Thursday, April 8, 2010

Resources for Diabetes Sufferers

I thought you might find this helpful. Take a look and follow the links. You might find something you need.

Resources for Diabetes Sufferers

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pea Cheese Salad

This image is very similar to this recipe. 

Hello Friends, I goofed and left out the hard cooked eggs! You need the eggs! Sorry!

Pea  Cheese Salad

10 oz frozen peas
1 cup diced cheddar cheese   
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 pimento
2 hard cooked eggs
tabasco sauce to taste

Blanch peas and cool. Mix peas, cheese, onion, celery, and pimento in medium bowl. In a separate small bowl mix mayonnaise, salt, pepper and tabasco sauce.  Add this mixture to  vegetables and cheese. Check seasonings and strength of tabasco. You may want to add another drop or two of tabasco depending on the strength of the sauce you are using and the strength of the kick you want when you bite into the salad. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Tip: Use only frozen or fresh peas. Canned peas do not look or taste as well.  You may use roasted red pepper diced in place of the pimento.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another Green Bean Recipe

Green Beans are a part of most Thanksgiving celebrations. If you are tired of the old Green Bean Casserole and would like to try something new, I have just the thing for you.


Frozen Green Beans
Roasted Red Peppers or Diced Pimentos
Olive Oil
Garlic Powder
Crumbled Bacon or Bacon Bits


This is a very simple, quick recipe that you can make your own. On top of the stove heat your 10 inch skillet until hot.  Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil and diced onions  (about 1 small). Let the onions cook until tender then add thawed green beans. You can run them under water for 1 minute to thaw. Dry thoroughly.  Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, diced roasted red peppers or diced pimentos. Saute in the skillet for fifteen minutes uncovered or until done. Add bacon bits when almost done. This dish will have a good color and be very tasty. Add other herbs of your choice and season to taste.

Hope you enjoy this recipe. It is low carb and healthy.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Thanksgiving is almost here and for people with diabetes there is the worry about over eating or eating the wrong foods. I will make a series of blog posts of trimmed down holiday favorites to help you keep your eating under control. These recipes are so good most people will never know they have been changed. 
Read on.


Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Carb choices: 1By relying on a slimmed-down white sauce, this creamy green bean serve-along keeps fat and sodium in check.

Fresh Green  Bean Casserole

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

  • Calories 107
  • Total Fat (g) 3
  • Saturated Fat (g) 1
  • Cholesterol (mg) 7
  • Sodium (mg) 148
  • Carbohydrate (g) 14
  • Fiber (g) 3
  • Protein (g) 4
  • Vitamin A (DV%) 0
  • Vitamin C (DV%) 0
  • Calcium (DV%) 0
  • Iron (DV%) 0
  • Diabetic Exchanges

  • Other Carbohydrates (d.e.) .5
  • Vegetables (d.e.) 1.5
  • Fat (d.e.) .5
1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon dry ranch salad dressing mix
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1-1/2 cups fat-free milk

Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup soft whole wheat or white bread crumbs (1-1/3 slices bread)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a covered saucepan, cook green beans in a small amount of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, for white sauce: In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, dry dressing mix, and white pepper until combined. Stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly; remove from heat.
3. Coat an unheated medium nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Remove half of the onion mixture; set aside.
4. Add mushrooms to skillet and cook about 5 minutes or until tender. In a 1-1/2-quart casserole, combine mushroom mixture, beans, and white sauce.
5. In a small bowl, stir together reserved onion mixture and bread crumbs. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over bean mixture in casserole. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through. Makes 10 (1/2 cup) side-dish servings.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Understanding Portion Control

Gaining an understanding of portion control is one of the most important things you will learn about changing your eating habits. It is also one of the most difficlt things you will do and will be an ongoing challenge. I found a nice slide show that will be helpful in your quest to get your diabetes under control. Click the link below the image to see the slide show.

Food serving sizes: A Visual Guide

Monday, August 24, 2009

Diabetes and You

Managing Your Active Lifestyle and Diabetes

Managing your diabetes is an ongoing battle. Perhaps it would be better to view this not so much as a battle, or a struggle, but as a lifestyle change. It is hard to make changes at any time of life and not only for the seniors who find themselves juggling the need for exercise, weight management, and carb counting.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the number of changes in your life, step back and set manageable goals that you know you can keep. You will be surprised how much even a little change will help. If you cannot walk for exercise, how about finding some chair exercises. Even your fingers need exercise to maintain dexterity. Every little bit of movement you add to your life will assist your in your long term goal of making your life as well rounded and healthy as possible.

The most important things you can do for yourself are simple changes.
1. Move... exercise
2. Use portion control in your diet.
3. Drink water throughout the day.

If you follow these three tips your health will improve.

Channel 8 Public Television has a really good exercise program called Sit and Be Fit for people who cannot do more strenuous forms of exercise. This is a very low key program that is perfect for seniors and other home bound people.

Sit And Be Fit