Protein Bars?? Absolutely NOT

So working with GD, many are saying eat protein bars. Did you know many bars are high in carbs and sugar still? Wish I would have known before I went to the store and purchased a few boxes. The first week I started eating healthier, I only ate complex carbs you get from your veggies. I eat berries with yogurt or cottage cheese!

STAY AWAY FROM BOXED, CANNED, AND PRESERVATIVES! IF you MUST have rice with your meal try riced cauliflower. Either you can make your own or this you can get from the freezer section at your local grocer! It’s very good too, it takes on the flavor of what you add it to.

INCREASE your water intake ALOT! You will have to pee more, but it’s worth it. Add lemon or lime or both!!

If you notice your sugar levels are high Cinnamon helps! I will put a dab of cinnamon on my tounge. Also, to heal your pancreas blend 32 oz of water with spring mix you get from the grocery store and add a cucumber and or lemon for flavor. Drink this throughout the day every day. Still keep your water level up.

If you are like me and absolutely need your coffee do 1 of these 2 things:

1. Use Reddi Whip in the bottom of your cup, not alot It replaces the creamer with carbs and sugars. Reddi whip doesn’t have much sugar.

2. Black coffee with a little half and half and 1/4 to half packet of sugar. NO MORE.

This is VERY important, increase your healthy fats like avocados!! Yumm…

STAY AWAY from fruits that are high glycemic like bananas. I’m sure there are more but can’t remember them right away.

This will help get you in the right direction. Eat whole food, REAL food, more greens!!!

When we are out, I’ll get a salad with grilled chicken and lemon water. Or be creative ad you can be. The goal is to minimize your carbs. You want more protein. BUT I just learned this too. Even if you eat lots of protein and your numbers are increasing that’s because protein turns to sugar too!! Are ya kidding me? Well, I’m not, wish I were. So it’s very important to eat your greens and HEALTHY fats. Nuts and avocados are a good place to begin.

I’m not a doctor, just sharing my experiences and hope it helps you too.

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Sugar is Better

So for the past week I’ve been having to write down EVERY thing I’ve eaten and logging my sugar. I can say my sugar is not as high as it was and you know what, I feel better! I’ve stopped sodas, ice cream, candy, cakes, cookies and I LOVE COOKIES, all snacks and junk food! No more crackers, no more simple carbs and no veggies high in carbs!

The way I’ve done this is by increasing my protein, however I’ve just learned protein can turn to sugar too, just like carbs. Ugh. So, I also learned to increase my veggies and healthy fats!

All fats have received a bad name when the government labeled all fats bad, but they never looked into good ole healthy fats we get from veggies vs fats from fried foods and meat. So, as long as I stick to eating whole, REAL food I should be doing well.

I was advised to take 32 oz of water and a few handfuls of fresh greens (spring mix) and a cucumber, to a blender or juicer and drink several times a day. Keep in mind blending you still get your fibers ;), just a bit chunky. This is supposed to heal your pancreas. So I’ve started this and am feeling good about it! GREEN DRINK to the rescue!

Breakfast Souffle

I’m not one to roll out of bed and eat breakfast. However, since being pregnant I’ve developed Gestational Diabetes and not only do I need to eat healthier, I need to eat breakfast, period. We are always told breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s important for so many reasons. This is not why I’m here, but rather give you a recipe to help you prepare breakfast meals to last the entire week. Since preparing breakfast takes time. Who really wants to prepare breakfast every single morning?

Ingredients:

22 Large Eggs

1 Red Pepper chopped

1/2 Yellow Onion chopped

2 c Broccoli chopped

4 c Carrots chopped

2 c Fresh Spinach

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

Turn on oven and preheat to 350°F. Add all ingredients, with the exception of the shredded cheese, to a casserole dish. Put dish into oven and cook for 1 hr, take out and top with cheese. Put back into oven for another 15 minutes. Carefully pull out of oven, allow to cool for 5 min, cut and serve.

Don’t Wake Daddy Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Ok, so I’m not the greatest cook in the world, but I can get pretty creative when I need to. I need more protein, so I decided to make a PB and Banana smoothie as a protein power punch! Hope you enjoy, I know my little bit and I are! She’s bouncing around in there, probably drooling because this is so delicious. 😉

HA! My husband is sleeping and the blender was so loud I thought it would wake him up! Thus “Don’t Wake Daddy”.

