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Diabetic Appetizer Recipes

Diabetic Appetizer Recipes

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10 Easy Snacks For Diabetes

10 Easy Snacks For Diabetes

Thinkstock Stay Fueled With These Diabetes Snacks Snacks aren't just an excuse to munch on something mid-day — they are an important part of a type 2 diabetes diet to help manage weight and control blood sugar. "Eating frequently throughout the day allows you to better regulate your appetite and avoid excess hunger, which can lead to overeating and elevated blood sugar levels," says Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, and author of The 2-Day Diabetes Diet. Palinski-Wade has three recommendations for good diabetes snacks: Stick to between 15 and 45 grams of carbohydrates per diabetes snack, choose 100 percent whole grains, and eat whole fruits instead of fruit juice. Also be sure you eat every 4 to 6 hours, suggests Jessica Crandall, RD, CDE, a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "If it's going to be a longer time before you eat a meal or if you feel your blood sugar dropping, eat a snack," she says. Continue reading >>

Can People With Diabetes Eat Popcorn?

Can People With Diabetes Eat Popcorn?

Popcorn can be a healthful snack for most people, depending on how it is prepared. With its fairly low calorie and high-fiber content, air popped popcorn is often a go-to snack for dieters. However, people with diabetes have more to worry about than their waistlines when snacking on popcorn. People with diabetes can eat popcorn but need to choose carefully the type of popcorn, how it is cooked, and how much they eat, due to popcorn's high carb content. Nutritional information Air-popped popcorn offers very few calories per cup. In addition, a cup of air-popped popcorn contains a little over 1 gram (g) in fiber. It also contains about 1 g of protein and about 6 g of carbohydrate. Additionally, popcorn contains zero cholesterol and is almost fat-free, far less than 0.5 g per cup. The total calories in a 5-cup serving are between 100-150. Popcorn qualifies as a whole-grain food. One serving can provide about 70 percent of the recommended daily intake of whole grain. Popcorn is full of vitamins and minerals. A single serving of popcorn contains a number of vitamins and minerals, including: vitamin A vitamin E vitamin B6 pantothenic acid thiamin niacin riboflavin A serving of popcorn also contains iron and trace amounts of manganese, calcium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. The popcorn's hull or shell is the source of much of its nutritional value. The shell contains beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which are important for maintaining eye health. The shell also contains polyphenols with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease. Researchers have stated that popcorn contains up to 300 milligrams of polyphenols per serving. This high amount of polyphenols is more than 60 percent of the am Continue reading >>

How To Make Sugar Free Kettle Corn

How To Make Sugar Free Kettle Corn

I was really kind of surprised when I learned How to Make Sugar Free Kettle Corn Sugar free kettle corn just seemed like it would be something that took a bit more effort to make. How to Make Sugar Free Kettle Corn Like so many people that I know, I just love the taste of popcorn. I could eat popcorn every day if I could. Popcorn is just that yummy to me. People seem to like popcorn because it is so easy to make. We can also top it with just about anything. While butter and salt may be a popular topping idea, we do have other options. Sometimes, we can make our popcorn taste a bit sweet too. Kettle popcorn is that popcorn that has a hint of sweet. While it is not as sweet as caramel corn is, it is still sweeter than the normal plain popcorn. Kettle corn also has a hint of salt as well. You may have seen kettle corn made at a fair in a large kettle. Usually there is someone with a paddle stirring the popcorn in an attempt to keep it from burning. Luckily, we have options for making smaller quantities in our kitchen. I recommend making this on a stove top. While you could pop corn using other methods, using a stove top will give us better results in this recipe. You could use a special stove top popper to yield results like the pros get. You can find decent deals on stove top poppers on Amazon. I also recommend using a more intense salt such as Kosher salt. Lastly, you will need to use a sugar free alternative such as Splenda or Stevia (granular form of course). The recipe for How to Make Sugar Free Kettle Corn Continue reading >>

