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Diabetic Snacker Keeping Snacks Ready-Made Is More Important When You Have A Diabetic In The Family

I have found that if I make me up several healthier snack choices to have on hand I am much more likely to actually eat those instead of wanting to eat something else. Today I made up my favorite Jell-O sugar free chocolate instant pudding and put it in the fridge.

I'll divide the portions up as I get the snack out. It seems like it takes up way too much refrigerator space to divide up all those little tiny 1/2 cup portions at once. Besides, if I look in the fridge for a snack I don't always like seeing a tiny little snack staring back at me. It seems much larger just leaving it whole & getting my actual amount out at the time I am going to actually eat it. Then I can also top it with either a bit of fresh fruit or sugar free cool whip to make it seem even more indulgent.

Treats are a great thing for a diabetic to have around in quantity so they won't feel like they don't have any choices for snacking. Variety is always best so you don't get tired of just one thing all the time.

Here's how I change my chocolate puddings so I never have the same dessert everyday:

Variations I use:

fruits (change the fruits too)
cool whip sugar free
fruit & cool whip sugar free
mix in the cool whip for a mousse
freeze the mousse mixture for an ice cream feel
put a cherry on top
sprinkle with toasted coconut about 1 teaspoon
grate a hershey kiss over the top (only 3grams of sugar)
pour into grahmn cracker mini crusts for a pie feel
mix in with fat free cream cheese for chocolate cheesecake
add 1 teaspoon lite cherry pie filling
heat the sugar free pudding in microwave & pour over sliced oranges

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Diabetic Snacker Old Habits-Deep Frying are hard to forget about

This "deep fat frying" is really harder to get over than I thought it would be. My kids are still having something in the deep fryer almost everyday so it's harder not to eat it. Often I feel like just grabbing up some of those french fries right off their plates & just scarffing them down! That sounds insane I know but in the back of my mind I do consider it just a wee little bit.

Especially when it's my favorite onion rings! Sometimes I put me something in the oven instead but it sure lacks the great crispy texture and feel that only comes from deep frying. We always keep our oil's temperature to 350 degrees as recommended to have less absorption. Actually for fried chicken now we are going with the highest our fryer will go which is 385 degrees.

I doubt much of anything can get absorbed in that. Then we always let drain thru a wire basket and then to parchment paper or paper towels to even further remove any excess oil. We only use peanut oil now which is a much healthier alternative to vegatable oil. For skillet saute'ing I only use olive oil. I've watched Rachael Ray say EVOO so many times now it's like permanently hammered into my brain. Olive Oil is the healthiest oil by far to use everyday.

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Diabetic Snacker Understanding Your Diabetic Blood Sugar Testing Numbers

I am having some trouble figuring out why my number is so low when I eat this paticular meal like I had tonight. My # was only *79*!
I had a 3 egg Omelette with turkey bacon, 1 whole wheat toast,a potato patty & I even threw in 1 slice of real bacon.

I thought sure I'd be over because of the piece of toast and the hash brown patty both which do contain carbs. I drank a diet pepsi with it instead of milk because I thought it'd be over. And now here I am 2 hours later tested 79 so I just ate a south beach diet bar & a glass of milk.

I like those don't get me wrong it's just I hate eating anything when I'm still full from dinner. I would like it much better a few hours from now. I'm already stuffed & I have to eat something else. How is a person supposed to lose any weight like this?

Any suggestions as to what to add to this meal to make my number be up more but not over?

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Diabetic Snacker Mashed Potatoes Updated recipes for homemade goodness

I have found that while cooking my boiled potatoes for mashing if I add a Chicken Bouillon cube to the water it makes the potatoes taste much better.

I know they are quite salty but it gives the overall taste of the potato a much better flavor. And of course I do add less salt to the finished potatoes when beating them. We use a potato ricer for our potatoes to help make them smoother. Many cooks now add chicken broth to the mashed potatoes instead of milk but I really don't like that as we like them with a more creamy texture only that bit of 2% milk can give. Try yours with the bouillon cubes and see for yourself. Let me know when you do.

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Diabetic Snacker NYC Library Menu Collection Videos about cooking

Here's a great link to check out. I thought it was extremely interesting. It's a 5 part video series on nyc menu collection at the library. They have over 35,000 menus in the collection. The video is located on which is a great food source site. Watch all 5 of the clips they are great showing many vintage menus and newer ones. It's entirely free and no ads.


Just click on the title of this story and it will take you right to the page where the video is. Then just hit the "play" button. Enjoy!

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Diabetic Snacker Campbells Soup Bean with Bacon Review

Tonight I tried something new to me again hoping I would have another new easy entree to add to my weeknight dinners. I had Campbell's bean with bacon soup, crackers and a sprite zero. The sprite zero was very good & refreshing tasting I would recommend it. The soup on the other hand was horrible! Let me say there was no sign of a piece of bacon anywhere in my bowl! I mean come on I know we only are allowed a 1/2 cup serving which I did abide by but not even a teesy little piece of bacon? After eating I've looked thru the pan and I don't see any in it either! What a ripoff.

It does have plenty of small bits of carrots (which I'm not a huge fan of). The color of the soup was way off from the picture on the can. It looks much lighter on the can sort of a chicken brothy look. Mine in the bowl looked more like baby (well I just won't say that, you get the picture). The beans were not very soft they were rather chewy or hard in texture. I believe I can make this soup myself and get a much better outcome. I'll post it when I do.


I would not recommend this soup to anyone, this is a big disapointment campbells especially since I did eat it since I'll still have to test for my number so I couldn't switch to something else now.

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Low Calorie Snack List from hungry girl Diabetic Snacker

This great list of healthier snacks is courtesy of!

