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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Warm Vegetarian Lunch Options

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When you think of vegetarian lunch options, do you automatically think of tofu or tempeh?  Well, you’re not alone.  There are many vegetarian foods and recipes that will help you eat a balanced diet.  So for those of you who don’t like soy or are sick of eating the same thing every day, hang on to your hats while I blow your mind with alternative vegetarian lunch options! This Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger will hit the sweet spot for all of you looking for a variety in your traditional vegetarian burger.  When you think of sweet potatoes, you probably […]

Oatmeal: It doesn’t have to be boring!

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Oatmeal (NuVal 93) has a variety of health benefits.  It is high in fiber, protein, and an assortment of vitamins and minerals, including iron.  It also happens to be low in cholesterol and saturated fat.  The fiber alone has been linked to several wonderful health outcomes including satiety, potentially leading to weight loss, a decreased risk of heart disease, and helping to regulate blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, not all oatmeal is weighted the same in terms of health benefits.  When going to the grocery store, avoid instant oatmeal (especially in packets), as it tends to be loaded with added sugar […]