as coconut, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, or dried fruit. For only 6 grams of sugar per serving, the options are plentiful. View Recipe: Almond Butter Chocolate Truffles Protein-Packed Cheese Board Nuts and cheese add satiating protein while fruit and dark chocolate add just the right dose of sweetness to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy this nutrient-rich cheese board before or after dinner for only 11 grams of sugar per serving. View Recipe: Protein-Packed Cheese Board Spiralized Cinnamon Apples with Greek Yogurt Not only is spiralizing fun for entertaining, but it’s also a great way to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet without the addition of calorie-heavy and sugar-laden ingredients. To further reduce sugar content, simply omit brown sugar. View Recipe: Spiralized Cinnamon Apples with Greek Yogurt Chickpea Cookie Dough Not only is spiralizing fun for entertaining, but it’s also a great way to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet without the addition of calorie-heavy and sugar-laden ingredients. To further reduce sugar content, simply omit brown sugar. View Recipe: Chickpea Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt Bark Naturally sweetened with only a touch of honey and fruit, this Greek yogurt bark can take on any flavor profile you prefer. We found that strawberries, cacao nibs, hazelnuts, shredded coconut, and dried cherries creates a winning combination for only 6 grams of sugar per serving. Store a batch in your freezer for a fast, protein-packed snack or dessert. View Recipe: Greek Yogurt Bark Berry-P Continue reading >>

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients 1 9-inch chilled, unbaked pastry shell (store-bought or you can follow the link in the directions to a recipe for Basic Pastry Dough) Directions If you'd like to make your own pie crust, you can follow our Basic Pastry Dough recipe. Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, stir together pumpkin puree, brown sugar substitute, granulated sugar, egg substitute, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Gradually add evaporated skim milk, whisking thoroughly. Pour pumpkin mixture into pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 350°F and continue to bake for another 40 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before serving. Nutrition Information Per serving: 145 calories (32% calories from fat), 6 g protein, 5 g total fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 1 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch), 1 fat Welcome to the Type 2 Diabetes Center! This is your launching pad for living better with type 2 diabetes. We’ve gathered all the latest type 2 diabetes information, research updates, and advances in devices and medications. And because diabetes impacts every facet of your life, you’ll also find practical advice from leading experts and other people living with type 2 diabetes featured here. That includes mouth-watering, healthy recipes; money-saving tips; advice to help navigate social, professional, and relationship issues; and inspiring personal stories from people just like you. Explore the resources here and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be alerted to new additions. Continue reading >>

Best Ice Creams For Diabetics

Best Ice Creams For Diabetics

Best Ice Creams For Diabetics: 5 Questions To Ask Yourself To help you both lower your blood sugar (glucose) and shed excess weight (which is often vital for diabetes control), the faculty at the Pritikin health resort suggest that you ask yourself the following 5 questions: 1 How much am I scooping out? Turn around any container of ice cream and you’ll likely see on the Nutrition Facts label that the serving size is a half cup. A level half cup. That’s the same size as those little single-serving containers of Jello pudding or Activia yogurt. Yep, four or five bites and it’s all over. So unless you’re being really careful (or using teeny-tiny bowls), you’re probably scooping out at least a cup, which means twice the calories, twice the artery clogging saturated fat, and twice the sugar that’s listed on the label. 2 Am I keeping a lid on sugar? It’s difficult to know exactly how much added sugar a serving of ice cream contains because the number you see for grams of sugar on the Nutrition Facts label includes added sugars as well as the naturally-occurring (and Pritikin-friendly) sugars from the milk and fruit ingredients. 100 calories Suffice it to say that if you’re sticking with fat-free ice creams and frozen yogurts that have 100 calories or fewer per serving, you’re probably not getting more than 3 teaspoons of added sugar, point out the Pritikin dietitians in their nutrition workshops at the health resort. But keep in mind that 3 teaspoons of added, refined sugar is still a lot, particularly if you’re concerned about your blood glucose and triglyceride levels, not to mention your waistline. The doctors and dietitians at Pritikin are far from alone in their concerns about added sugars. The American Heart Association now recommends no more than 6 Continue reading >>