Check it out -- we rounded up some of our favorite low-cal, low-fat snacks,
all with a POINTS® value of 1* (or less!) per serving. Most of these have just
50 - 100 calories and 0 - 3g fat. Yipppeeee!!! Stock up now...

Yogurts, and Puddings and Cheeses, Oh My!

Dannon Light & Fit Nonfat Yogurt
(6 oz. = 60 calories, 0g fat, 10 - 11g carbs, 0g fiber)

Weight Watchers Yogurt
(6 oz. = 100 calories, 0.5g fat, 17g carbs, 3g fiber)

Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt
(4 oz. = 80 calories, 0g fat, 19g carbs, 5g fiber)

Dannon Light & Fit Nonfat Smoothies
(1 smoothie = 70 calories, 0g fat, 13 - 14g carbs, 0 - <1g fiber)

Weight Watchers Smoothies
(1 smoothie = 80 calories, 0g fat, 13g carbs, 2g fiber)

LightFull Satiety Smoothies
(1 smoothie = 90 calories, 0 - 0.5g fat, 36 - 38g carbs, 5g fiber)

Jell-O Sugar Free Pudding Snacks
(1 snack = 60 - 70 calories, 1 - 2g fat, 13 - 14g carbs, 0 - 1g fiber)

South Beach Living Pudding Cups
(1 container = 60 calories, 1 - 1.5g fat, 16g carbs, 3g fiber)

Kozy Shack No Sugar Added Puddings
(1/2 cup = 80 - 90 calories, 3g fat, 11 - 14g carbs, 3 - 4g fiber)

Sargento Reduced Fat Colby-Jack Sticks and Slices
(1 stick or 1 slice = 50 calories, 4 - 4.5g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber)

Kraft Singles Fat Free Cheese
(1 slice = 30 calories, 0g fat, 2g carbs, 0g fiber)

Kraft Singles 2% Milk Cheese
(1 slice = 45 - 50 calories, 2.5 - 3g fat, 1 - 2g carbs, 0g fiber)

Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cheese Singles
(1 slice = 45 calories, 2.5g fat, 2g carbs, 1g fiber)

Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese Snacks

(1 piece = 45 calories, 3g fat, 0.5g carbs, 0g fiber)

Light String Cheese by Frigo, Sargento, and Weight Watchers
(1 piece = 50 - 60 calories, 2.5g fat, 0 - <1g carbs, 0g fiber)

The Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges and Gourmet Cheese Bites
(1 wedge or 5 pieces = 35 calories, 2g fat, 1g carbs, 0g fiber)

Fruity Fun

Mott's Healthy Harvest and Plus Applesauce
(1 container = 50 calories, 0g fat, 13g carbs, 1 - 3g fiber)

Gerber Graduates Mini Fruits
(1/4 cup = 25 - 35 calories, 0 - 0.5g fat, 6 - 8g carbs, <1 - 1g fiber)

Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps
(1 bag = 30 - 66 calories, 0g fat, 6 - 16g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber)

Gerber Graduates For Toddlers Yogurt Melts
(1/4 cup = 30 calories, 0g fat, 5g carbs, 0g fiber)

Sensible Foods Crunch Dried Fruit
(1 bag = 70 - 84 calories, 0g fat, 18 - 19g carbs, 1 - 2g fiber)

Crispy Green Crispy Fruit
(1 bag = 36 - 39 calories, 0g fat, 8 - 9g carbs, 1g fiber)

Jell-O Sugar Free Gelatin Snacks
(1 snack = 10 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0g fiber)

The following fruity snacks each have a POINTS® value of 0* per serving --

Mott's Plus Fiber applesauce in Cranberry Raspberry; Gerber Graduates Mini
Fruits in Apple and Banana Strawberry; Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps in
Fuji Apple, White & Yellow Peach, and Strawberry; and Jell-O Sugar Free
Gelatin Snacks. Nice!

Chips, Crisps, and Other Snacks

Brothers-All-Natural Potato Crisps
(1 bag = 35 - 45 calories, 0g fat, 8 - 10g carbs, 1g fiber)

Quaker Rice Cakes
(1 cake = 35 - 60 calories, 0 - 1g fat, 7 - 13g carbs, 0g fiber)

Quaker Quakes Rice Snacks - Apple Cinnamon, Caramel Corn, Chocolate,
and Kettle Corn
(7 - 8 mini cakes = 60 calories, 0 - 1g fat, 13 - 15g carbs, 0g fiber)

Quaker Multigrain Cakes and Minis
(1 cake or 9 minis = 50 - 60 calories, 1g fat, 12g carbs, 1g fiber)

Glenny's Low Fat Soy Crisps - all flavors except Olive Oil, Garlic & Feta
Cheese; Sea Salt; and Creamy Ranch
(18g = 70 calories, 1 - 2g fat, 9 - 10g carbs, 1 - 1.5g fiber)

Jolly Time 100 Calorie Healthy Pop Bags
(1 bag, popped = 100 calories, 2g fat, 20 - 24g carbs, 5 - 8g fiber)

Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop! 100 Calorie Mini Bags, Kettle Korn
(1 bag, popped = 100 calories, 2g fat, 24g carbs, 4g fiber)

Curves Microwave Popcorn in 90-Calorie Mini Bags
(1 bag, popped = 90 calories, 2.5g fat, 17g carbs, 3g fiber)

Gerber Fruit Puffs and Veggie Puffs
(60 - 80 pieces, about 1/2 cup = 25 calories, 0g fat, 6g carbs, 0g fiber)

Tasty Eats Soy Jerky
(0.5 oz. = 40 - 45 calories, <1 - 1.5g fat, 2 - 7g carbs, 1g fiber)

Select packages (the ones with 35 calories per bag) of all FOUR flavors of
Brothers-All-Natural Potato Crisps have a POINTS® value of 0* per bag.

