SUGAR-FREE DIABETIC CAKE

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SUGAR-FREE DIABETIC CAKE :

2 c. raisins
2 c. water
2 eggs, lightly beaten (you can use eggbeaters or egg whites)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. skim milk
2 c. unsweetened applesauce
3 tsp. Sweet & Low
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

You may substitute the nuts with 1/2 cup mashed bananas for a uniquely different flavor, if so, mix banana with the wet ingredients.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook raisins in water until all water is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Mix all the wet ingredients in one bowl and all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. The nuts get added to the flour mixture then add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture. Fold in the raisins. Bake in loaf or bundt pan for 35 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
SUGAR-FREE DIABETIC CAKE

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Diabetic Food Can Taste Good | Diabetes Recipes

Diabetic Food Can Taste Good | Diabetes Recipes.

Diabetic Food Can Taste Good:

People with pre-diabetes are also looking for meal plans which may move them away from the path of full-blown diabetes. There’s not a lack of low-sugar recipes, Splenda recipes — or any other sugar substitute, or even ethnic diabetic-friendly recipes. A wonderful salad or sugar-free dessert can be made by anyone who knows a little bit, or lots, about cooking and specific recipes. The question is — how do you weed through all of the hundreds of diabetes recipes and find some that work for you?
There are several ways that blood sugar levels can be made normal, and one of those ways is by diet. Glucose meters & medicines are severeal ways to reduce the risks that often come with having diabetes. Through judicious use of diabetic recipes, an excellent meal schedule will be assorted and interesting & help diabetics get over the overindulgence that sometimes occurs at holiday & other family get togethers.
A good meal plan does not mean that anyone has to deprive themselves. Along the way, a person who’s diabetic is able to lose weight, and lower their chances of stroke, heart disease, & other diabetes caused conditions and problems. As you learn to handle your type 2 diabetes, choosing good foods, with a little practice & study, can become natural. Choosing recipes for diabetics can also mean learning to eat the correct quantity of food. Because you make sugar-free recipes, does not mean you can eat an overly large amount of them.
We’ve got some tips & tricks: Eat a variety of colorful fruits & veggies. Starchless vegetables in diabetic menus may include carrots, broccoli, spinach & others. A good entre such as whole wheat spaghetti along with stir-fried veggies is often a favorite amongst recipes for diabetics. Reconstituted dried beans like pinto and kidney beans, as well as lentils, add protein to any diabetic dish. There are a lot of recipes that include beans. Eat fish meals as much as 3 weekly.
Baked fish with a nice sauce is simple to make & creates a great meal for a diabetic. When you consider meat, think lean. Sirloin steak, beef tenderloin, pork loin, skinned chicken breasts or other types of poultry is very versatile & quick to make. Dairy, such as skim milk as well as low-fat cheese & nonfat yogurt can make a few good rich and creamy sauces. Water and calorie-free waters and tea are much better than diet sodas.
Get single ingredient products when you can, to create your meals. Use light veggie or olive oil to cook with. Fat is fat, but these two are superior than others. Check out low calorie and good for you desserts. There’s a ton of wonderfully tasty recipes out there. Watch portion size, no matter what you make.

 

Party Appetizer Ideas and Recipes Suitable for Diabetics | Diabetes Recipes

Party Appetizer Ideas and Recipes Suitable for Diabetics | Diabetes Recipes.

Planning a party and looking for some appetizer ideas? Are you or some of your guests diabetic? Below is a list of appetizer ideas that are yummy for all and are perfect for the diabetics. If you serve any of these recipes, you won’t have to worry about whether or not you are meeting the diabetics needs.
For a good selection, we recommend the following appetizer menu. Of course you will need to adjust it to the number of guests you are expecting. You may only need one, then again, you may need them all.
A tray of assorted cheese cubes and purple and green grapes.
Party Meatballs
  • Meatballs: 1 lb ground beef
    Party Meatballs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Sauce: 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup A-1 sauce
  • 1/4 ketchup
  • 1tbsp Splenda brown sugar blend
To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat on low, stirring often, until Splenda dissolves. Allow to simmer on low while you make the meatballs.
To make meatballs, in a medium mixing bowl combine all the ingredients and mix together well. Form into appetizer size meatballs. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Place meatballs, in a single layer, in heated skillet. Simmer on low heat until browned.
Mix sauce with the meatballs and keep warm in a chafing dish or slow cooker.
BROCCOLI BITES
BROCCOLI BITES
  • 1 16-oz bag frozen broccoli pieces
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mild shredded cheese
  • 2 cups Pepperidge Farm stuffing
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
Thaw broccoli slightly then break into pieces. Beat butter, eggs, and stuffing together with wooden spoon. Add remaining ingredients. Form into appetizer-size balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
BACON TOMATO TARTLETS:
  • 12-oz can refrigerated flaky biscuits
    BACON-TOMATO-TARTLETS
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
  • 3/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • 3/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 3/4 tsp chopped fresh oregano
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Split each biscuit into 3 layers. Spray mini muffin pans lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Press biscuit rounds into the tins. Make only 24, not using the entire can of biscuits. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together. Fill each of the unbaked biscuit cups with the mixture. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges.
NOTE: Can be made ahead and frozen for later use. Bake, remove from pan, cool completely and freeze. Reheat from frozen state for 10-14 minutes at 350 degrees on a cookie baking sheet.
 