5 Healthy Snacks For People With (or Without!) Diabetes

5 Healthy Snacks For People With (or Without!) Diabetes

Yes, you can snack if you have diabetes When your stomach starts to rumble, you need a snack that can curb your hunger without blowing your blood sugar. Just like meals, snacks should be a combination of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Aim for one that consists of 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrates and 100 to 200 calories (depending on your meal plan and medication). Here are five that typically get a seal of approval from diabetes educators and nutritionists. Whole-grain crackers, grapes, and cottage cheese Nutrient-rich whole grains like cracked wheat, whole wheat, rye, and quinoa can lower blood sugar and cholesterol. The cottage cheese adds protein to stabilize blood sugar, curb hunger pangs, and provide calcium for strong bones. Buy your favorite whole-grain crackers, and make sure that the first ingredient is whole-wheat flour or another whole grain, such as rye. (Even if the ingredient list says "wheat flour," it is not a whole-grain food unless it specifies "whole-wheat flour.") Arrange on a small plate 2 crackers, 1/4 cup nonfat cottage cheese, and 1/4 cup grapes. Serving size: 2 crackers, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, and 1/4 cup grapes. Nutritional information—Calories: 138, Total Carbohydrate: 21.2 g (7%), Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g (6%), Sugars 11.9 g Homemade popcorn Popcorn is high in fiber, and when made from scratch is an all-natural food without additives and artificial flavorings. Pour 1 tablespoon of mild-flavored oil such as canola into a heavy-bottomed medium-large pot. Cover the bottom of the pot with 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels spread in a thin layer. (If the kernels are too crowded, not all of them will pop.) Cover the pot and heat on medium, shaking the pot every minute or so until all of the kernels have popped. Take care not to cook too long, which could Continue reading >>

Homemade Popcorn Balls Recipe

Homemade Popcorn Balls Recipe

Here is an easy popcorn balls recipe, along with variations to make them special for various holidays! They are inexpensive, yummy and easy to make! Homemade Popcorn Balls Recipe Everyone loves popcorn balls. My daughter’s favorite is the kind that are made with marshmallows. If you don’t have the time to roll them into balls you can just press them into a pan the way you would rice crispy treats and cut into squares. Don’t think that popcorn balls are only for Halloween, either. You can use popcorn balls for any holiday by coloring them with food coloring or adding some of the different variations to them. (See below)* Popcorn balls are great fun for birthday parties, hay rides, and snacks for the kids on Thanksgiving (snacks for big and little kids, especially who don’t want pumpkin pie!) Making popcorn balls is also another great way to use some of that candy you can get on sale after Halloween. *For different variations on your popcorn balls, add extras like: Red Hots ( Valentines or the 4th of July) Spice drops (Christmas or winter parties) Candy canes, crushed (Christmas) Jelly beans (Easter) Peanuts (nuts are really good when making the caramel corn) Candy corns (Halloween) Sprinkles ( birthday parties or any that match the colors of the different holidays) M and M’s Or any other types of candies Popcorn Balls Recipe (Make regular popcorn balls or add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla to make them taste like caramel corn.) 6 Tbsp. butter 5 cups marshmallows 2 qts. popped popcorn* In a large pan, melt the butter (now is when you add the brown sugar and vanilla if you want to use it), add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Add popcorn (and candies or nuts) and stir until coated. Butter your hands. Roll mixture into balls. Set on wax paper or p Continue reading >>

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

Toss popped popcorn in a vanilla brown sugar syrup, then bake for a quick-and-easy sweet snack or gift. Preparation Serving size: 1 cup Per serving: 105 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 0 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 182 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 12 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 139 mg sodium; 32 mg potassium Carbohydrate Servings: 1½ Exchanges: 1 other carb, ½ fat ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Continue reading >>

Chili-lime Popcorn

Chili-lime Popcorn

Instead of dousing popcorn in butter, give plain kernels heat and zing by sprinkling them with chili powder and lime zest. The snack will be just as tasty but lower in calories -- and cholesterol-free. Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2005 Ingredients Directions You’ll never call water boring again. Continue reading >>

Sugar Free Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

Sugar Free Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

This Sugar Free Caramel Chocolate Popcorn is made using Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candies. This popcorn makes a delicious sugar free snack. Most of the time I try to eat healthier but I always like my sweets. Especially around the holidays it is harder to eat healthier. My dad and my grandfather are diabetic so I always like to make sugar free treats for them during the holidays. Sugar free treats are always a great snack for when I have a craving for sugar. I really love the Werther’s Original Sugar Free candies because they help to satisfy my sweet tooth. The best thing is that they don’t have all the extra calories and I can eat them when I feel hungry. I love making popcorn using the sugar free Werther’s Original Sugar Free candies. They are a great way to make tasty caramel popcorn without all the sugar involved. One of my favorite snacks is Sugar Free Caramel Apple Popcorn. I made Sugar Free Caramel Chocolate Popcorn using the new Werther’s Original Sugar Free Caramel Chocolate candies. This is such a delicious snack that is healthier than traditional caramel popcorn. This popcorn would be a great sugar free treat for the holidays. The popcorn was really easy to make. I used a bag of microwave popcorn. Then I crushed the Werther’s Original Sugar Free Candy and melted them and poured the melted candy over the popcorn. I only use a single serve bag of popcorn but if you want less coating you can use a bigger bag of microwave popcorn or air popped corn. I hope you enjoy this delicious sugar free treat. 3 tablespoons heavy cream (soy milk is a healthier alternative, but contains some sugar) Melt the butter over medium heat. Then add the heavy cream and Caramel Chocolate candies. Stir constantly until melted. Pour the melted Caramel Chocolate candies ov Continue reading >>