Sweet Treats

VitaTops, VitaBrownies, and 2-oz. VitaMuffins
(1 Top, 1 Brownie, or 1 Muffin = 80 - 100 calories, 0 - 2.5g fat, 20 - 25g
carbs, 5 - 6g fiber)

Zen Bakery Fiber Cakes
(1 cake = 80 calories, 1.5g fat, 22g carbs, 13g fiber)

Hostess 100 Calorie Packs - all flavors except Golden Cake
(One 3-cake pack = 100 calories, 2.5 - 3.5g fat, 19 - 22g carbs, 4 - 5g fiber)

Weight Watchers Snack Cakes
(1 cake = 80 - 90 calories, 2.5g - 3g fat, 14 - 18g carbs, 2 - 3g fiber)

Weight Watchers Soft Cookies
(1 cookie = 90 calories, 2.5g fat, 17 - 18g carbs, 3.5 - 4g fiber)

Curves Bars
(1 bar = 100 calories, 1.5 - 3.5g fat, 17 - 19g carbs, 5g fiber)

Chocolite Protein Bars - Cookies N Cream and Triple Chocolate Fudge
(1 bar = 95 calories, 3 - 3.5g fat, 17g carbs, 9 - 10g fiber)

Luna Minis - Caramel Nut Brownie
(1 bar = 80 calories, 2.5g fat, 11g carbs, 2g fiber)

Chill Out!

Breyers Double Churn Free Fat Free Ice Cream - all flavors except Chocolate
Cookies & Cream
(1/2 cup = 90 - 110 calories, 0g fat, 20 - 25g carbs, 3 - 4g fiber)

The Skinny Cow Skinny Dippers
(1 bar

= 80 calories, 3g fat, 11g carbs, 2g fiber)

The Skinny Cow Mini Fudge Bars
(1 bar = 50 calories, 1g fat, 19g carbs, 0.5g fiber)

The Skinny Cow Low Fat Fudge Bars
(1 bar = 100 calories, 1g fat, 22g carbs, 4g fiber)

Weight Watchers GIANT Ice Cream Bars - Latte and Chocolate Fudge
(1 bar = 90 - 110 calories, 1g fat, 21 - 25g carbs, 4 - 5g fiber)

Weight Watchers Chocolate Mousse Ice Cream Bars
(1 bar = 60 cals, 0.5g fat, 14g carbs, 3g fiber)

Weight Watchers Strawberry, Key Lime and Passion Fruit Sherbet and Ice
Cream Bars
(1 bar = 60 calories, 0.5g fat, 13g carbs, <1g fiber)

Healthy Choice Fudge Bars
(1 bar = 80 calories, 1g fat, 13g carbs, 4g fiber)

Fudgsicle Fat Free Fudge Bars
(1 bar = 60 calories, 0g fat, 13g carbs, 1g fiber)

Fudgsicle No Sugar Added Fudge Bars
(1 bar = 40 calories, 1g fat, 10g carbs, 2g fiber)

Sugar Free Popsicles
(1 pop = 15 - 20 calories, 0g fat, 3 - 4g carbs, 0g fiber)

No Sugar Added Creamsicles
(1 pop = 25 calories, 0g fat, 10g carbs, 1g fiber)

Blue Bunny FrozFruit Bars - Chunky Strawberry, Superfruit Raspberry Acai,
and Chunky Tropical
(1 bar = 60 - 70 calories, 0g fat, 15 - 18g carbs, <1g fiber)

Blue Bunny No Sugar Added FrozFruit Bars - Chunky Strawberry
(1 bar = 35 calories, 0g fat, 15g carbs, 3g fiber)

Blue Bunny Sugar Free Bomb Pops
(1 pop = 25 calories, 0g fat, 8g carbs, 2g fiber)

Fruitfull Juice Bars - Watermelon, Guava, Strawberry, Raspberry, and Fuzzy
(1 bar = 60 - 70 calories, 0g fat, 13 - 18g carbs, 0g fiber)

Dreyer's/Edy's Snack Size Fruit Bars
(1 bar = 45 - 50 calories, 0 - 0.5g fat, 9 - 13g carbs, 0g fiber)

Dreyer's/Edy's No Sugar Added Fruit Bars
(1 bar = 30 calories, 0g fat, 8g carbs, 1g fiber)

Sugar Free Popsicles, No Sugar Added Creamsicles, Fudgsicle No Sugar
Added Fudge Bars, Blue Bunny No Sugar Added FrozFruit Bars in Chunky
Strawberry, Blue Bunny Sugar Free Bomb Pops, and Dreyer's/Edy's No
Sugar Added Fruit Bars all have a POINTS® value of 0* per pop/bar.

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This rss feeds sends the new dessert recipes everyday right here to this page so you don't miss anything.
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Freezer Help how to know the temperature inside Diabetic Snacker Recipes

Data Loggers: The Way to Monitor a Freezer or Cooler's

By: Rick Kaestner

Data loggers are devices that sample temperature and/or

humidity at regular intervals and then store it. The older

models used paper and pencil as a storage method, but modern

data loggers send the information they gathered directly to a


Data loggers were originally created as weather forecasting

tools, but they were quickly adopted as a perfect way to

monitor freezers or coolers. Keeping stable temperature in a

freezer is much more important than most people think. It is

especially true when we store deep frozen food there. The

10-degree difference in temperature might seem small, but it is

crucial for deep frozen products.

Data loggers are absolutely necessary in professional freezers.

The standard thermometer inside the freezer shows you only the

present temperature. You need data loggers to check if there

were any temperature fluctuations when no one was looking.

There are only two problems with data loggers that limit its

usefulness. The first is that they aren't independent. They

usually need a computer or a chart recorder to see what they


The second is that typical data loggers need a lot of

maintenance - paper, pencils or linked PC - just to keep them

running. Fortunately there is a data logger that does not cause

this kind of problems: ThermaViewer.