PARTY CHEESE BALL
  • 1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened
    PARTY CHEESE BALL
  • 4 oz pkg low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pkg pressed beef, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
Soften cream cheese at room temperature. Mix cheddar into softened cream cheese and work well using hands. When mixed add Worcestershire sauce and chopped onion, mix into cheese mixture. Form into a ball and cover with beef and pecans. Chill before serving. Serve with party crackers.
Atray of celery sticks stuffed with peanut butter and some with pimento cheese.
Now you have a group of appetizers to please anyone, and plenty of options for any diabetics attending.
Party on and ENJOY!

Diabetic Diet Menu – Vegetarian Breakfast | Diabetes Recipes

Diabetic Diet Menu – Vegetarian Breakfast | Diabetes Recipes.

Almost everyone in my mother’s family is overweight and has type-2 diabetes. One thing that our family doctor always encourages my mother to do is to eat healthy and control her weight. Excess body fat is one

 

Strawberry-Banana-Smoothie

of the main factors that lead to type-2 diabetes and cause several diabetic complications, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, poor blood circulation, neuropathy and certain types of skin problems.

Avoiding saturated fat by limiting meat consumption and opting for vegetarian dishes a few times a week might be a great idea for diabetic patients who are serious about weight control. Unlike the vegan diet, vegetarian meals may contain certain animal products, such as milk and eggs, which are good sources of protein. So it allows you to lose weight without making you feel like you have to eat a bunch of nuts and seeds like a bird, in order to compensate for the protein you have missed.

 

To prepare healthy vegetarian breakfast for diabetics is quite simple. There are 3 things to remember: whole grain, fresh fruits and green tea. Oh and there is one other special ingredient: flaxseed. I’ll talk more about these superfoods as we take a look at each sample menu.

 

The most fundamental thing all diabetic patients should remember is to stay away from refined carbohydrates, found in products like white bread, white rice and refined sugar. These foods get converted into glucose so fast they can cause your blood sugar level to skyrocket. Instead, consume complex carbs from fresh fruits and whole grain products to stabilize your blood sugar level. Also, make sure your cereal is sugarless. Having whole grain cereal loaded with sugar wouldn’t be a proper diabetic diet plan.

 

Oatmeal is another great source of complex carbs. Ask any diabetes experts and they’ll all agree that oatmeal is highly beneficial for diabetics. With a low glycemic index, oatmeal doesn’t turn into sugar so quickly, and thus prevents diabetics from experiencing a sugar rush. High in fiber, it keepsour stomach feelingfull for a long time and doesn’tlead to anenergy slump. However, not all types of oatmeal are equally nutritious. For diabetics, the old-fashioned oatmeal is more recommended. Unfortunately, the instant oatmeal isn’t as diabetic-friendly.

 

This menu is higher in calories than the others, but still healthy compared to a traditional breakfast with fatty bacon and fluffy pancakes. End the meal with a cup of hot or iced green tea, and get ready to enjoy your morning. Drinking green tea is like killing two birds with one stone. It helps stabilize your blood sugar levels, and at the same time, promotes weight loss by accelerating your metabolism.

 

For those of you who usually have a small appetite in the morning, try making a breakfast smoothie and bring it with you on the way to work. You can drink it in your car, on the subway or even while walking. Breakfast smoothies are convenient, tastyand nutritious. These are a few healthy recipes I know. All you have to do is mix the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

 

  • Strawberry-Banana Smoothie: 1 package soft tofu (10.5 oz), 1 large banana, 1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 cup apple juice

 

  • Banana-Orange Smoothie: 1 large banana, 1 medium orange (peeled and sliced), 1/2 cup soy milk, 1/2 low-fat vanilla yogurt

 

  • Oatmeal Smoothie: 3/4 cup cooked old-fashioned oatmeal, 1 cup low-fat milk, 1 large banana, 1 cup low-fat coffee yogurt.

