Keep track of your blood glucose readings in a daily journal. Make special note of any high or low numbers, and try to track down what might be causing this. If you also track your meals, you may soon see a relationship between foods and glucose levels. This information can also be helpful to your doctor or nutritionist.
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Fruit spreads are good to top on your favorite meat or vegetable. Do your vegetables taste bland? You can microwave your favorite fruit spread, whether it is strawberry, raspberry or apricot, and mix it into your vegetable mixture. You can do the same thing with your favorite meat. Most fruit spreads are gluten-free but it is always safe to check the label for sneaky ingredients.
Summer is on its way and it is getting hot. It is very important to keep yourself hydrated. One of the best ways to stay hydrated is water. Water is one of the best things you can drink when the weather is warm. If you plan on spending a while outside in the heat make sure to take cold bottles of water with you.
One thing you can do to keep the water cold is pack it in a small cooler. So, when you are at a baseball game or at the park playing, you will have a cold refreshing drink available. When your children are playing outside make sure they stop for water breaks and stay hydrated. It is much easier for kids to get dehydrated than adults.
As a diabetic, you should never consume carbohydrates alone. In a meal or snack it is very important that you have fat and protein along with your carbohydrate. Here are some examples of snacks that include fat and protein with carbohydrates.
- Apples or banana with peanut butter
- Gingersnaps and 2% milk
- Crackers with 2% cheese
- Whole-wheat toast and egg
- Popcorn with nuts and raisins
- Hummus on celery sticks
- Yogurt with walnuts
When you are on a gluten-free diet, you may have trouble getting enough fiber. Fiber may be hard to get because of the low amount of grains available for you to eat. One good way of having a gluten-free diet and also get enough fiber is to include dried beans and legume in your diet. This includes lentils, peanuts, black-eyed peas, chickpea, green spilt beans, and black beans.
Diabetes and heart disease sometimes coincide; therefore it is very important to watch your saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol along with your carbohydrates. I know you probably do not want to hear about another group of foods you have to watch but these are very simple ways to stay healthy. Here are some tips in helping with saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol:
- Instead of whole milk try 2%, skim or fat-free milk. Many people do not like skim milk so if you can only reduce the fat to 2% milk that is just fine.
- If cheese is on your list try to get natural 2% cheese versus full fat cheese.
- If you are a sour cream lover, then try to use fat-free plain yogurt. It is just as tasty.
- Instead of sautéing your vegetables in butter, you could try olive oil or canola oil.
- Always look for canned soups, soy sauce and other products that are labeled low sodium.
- Adding spices to meals can reduce the temptation of extra salting at the dinner table.
- When buying products that are labels fat-free or low fat make sure that you read the nutrition fact. Sometimes the fat will be replaced with more sugar, so it is important to check the label before you buy.
When my friends and I go out to restaurants, our favorite thing to get is spinach dip as an appetizer. The creamy taste just draws me in. Instead of going to a restaurant to eat an appetizer with friends, you can invite friends over and enjoy homemade spinach dip. This way you can stay in, save money, eat healthy and enjoy quality time with friends. One of the main ingredients in spinach dip is of course spinach.
Did you know spinach is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber? You can serve this dip with baked chips, vegetables, or your favorite crackers.
Cheesy Spinach Dip
Cook Time: 20 minutes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach, shredded
1 can (14oz.) artichoke hearts, drained finely chopped
1 pkg. fat-free cream cheese
1/2 cups parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella cheese
In a skillet, heat olive oil and sauté garlic and baby spinach over medium heat. Stir occasionally. Once spinach starts to wilt, remove from heat. In a bowl, combine artichoke, cheese, and spinach mixture. Spread mixture in a thin layer in baking dish. Sprinkle paprika over dip. Place dip in oven and broil until cheese is bubbly with light brown edges.
Calories per Serving: 37, Fat: 3g (Saturated Fat 2g), Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 68mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 2g.
© 2010, Brookshire Grocery Co. Nutrient counts are rounded to the nearest whole number. All dietary and lifestyle changes should be supervised by a physician
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