Unlike other data loggers, ThermaViewer can work all by itself.

It has a processor, its own memory and a big LCD screen, it

doesn't need any other device to compute and show all the data

it gathers. Its two sensors can be placed up to 100 feet from

one another, which allows it to control temperature even in

large freezers.

As everything is stored in ThermaViewer

internal memory and is displayed on the LCD screen, this is the

only one of all data loggers that doesn't need any maintenance.

Author Bio
Rick Kaestner is the President and Owner of Two Dimensional

Instruments. The worldwide leader in providing the technology

to monitor, measure, record and document temperature. For more

information please visit our website at

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Freezer temp

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Diabetic Snacker Southern Cooking Techniques for breakfast foods healthy options

More Southern Cooking Techniques
By: K. Miller

I know this first technique may sound unrelated to Southern

Cooking , but you will see the connection as we proceed. Here's

the first tip, which should be applied to all your recipes, not

just Southern Cooking.The Chinese figured this out long ago.

Combine sweet and sour in your cooking. That is, in a dish that

is intended to be sweet (deserts), add a pinch of salt, vinegar

or hot spice. In a dish that is intended to be sour (not

sweet), such as vegetables, chili, meats, add sweet. I prefer

syrup or molasses rather than regular sugar to add sweetness.As

an example, in Southern Recipes,

I add a teaspoon of molasses

to greens (turnip, collards, mustard), green beans and

breakfast gravy. One exception to the adding sweet to sour is

in cornbread.

If you want real Southern cornbread, never put

sugar in it. Sorry, that's not cornbread, it's cake (or Yankee

cornbread.) I also add a teaspoon of regular sugar to my cole

slaw and chili. Likewise, in all deserts I cook I add a pinch

of salt. You are probably aware that most desert recipes call

for this anyway.

I have discussed the next technique at length

in my other articles and on my websites, but it is so important

I want to repeat it here. You must use cast iron cookware for

most Southern dishes, especially cornbread. First, it is the

traditional way to cook Southern. Additionally, the cast iron

transfers heat unlike any other material, making it uniquely

suited for Southern dishes.

So, please use cast iron.This next

technique is employed in many Southern recipes. Southerners use

cornmeal in many fried dishes to coat the food. This produces a

crunchy texture and adds flavor. When frying chicken, coat

(batter) the chicken in flour, but add cornmeal to the flour

mix at a 3 to 1 ration. In other words 1/4 cup cornmeal to 1

cup flour. Also, fried okra should be coated in a pure cornmeal

mix (with salt and pepper, no flour.) Here's the

point...experiment a little. When a recipe calls for flour or

just because you have always cooked it that way, try

substituting cornmeal for flour.Here's something I remember

from my grandmother's kitchen.

She was a great cook of

traditional Southern food. She made the best biscuits I ever

tasted. At first, I thought it was her recipe, until I found

out there was nothing unusual about it (I think she got it off

a bag of flour.) It wasn't the ingredients that made them so

good. It was the size of the biscuits.

I always knew she made

bigger biscuits than I was use to but I didn't make the

connection until after I found out her secret was not the

ingredients. Larger biscuits will have more of the soft insides

and a larger area outside for the brown crust. They are

especially good with gravy or anytime you will be using a

sauce. Here's what she did.

She rolled out the biscuit dough to

about 3/4 inch thickness. Then she used a biscuit cutter that

was a little over 3 inches in diameter (who knows where she

got was probably a hundred years old.

A word of

caution if you use this technique for your biscuits, do not

make the dough over 3/4 inch thick. You may think that if 3/4

inch is good, then 1 1/2 inches should be better. Not so. The

3/4 inch rule seems to be the optimum for Fat Biscuits. If you

make them much thicker the tops will crack and they will have

a doughy flour taste. So, if you are one that has always made

slim 2 inch biscuits, give these a try. And, try out the other

techniques mentioned for real Southern Cooking.
Southern cooking

Author Bio
Ken Miller is a free lance writer and webmaster for Southern Cooking - Southern Recipes, where you can

get free recipes for authenic Southern favorites.

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Southern cooking certainly has brought a lot of gread dishes to our tables over the years. No wonder everyone loves it so much!

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Celebrity Chef complete TV Programs List Diabetic Snacker Tivo's Ready?

I watch a tremendous amount of cooking show programs. Actually I really try to watch every single cooking show there is on television. I know there are literally hundreds of them now, but hey I love them. I like the idea of trying something new or changing something I already make "into" something new. I like all the little tips, tricks and different techniques each one uses and I've incorporated many of those into my everyday cooking and eating habits over the years. It's amazing the little things you can learn from watching cooking shows long enough. It takes a lot of time finding all the shows but I just can't stand the thought of missing one. I'm glad I have tivo to help me find them or I would never get to watch as many as I do. They have become more popular in recent years.

I like how they are now allowing their products to be available to the general public at either (store) or in many of the retail stores nationwide. I saw many in Kohl's department store just last night. Of course I want most of them! They all have started with cookbooks and then dvds but now you can find all types of assorted goodies from them. I'm all in favor of creating more buzz in the kitchen myself as it's my favorite place to be already. Many of the celebrity chefs are restaurant owners. Bobby Flay just opened a new upscale burger place to add to his other restaurants. I'll keep adding to this list & filling in what they offer as time permits so check back every so often. Or with your comments add to this list yourself.

Danny Boone (Rescue Chef)

Not sure if he has anything yet he's fairly new to me

Alton Brown (Good Eats, Feasting On Asphalt, narrator Iron Chef America)

has a great salt container I'd like to get just haven't yet as it's rather pricey just for holding salt. He also now offers a line of knives that look pretty sharp. (no pun intended).

