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Nov
07

Hearty Wild Rice Turkey Soup

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1 TBSP heart-healthy buttery spread containing phytosterols  (Benecol, Smart Balance, or Promise Activ)

2 TBSP finely chopped white onion

2 medium (6 inches) celery ribs, chopped

¼ tsp black pepper

8 oz leftover chopped cooked turkey (about 2 cups)

2 cans (14.5 oz) fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup leftover (or frozen) chopped mixed vegetables

1 cup cooked wild rice blend, any brand

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp ground thyme

In a medium saucepan (2-3 quarts), melt margarine over medium heat. Add chopped onion and celery and sauté until vegetables are softened. Sprinkle with black pepper. Added chopped turkey, broth, vegetables, rice, onion powder and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook 20 minutes. Serve with whole grain crackers.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 1 cup

Per serving: Calories: 127 | Carbohydrate: 10g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 3g | Saturated fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g

Exchanges per serving: ½ starch |  2 lean meat | Carbohydrate choices: ½

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Aug
07

Eating Wright: Cook your way to good control

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john_close_ingredientsHealthy eating and nutritional support are valuable assets for people living with diabetes. Chef John Wright of Diabetes Management & Supplies uses both his culinary knowledge and his personal experience with type 1 diabetes to provide meal-planning support and cooking demonstrations.

In a recent cooking demo, Chef Wright prepared a Breakfast Burrito while DMS dietician Ellen Smith, RD, LDN, explained the nutritional value of the meal and how participants can incorporate the dish in a healthy eating plan. The breakfast dish features two very lean protein sources  – shrimp and eggs – as well as vitamin-rich bell peppers and whole wheat tortillas.

See slideshow below and full recipe and nutritional values: Breakfast Burrito.

Chef Wright, the DMS marketing and sales director, uses an insulin pump to help control his blood sugar and has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years. Follow Eating Wright through the following online features:

Live cooking demonstrations with nutritional support:

  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays – Humana Guidance Center, Veterans Boulevard, Suite 2B, Metairie, LA, 70005
  • (504) 219-6616
  • 3rd Wednesdays August-December – Diabetes Management & Supplies, #10 Commerce Court, New Orleans, LA 70123 (504) 734-7165


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DMS offers diabetes self-management and diabetes education services. For more information on specific nutrition needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.

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Aug
07

Breakfast Burrito

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Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients

1 egg, scrambled

3-4 shrimp, sautéed

2 tablespoons white onion, sautéed

2 tablespoons red bell pepper, sautéed

1/8  cup pepper jack cheese, shredded

1 small wheat tortilla

1 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Cook onion and bell pepper in olive oil until tender.  Season shrimp with salt and pepper and add to pan and cook until pink.  Set aside.  Scramble egg in non stick skillet and set aside.  Take wheat tortilla and fill bottom half with shrimp, onion, bell pepper and eggs.  Top with pepper jack cheese and roll up.  Serve with salsa or sour cream.

Makes one serving

Nutritional value: Calories – 412 calories; Carbohydrate – 29.33 g; Fiber – 3.6 g; Sugar – 1.04 g; Protein -  16.86 g; Fat – 26.71 g; Cholesterol – 39.7 g; Saturated Fat – 7.33 g; Sodium – 434.11 g

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Jul
12

Plate Method a visual tool in diabetes control

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The nutrition of diabetes control is divided between choice and portion. While it is important to make wise food choices that encourage good blood sugar control, it is also important to practice portion control and add foods in the right combinations.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Diabetes Management & Supplies (DMS) advocate portion control strategies for people living with any form of diabetes and for those trying to prevent diabetes.

The ADA suggest “creating your plate” as an easy way to get started with managing blood glucose levels.

“You don’t need any special tools or have to do any counting,” the ADA Web site says. “It’s simple and effective—draw an imaginary line on your plate, select your foods, and enjoy your meal! You may have heard of this as the ‘Plate Method.’”

The DMS “I’m in Control” diabetes education program details meal planning and the Plate Method in its Healthy Eating section.

The plate method is a way to visualize proper portion sizes using a 9-inch plate. Make half of your plate non-starchy vegetables, a fourth of your plate protein and a fourth of your plate starch. On the side you may either have a serving of low fat milk or a serving of fruit. Following the plate method helps to ensure that you eat a well-balanced meal containing all the necessary food groups and stay within recommended carbohydrate intake.

Menu Planning

  • Start with the Carb choices allowed on your meal plan – how many – what is a serving size?
  • Add the correct amount of Protein food – usually about 2-4 ounces of meat per meal (size of your palm) cooked using a low-fat method
  • Add no more than one or two servings of Fat per meal. Add none if you include fried foods at that meal or if trying to lose weight. (1 tsp = 1 serving)

Elaine Blackwood, DMS certified diabetes educator, appreciates the visual appeal of the Plate Method and will often use paper plates and markers to help others plan, plot and visualize meals. “Many of us are hands-on,” Blackwood says. “We need to either see or touch something.”

