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    Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:31 am Groupie

    With school starting again, some of us are back into old routines and some of us are starting new ones ---- but we all need ideas for quick, healthy breakfasts on the go; nutritional lunch box lunches and rewarding snacks for mid-afternoon pick-me-ups whether for working adults OR school children. This can be challenging for everyone but, often, particularly so for diabetics. As part of a zaar-wide effort to make Back To School easier for us all, we have been asked for our best recipes, suggestions and tips ---- so please jump in here and help us out! I'll start off with some tried and true favorites:


    Ham and Cheese Scones recipe #54514
    Yogurt Fruit Bars recipe #128810

    Diet Cranberry Muffins recipe #95308
    Streusel Apple/Raisin Muffins recipe #86886 - Great numbers!
    Diabetic Grape Nuts Bars recipe #48902
    Yummu Fruit Smoothie recipe #90006 - Almost a full meal!


    Low Carb Tuna Muffins recipe #119680 - 30 grams of protein!
    Situ's Chicken Salad in a Pita recipe #101890
    Egg Salad (Low Carb) recipe #83638
    Chipotle and Corn Chowder recipe #81030
    Plain Lentil Soup (Vegan) recipe #62237 - Perfect nutrition!
    Cheat n' Eat Vietnamese Soup recipe #28377 - 151 calories!
    Scottish Harvest Vegetable Soup recipe #25956 - 128 calories!
    Mediterranean Wrap Sandwich recipe #51308
    Vegetable Turkey Pockets recipe #51307
    Marinated Fresh Fruit recipe #113785 - Great for a snack too!
    Luscious Sugar-Free Lemon Bars recipe #56637
    Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake recipe #54338
    Ginger Oatmeal Crisps recipe #57494 - Too good to be true!


    Apple Bites recipe #117194
    Oven Fried Zucchini Chips recipe #117874
    Like Cheesecake recipe #67658 - You can have two of these!
    Cinnamon Oranges recipe #50124
    Banana Orange Frozen Push-ups recipe #31768
    Root Beer Frosty recipe #25267
    Strawberry Slush recipe #25212
    Strawberry Yogurt Cooler recipe #122450

    Let's see what the rest of you can add ---- EVERYONE must have at least one tip, suggestion or favorite recipe to share.

    Last edited by Mysterygirl on Fri Oct 07, 2005 4:47 am, edited 2 times in total
    Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:14 pm Groupie
    These are wonderful. I'm not diabetic, but do try and watch the amount of sugar, especially the processed kind, in my diet.

    I've saved quite a few of these recipes and want to add a few from my cookbooks.

    Strawberry Lemonade recipe #45775

    Chocolate sponge cake recipe #25340

    Mixed Fruit Mousse recipe #63118

    Fruit Chewy Cookies With No Added Sugar recipe #113467
    Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:22 pm Groupie
    Some fabulous ideas here!

    Here are some fruit only smoothies (no dairy/no sweetner) I really enjoy:

    Super Healty-No Fat Smoothie
    Fruity Green Tea Smoothie
    Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:24 pm Groupie
    A wide mouth, soup type thermos can solve a lot of problems and deliver lots of tempting treats in a lunch box. Think of the family meals you can make while planning for leftovers for lunches without the sodium, preservatives, etc. of prepackaged products.

    I'd make two batches of Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce recipe #92096 ---- one to freeze plain in portion sizes and one to combine with two or three Turkey Sausage Links, crumbled and sauteed and then frozen in portion sizes ---- with or without other vegetables. With sausage and served over 1 cup of cooked spaghetti in a thermos, the numbers are 382 calories, sat fat 2.3, carbs 53.1 and protein 14.4 ---- all well within ADA guidelines. The plain sauce is great to use in Stuffed Bell Peppers, a vegetarian Lasagne or Chicken Parmesan or as a pizza sauce for another meal.

    Make a double batch of Karen's Swiss Steak recipe #16273 and have plenty left to cut up and freeze for lunches. Serve over potatoes or noodles in a thermos for the non-diabetic ---- over brown rice or with just a piece of cornbread for the diabetic. I would increase the veggies in the recipe for more
    lunch box nutrition.

    Oven Crisp Chicken Wings recipe #40497 sounds just right for little fingers. Keep them in the freezer to zap and pop into a warmed thermos for lunch. Make it Drum Sticks for Dad or Mom and serve with Ranch Dressing or even Catsup for dipping. If you want a dip that's not prepackaged, try Green Goddess Dressing recipe #13226 orCucumber-Basic Buttermilk Dressing recipe #5451. Four chicken wings in a child's lunch would be 348 calories, 8 sat fat, 3.6 carbs and 25.6 protein ---- plenty of room left for veggies and/or fruit.