1 banana

5 TBSP Peanut Butter (I used Natural Jiff)

2TBSP Plain Greek Yogurt

1/8 c Rice Dream

6 ice cubes

Cinnamon to taste

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. This is a bit thick, add water to thin to your liking.

Pineapple Yogurt Freeze

One thing I’ve learned is cinnamon helps bring down my sugar when it is too high. Knowing pineapple is higher on the glucose index, I wanted to be sure to add cinnamon to this mix. I would highly recommend doing this if you use a fruit that is high on the GI. Otherwise, if you are using berries, you can skip the cinnamon unless you want it.

Ingredients:
3/4 c. Greek Plain Yogurt
10 pieces of frozen pineapple (or berries)
2TBSP Cinnamon
2tsp water

Directions:

In a blender add the yogurt, pineapple (or berries), Cinnamon, and water. Blend until smooth. Place in the freezer about 30 min. Serve and enjoy!

Pineapple Yogurt Freeze

One thing I’ve learned is cinnamon helps bring down my sugar when it is too high. Knowing pineapple is higher on the glucose index, I wanted to be sure to add cinnamon to this mix. I would highly recommend doing this if you use a fruit that is high on the GI. Otherwise, if you are using berries, you can skip the cinnamon unless you want it.

Ingredients:
3/4 c. Greek Plain Yogurt
10 pieces of frozen pineapple (or berries)
2TBSP Cinnamon
2tsp water

Directions:

In a blender add the yogurt, pineapple (or berries), Cinnamon, and water. Blend until smooth. Place in the freezer about 30 min. Serve and enjoy!

Shredded Chicken on Romaine

I am pregnant and am very happy! Unfortunately, I’ve noticed my sugar levels have been higher than I wanted. Before being pregnant, I was more hypoglycemic to normal, so I didn’t believe becoming pregnant would push me to the other side of the spectrum. It doesn’t bother me because I am becoming more aware of what many others face and am taking steps needed to become more healthy for me and my child. Yesterday, I was sent to have a GTT (Glocose Tolerance Test), this was a three hour test in which I had to fast beginning at midnight, the night before. When I got to the lab I was so hungry, but instead tried keeping myself busy to get mind mind off of my growling stomach. At the counter my medical card and ID were taken, then I was taken to a room where my blood was drawn. Then I had to drink this fruit punch drink that was VERY sweet. Personally, I don’t drink this much sugar in one sitting so I don’t think this is truly accurate, cookie cutter of sorts if you catch my drift, putting all people in one box. Anyhow, as I sat there I began thinking what changes I need to make. I used to be a health coach and am familiar with nutrition. There is no excuse for the path I went down. Today, I decided I wanted something that took minimal effort on my part to cook so, I came up with the recipe below. All I knew was I wanted shredded chicken. I was going to have bbq sauce with mango or pineapple added. For some reason I took a different even more healthier route.

I hope you enjoy!! I’ll be adding more recipes as I make them!

This one, can be eaten as a taco with romaine! Yummm.

Ingredients:
4 Chicken Breasts (trimmed)
1/2 Yellow Onion sliced
2 Garlic Cloves minced
1 Jar of Chi-chi’s Medium Thick & Chunky Salsa
2 TBSP Cumin
2 TBSP Chili Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Ginger
1/4 tsp Sage

1 c Plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c Cream Cheese

1 Bag of Riced Cauliflower Italian Cheese (Birdseye)
Washed Romaine Lettuce

Directions:

Add chicken breasts, Yellow Onion, garlic cloves, Salsa, Cumin, Chili Powder, Paprika, Ginger, Sage into a crockpot, chicken on the bottom. Cook on high for 3.5 hours. Shred chicken.

Add yogurt and cream cheese. Stir in well and continue cooking on high for 2 hrs.

Cook cauliflower as instructions shown.

On a plate add the lettuce:

then a layer to your liking of cauliflower,

then the shredded chicken:

You can top with cilantro if desired.

Till Next Time:

Eat & Live Healthy for better living!