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Diabetic Popcorn Recipe

Healthy Caramel Corn

Healthy Caramel Corn

I’m starting to hate teething. It’s like a never ending cycle. My poor son has been getting his teeth in the most random order ever. They are all coming in in odd numbers. He has had 3 teeth in on the bottom for a while now, and now is finally getting the 4th one. And then 3 more are coming in on top. He’s totally that funny kid with the funky half filled in toothy smile. Once they’ve poked their way through, I’m throwing a party. #seriously #canthandlethewhining In other news, I’ve become addicted to Gossip Girl. I have to do SOMETHING while my husband is away. Yes, clean the house is the obvious choice, but…..BOOOORRRRING. Therefore, I clean for 5 minutes and watch 3 shows. It’s perfect! I don’t usually snack on anything late into the night these days, but sometimes I make exceptions and today is that day. I don’t know about you, but Caramel Corn and I are BFF’s. {Just like Blair and Serena Lol!} When my friends Christie and Claudia told me about their Clean Eating Caramel Corn recipe, I couldn’t believe how good it was. Not only is this recipe super simple, it is also: gluten free vegan unprocessed contains no sugar Sound a little too good to be true? Well, believe it friends! Give it a try and you be the judge! Here’s how to make it: Start with 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels. Place them into a hot pan with some melted coconut oil and… …pop the top on! Every 20-30 seconds shake the pan back and forth to make sure the kernels heat evenly so they pop evenly. After about 5 minutes, all your popcorn should be perfectly popped Set this aside. Now onto the caramel! In a small saucepan, measure out some REAL maple syrup and more coconut oil. I also added in my sea salt to this mixture too, but feel free to save it for the end. Lightly boil the mixt 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 >>

Cranberry Popcorn Deluxe Recipe

Cranberry Popcorn Deluxe Recipe

In a small saucepan, combine the honey, butter and syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Drizzle over popcorn mixture and toss to coat. 1/2 cup: 96 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat. 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 >>

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 >>

Popcorn Party Mix

Popcorn Party Mix

(Makes about 3 quarts) Ingredients Directions In a small skillet, combine margarine, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and hot sauce. Heat for 1 minute over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Place remaining ingredients in a large paper bag. Pour on margarine-spice mixture. Close bag tightly and shake vigorously to coat evenly. Pour popcorn mixture into a large bowl and enjoy. Nutrition Information Per 1-cup (45 g) serving: 195 calories (42% calories from fat), 5 g protein, 8 g total fat (1.0 g saturated fat), 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g dietary fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium Exchanges: 1 1/2 carbohydrate (1 1/2 bread/starch), 2 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 >>

Healthy Snacks: Homemade Popcorn Recipe

Healthy Snacks: Homemade Popcorn Recipe

INVOKANA® can cause important side effects, including: Amputations. INVOKANA® may increase your risk of lower-limb amputations. Amputations mainly involve removal of the toe or part of the foot; however, amputations involving the leg, below and above the knee, have also occurred. Some people had more than one amputation, some on both sides of the body. You may be at a higher risk of lower-limb amputation if you: have a history of amputation, have heart disease or are at risk for heart disease, have had blocked or narrowed blood vessels (usually in leg), have damage to the nerves (neuropathy) in the leg, or have had diabetic foot ulcers or sores. Call your doctor right away if you have new pain or tenderness, any sores, ulcers, or infections in your leg or foot. Your doctor may decide to stop your INVOKANA® for a while if you have any of these signs or symptoms. Talk to your doctor about proper foot care Dehydration. INVOKANA® can cause some people to become dehydrated (the loss of too much body water), which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). You may be at higher risk of dehydration if you have low blood pressure, take medicines to lower your blood pressure (including diuretics [water pills]), are on a low sodium (salt) diet, have kidney problems, or are 65 years of age or older Vaginal yeast infection. Women who take INVOKANA® may get vaginal yeast infections. Symptoms include: vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), or vaginal itching Yeast infection of the penis (balanitis or balanoposthitis). Men who take INVOKANA® may get a yeast infection of the skin around the penis. Symptoms include: redness, itching, or swelling o 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 >>

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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 >>

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 >>

Can Diabetics Eat Popcorn?

