The secrets of a low sugar lunch!

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So what are the secrets to getting less sugar in your lunch and controlling your blood sugar when you have diabetes?  Two things: eating less processed/convenience foods and making your lunches ahead of time. Knowing what is in your food and scheduling a plan are two of the best ways to monitor your sugar levels. The Problem: Processed and convenience foods. These are a hard one for most Americans to give up. We have busy days and just need to microwave something. I for one totally get that! But these microwaveable store-bought entrees are some of the unhealthiest around. They […]

Low Sugar, High Reward for Breakfast!

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I know I’m not the only one that scrolls through his or her Instagram feed to look at all the gorgeous brunch photos on Sunday afternoons. Pancakes, Waffles, Chocolate drizzled delights just begging to be eaten. However, breakfast is the first opportunity we have to fuel our bodies for the day ahead, and all of that sugar is not going to help us achieve that. You can always enjoy a hint of sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth, but there are ways to achieve this with intrinsic or naturally occurring sugar. Fruit and yogurt parfait: Use plain yogurt and dress […]

All About Diabetes!

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Welcome to National Diabetes Month here on A Better Bag of Groceries!  This week I will be discussing the definition, symptoms, risk factors and prevention of diabetes.  From then on we will be providing ideas on low sugar meal options.  On November 9th Amanda will discuss low sugar breakfast options, November 16th Stephanie will discuss low sugar lunch options, November 23rd I will discuss low sugar dinner options and November 30th Amanda will discuss low sugar dessert options. The term diabetes mellitus applies to several diseases that impact how glucose is used by the body.  These diseases are type I, […]

Happy Halloween!

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We all know that Halloween parties can derail our aspirations to eat healthy. Candy and Cider Donuts and tasty themed cocktails… oh my! While it’s okay to eat those things in moderation, having them throughout the month of October (and realistically into November) isn’t going to help us any. So what do you do? Beware of the cocktail mixers…. Commercial cocktail mixers are often either flavored sugar water or soda. That is a lot of extra empty calories you could be consuming. Better to have the glass of red wine (it even fits the theme), or a cocktail mixed with […]

Spice Up Your Salads!

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The best thing about salads is the incorporation of greens – adults are supposed to consume from 2.5 to 3 cups of vegetables a day, and a leafy green salad is a quick and easy way to meet those goals. However, having a traditional salad can get tiresome, so it’s important to know that there are other salad options out there that you can add on  top of your leafy greens or even just  to have on its own as a lunch or dinner side. Mayo-less potato salads: these salads are great carbs that can serve as excellent platforms for […]