The ADA plate method is detailed in the video below.


For more on summer picnic and cook-out ideas, check out “Get Ready for Summer Picnics and Barbecues” from the American Diabetes Association.

DMS offers diabetes self-management and diabetes education services. For more information on specific exercise needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.

Contact DMS diabetes educator Elaine Blackwood at EBlackwood@diabetesms.com.

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Jul
10

Don’t let diabetes sideline you at the cook-out

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Summer-grill--party--BBQ-jpgThe summer months are a prime time for outdoor dining and entertaining. People living with diabetes may think that they have to miss out on, but there’s no reason to stay home and miss the fun. From holiday cook-outs to weekend barbecues, the fun time summertime gives people living with diabetes several opportunities to be social and healthy butterflies.

Elaine Blackwood, Diabetes Management & Supplies certified diabetes educator advises that you plan ahead and keep blood sugar and portion control in mind. “I always encourage looking for veggies but not the dip to munch on,” Blackwood said adding that a couple pieces of cheese is great finger food while mingling at a cook-out.

shrimp_appChef John Wright’s collection contains a Shrimp Appetizer that can also be served over rice or pasta and used as a side dish. Served alone, the shrimp appetizer doesn’t contain any carbohydrates and can be a great substitute on the chip-and-dip table with the other crunchy snacks. Loading up on low-carb items and fruits and veggies will help control the blood-sugar spikes that can often occur after a cook-out or barbecue.

Blackwood also recommends bringing your own bottled water in case your hosts only have soda or alcohol. It is also a perfect time to drink flavored water or sugar-free soda as a treat.

Another strategy is to not leave home hungry. “Depending on the timing of the barbecue, I try to keep my timing the same and may eat ahead of time or have a snack so I’m not so hungry and want to eat everything.” Blackwood said.

If you are doing the meal-planning, remember that heart healthy items like salmon and tuna are also great for throwing on the grill. Check out this recommended recipe for Grilled Salmon Salad. It’s a quick, easy way to eliminate a lot of fat and calories, but it keeps the favor and variety high. Fresh fruit is a summertime treat and ending with something like Strawberries and Yogurt Sauce is a good way to keep things fresh and lite.

salmon_saladIf healthy grill items are not available, Blackwood says you can always eat the hamburger (mustard and relish are free foods), but without the bun. This leaves carb exchanges for the corn-on-the-cob or potato salad. Pile on the salad fixings and dab a tiny bit of dressing.  Blackwood adds “My brain will look at my plate and say ‘Wow, you have a lot to eat!’”

For more on summer picnic and cook-out ideas, check out “Get Ready for Summer Picnics and Barbecues” from the American Diabetes Association.

DMS offers diabetes self-management and diabetes education services. For more information on specific exercise needs or to enroll in group or individual sessions, call our Education Department at 1-888-738-7929.

Contact DMS diabetes educator Elaine Blackwood at EBlackwood@diabetesms.com.

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Jul
10

Shrimp Appetizer

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Shrimp Appetizer

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 4 teaspoons cajun seasonings
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 18 leaves fresh basil
  • 2 medium fresh lemons
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Blend together garlic and basil and place in oil. (This can be mixed together ahead of time to allow the flavors to blend). Sauté’ garlic and basil in a skillet for about 1 minute. Add the shrimp and continue to saute’ for 2-3 minutes or until shrimp turns pink. Add seasoning blend (to taste), then add white wine. Allow to simmer for another 1-2 minutes. Immediately before serving, squeeze fresh lemon over shrimp. Serve hot. This can be used as an appetizer or as part of the main course for a meal if served over pasta or rice. Serves 4.

Nutritional value: Calories: 150 – Carbohydrate: 0 grams – Protein: 14 grams – Fat: 5 grams

Nutritional value with 1/3 cup of brown rice: Calories: 222 – Carbohydrate: 15 grams – Protein: 16 grams – Fat: 5.5 grams (1g fiber)

Nutritional value with 1/2 cup of wheat pasta: Calories: 237 – Carbohydrate: 18 grams – Protein: 18 grams – Fat: 5.5 grams (3g fiber)

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Jul
10

Strawberries with Honeyed Yogurt Sauce

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Strawberries with Honeyed Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients:

1 quart fresh strawberries

1 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 to 2 teaspoons honey

Ground cinnamon

Directions:

Rinse and hull strawberries. Combine yogurt, juice, honey and cinnamon to taste in small bowl; mix well. Serve over berries.

Makes 4 servings.

