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Healthy Living: Pie Wars

On Thanksgiving there are a lot of foods that have to be apart of the meal like turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and a pie. Thanksgiving only happens once a year, so you have to have a piece of pie. Choosing between your grandmother’s pumpkin pie and your aunt’s pecan pie can be difficult.

Here is a tip that can help you choose between the two pies.

In comparing a slice of pecan and pumpkin pie, both 1/8th of a 9-inch round pan of a traditional pie recipe, pumpkin pie comes out on top calorie wise. A slice of pumpkin pie has 316 calories, while a slice of the same size of pecan pie has 503 calories. When looking at the amount of carbohydrates in both pies, a slice of pumpkin pie has 41 grams of carbohydrates and pecan pie has 64 grams of carbohydrates.

Healthy Living: How to Live with Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, here are some helpful tips on how to live right and stay healthy while living with Diabetes. 


If you have diabetes, your doctor may tell you to regularly check your blood sugar levels at home. There are a number of devices available, and they use only a drop of blood. Self-monitoring tells you how well diet, medication, and exercise are working together to control your diabetes. It can help your doctor prevent complications.

The American Diabetes Association recommends keeping blood sugar levels in the range of:

  • 80 – 120 mg/dL before meals
  • 100 – 140 mg/dL at bedtime

Your doctor may adjust this depending on your circumstances. 


You should work closely with your health care provider to learn how much fat, protein, and carbohydrates you need in your diet. A registered dietician can help you plan your dietary needs.

People with type 1 diabetes should eat at about the same times each day and try to be consistent with the types of food they choose. This helps to prevent blood sugar from becoming extremely high or low.

People with type 2 diabetes should follow a well-balanced and low-fat diet. 


Medications to treat diabetes include insulin and glucose-lowering pills called oral hypoglycemic drugs.

People with type 1 diabetes cannot make their own insulin. They need daily insulin injections. Insulin does not come in pill form. Injections are generally needed one to four times per day. Some people use an insulin pump. It is worn at all times and delivers a steady flow of insulin throughout the day. Other people may use inhaled insulin. See also: Type 1 diabetes

Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes may respond to treatment with exercise, diet, and medicines taken by mouth. There are several types of medicines used to lower blood glucose in type 2 diabetes. See also: Type 2 diabetes.Medications may be switched to insulin during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Gestational diabetes may be treated with exercise and changes in diet. 


Regular exercise is especially important for people with diabetes. It helps with blood sugar control, weight loss, and high blood pressure. People with diabetes who exercise are less likely to experience a heart attack or stroke than those who do not exercise regularly.

Here are some exercise considerations:

  • Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse if you have the right footwear.
  • Choose an enjoyable physical activity that is appropriate for your current fitness level.
  • Exercise every day, and at the same time of day, if possible.
  • Monitor blood glucose levels before and after exercise.
  • Carry food that contains a fast-acting carbohydrate in case you become hypoglycemic during or after exercise.
  • Carry a diabetes identification card and a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Drink extra fluids that do not contain sugar before, during, and after exercise.

You may need to change your diet or medication dose if you change your exercise intensity or duration to keep blood sugar levels from going too high or low. 


People with diabetes are more likely to have foot problems. Diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves and decrease the body’s ability to fight infection. You may not notice a foot injury until an infection develops. Death of skin and other tissue can occur.

If left untreated, the affected foot may need to be amputated. Diabetes is the most common condition leading to amputations.

To prevent injury to the feet, check and care for your feet every day.

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Product Talk: Sweet Potato

Baked sweet potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. Looking at a sweet potato you can see the bright orange color indicating that it is a good source of vitamin A; one cup of cooked sweet potato actually has 769% of your daily value of vitamin A. One cup of cooked sweet potato also has 65% of the daily value of vitamin C, 50% of the daily value of manganese, 29% of the daily value of vitamin B6 and 27% of the daily value of vitamin K.

I love everything with pumpkins, like pumpkin spice cookies, but pumpkin is hard to find outside the months of October and November. One trick I found this year is that you can substitute sweet potatoes for pumpkin. Next time you find a delicious pumpkin recipe but you can not find pumpkin, just cook a sweet potato and add the amount of sweet potatoes it says for pumpkin.