Recipes

Recipes

This recipe is short and sweet. Plus it’s one you can share with your kids. The aroma of the cinnamon tricks you into thinking it’s somewhat sweet and the sprinkling of salt gives it a nice little tang. However if you prefer savoury, choose your own flavours for a spicy alternative. Think smoked paprika, ground cumin, chilli or even a small amount of chicken salt. Enjoy! (Main carbohydrate containing ingredients are listed in bold.) Ingredients ½ cup/ 100g/ ~3.5 ounces of plain, un-popped popping corn kernels 1 ½ tablespoons cooking oil 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon A sprinkling of iodised salt Heat oil in a medium sized saucepan on medium heat. You’ll know when the oil is hot enough when you place a single kernel in the pan and it whizzes around and bubbles slightly at its edges. Now pour all popcorn kernels into saucepan. Cover and shake occasionally until all kernels have popped. Pour popped corn into a large mixing or salad bowl. Add cinnamon and salt. Toss well and serve. Please note: If your dietitian or diabetes educator has advised you eat a snack worth 15 grams of total carbs between main meals, only serve yourself 1/3 of the popped corn to stay within this limit. The total amount of popped corn in this recipe is equal to approximately 3 of those snack servings. Popcorn will stay fresh in an airtight container for several days if you want to prepare in advance. Continue reading >>

10 Healthy Microwave Popcorn Recipes

10 Healthy Microwave Popcorn Recipes

There's been considerable buzz lately about the health benefits of both popcorn and coconut oil. Today's post combines both of these in an easy microwave method for making 10 different popcorn flavors. A 2-cup serving size of each of these recipes is 100 calories or less, making them a great choice for a healthy, figure-friendly snack. DIY Microwave Popcorn. For several years now, I've been making my own microwave popcorn without the bags, waste, and mystery ingredients of the store-bought bags of microwave popcorn. I explained my method and it's benefits in detail in a previous post: You can check out my Popcorn Recipe Index for a list of numerous versions of sweet and savory popcorn that I've made in the past. I still like them all. But, today I want to share a new way that I'm making microwave popcorn that is healthier. Flavor without high calories and fat. A small unbuttered popcorn at the movies typically has more than 650 calories; a large has 1,200. Yikes. Those calories are almost all from the oil and flavoring used to cook it. Although you can find low-calorie microwave popcorn packets, they are normally loaded with salt and mystery ingredients. Popcorn itself is a healthy snack that is often made unhealthy with oil, butter, salt, and other high calorie toppings. In today's recipes, I'm sharing an easy technique for adding a limitless number of flavors with few or no added calories. Popcorn is a smart snack (minus the butter and additives). It is a whole, unprocessed grain and full of fiber. It is packed with polyphenols (same ones found in red wine); more antioxidants than found in similar weight of fruits and vegetables It's antioxidants can have a wide range of effects in fighting cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and neuro-degenerative diseases (Alzheimer's) Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Popcorn: Can Diabetics Eat Popcorn?

Diabetes And Popcorn: Can Diabetics Eat Popcorn?