Bobby Flay (Boy Meets Grill, Grill It, Throwdown, Iron Chef America, The Today Show Regular)

He has the ever popular Mesa marinades,seasoning & spices. Nice sturdy Grill pans and attachments,helpers for every grill. Heavy table-top pieces in a southwestern theme that look marvelous.

Emeril Lagase (Emeril Live, Emeril Green, Just Boil Water)

seasonings *Essence, spices, rubs, Cast Iron cookware and is running his new show "Emeril Green" out of Whole Foods Grocery stores. He's also teamed up with Martha Stewart now so that should bring many more pieces to his lineup.

Sandra Lee (Semi Homemade With Sandra Lee)

I'll have to check into her items. I know she has cookbooks.

Giada De Laurentiis (Everyday Italian, Weekend Getaways, The Today Show regular)

Spices and Seasonings.

Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)

Has some wonderful looking baking mixes and many gourmet-type foods available in all the supermarkets and department stores. Especially look for her specialty brownie mix.

Batali (Mario) br>

Has cookware, heavy duty manly utensils.

Michael Chiarello has NapaStyle stores with tons of goodies, winery,table top dinnerware pieces,kitchen decorative items & much more. He has a website at which is chock full of gourmet foods and everything from furniture pieces to serving items.

Nigella Lawson (Nigella Bites,Nigella Express)

She has dinnerware, bakeware,measuring cups & more.

Pat & Gina Neelys (Down Home With The Neely's, Tasty Travels With The Nealey's)

They have a line of bbq sauces,seasonings and more from the spice fairy.

Paula Deen (Paula's Best Dishes, Paula's Home Cooking,Paula's Party)

Carries baking mixes, cooking fragranced candles,seasonings *House* & more. We make her "house seasoning" here & use it everyday, love it.

Tyler Florence (Tyler's Ultimate, 911 ? can't remmeber the name of that)

He has dinnerware for Mikasa & more. He's doing the Applebee's restaurant chain dishes right now too.

Ellie Krieger (Healthy Eating, Can also sign up for her website healthy eating program on Food Network)

Rachael Ray *Oh my gravy can I list them all?*

(30 Minute Meals,Rachael Ray,Tasty Travels, Everyday with rachael ray,$40 a Day, hmm I know there's more than that!)

Handy kitchen utensils, bakeware, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), Dog Food (like her doz Izaboo eats), Moppine Towel-Oven Mitts and much more. Ok I'll admit it I bought a couple of the moppine's at Bed Bath and Beyond I couldn't help it I've seen her use them a zillion times so I know they just have to actually be useful. And guess what they are, I love them! There is a learning curve with them as they could be potentially dangerous with all that layer of material it's a trick not catching it on the oven burner.

Rachael Ray Cookware, Gadgets &


Robin Miller (Robin To The Rescue,Quick Fix Meals)

Many cookbooks and dvds.

Iron Chef (Iron Chef)

has skillets

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Jennie-0 Sausage Links food I hate to eat Diabetic Snacker

Oh my gosh! These have to be the #1 worst tasting food I have ever put in my mouth! They are just downright horrible! Do not try them. I think the cardboard box they come in would probably be a big taste improvement! I'm feeling sickly just talking about them. These are from Kroger grocery stores.

Go for the eckrich smoky breakfast links instead they are great. Feel free to leave your comments or tips.

Diabetic Snacker Watermelon is a great fruit to eat when your'e diabetic

I knew I liked watermelon ages ago I just had forgotten about eating it & never did for a long time. But now that I'm back look out watermelon.

I could leterally eat it every single day! A big bowl of it is a fantastic dessert for me with dinner so I am having it very often. I can get about 2-3 weeks of my servings out of it eating it everyday if I want so that's pretty good for $4.99. I'm glad they are in season right now. I mean they are cool, juicy and sweet what's not to love about them?

I craved watermelon with my first born who is 31 now. Strange how he won't touch the stuff.

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Diabetic Snacker Twinkies Light are still fluffy goodness just not as sweet

In all fairness I'd give these a 4 out of a possible 10. They do have the well known "twinkie" good flavor. It's just they are rather dry. I mean you gotta have a glass of milk dry. I imagine that's because of course to be lower fat they have to give up something. Naturally the vegetable oil had to be cut down giving them a dry texture and feel. But the creme still tastes pretty good so I will eat them again. But real twinkies I would give a 10 rating out of 10, these only for a 4 rating.
Sorry Hostess!
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Diabetic Snacker Breakfast for Dinner is a good cheap meal planning technique

Tonight we had one my favorite meals that i only tried this year. I know I'm a late starter for trying stuff. I'm talking about Omelets, I find now that I've tried them I love them! What was I thinking all these years not to try one ever?

My son makes them and they are great, lightly brown like I like them & stuffed full of things I like. Considering I'm new at eating them I've been sticking with ingredients I know I like. Here's what I know I like right now:


turkey bacon & real bacon mixed in & cheese
ham & turkey bacon
turkey bacon, potatoes & cheese (my favorite)
eckrich lite breakfast links & cheese

I'd like to adventure out & try other ones but need some ideas.

Anyway, I do like the idea of having breakfast for dinner. I'm up for breakfast anytime I can get it. It's my favorite meal always.

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Diabetic Snacker Lance Peanut Butter Crackers are a fairly healthy diabetic snack

These are fantastic low calorie snacks! I just love them and they are only about 200 calories for the whole package. I'm talking about the orange colored ones with the peanut butter inside. Low carb, low sugar and low calorie. Feel free to leave your comments or tips.