Shop-bought Treats And Diabetes

Shop-bought Treats And Diabetes

The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens this August and many of us will be on a knife edge waiting to find out who'll be crowned top baker in October. But not all of us have ambitions to become the next Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood, some of us just don't have the time – or inclination – to bake. That doesn't stop us from looking lovingly at all the cakes and bakes that are available in the shops, though. Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying the occasional treat. But it does pay to know what's going into the treats you buy, and to think about how foods like this can fit into overall diabetes management. Being aware of how to read food labels and portion sizes can help you stay in control. 6 top tips for buying baked goods Top ways to buy a healthier bake and what to look out for in the bakery aisle. Tip 1: read the labels Most packaged foods now contain nutritional information on the front and back of the pack to help you make healthier choices. Find out more aboutinterpreting labels on food packaging. Tip 2: read the ingredients list On the back of the packaging, you’ll find more detailed nutritional information including carbs. The ingredients list is also here and will tell you the quantities of what’s in the product. Look for where sugar appears on this list – the ingredients are listed with the largest amount first – to help you compare products. Other words for ‘free’ or ‘added’ sugar include honey, syrup, fructose and glucose. Tip 3: what about food with no labels? Many baked goods from the bakery section often aren't labelled, but a quick google search at home will give you this information. At Enjoy Food, we carried out a little experiment. We looked online at the nutritional information for three unwrapped baked f Continue reading >>

31 Healthy Ways People With Diabetes Can Enjoy Carbs

31 Healthy Ways People With Diabetes Can Enjoy Carbs

Photo by cookieandkate.com Whether you've just been diagnosed with diabetes or you've been managing it like a pro for years, chances are you always need new recipes to add to your repertoire. Or maybe you have a family member/friend/date who has diabetes, and want to cook dinner for them. Fear not. You don't have to cook special, "diabetic" meals. Or, despite popular myths, obsessively avoid carbs. Many people think that if you have diabeetus (as Wilford Brimley would say) that means you can't eat carbohydrates. But, in fact, people with diabetes should get about 50% of their daily caloric intake from carbs — like anyone else looking to follow a healthy diet. You just need to consider three things before chowing down: the type of carb, adding a protein, and portion sizes. These factors all impact blood sugar and can help keep sugars within normal range (aka glycemic control), which is the ultimate goal in diabetes management. NBC Studios / Via uproxx.com Here's what's going on: When you eat carbs, your body breaks them down into sugar (aka glucose) which is used for energy. Glucose is the ideal energy source for most bodily functions, including — most important — brain power. And insulin is a hormone that takes care of keeping your blood glucose in a safe range by transporting glucose from the blood into your body's cells. When a person has diabetes, their insulin is either not working effectively, is being produced inefficiently, or in some cases not being produced at all (depending on the type of diabetes). As a result, they have elevated levels of glucose in the blood. That's likely where the whole no-carbs-or-sugar misconception came from. "Just don't eat carbs or sugar and you'll be fine," right? Nope. It's not a carb thing, it's an insulin thing. Your body d Continue reading >>

The Big Book Of Diabetic Desserts

The Big Book Of Diabetic Desserts

When I think of diabetic desserts, not very many things come to mind. Most homemade treats are either not an option or can only be eaten on a restricted basis. Most storebought desserts are poor substitutes for the “real” thing. But when I first came across The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts, I was impressed and as I read through it, I liked the book even more because – diabetic or not – it is a well put-together cookbook with lots of appealing recipes. The book is divided into chapters and includes sections on cakes, quick breads, tarts, cookies, custards and pies. There is a tremendous amount of variety in the flavors used – from familiar chocolate cake to a more tropical mango lime tart – and it’s nice to see a cookbook that spends so much time on non-cookie recipes. I also want to note that the cookbook is not just packed with recipes that replace sugar with an artificial sweetener. Some do call for a sugar substitute, but the 150 or so recipes in the book seem to have had their nutritional data carefully looked at and deemed to be in a healthy/acceptable range. What this basically means is that many of the recipes in the book use real sugar, just in limited amounts. Sugar is such a crucial ingredient in baking and can affect the texture and moisture levels of baked goods to such an extent that most recipes made with a substitute can’t quite compare to one that actually uses sugar. The book was put out by the American Diabetes Association (but written by Jackie Mills) and includes all of the relevant nutritional information with every recipe, including nutritional exchanges, to make incorporating the snacks into a diabetic diet as easy as possible. Many of the recipes are low in fat, so the nutritional info also comes in handy for other people who are Continue reading >>

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