Africa during the holidays!

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Africa is an incredibly diverse country, with religions ranging from Christianity to Islam, and with that comes all their traditional holidays. Approximately 350 million people in Africa are Christian, and they spread throughout the continent, each with their own traditions when it comes to Christmas. Here’s how a few countries celebrate! Ethiopia celebrates on January 7th with fasting throughout the beginning of the day and then followed by Church services. They enjoy a feast in the evening with their family and friends. Ghana starts celebrating the first day of December, and the culmination of their celebrations on Christmas Day end […]

Happy Holidays from Europe!

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The Christian holiday season in Europe is very similar to the United States.  Although they celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve just like we do, there are a few differences.  Select countries in Europe celebrate Boxing Day, Second Day of Christmas and St. Sylvester’s Day as well. Boxing Day (December 26th) originated in the UK during the Middle Ages. Alms boxes kept in churches were opened up and the coins inside were given to poor people.  Servants were traditionally given the day off to celebrate Christmas with their families.  Today, Boxing Day is a public […]

Happy Holidays from Asia!

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Welcome to December! Happy Holidays! This month on A Better Bag of Groceries we are going to be talking about holidays celebrated all over the world in the month of December. First up is Asia, Tara will then cover Europe, Amanda wants to talk about Africa, and then back to me for South America. We hope to enlighten you to some new cultures, customs, and recipes to try! First up is Asia. With so many countries making up the continent of Asia, I’m going to focus on a few select holidays. Omisoka – Omisoka is Japan’s New Year’s Eve celebration. […]

Low Sugar Doesn’t Mean Sweet-less Desserts!

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It’s important to watch your sugar intake, even when sugar is the main point of the meal – that’s right, I’m talking about desserts. Even when you have a sweet tooth, or it’s time to enjoy the end of a delicious dinner, you should be cognizant of the amount of added sugar in your desserts. Many of the suggestions below contain fruit, because while overall sugar amount is important, we are not here to deprive you of a sweet dessert. Fruit, unlike added sugars, contains fiber. The fiber helps to slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream, making […]

Quick and easy ideas for a low sugar dinner!

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If you’re a frequent reader of our blog (and I hope all of you are), you have already learned that a diet low in sugar and void of processed food is essential to help control your diabetes and lead a healthy lifestyle (surprise, surprise…).  The tips you learned on how to avoid sugar at breakfast and lunch apply to dinner as well.  Dinner can consist of an appetizer, a side dish and a main course.  There are plenty of low sugar, high fiber and minimally processed recipes online that can be incorporated into a diabetic diet (or any healthy diet […]