Diabetic Snacker Microwave Pancakes used with sugar syrup are good

To make your own microwave hot pancake in a dish quickly recipe. Add 2/3 cup Bisquick Heart Smart complete pancake mix toa microwavable bowl and add enough water to make it look like a thick batter. Then, using Smucker's sugar free caramel topping make a circle (or whatever little design you'd like). I microwave abount 1 min and 15 seconds but that will depend on your microwave's wattage. Mine is a 1400 watt. You know I guess you could use their sugar free jelly or syrup to do this with too. Enjoy a nice small serving size of a pankcake!
I was just on the website & ordered me some of the jellies to be delivered. The prices were pretty close to my Kroger store prices.

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Foot Pain is bad when it's diabetic neuropathy Diabetes Snacker

If anyone has any tips to share on this diabetic foot pain I'd sure like to hear it. Mine burn in my toes most of the time and it is very painful. Sometimes they have shooting pains and somtimes my whole foot burn like it has a fever. Other times they are ice cold to the touch but are still very hot to me. I've read many health related sites that I googled an answer for but all just tell what the problems might be, none of them tell what you can do to ease it up some. I'm making the doctor's appointments "rounds" with them now but getting nowhere.
Any tips, suggestions are appreciated.
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Diabetic Snacker Balanced Meals need to be planned when your diabetic

Tonight I did much better with dinner. I'm sure my number will be fine in a couple of hours.
I had:

Turkey slices (leftover from freezer)
2" square garlic bread
green beans
fruit salad
potato wedges with parmesan & garlic

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Result: 126 good count!

How bad is Real Cake when you are diabetic? Diabetic Snacker Treats Tips Snack Treat

Last night late I had a "real" cake slice.
It was from Sam's Club and it was the most rich tasting cake I've every eaten. It had a great flavor and was super moist. I immediately felt horrible after eating it and I should have known better in the first place. But it looked so darn good!

It was white cake with white buttercream frosting. It was very good. I only ate a small peice but I guarantee you I will only be eating a "bite" size peice from now on as it was just too rich for me. I felt nausea, sleepiness, stomach aches and just overall terrible. Believe you don't want to feel like that, it's not worth it! So, hopefully I've learned my lesson about rich bakery foods.

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Diabetic Snacker Convection Oven Cooking the new wave of the future?

I'd love to see some opinions on convection oven cooking. I haven't tried it yet. Do you like it? Do french fries taste good in it & are they crispy? My family is totally into deep frying so the convection oven would have to make things taste and appear crispy. Feel free to leave your comments or tips.

Diabetic Snacker Deep Fryers are bad news for health conscious people

I just finished cleaning our deep fryer. What a job that is. No matter how much you scrub it there is still a greasy slimy feel to it. I hate this job worse than any other job in the household. Even cleaning toilets is better than this.

I'm not supposed to be eating fried foods but my grown kids still have not given it up. They think everything they eat has to be deep fried. I've told them & told them how it's unhealthy even though we did switch to peanut oil last month. I try to only eat something deep fried once a week. I was eating deep fried foods everyday before I started losing the weight.

I know, you can saute in a small amount of olive oil & get a sort of crispiness but for a tenderloin sandwich there is just no substitution. Nice and golden and crispy brown, has to be deep fried. And forget about the oven that just looks unedible to me. If someone has a good way to cook crispy food differently I'd sure like to hear it. Especially about convection ovens which I have not tried yet.

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French Toast doesn't have to be high calorie Diabetic Snacker

Today I had french toast made like this: (all homemade, I'm so proud of myself)!

2 slices wheat bread thick (I made mine in bread machine, recipe below)
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 tbsp. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Pour all the ingredients inside a ziploc large bag. Then squish around the bread on the outside of the bag until everything is incorporated together. It doesn't look very good right now, but trust me you are going to love this!

Place the entire ziploc bag of goodies into the fridge. (set filled bag inside a dish incase of leakage, I never trust these bags,ha)

Whenever you get ready just spray a nonstick skillet with butter flavored spray over medium heat & pop your toast into the hot skillet. You will see magic happen right before your very eyes. It gets all crispy, gooey & oozing out goodness all around.

When done put on your plate pour 1/4 cup sugar free syrup on & then the peach mixture.


You will be in heaven!

Fresh Peach Topping:

1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup splenda
1/4 cup water
1 whole sliced, pitted fresh peach

In a small saucepan I brought all the liquids together to a full boil. Then I reduced the heat to simmer & put in my cut up peach. I let everything simmer on low for about 1/2 hours. I poured this on top of my french toast.

Result: My blood sugar test was 119 so great new meal for me!

Delicious! Since the peach uncooked was like eating a hard as a brick apple I'm surprised this turned out so well. The peaches were soft, moist and flavorful. The cranberries changed the color of the liquid to a pinkish color so it was pretty. The consistency after cooking that long was very good & kind of thick. This was my first attempt at making a "simple syrup" I guess & it worked, yah!

Variations I could use next time:

pecans, other nuts, dried apricots, raisins... What else do you think would be good?

Dinner Menu For Diabetes Mela Plans Diabetic Snacker

Last night I had a simple meal that I like a lot & I was shocked at my blood sugar number only being "93", which is very low for me I guess as I always feel a little queasy with that #.

I had:

4oz grilled beef hamburger
diced onions
whole wheat bun toasted plain
bbq potato chips

I waited until after my 2hr test to eat my watermelon this time & my number was still low. I just don't get it. The chips and the bun still had carbs in them.


Cereal Again No Variety There Diabetes Friendly Diabetic Snacker

I'm kind of getting tired of cereal for breakfast. I really need something else to eat that a diabetic can actually have. I've never tried oatmeal may start considering that. Right now I'm eating Cheerios which I admit I do actually like them. That's a change since I never liked them growing up. I was a "honeycomb" kid.