Popcorns are one of the most popular snacks across the globe. However, one of the frequently asked questions by those who suffer from diabetes is “Is Popcorn Healthy for Diabetes?” Well, diabetes is a complicated condition and several precautions need to be maintained by those suffering from it. If certain precautions and recommendations are followed, popcorn can be considered a healthy snack option for diabetes. However, an expert advice is always recommended on “can a diabetic eat popcorn or not”?. In this article, we shall explore the relationship between diabetes and popcorn and whether consuming popcorn is healthy for those suffering from diabetes. Health Facts Related to Popcorn Before we get into the details of the relationship between popcorn and diabetes, let us see a few facts related to our favorite snack: Popcorns are a rich source of various minerals and vitamins namely Vitamin A, B6, E, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, amongst a host of other minerals. It is a rich source of whole-grain which our body requires. As otherwise believed, popcorn can be a very healthy snack and fresh popcorns do not contain too many calories. If you take 5 cups of this delicious and easy to make snack, you are in taking only 100-150 calories. It is a rich source of both fiber as well as protein. The snack is a rich source of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, copper, as well as zinc. It is a rich source of antioxidants due to the presence of polyphenols. Finally, popcorns do not contain too much of carbohydrates. They only contain about 6 grams of the carbs. Health Benefits of Popcorn for Diabetes Patients Extremely nutritious popcorns are a very healthy snacking option. Let us look into some of the health benefits which popcorns have to offer to those suffering from di Continue reading >>

Sugar And Spice Popcorn

Sugar And Spice Popcorn

Diet types: 8 cups air-popped popcorn 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg Heat the butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg on the stove in a saucepan until butter melts and sugar dissolves. If preferred, microwave the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Be careful not to burn the butter. Drizzle spiced butter mixture over popped popcorn; mix well. Serve immediately for best results. Continue reading >>

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Ask D'mine: "diabetes-friendly" Popcorn, Bg Targets For Type 1's

Welcome back to our Saturday event, the diabetes advice column Ask D'Mine, hosted by veteran type 1, diabetes author and community educator Wil Dubois. This week we're talking food — yay! And also digging into the meaning of glucose targets for people living on insulin — less yay, but certainly important to understand. {Need help navigating life with diabetes? Email us at [email protected]} Clara from Indiana, type 2, writes: I heard that popcorn is a good "diabetes-friendly" snack, but I was surprised to see how many carbs it has. I like to have popcorn for lunch, which means I'd sometimes eat about 4 cups. That's minimum 25 carbs! Why do I think that's just too much? [email protected] D'Mine answers: First off, let's be clear that I don't find the terms "diabetes-friendly" and "snack" to be compatible. Second off, let's be clear that popcorn, diabetes-friendly snack or not, is most definitely not a diabetes-friendly meal! Meals need to have things like protein... and vitamins... and stuff. But as to how much of anything is too much, consider that to maintain weight, a healthy meal for a woman would be in the 40-50 carb range, while men get to pig out in the 50-60 carb range. If you need to lose weight, a slightly lower carb count per meal is a good idea. Of course, carbs are only part of the story. We gotta talk about calories too. Carbs are a useful tool for understanding how much impact on your blood sugar a given food will have, and can be used as a rough guide for weight. But calories are a far more useful way to understand if what we are eating will keep our weight stable, make it go up, or make it go down. In general, the more carbs the more calories, but not always. Take popcorn for example. A single serving of popcorn is anywhere between 4 and 5 ½ cups. Tho Continue reading >>

Easy Caramel Popcorn

Easy Caramel Popcorn

A sweet-and-salty snack with a great satisfying crunch. But with only 11g of carbs and 50 calories per serving, this recipe will be kind to your blood sugar. Ingredients 10 cups popped low-fat microwave popcorn 6 caramel candies, cut into small pieces 2 Tbsp dark or light corn syrup 1/2 Tbsp water Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a large jelly roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet with nonstick spray coating and set aside. Place the popcorn in a large ceramic or glass bowl; set aside. In a 1-cup measure or similar microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels, syrup, and water. Cover with wax paper and microwave on high power for 40 seconds. Stir. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds until the caramels are completely melted. Being very careful to keep fingers away from the hot syrup, slowly pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn, stirring with a large wooden spoon to coat evenly. Spread the popcorn evenly on the prepared baking pan. Bake the popcorn for 4 to 6 minutes, until the syrup hardens slightly. Cool before serving, or store tightly covered at room temperature. Leftover popcorn will keep for 4 to 5 days. A sweet-and-salty snack with a great satisfying crunch. But with only 11g of carbs and 50 calories per serving, this recipe will be kind to your blood sugar. Ingredients 10 cups popped low-fat microwave popcorn 6 caramel candies, cut into small pieces 2 Tbsp dark or light corn syrup 1/2 Tbsp water Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a large jelly roll pan or rimmed cookie sheet with nonstick spray coating and set aside. Place the popcorn in a large ceramic or glass bowl; set aside. In a 1-cup measure or similar microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels, syrup, and water. Cover with wax paper and microwave on high power for 40 seconds. Stir. Microw Continue reading >>

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