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Choosing healthy meals at restaurants is possible, but it helps to have professional assistance. Toby likes that Chipotle lets us build a meal, so adding or subtracting ingredients is much easier than many other fast-food options. And the nutrition information is included, so no guessing is required. Watch this short video, then head for your local Chipotle Mexican Grill with confidence that your meal will be friendly to diabetes and heart health.
Hi everyone, Toby Smithson here with DiabetesEveryDay. We are back with another restaurant overview of what can I eat. Remember we are using 750 calories or less; 50 grams or less carbohydrate, 750 mg sodium or less, 5 grams or less of saturated fat, and no trans fat as our guide for choosing a diabetes friendly meal when we are eating out.
We headed over to Chipotle to find out which menu items would be our best bet. The nice thing about Chipotle is that their menu is a build your own which is perfect for us with diabetes. We get to select exactly what items will fit into our meal plan. Chipotle also has a nutrition calculator so you can see which menu choices fit best and if the item takes you over the limit of let’s say sodium or saturated fat or carbs…you can swap it for another menu item as you build your meal.
Here is what I found to be the best choices for us:
2 chicken tacos on crispy corn tortillas, fajita vegetables, romaine lettuce, and fresh tomato salsa
OR you can swap out the chicken for steak tacos with the same ingredients OR you can also swap out the tomato salsa for guacamole in the steak tacos
Choose a burrito veggie bowl which includes guacamole. Add black beans, romaine, and fajita vegetables OR swap out the guacamole for Roasted chili corn salsa.
And to drink, choose a 0 carbohydrate beverage.
These are the choices to meet our guidelines-it’s really eye opening once you start looking at the carb, sodium, and saturated fat content of the foods at restaurants. I couldn’t add beans to the chicken tacos, for example, because adding beans pushed the sodium above 750 mg. Not adding beans left the carbohydrate content around 25 grams, but there you go. Eating healthy at restaurants is possible, but to meet all of our pretty generous guidelines choices are necessary.
Thanks for joining me today. Please remember to hit the subscribe button and comment below on the restaurant you’d like me to review next time. Until then, Here’s to your health.
Here’s another healthier take on a restaurant favorite from Marlene Koch, form her latest book Eat What You Love- Restaurant Favorites. And you are going to love this.
Welcome to DiabetesEveryDay…..I’m Toby with some help from my husband Tony for today’s recipe. This ought to be fun plus we will be doing a bit of an experiment….you’ll see what I mean.
A few months ago in my very first “Eating Out- Best Choices” video I went to McDonalds to put together a healthy diabetes-friendly meal for you. We’ve suspended that series for the last few months since many restaurants were closed, but we’ll start up again soon and I’ll link the video and playlist at the end of this one.
One of my choices for you at McDonalds was a meal that included the iconic filet-o-fish sandwich. Today, thanks to my talented fellow registered dietitian nutritionist Marlene Koch we’re going to make our own filet-o-fish. This recipe comes from Marlene’s newest book “Eat What You Love – Restaurant Favorites” and you can try this one out on the kids or grandkids. We’re going to try this in our new air fryer…..it’s maiden voyage…..that’s the experiment I mentioned. But I’ll share the skillet version too.
Ready….here’s what we need.
Now….we’ll make the tartar sauce first by combining the mayo…..yogurt….relish…..dill…and sugar.
Next, in a flat bowl combine the breadcrumbs…..onion powder…and garlic salt. Then lightly coat each filet with 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise and coat with crumbs. If using a skillet you would spray with cooking spray, heat the pan over medium-high heat, and cook the filet for 3 to 4 minutes until the underside is browned….spray the top with cooking spray and flip the filet until browned and flaky.
We are going to preheat the air fryer to 360 and cook these for about 8 minutes.
To finish, warm the buns in the microwave, add some lettuce… tomato…. the filet…. and two tablespoons tartar sauce. You can add a slice of cheese if you feel the need to be totally authentic, but the cheese is not included in the nutrition info. Which is….2 servings at 220 calories, 25 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams fiber, 24 grams protein, 5 grams total fat, and 480 milligrams sodium. That slice of cheese will add maybe 80 calories, 7 more fat grams and 150 milligrams of sodium, so I recommend passing. Also note that using only half the bun can save you 10 to 15 grams of carbohydrate making room for a small serving of French fries if your meal plan fits.
I want to thank Marlene for developing this recipe. And, For those of you that don’t feel comfortable eating out and like to eat healthier versions of your favorite foods, put this recipe on your list. Cheers to your health.
Would you like one simple step to naturally lower your A1C? Everybody likes natural these days, and that’s a good thing. So here’s a completely natural way to lower your A1C, and the case could be made that it’s virtually free.
Hi I’m Toby Smithson with Diabetes Every Day. Thanks for joining me today, please remember to hit the subscribe button and sign up for my monthly newsletter at diabeteseveryday.com.
What Foods Will Lower A1C Levels?