I actually haave a Mix of cereal I eat most days so I can have a full 1 cup serving. I cleaned out a popcorn tin 6 gallon one from the popcorn factory and refilled it with a few healthy cereals plus my cheerios. It's good all mixed together.
I have Honey Bunches Of Oats in it (which are excellent), Special K protein plus (good but I don't like a whole bowl full),Rice Krispies (love) and Corn Chex (love).

So now I can eat 1 cup instead of 1/2 cup and my blood sugar test comes in at 115 so that's good.

The can is almost empty now so I'm going to have to refill it with cereals. It holds about 8 boxes total!

Any good cereal suggestions I should add to it?

Oh yeah, I tried Kellogg's Bran (it was horrible! tastes like you're eating a stick!).


Fried Potatoes Diabetic Style Yummy Recipe Diabetic Snacker

I just love fried potatoes you know the kind you make with real bacon fat in the skillet oozing with tons of salt & pepper. Too bad that's off my menu for the time being.
Today I decided to try a healthier way of fixing my fried potatoes.

2 large potatoes,peeled & diced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
nonstick canola cooking spray

Spray the nonstick canola in the skillet you have heating up on the stove, nonstick preferred of course. I never use anything but nonstick skillets.
When the pan is heated up to a medium high temperature put the olive oil in the pan & swish it around. Then place the potatoes in & season them immediately. Give them a stir occasionally like this for about 10 minutes. then reduce heat to med. low and cover leaving lid slightly ajar so some steam can escape. That's because I like crispy potatoes if you don't go ahead & cover it tight.

Cook another 10 minutes and they are done. Serving size is 1/2 cup. Yeah I know, I'm getting sick of seeing on that on every freakin recipe too by now. 1/2 cup, 1/2 cup that's all they all say! Just once I'd like to see a recipe say eat all you want or eat a cup. Oh well, couldn't do that anyway.

Result: Very darn good if I do say so myself. Ok, they don't have that great bacon flavor throughout but they are good. I can eat these. Maybe next time I could serve turkey bacon with them that would help.

At least now I have a healthier side dish I will eat while the kids are eating their ever popular golden french fries.


English Muffin Pizza how to make supper meal Diabetic Snacker Recipe Tips

Well today we had english muffin pizzas for dinner. I really like those & they are very easy to assemble. Of course i'm listing my lower fat versions for mine that I had. The rest of the family eats the full of fat version because they won't try anything with a lower fat count. Hey at least I'm flexible!

English Muffin Pizza's

Ragu pizza quick sauce
provolone cheese slices
eckrich lite smoky breakfast links
turkey bacon
sprinkle of garlic powder
sprinkle of parmesan cheese
sprinkle of oregano
english muffins whole grain

Assemble & bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees.

Very tasty, just put sauce on the muffin & all
the toppings however you'd like.

My results:

2 pizzas
1 orange

My blood testing number was good: 126

so this meal's a keeper for me.
Sure the turkey pepperoni is kinda hard but it's edible if you don't think about it. The turkey bacon I'm getting more accustomed to so it doesn't bother me. The slice of provolone on each muffin made it seem really rich. I did slice my eckrich links lengthwise to cover more area of the pizza. Gotta have those in every bite. Oregano is another new to me spice I've found I really enjoy it on everything I've put it on so far.
I hope you enjoy.

Updates: While reheating a couple of leftovers of these tonight I decided these would be much better if I toasted the english muffings under the broiler before adding the sauce to them. They would'nt be mushy then when reheating them.


Bacon Bacon Bacon my favorite fattening Food Diabetic Snacker

Wow! I just realized I hadn't listed my all time favorite fattening food I have given up. You guessed it, BACON! I adore bacon. I could eat it 3x a day! Of course I never have done that. Last year I was eating 2 slices of bacon everyday for breakfast before I found out I had to make all these life changes.

Now, I have finally switched over to Turkey Bacon. It was a long slow process but I've done it. I think Jimmy Dean brand of Turkey Bacon has a better flavor than most. I don't really think any of them are anything to write home about. And of course since I don't like it that much I don't have bacon as often now. I try to have turkey bacon & eggs every Monday. It starts my week off on the right track for me & then I can feel like I've had my bacon fix.

I've always been a big breakfast eater so I've had to cut down my breakfast size considerably. many days now I just have a bowl of my Cheerio's combination cereal that I mixed up. I don't like to have the same breakfast 2 days in a row, I know that sounds odd but that's just me. I mean there are so many things a person can eat for breakfast why have the same thing 2 days in a row? I like variety in my meals and now that I'm eating healthier I like that even more.

I'm finding I love fruits but not really for breakfast. I like savory foods for breakfast so it's a challenge finding something good for me that I can really have without raising my blood sugar up too much.

I am still testing twice a day per doctor's advice & yes I still hate it. Anyway, have yourself some turkey bacon. I cut mine with scissors in bite size strips. Then it doesn't seem as tough to chew & I think it resembles bacon more for some reason. Good luck on your turkey bacon.

Goodies I've Tried Food Reviews Diabetic Snacker

I'm not saying any of these are health foods, I'm saying they are lower in carbs and sugar than what I have been eating for a lifetime.
My favorites now that i'm trying to make a few healthier choices sounds better. Thought I'd post a few of my favs incase you are looking for something you'd like to try.

1.Munchos Chips

2.Murray's Sugar Free Shortbread Cookies

3.Sugar Free Cool Whip (love it!)

4.Fat Free Philly Cream Cheese

5.South Beach Diet Bar Cinnamon & Raisin

6.South Beach Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps (soft taco shells)

7.Sugar Free Tang

8.Wyler's Lower Calorie Drink Single Mix=ins

That's all I can think of at the moment I'll post more as I remember them. Would love to see everyone else's favorite items. I do enjoy trying new food products which is a shocker to me.

