Monday, August 11, 2014

An Open-Faced Breakfast BTL


One of the recipes I loved the most during my Diabetes Diet week was the egg, prosciutto, andVerses from my Kitchen. It was the first time I had ever poached an egg, which thanks to Google and a conversation with my mom I managed to do quite well. My hubs really enjoyed this recipe as well. He loves a breakfast sandwich and was happy about starting the day off with low carbs.

arugula sandwich by

I really did enjoy this recipe very much, but realized that for me prosciutto was too rich a taste first thing in the morning. I started to wrack my brain for other ways of doing this recipe and still keeping it diabetic friendly. And for some reason a BLT with an egg on it kept coming to my mind. Here is the recipe I came up with.




Ingredients:

4 strips of bacon
2 eggs
1/2 an avocado
2 slices tomato
Baby lettuce 
Bagel


1. Begin by cooking the bacon on your stovetop. I cheated and bought fully cooked bacon form Trader Joes, which you also can heat up on your stovetop.


2. While your bacon is cooking, slice your tomato and avocado into your desired thickness. Set aside until you begin to assemble your sandwich


3. Cut your bagel in half and toast to your desired crispiness. Then set aside. 

4. When you bacon is done, place on a paper towel and set aside. Leave the excess bacon grease in the pan to cook your eggs in. Gently crack your egg into the frying pan. Let the edges around the yolk  turn white. Then grab your spatula and gently flip your egg over trying not to break the yolk. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and remove from pan.  



4. Now, it's time to assemble your sandwich. Grab your bagel and drizzle it lightly with olive oil. Then place a few pieces of arugula or baby lettuce, a slice of tomato, two pieces of bacon, your egg, and last add your avocado.  



I hope you like it!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Diabetes Diet


I have always made the argument that because I have Type 1 diabetes, I can basically still eat like everyone else, as long as I give myself the right amount of insulin to take care of my meal. While I still believe this to be true, it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be eating more foods work well with my diabetes. This last week I made a diabetes meal plan, using a good number of recipes I found online and through the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recipe page. Sticking to my diabetic meals I noticed that I wasn’t needing to use correction boluses as often, My numbers stayed in a much tighter range, and I hate admitting this, but overall I felt much better. 

to create my meal plan I used the ADA meal planner. And you know what I noticed, most diabetic food is boring. I love seeing pictures of colorful food that makes my mouth water, I found a few to get me through the week, but had to dig around the internet to complete my meal plan. I looked on Pinterest, and found hardly anything that looked edible. Who decided that once you become diabetic you have to stick to a bland diet? With that, I decided to take some of the recipes I found and spice them up a little bit. 

A lot of the recipes I found used artificial sweeteners. I understand that these sweeteners are life savers for some of you, believe me diet Pepsi was my water for a long time. But now days the idea of putting artificial sweeteners in my food to make it a freebie bothers me. If there was a recipe that called for Splenda instead of sugar, I chose to use things like Agave Nectar, Honey, or basic granular sugar. One of the benefits of using real sugar was knowing that I had a to use more insulin to enjoy it, which helped me keep my portions down on those recipes.

Eating as a diabetic for just one week didn’t kill me. Talk with your nutritionist and see what a diabetic meal plan looks like for you, or use some of the sample diets the American Diabetes Association offers. Eating like a diabetic doesn’t have to suck. If you like food as much as I do, then just learn to put your own little twist on it. 

Here are some of the recipes I tried and loved this week. 

Breakfast:
Egg, Prosciutto, Arugula Breakfast Sandwich from Verses from my Kitchen


Peanut Butter Crepes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling from a Dash of Sass


Lunch:
Turkey Spinach Salad with Beets from Diabetic Living


Turkey Ruben from Diabetic Living



Dinner:
Mango Salsa Chicken from The American Diabetes Association



Pesto Stuffed Chicken with Bruschetta Sauce from the American Diabetes Association



Monday, August 4, 2014

July's Best

July came and went. Which is odd, because I feel like I didn't really do anything this month. I had writers block for the majority of the month, as you can tell, by my lack of posts. I did enjoy some things such as going on an Ikea date with my mom, finally had a meeting with my diabetes group, and worked on some home decor things. Here are the most popular posts our readers chose for this month. Enjoy!

Traveling with Diabetes


Diabetic Celebrity: Nick Jonas


You Still have Diabetes at the Happiest Place on Earth


What Causes your Nightmares


Will my Children Have Diabetes