    Sloppy Joe's seem like a "no brainer" ---- but, between the beef and things like catsup and other sweet things, the prepackaged stuff kills most of the recipes for diabetics. For Sloppy Joe's, I'd cook up a batch of recipe #16513 for barbecue sauce and freeze half of it ---- saute a pound of lean ground beef and an onion and add the other half recipe of sauce for the Sloppy Joe mix. Serve a hamburger (or equal) bun separately so the sandwich won't get soggy and the numbers are about 436 calories, 5.3 sat fat and 40.5 carbs.

    Another "no brainer" would seem to be baked beans or pork and beans with weiners for children. Don't be fooled! Whatever you choose, it's prepackaged and packs a whale of a lot of sodium ---- even homemade does! Your best bet is to find the low sodium baked beans and add your lowest sodium wieners ---- in which case the numbers can be as low as 302 calories, 0 sat fat, 54 carbs and 18 protein.

    Chili and Beans is an option IF it's homemade with low sodium canned tomato products and your own dried pinto beans and spices. By cooking your own beans, you can knock out 61% of the sodium found in canned beans ---- and still salt your beans! Serve with a piece of KimD's Tex-Mex Cornbread recipe #37420 with corn in it and some crudites ---- it's a good source of protein and fiber.

    And don't forget cold offerings in a thermos. Derf's Cottage Lunch Salad recipe #91368 with veggies and cottage cheese is great ---- could even add some cold chicken to that ---- or make it a fruit and cottage cheese combo. Double check the Fresh Fruit Marinade recipe #113785 and Like Cheesecake recipe #67658 in Mysterygirl's post. And, then, of course there are always the old standbys like Coleslaw and Carrot and Raisin Salad.

    Get at least one wide-mouth thermos (maybe two?) to take a lot of the pain out of lunches on the go. It sure beats zapping a frozen entree in a microwave ---- or eating room temperature food day after day!
    Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:10 pm Groupie
    When making tuna, egg or chicken salad try using this in place of your normal relish to reduce the carbs.

    Sugar Free Pickle Relish recipe #121432
    Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:56 pm Groupie

    This is the first thing your average teenager will go for at lunch if vending machines are available in their school ---- and they're loaded with sodium and preservatives, to say nothing of sugars, and don't even BEGIN to provide any kind of nutrition! When researching school lunches once before, I was surprised that the dieticians wrote, "What kid doesn't like chips? So give them chips ---- just so long as they aren't the greasy fried kind. The same goes for crackers." Diabetes is at epidemic proportions today in the US, particularly among school children, and Type II is most often triggered by overweight ---- so why wait for the years of
    junk food to add up and cause some real damage? Get a handle on your child's weight and nutrition now! Following are some zaar recipes for chips and crackers that are acceptable in a healthy diet ---- even for diabetics:


    Wonton Chips recipe #27176 (16 chips) - 80 calories, 0 sat fat, 19.2 carbs and 3.2 protein.

    Baked Corn Tortilla Chips recipe #107922 (2 tortillas) - 150 calories, .5 sat fat, 27.5 carbs and 3.4 protein.

    Homemade Baked Flour Tortilla Chips recipe #124908 (2 tortillas) - 192 calories, 1.6 sat fat, 33.6 carbs and 4.8 protein.

    Pita Chips recipe #57264 (16 chips) - 170 calories, .3 sat fat, 35.2 carbs and 6.3 protein.

    Microwave Potato Chips recipe #47195 (1 potato) - 164 calories, .1 sat fat, 37.2 carbs, 4.3 protein.


    Low Carb Cheese Crackers recipe #110113 (6 crackers) - 120 calories, 6.6 sat fat, .6 carbs and .2 protein.

    Sesame Wheat Crackers recipe #85484 (6 crackers) - 162 calories, 5.4 sat fat, 15.6 carbs and 4.2 protein.

    Cheddar-Jack Crackers recipe #72982 (6 crackers) - 120 calories, 3 sat fat, 17.4 carbs and 2.4 protein.

    Sesame Thins recipe #89839 (6 crackers) - 149 calories, 1.1 sat fat, 17.6 carbs and 3.4 protein.

    Herbed Crackers recipe #127687 (12 crackers) - 145 calories, 1.0 sat fat, 26.2 carbs and 5.0 protein.

    So ---- give the kids what they like ---- let them have their chips and crackers! Now if we could only think what to do about soda!
    Fri Aug 26, 2005 7:27 am Groupie
    kaslerma wrote:

    So ---- give the kids what they like ---- let them have their chips and crackers! Now if we could only think what to do about soda!

    Just a quick comment on that one icon_smile.gif

    There is no one in my immediate family with diabetes but we try really hard to limit sugar becasue of weight issues. (Well, when I was 80 pounds heavier, in my early 20s, I was told that I was almost a borderline diabetic. I have reduced things substantially and no longer am in the position but know that I need to work at that. And I have a son who is chunky so we watch it.)