 

Recent studies have found that flaxseed can help lower blood sugar and increase insulin levels. However, there haven’t been adequate medical statistics to confirm that. My mother and my friend, Gwen, both have been regularly consuming flaxseed oil. Gwen’s blood sugar has gotten better and accordingly her doctor has lowered the dosage of her diabetes medications. But as for my mother, her diabetes symptoms have not improved much. So flaxseed might not work for everyone with diabetes, but at least, it is worth a try. Besides promoting better blood sugar control, it is also believed to help prevent heart disease due to its high content of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

To use flaxseed in your breakfast, simply add 1 – 2 tbsps. of ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil to your cereal, oatmeal or breakfast smoothies. (Don’t use flaxseed oil in cooking; it tends to burn easily.) One bad thing about flaxseed is that it’s a bit high in calories, so try to consume it in moderation.

Diabetes soup: Broccoli Fennel Velvet Soup – Diabetes Recipes

Diabetes soup: Broccoli Fennel Velvet Soup – Diabetes Recipes.

Diabetes Soup: Broccoli Fennel Velvet Soup
Broccoli Fennel Velvet Soup

The texture of this soup should be as smooth and luxurious as velvet. I sampled a version of this at L’Ecole, a restaurant staffed by the students of the French Culinary Institute in New York City. They served this together with a cauliflower soup ladled into the bowl side by side. You can make a similarly dramatic presentation using the Red Pepper Bisque.

  • 2½ cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups chopped fennel
  • ½ cup sliced leek (white and light green parts)
  • 2 tablespoons lightly packed fennel fronds
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ to ½ cup milk or additional broth (optional)
1 In a 2-quart saucepan, bring the broth and water to a boil. Add the broccoli, fennel, leek, fennel fronds, tarragon, and pepper; return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 40 minutes or until vegetables are very soft.
2 Pour the soup into a blender or food processor fitted with a steel blade. Cover and process until smooth. Season with salt, adding enough milk or additional broth to make a soup that is very thick but still pours easily into a bowl—or to desired consistency.
SERVES: 4
  • Diabetic Exchanges: 1½ vegetable; ¾ fat
  • REDUCED PROTEIN: Use broth instead of milk.
  • Diabetic Exchanges: 1½ vegetable; ½ fat
  • REDUCED SODIUM: Use low-sodium broth.
  • Diabetic Exchanges: ¼ lean meat; 1½ vegetable; ¼ fat

Garden-Fresh Green Beans and Tomatoes with Oregano – Diabetes Recipes

Garden-Fresh Green Beans and Tomatoes with Oregano – Diabetes Recipes.

Garden-Fresh Green Beans and Tomatoes with Oregano 
Garden-Fresh Green Beans and Tomatoes with Oregano

Total Servings: 6 
Serving Size: 1/2 cup 

Try to purchase vine-ripened tomatoes for this straight-from-thefield side dish.

  • 2 tsp olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup diced onion 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 2 cups cut green beans (trim ends and cut green beans in 1-inch lengths)
  • 1/4 cup low-fat, reduced-sodium chicken broth 
  • 1 medium tomato, diced 
  • 1 Tbsp fresh minced oregano 
  • 1 Tbsp minced parsley Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste
 1. In a wok or heavy skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes (do not let the garlic brown). Add the green beans and broth, cover, and steam for 3 minutes.
2. Add the diced tomato, cover, and steam 30 seconds. Add the oregano, parsley, pepper, and salt and steam for 30 seconds more. Serve.

Exchanges:

  • 1 Vegetable 
  • 1/2 Fat 

Calories 39   
Calories from Fat 17 
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 0 g 
Cholesterol 0 mg 
Sodium 32 mg 
Total Carbohydrate 6 g   
Dietary Fiber 2 g   
Sugars 2 g 
Protein 1 g

Carrots with Orange Glaze – Diabetes Recipes

Carrots with Orange Glaze – Diabetes Recipes.

Diabetes Recipes: Carrots with Orange Glaze

 Diabetes Recipes: Carrots with Orange Glaze

Total Servings: 6 
Serving Size: 1/2 cup

You can also use this glaze for cooked beets.
Carrots :
3 cups diagonally sliced, peeled carrots
Glaze :

  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 Tbsp honey 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot 
  • 2 Tbsp water 

Garnish :

Fresh mint leaves
1. Prepare the carrots by steaming them over boiling water on a steamer rack, covered, for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the orange juice, water, lemon juice, honey, and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 3 minutes.
3. Combine the cornstarch or arrowroot with the water. Add to the orange juice mixture and cook over low heat until thickened. Pour the orange glaze over the carrots and serve. Garnish with mint leaves.

Exchanges : 2 Vegetable

  • Calories 54   
  • Calories from Fat 1 
  • Total Fat 0 g   
  • Saturated Fat 0 g 
  • Cholesterol 0 mg