Dietary exchanges: ½ milk, 1 fruit

Nutritional value: Calories: 88 – Total fat: 1 g – Carbohydrates: 16g – Protein: 4g (4g fiber)

From the book Diabetic Cooking, No-Bake recipes for summer, 2007

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Jul
10

Grilled Salmon Salad

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Grilled Salmon Salad

Ingredients:

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons fat-free raspberry or balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing, divided

4 skinless salmon filets (4 to 5 ounces each)

½ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

8 cups mesclun or spring salad greens

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved if large

¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped julienned

Directions:

  1. Prepare charcoal or gas grill or preheat broiler. Brush 2 tablespoons dressing over salmon. Sprinkle with pepper and salt. Grill in covered over medium-high heat or broil without turning 4 inches from heat source 5 to 6 minutes or until salmon turns opaque in center (don’t overcook or salmon will become dry).
  2. While salmon is cooking, combine greens, tomatoes and remaining 1/3 cup dressing in large bowl. Transfer to dinner plantes. Top with salmon and basil.

Makes 4 servings.

Dietary exchanges: 3 lean mean, 2 vegetable, 1 fat

Nutritional value: Calories: 264 – Total fat: 12g – Carbohydrates: 12g – Protein – 24g (3g fiber)

From the book Diabetic Cooking, No-Bake recipes for summer, 2007

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Apr
30

Beans can unlock better blood sugar control

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rbeansDespite being a starch or carbohydrate, dried beans and lentils are a healthy addition to the diet of people living with diabetes. Unlike a dinner roll, beans pack a one-two punch – fiber and protein – that may help control blood sugar.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) highly recommends bean dishes. “Whether you prefer kidney, pinto, navy or black beans, you can’t find better nutrition than that provided by beans,” the ADA says. “They are very high in fiber giving you about 1/3 of your daily requirement in just a ½ cup and are also good sources of magnesium, and potassium. “They are considered starchy vegetables but a ½ cup provides as much protein as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat.”

If you cook with canned beans, the ADA recommends draining and rinsing the beans to get rid of as much sodium as possible.

Unlike regular starchy food, fiber-rich food is handled differently when digested. Part of the fiber passes through the digestive system intact. This difference means that eating foods rich in fiber is less likely to cause a spike in high blood sugar.

The second advantage is the fact that beans are a rich source of protein. A cup of beans, like the ones pictured, contains about 16 grams of protein, the same as 2 ounces of meat or chicken. Beans also contain no cholesterol and no more than 1 gram of fat – never saturated!

Here are some tips for preparing dried beans:

  • Eliminate some of the intestinal distress by soaking the beans before cooking. Recommended techniques include soaking in plain water or putting a 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or liquid whey. Soak them overnight or as long as you can and rinse off anything that raises to the top of the water.
  • Season with apple cider vinegar instead of hot sauce to control both spicy burn and added salt.
  • Make your beans a “complete protein” source by complementing them with, for example, low-fat ham, turkey sausage or brown rice.
  • Add lentils to soups and salads to make those dishes more hearty and filling.
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Mar
27

Fruit holds healthy appeal for diabetes control

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Living with diabetes and maintaining control is often seen as a mandate to categorize and keep lists of food “no-nos.” Fruit is often lumped in the category “do not eat” because of the sugar content found in naturally-occurring fructose.

Experts at Health Hubs advise keeping fruit in your meal plan and explain that there are many fruits a person with diabetes can enjoy which do not adversely affect blood sugar levels. Some fruits may actually improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity over time.

Remember, part of the fruit appeal is the peel. Fiber rich foods are generally safe for people with diabetes to eat because they tend to have a lower glycemic index (GI) and therefore do not spike blood sugar levels to the same extent as high GI foods. This is because fiber delays the emptying of stomach contents into the small intestine which slows down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream.

pearsFiber rich fruits tend to be fruits with edible skins and seeds. These two parts of the fruit are highest in fiber. Fruits high in fiber include (fiber content in brackets): passion fruit (10.4%), raspberries (6.5%), apples (2.5%), pears (2.1%), apricots (2.1%), blueberries (2.7%), kiwifruit (2.1%), strawberries (2.0%), pomegranates (3.4%) and avocados (6.7%).

Pears are packed with health benefiting nutrients such as dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins, which are necessary for optimum health.

Pears are a good source of dietary fiber. Most of the fiber in them is non soluble polysaccharide (NSP), which functions as a good bulk laxative in the gut. Additionally, the gritty fiber content binds to cancer-causing toxins and chemicals in the colon, protecting its mucous membrane from contact with these compounds.

In addition, pear fruit is one of the very low calorie fruits, provides 58 calories per 100g. Just a few sections a day in the diet can bring significant reduction in weight and blood LDL cholesterol levels.

Chef John Wright of Diabetes Management & Supplies is a big proponent of bringing fruit into every aspect of the dinner table. His Pear Salad features sweet and tangy flavors, fresh shaved pears and a homemade cranberry vinaigrette dressing.

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Ordering Supplies and Equipment

A diabetes treatment plan is very important. Make sure you know how things should work. Carefully following any medication orders and instructions is vital to your plan's success. Make sure you don't run out of supplies just as you refill prescriptions so you don't run out of medication.

Here are some ways you can let us help you reorder supplies:

At Diabetes Management & Supplies, we value the part we play on your treatment plan team and realize that winning is promoting good health.