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Have a diabetic friendly Christmas Holiday!
December 05, 2008

It's the beginning of shopping season for the holidays! THe hustle and bustle of trying to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. I want to encourage you to take a moment for yourself and look around at the beautiful fall leaves, the snow that is falling, and the cozy feeling that comes with the holidays. I love turning off the television, slipping on my slippers, and curling up on the couch. Yes my nose is cold and yes I do tend to get more colds, but the warm feelings this time of year brings is wonderful.

In our household we tend to go all out with the lights and Christmas decorations. It is also a time of year for temptations of sweets. I hope you find some tips in this newsletter to help you through those holiday cravings.


Diabetic Delicious Christmas Holiday

Soups that warm from the inside.....

If you haven't tried some of the soup recipes on the website, I encourage you to give them a try! If you are looking for a great slow cooker soup recipe. Let me recommend this Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe.

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

1 whole chicken - (3 lbs), cut into 8 pieces

1 large onion, peeled, quartered

1 large carrot, peeled, quartered

3 sprigs flat-leaf parsley

1/2 tsp crushed dried thyme

1/2 tsp crushed dried marjoram

1/4 tsp freshly-ground black pepper

1 qt canned no-salt no-fat chicken broth

1 qt boiling water

6 oz medium-wide noodles

4 oz button mushrooms, sliced

1/2 lb fresh spinach, well washed, and large stems removed

Recipe Instructions:

1. Rinse and pat dry chicken. Place in a 5-quart or larger crockery slow cooker. Place the onion, carrot, and parsley around chicken pieces. Sprinkle with thyme, marjoram, and pepper.

2.Add chicken broth, cover, and cook on Low for 7 to 8 hours or on High for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

3.When chicken is done, remove from broth and cool for about 10 minutes, until cool enough to handle. Discard the onion, carrot, and parsley. Remove and discard the chicken skin and bones. Shred chicken and set aside. Skim off and discard all surface fat from the broth.

4.If cooking on Low, change setting to High. Add the boiling water, noodles, and mushrooms. Cook until noodles are almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and continue to cook until noodles and tender and spinach wilts, about 3 minutes. Gently stir in shredded chicken and heat through.

5.Ladle into wide, shallow soup bowls.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

Exchanges Per Serving: 4 Lean Protein, 1 1/2 Carbohydrate (bread/starch).

Nutrition Facts: 285 calories (22% calories from fat), 31 g protein, 7 g total fat (1.8 g saturated fat), 24 g carbohydrates, 2 g dietary fiber, 72 mg cholesterol, 615 mg potassium, 121 mg sodium.

Source: "Diabetic Recipes at" S(Formatted for MC6): "07-17-2002 by Joe Comiskey -" Copyright: " Diabetic-Lifestyle, 2001"

Servings: 6

Cornbread to Dip

You have to have warm bread to go with a great bowl a soup. Give this recipe a try!

1 cup cornmeal 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. sugar 2 tbsp. canola oil 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 F. Grease or spray an 8-in. square baking pan or dish with nonstick spray.

Combine cornmeal, flour, soda, baking powder and sugar in a medium bowl. Combine oil, egg and buttermilk in another bowl. Add to cornmeal mixture and stir just until moistened.

Pour into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cut into 8 rectangles.

Makes 8 Pieces.

Per Piece: 146 Cal; 5 g Total Fat (1 g Sat Fat); 22 g Carb; 28 mg Cholesterol; 165 mg Sodium; 4 g Protein; 2 g Fiber.

Exchanges: 1-1/2 Bread; 1 Fat.

Tips For Surviving the Holidays

Taken from: Cecilia Sauter, MS, RD, CDE, and director of the University of Michigan Health System Diabetes Education Program.

1. Plan ahead: If you've been invited to a party and you won't be preparing the food, call ahead to find out what they plan to serve.

2. Keep counting the carbs: Carbohydrates are what really affect your blood sugar, Sauter says. When it's time to eat, look at the overall meal and ask your self, Which foods contain carbohydrates? What do I really want to eat? Be careful with your portions and make sure the meal is balanced.

3. Sugar-free isn't always carb-free: We often get tempted by sugar-free products, but that doesn't always mean they don't contain carbohydrates.

4. Check blood sugar before cocktails: Alcohol can cause low blood sugar. Sauter suggests checking your blood sugar level before you drink. She also recommends eating foods containing carbohydrates, if you plan to drink. It's bests to drink alcohol after a full meal.

5. Walk after your meal: Sauter often encourages her patients to go for a nice long walk about an hour after a meal. That's when most of the sugar is in their blood stream, and exercise will have the greatest impact on lowering blood sugar.

6. Plan for relieving the stress: Stress can be challenging for people with diabetes because it can increase blood sugar. While walking helps to relieve stress, I often suggest that people think about stress management strategies that have worked for them in the past and use them, Sauter says. She also suggests listening to relaxing music and being organized during the holiday season to alleviate stress.

Snack to Serve for Guest!

I'm a sucker for things that are sweet and salty. This is perfect for this time of year because you can incorporate your favorite candy into a healthy trail mix. Many small candy treats are equal to about 15 grams of carbohydrate and can be incorporated here and there for snacks. One fun-size candy bar, a half a pack of M&M's, 3 small Tootsie rolls, 15 Skittles each weigh in at 15 grams of carbs. Open a pack of M&M's and drop it into your homemade trail mix.

Check out this trail mix recipe!

3 cup mini pretzel twists

2 1/2 cup wedge shaped cheese crackers

2 cup mini garlic bagel chips, =or= mini garlic rye toas

3 1/4 oz italian breadsticks, break into thirds

1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp seasoned salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Recipe Instructions: Heat oven to 350. In large bowl, combine pretzel twists, crackers, bagelchips and breadsticks. In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; mixwell. Drizzle margarine mix over pretzel mix; toss to coat. Spread evenlyin ungreased jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until crisp,stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Store in tightly covered container. Servings: 8

THere is another great trail mix with tropical fruit on the website. Click Here!

Christmas Pies

Pies are usually synonymous with Thanksgiving and Christmas. I've found this fantastic pecan pie recipe with a variety of possible toppings for it. Check it out, click here!

Great Gift Ideas

Diabetic gift baskets are a perfect way to say thanks this Holiday season. Don't just send any gift basket, send one that is extra thoughtful by thinking of their diabetic needs. I know you will love the variety and quality of these baskets!Send a little sugar free sweet. Two great holiday gift baskets!

Coming In The January Newsletter......

1. Diet tips and tricks to shed some of the weight we accumulated during 2008! Diet Reviews

2. Diet Recipes!

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Well, that's all for the December edition of Delicious Diabetic! I hope you have wonderful holiday season filled with food and memories, and we'll see you in January for some great motivational tips.


Alisa Roberts

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