Diet Review:My Progress Diabetic Snacker Weight Loss Losing Weight Tips Tricks

I've done remarkably well this week. I think I've finally got the right idea. I really make sure I'm eating more of a well balanced diet for dinner. It's helped a lot. Of course I don't mind because I've had watermelon every night for a whole week. One huge watermelon will last me at least 10 meals since I'm the only one eating it.

No really it's been hard for me to grasp the eat more veggies plan as I only like green beans or sauerkraut. And since my kids can't stand the smell of sauerkraut I don't want to have that every night. I'm getting pretty sick of green beans right now though.

Tonight's Dinner Menu:

Deli Roast Beef 2 slices
1/4 cup brown gravy
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
1/2 green beans with carrots
1 slice whole wheat bread
1 cup watermelon

Update today I think I'm back up a few lbs. to 178. it's hard to have to have a sncack so many times a day and yet keep the calories down. I'm trying to make all my snack time foods healthy. What are you using to do this?


Low Calorie Snacks good for diabetics Diabetic Snacker Suggestions Recipes

20 SMART SNACKS FOR 150 CALORIES OR LESSWhen you’re hungry and need a snack, it’s tempting to grab the first thing in sight. Instead, use this quick reference guide to pick from 20 great-tasting snacks. They range from 5 to 150 calories, so there’s something for every calorie budget.SNACKS CALORIES FAT CARB FIBER PROTEIN
1 Claussen Dill Pickle Spear 5 0g 0g 0g 0g
1 Jell-O Gelatin Sugar Free Snack 10 0g 0g 0g 1g
1 medium kiwi 45 0g 11g 2g 1g
1 Chocolate Sugar Free Jell-O Pudding Snack 60 1.5g 14g 1g 2g
1 Kraft String-Ums Reduced Fat Mozzarella String Cheese 70 4g 1g 0g 8g
1 cup orange sections 80 0g 21g 3.5g 1.5g
1/2 cup Post Grape-Nuts O's with 1/2 cup blueberries 120 0g 25g 3g 2g
2 Strawberry Newtons 100 1.5g 21g 1g 0g
Jell-O Smoothie Snack 100 2.5g 18g 0g 1g
1 medium pear 105 0g 28g 5.5g 0.5g
1 medium banana 105 0.5g 27g 3.0g 1.5g
10 baby carrots dipped in 2 Tbsp. Kraft Light Done Right! Ranch Salad Dressing 110 5g 11g 3g 0.5g
1 Kraft 2% Milk Singles with 1 medium apple, sliced 130 3.5g 22g 4g 5g
1 container of Breakstone's Cottage Doubles - Pineapple 130 2g 16g 0g 11g
3 cups air-popped popcornsprinkled with 4 tsp. of Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese 135 3g 23g 3.5g 5g
3/4 cup Post Bran Flakes with 1/2 cup fat free milk 140 0.5g 30g 5g 7g
2 Tbsp. Original Athenos Hummus with 1/2 a whole-wheat pita 140 4g 23g 3g 4g
1 South Beach Diet™ Cranberry Almond High Protein Cereal Bar 140 5g 15g 3g 10g
1 Oreo Thin Crisps 100 Calorie Pack with 1/2 cup fat free milk 145 2g 25g 1g 5g
1 oz Planters Mixed Nuts & Raisins Trail Mix 150 11g 10g 2g 5g

This was from email I received.

20 Low Calorie Snacks Diabetic Snacker Treats Tips & Tricks

I received this in an email from and thought it looked good. 20 SMART SNACKS FOR 150 CALORIES OR LESSWhen you’re hungry and need a snack, it’s tempting to grab the first thing in sight. Instead, use this quick reference guide to pick from 20 great-tasting snacks. They range from 5 to 150 calories, so there’s something for every calorie budget.SNACKS CALORIES FAT CARB FIBER PROTEIN
1 Claussen Dill Pickle Spear 5 0g 0g 0g 0g
1 Jell-O Gelatin Sugar Free Snack 10 0g 0g 0g 1g
1 medium kiwi 45 0g 11g 2g 1g
1 Chocolate Sugar Free Jell-O Pudding Snack 60 1.5g 14g 1g 2g
1 Kraft String-Ums Reduced Fat Mozzarella String Cheese 70 4g 1g 0g 8g
1 cup orange sections 80 0g 21g 3.5g 1.5g
1/2 cup Post Grape-Nuts O's with 1/2 cup blueberries 120 0g 25g 3g 2g
2 Strawberry Newtons 100 1.5g 21g 1g 0g
Jell-O Smoothie Snack 100 2.5g 18g 0g 1g
1 medium pear 105 0g 28g 5.5g 0.5g
1 medium banana 105 0.5g 27g 3.0g 1.5g
10 baby carrots dipped in 2 Tbsp. Kraft Light Done Right! Ranch Salad Dressing 110 5g 11g 3g 0.5g
1 Kraft 2% Milk Singles with 1 medium apple, sliced 130 3.5g 22g 4g 5g
1 container of Breakstone's Cottage Doubles - Pineapple 130 2g 16g 0g 11g
3 cups air-popped popcornsprinkled with 4 tsp. of Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese 135 3g 23g 3.5g 5g
3/4 cup Post Bran Flakes with 1/2 cup fat free milk 140 0.5g 30g 5g 7g
2 Tbsp. Original Athenos Hummus with 1/2 a whole-wheat pita 140 4g 23g 3g 4g
1 South Beach Diet™ Cranberry Almond High Protein Cereal Bar 140 5g 15g 3g 10g
1 Oreo Thin Crisps 100 Calorie Pack with 1/2 cup fat free milk 145 2g 25g 1g 5g
1 oz Planters Mixed Nuts & Raisins Trail Mix 150 11g 10g 2g 5g
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