Dine In: Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa

Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Serves: 6

6 (4oz) tilapia fillets
1 (8 oz) can Food Club pineapple chunk, drained
1/2 cup cooked Food Club black beans
1 small tomato, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 lime, juiced

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place tilapia on a nonstick baking pan and cook for 25-30 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, black beans, chopped tomato, chopped jalapeno pepper, chopped onion, and lime juice; stir well. Top tilapia off with pineapple salsa.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 175, Fat: 1 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 56 mg, Sodium: 165 mg, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 25 g.

© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co.  Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number.  All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician

Family Matters: Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving coming up soon, I’m definitely glad Karen is looking at this week’s Brookshire’s ad packed with my favorite Thanksgiving foods.  For my family, it’s all about traditional recipes on an important holiday like this one.  So when Karen can go to Brookshire’s to get the turkey and all the trimmings on sale, it means a lot to me and my family.

For your information, the Brookshire’s Thanksgiving sale prices are good for 9 days this week and the ad runs through Thanksgiving Day.  All Brookshire’s stores are closing at 2 p.m. so store employees can be with their families and friends.  Karen will have finished all her shopping before our family’s big gathering on Thursday, but it’s nice to know Brookshire’s will be open until 2 p.m. just in case we need something we forgot to finish out our traditional feast.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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Remember the Animals

Brookshire’s employees rolled up their sleeves Wednesday, November 17, to help walk, feed, and groom some of the animals at the Humane Society of East Texas in Tyler.

Company officials, along with representatives of Mars PetCare and the Pedigree brand, also presented a check for $8,100 and bags of pet food to HSOET Executive Director Gayle Helms.

The check was made possibly by a donations and store sales program in BGC supermarkets.

The Humane Society provides approximately 27,000 pounds of food for animals each year at the shelter.

“We are very appreciative of the continued support received by BGC and Mars and their customers, especially at this time of the year” Helms said. “So often people forget about the needy animals, especially during the holidays.”

The HSOET is a selective admission, no-kill animal sanctuary serving Tyler and east Texas.

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Shop the Sale: Ocean Spray Cranberries

Ocean Spray Cranberries are on sale this week at Brookshire’s. One cup of whole cranberries has 46 calories, no fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of sugar. One cup of whole cranberries has 5 grams of fiber! Cranberries can be eaten raw for a tart pop in your mouth or made into a sweet and tart cranberry sauce.

Healthy Living: Canned and Frozen Vegetables in Sauce

One tricky part of eating a gluten-free diet is that one type of food can be safe in one form but dangerous in another form. An example of this is, fresh vegetables are fine, canned plain vegetables are fine, even frozen plain vegetables are fine but,  if that frozen or canned vegetable is in a sauce then you may be in trouble. Be careful when you are picking out your vegetables; make sure they are sauce-free. 

Dine-In: Rosemary Crescent Rolls

Rosemary Crescent Rolls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Serves: 16

1/2 Tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/2 Tbs rosemary
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 (8 oz) pkg Food Club fat-free cream cheese, softened
2 (8 oz) can refrigerate crescent rolls

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. In a skillet, sauté garlic cloves. Add rosemary and chopped tomatoes. In a medium bowl, combine tomato mixture with cream cheese; mix well. Roll crescent roll out a cutting board. Spread cream cheese mixture over crescent rolls and roll dough up. Place rolls in oven for 12 minutes or until golden. Let rolls cool before serving.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 103, Fat: 3 g (1 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 160 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 3 g

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Family Matters: Bringing a New Friend Home

Over the past few months, I have really wanted a new cat. It does not matter if it is a kitten or an adult; I just want a fluffy cat. I am always looking for the perfect cat for me. I have gone to pet stores and have looked on-line but I know that getting a pet can not be an overnight decision; it has to be something that you have planned for.

Before you would bring a new baby into a house you would prepare the house for the baby’s arrival, well you would do the same for your new pet. Make sure you have the proper supplies for the new pet like a food bowl, water bowl, collar, brush and a litter box, if you are getting a cat. The second thing you should do is pet-proof your house. Do a little research, make sure you do not have a plant that could harm your pet and learn about the different foods that could cause harm to your new pet. Also, if you’re getting a puppy or a kitten make sure they can not get a hold of any electrical cords, because they could chew the cord in half. Before getting your family a new pet think about what all you will need for the pet to make the experience less stressful not only on yourself but for the pet too.

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