Can Diabetics Eat Popcorn?

Popcorn is one of life's little snacking pleasures -- after all, who could imagine going to see a flick without stopping by the snack counter for a small bucket? While people with diabetes should try to avoid the highly salted and buttery versions, popcorn can still be safely incorporated into the diabetic diet. Popcorn has high fiber and a low glycemic load compared to many other snack foods, so as long as it is consumed in moderation it makes a healthy addition to the diabetic diet. Nutritional Content of Popcorn Like any whole grain source of carbohydrate, air-popped and unprocessed popcorn is an excellent source of nutrients for individuals with diabetes. Most "light" popcorns contain 80 to 100 calories and 3 grams of fiber per serving. Because it is made from corn, which is a whole grain, popcorn does not impact blood sugar levels as dramatically as other sugary snack foods. In fact, one serving of popcorn has a glycemic load that is 2 to 4 times lower than other snack foods, such as raisins, graham crackers, or potato chips. The Diabetic Portion Size of Popcorn According to the American Diabetes Association, one diabetic portion size of popcorn equals 3 cups of popped popcorn, or approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates. Because individuals with diabetes can consume between 15 and 30 grams of carbohydrate for snacks, no more than two servings or 6 cups of popcorn should be consumed at one time. Most individual, 1 ounce bags of microwave popcorn bags contain approximately 21 grams of carbohydrate, making these portions perfect for individuals with diabetes. Choosing the Right Popcorn Individuals with diabetes must be mindful of the type of popcorn they consume because many versions have added fats, sugars and salts. When selecting popcorn at the grocery store, indiv Continue reading >>

Chocolate-cinnamon Popcorn

Chocolate-cinnamon Popcorn

Add cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt to jar and secure lid. Blend on Medium speed for 8–10 seconds or until ingredients are incorporated. Pour mixture over popcorn, and mix well with spoon. *If popcorn used is not buttered, you may want to pour 2 tbsp melted coconut oil or butter on the popcorn before pouring the mixture on to help it stick. Servings 3.0 Sodium 325 mg Serving Size 3 c Carbohydrates 56 g Calories 239 Fiber 6 g Fat 2 g Sugar 34 g Saturated Fat 0.5 g Protein 4.5 g Cholesterol 0 mg 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 >>

Anytime, Low Calorie Snacks For The Hungry Diabetic

Anytime, Low Calorie Snacks For The Hungry Diabetic

Raw, Fresh Cut Vegetables and Hummus Ingredients 1/3 cup hummus 1 cup of raw, fresh cut vegetables (carrot, broccoli, cucumber, cauliflower or a combination of these) Preparation Cut vegetables into sticks. Place hummus on the side. Dip and enjoy! Why is this preparation good for a diabetic? What makes a great snack? Well, it depends on who you ask but one thing is for sure: snacks should never be boring. Snacking can be tricky if you have no idea what you should eat. But, when done right, it can help you control your blood sugar, curb hunger and lose weight. What makes this recipe great? This recipe contains about 15 grams of carbohydrate and 180 calories. Not just that! We’re talking about vegetables! You can forget about the chips because these nutrient-packed “real foods” here got the crunch, too. Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Ingredients 1 slice whole wheat bread 1 tablespoon peanut butter 1 medium sizebanana Preparation Spread peanut butter evenly on whole wheat bread. Slice the banana as thinly as you can (about ½ inch-thick slices) to reduce bulk. Make sure to spread the banana slices across evenly, covering the entire bread. Why is this preparation good for a diabetic? Can I eat peanut butter if I have diabetes? Of course, you can! As a matter of fact, you can eat anything you want as long as you’re mindful of the type of food you’re eating, portion sizes, and the timing of your meals.This recipe contains about 25 grams of carbohydrates and 240 calories. Peanut butter is high in fat and calories, but it’s also a rich source of vitamin E, magnesium, and copper. Whole wheat bread contains fiber that can help control your blood glucose. It’s all about balancing the good and the bad! Fruits and Cheese Ingredients 1 small apple or orange ½ cup se Continue reading >>

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