    So... I was limiting all beverages for my kids (very little juice), only water and milk etc. But it seemed to make them crave them more. So recently I have introduced sugar free kool-aid at our house. My kids love it and then they don't seem to go so crazy in public for soda. Just a though icon_smile.gif
    Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:38 am Groupie
    I have to laugh a little, Ladypit ---- when my children were little (40+ years ago) I wouldn't have been caught dead with a packet of Kool Aid in my hand ---- it was considered a cheap excuse for homemade, full fruit punches or a good glass of milk and only acceptable to very BAD mothers. Then along came Hawaiian Punch and (glory be) everyone was happy. There was no food labelling and we had no real idea WHY Kool Aid was bad or Hawaiian Punch was good ----or that there was probably not a whole lot of difference between the two ---- and little did we know what the marketers of Coke and Pepsi had in store for our children and grandchildren!

    I don't know how it's possible to reverse the damage they have done or combat such a big marketing machine except to do as you're doing and teach your little ones to just LOVE something else that's good for them. I'd be very interested to know the nutritional values in Kool Aid ---- can't imagine it can be as bad as soda. And I've heard a lot about flavored waters of one kind or another lately. A poster to zaar recently admitted that she was addicted to the bite of the carbonation in soda ---- why not just add plain soda water to fruit juice? Or is there something not so good about soda water? And if soda's not so good, what about natural sparkling mineral water --- except, of course, the cost?

    I'd appreciate your following up on this with me ---- there's SO much I need to learn. Two of the best low number drink recipes I've found on zaar are Strawberry Yogurt Cooler recipe #122450 by carolinafan and Strawberry Slush recipe #25212 by Mysterygirl.
    Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:41 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    I do not have diabetic children, it is my DH who has diabetes, but I hope that those with school age children will try some of my recipes to lunchbags:

    Diabetic Cheese Crisps recipe #135047
    Diabetic Raisin Drop Cookies recipe #118197

    Carrot Raisin Salad recipe #127685

    Pineapple Fluff recipe #133587
    Diabetic Carrot cake Recipe 133583
    Diabetic Apple Raisin Turnovers recipe #127686

    Happy back to school!
    Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:50 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    speaking of soda, I use Kool-Aid and add diabetic sweetener instead of sugar. We sometimes pack this on picnics rather than taking soda or ice water.......and I think it would work for school as well if you pack it in a container that keeps drinks cool.
    Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:58 am Groupie
    Thanks, Northern_Reflectionz, I'm always on the look-out for good diabetic recipes. Thought you might like to know that your Unbelievable Cheese Crisps recipe #135047 did not post correctly. The butter was not included in the count at all and the totals from the detail page did not transfer to the main recipe page summary where we all look for the values. Thought you might want to ask someone to fix this ---- sounds like a smashing recipe!
    Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:06 am
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    not sure how to alert the people who do the nutritional value regarding the butter not showing up, but resubmitted the recipe showing 1 cup of butter instead of 8 oz...perhaps this will clear up the problem? Let's hope so!
    It is an AMAZING recipe! My DH LOVES them!
    Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:25 am Groupie
    I've alerted a few other chefs to a similar situation in the past. I believe they just post a request to Kathy in the Customer Support forum.
    Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:55 am Groupie
    kaslerma wrote:
    I've alerted a few other chefs to a similar situation in the past. I believe they just post a request to Kathy in the Customer Support forum.

    Yes, Kathy can fix things. Just ask for her in Customer Service.
    Tue Aug 30, 2005 12:11 pm Groupie
    Hello everyone.

    Being diabetic myself i am always interested in discovering and trying new diabetic recipes.

    In the two weeks since joining recipezaar i have tried a few diabetic recipes that people have posted on here and found them all quite good and will be trying plenty more.

    I have posted several diabetic recipes on here as well since joining up and i thought i would put just a few of my favorites on here for people to have a look at and maybe try .

    These quick easy treats should be popular with the brown bag lunch set or just simply something to snack on while watching television , playing on the computer or when company drops by:

    Diabetic Banana Chips. recipe #135051

    Diabetic Peanut Butter Candy. recipe #134433

    Diabetic Peanut Butter Fudge. recipe #133756

    These are just a few of my favorite diabetic recipes, that i wanted to share with my fellow diabetics on here.

    I would be interested in hearing from any other Diabetics from here that is interested in sharing recipes and just simply sharing the ups and downs of daily living with Diabetes.

    I am a 36 year old Canadian male ,who had diabetes since October of 1998.
    My wife has been instrumental in helping maintain my health and just in the last 6 months i have been able to lose over 60 pounds.
    I was on 2 different types of insulin but with doctor's guidance i am able to just control it with Diet and Excerise.

    Hope to hear from anyone who may be interested in keeping in touch and sharing .
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