Cream Cheese Wonders

Cream Cheese Wonders

Place sugar-free cookie in the bottom of paper cupcake liner in muffin pan. Cream and combine: Two 8-oz. packages cream cheese (room temp.); 1 cup sugar substitute (Stevia or XyloSweet); 2 eggs (room temp.). Add 1 tsp. Vanilla. Divide mixture evenly among the 12 cookie-lined muffin tins and bake at 350̊ F for 20 minutes. Let cool 10–12 minutes (mixture will “sink;” do not worry). When cooled, top each “muffin” with a dollop of no-sugar-added pie filling (Hunter likes Lucky Leaf Apple or Lite Cherry) and Land O’Lakes sugar-free whipped cream. Enjoy! Leftovers (if there are any) should be refrigerated.

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread

Always check your blood sugar before and after eating this sweet treat! This is one of Hunter’s favorites. 2 c. + 1 T. Namaste Gluten-free Perfect Flour Blend 1 c. mashed bananas • 1 t. baking powder • 1/2 c. butter, softened to room temp. 1 c. XyloSweet (sugar replacement) 1 egg, beaten • 1/2 t. baking soda 3 T. Milk 1/2 c. nut meats (1 c. even better!), coated with the 1T. flour blend (this helps the nuts mix in better) Cream butter and add XyloSweet gradually. Add the beaten egg. Combine the soda, milk, and banana pulp and add to the creamed mixture. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda and add the floured nut meats. Mix everything together and pour into a well greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle…

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Salsa Meatballs

Salsa Meatballs

This recipe is a perfect, healthy appetizer to enjoy at upcoming holiday gatherings. Yield: 16 appetizer servings Serving size: 3 meatballs, 1T sauce 1 lb. Freshly ground turkey 1/2 c. Salsa (divided) 1/4 c. fine, dry breadcrumbs 1/4 c. (1 oz.) Shredded, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese 2T finely chopped green onions 2 cloves garlic, minced Cooking spray 3/4 c. fat-free sour cream COMBINE: turkey, 1/4 c. salsa, breadcrumbs, cheese, green onions, and garlic in large bowl and mix well. Shape turkey mixture into 48 (3/4 inch) balls. Place meatballs on rack of a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400 F. For 20-25 min. or until done. Drain on paper towels. Combine sour cream and remaining salsa; stir well. Serve meatballs warm with sour cream sauce mixture. Enjoy! Per serving: Calories 57, Protein 7.8g; Carbs 2.7g Click here to view and print this newsletter.

Avoid These Diet Killers!

Avoid These Diet Killers!

Who’s not on a diet these days? We’re all trying to lose weight, aren’t we? Here are some diet killers we should avoid. (Always read the labels.) • “No sugar added” jams, pies, and juices. They are already drowning in sugar. • Any food containing any type of sugar (cane sugar, natural sugar, date sugar, organic sugar, or various syrups).  Consume in moderation! • Flavored waters or sport drinks are full of sugar and sweeteners that are bad for weight loss. Drink water!  • Canned vegetable and fruit juices have lots of sugar. • Skim-milk and soy-milk lattes or frappuccinos have more sugar than the whole-milk versions. Opt for almond milk if you’re staying dairy-free. • Cereals, breads, and crackers might contain sugar. • Foods labeled low-fat, fat-free, no sugar, or  no cholesterol are code words for “high sugar” or sweet taste. • Diet sodas have been proven to raise insulin…

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Probiotics

Probiotics

Antibiotics are over-prescribed, and rarely do doctors tell patients to counteract them with probiotics. Think of what those two terms mean: antibiotic = against life; probiotic = for life. Antibiotics have their place, and they have surely saved many lives, but we must  replace the “good bacteria” so we can be protected. Derrick DeSilva Jr., M.D., of the Tertiary Facility, JFK Medical Center (NJ), recommends that we take probiotics twice a day. He developed the formulation for the  BioTE probiotic supplements we carry at Diabetes Relief, which are in an acid-stable capsule that will not break up in the stomach, and—even better—the capsule will not open until it reaches the intestine. Probiotics strengthen our immune system, aid in digestion and elimination, and make B vitamins in our gut. Babies get their “good bacteria” from the birth canal, which is where colonization starts. Babies who are born through C-section will have colds, flu, etc., far…

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Cooking for Diabetics

Cooking for Diabetics

Hundreds and hundreds of delicious foods are now available to keep diabetics on track with their eating habits. Twenty-five years ago when Hunter became a diabetic, my “go to” foods had to be eliminated: NO potatoes, NO white rice, NO white bread, NO pasta, NO ice cream, NO brownies, NO pies.  Everything good: GONE. Since then, I’ve learned that hundreds and hundreds of delicious foods are now available to keep diabetics on track with their eating habits. Here’s a few tips for buying diet-friendly foods I’ve learned along the way. WARNING: Just because a product is labeled “sugar-free” does not necessarily mean it’s good for you.  Also: Just because its label reads “low fat” or “no fat” or “fat free,” it does not necessarily mean it’s okay for your consumption. When fat is removed, sugar is added. READ THE LABELS. First and most important to me is the carbohydrate number. If it is 20 grams…

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