Today we are going to talk about one simple step you can take to reduce your A1C, yes, you heard me correctly. Not only will this one change help your A1C score (I’ll tell you by how much a little later), but it will also help you with digestion, constipation, and reducing your risk of heart disease. This small change can also help with curbing your appetite which can help with weight management. Have you guessed it yet?
Yes, it’s adding more fiber to your daily eating plan. On average, we are only eating about 16 grams of fiber per day. The dietary reference intake for fiber is 14 grams per 1000 calories consumed….that’s 28 grams for the standard reference diet of 2000 calories. So, we are not getting the amount of fiber we need and missing out on all the good NATURAL health benefits.
Let’s check out some of the delicious diabetes friendly food options that will help us bump up our fiber intake and provide both soluble and insoluble fiber
Nuts and Seeds
Chia seeds: 1 ounce provides 11 grams of fiber and 12 grams of carbohydrate. Remember to check out my chia pudding recipe. It’s a win win for getting more fiber and a chocolaty treat! Chia seeds can also be added to your oatmeal, yogurt, fruit or mixed with water for an egg substitute.
Nuts, almonds… At 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of carb per ¼ cup serving. In a one-ounce serving, there are 3 g fiber and 5 g carb. ¼ cup pecans 3 g fiber and 4 g carb
Sunflower seeds: 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of carb in ¾ cup serving
Flaxseed: 2 tablespoons contains 6 grams of fiber and 6 grams of carbohydrate. You can add flaxseeds to your oatmeal, yogurt, salads or vegetables.
Beans and Lentils
Beans: black beans offer 5 grams fiber per ½ cup and 20 g carb and there is some great research showing that beans can often continue to give you steady blood sugar readings hours after eating the beans.
½ cup lima beans contain 5 grams of fiber and 22 grams of carb. Limas can be served as a side dish or in soups and stews
Lentils: in a ¼ cup serving uncooked there are 10 grams of fiber and 30 grams of carb. You can eat lentils as a side dish or main dish and serve them hot or in a salad.
Fruit & Vegetables
Raspberries: 1 cup of raspberries contain 9 grams of fiber and 17 grams of carb which you can have at breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack.
Orange: 1 medium orange contains 3 grams of fiber and 15 grams of carb. Again, you can have a serving of fruit with any of your meals or top a salad with orange segments.
Broccoli: 3-ounce serving has 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of carb. Fruits and vegetables are very versatile. You can fit broccoli in your breakfast omelet, eaten raw in your lunchtime salad or roasted broccoli as a side dish to your dinner meal.
Oatmeal: 1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal has 5 grams of fiber and 30 grams of carb. I love sprinkling cinnamon and a low-calorie sweetener on my oatmeal and to post the fiber further, I’ll add almonds.
Pearled Barley- ¼ cup uncooked has 7 grams fiber and 37 grams carbohydrate
Both oatmeal and barley are “famous” for their soluble fiber.
And even this whole wheat burger bun has 3 grams of fiber at 22 grams carbohydrate
Including foods that are high in fiber has always been a message I’ve given in my role as a registered dietitian. And research continues to show benefits. Studies have consistently shown reductions of A1C by more than one-half of one percent, and a recent analysis of many studies finds significant benefits by increasing average fiber consumption by 15 grams per day to A1C, fasting blood glucose, insulin resistance, total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, body weight and measures of general inflammation.
Little changes- BIG results
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My friend and fellow registered dietitian nutritionist Marlene Koch has authored a series of cookbooks under the banner “Eat What You Love.” And, she is kind enough to allow me to share some of these with you, including this one (which may be my favorite). It’s a chocolate lava cake with only 21 grams of carbohydrate and about 1/4 the calories you’d be likely to get with this dish at a restaurant. And, if I can do it that means it’s easy to prepare. Check it out
Hi, I’m Toby Smithson with Diabetes Every Day where you will learn tips and tricks for successfully managing your diabetes. Remember to hit the subscribe button. You are in for a treat today….OK, I’m in for a treat too. In this video, I will be showing you how to make my FAVORITE dessert on loan here from my fellow dietitian and cookbook author, Marlene Koch. I have ALL of her cookbooks which is a series of books titled Eat What You Love. I make at least two of her recipes at my house every week!
The recipe for today is called Chef Judy’s Molten Lava Cakes out of Marlene’s newest book called Eat What You Love Restaurant Favorites. This dish is often featured on a steakhouse or seafood restaurant dessert menu so let’s get started in making this diabetes friendly dessert…..
The ingredients are:
2 (1.45 ounce) Hershey’s Special Dark bars ….I have the 4.25 ounce bar and will need to make adjustments
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons low fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs, room temperature, separated
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, preferably Dutch processed
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional for dusting)
Ok let’s get baking. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Set the oven rack to the lower third of oven. Lightly coat four 6 ounce ramekins with cooking spray.
Marlene’s recipe says to reserve either 8 squares of the chocolate from the small bars which is about 1 ounce. We have the 4.25 ounce bar and the equal amount would be 4 squares. We set these aside.
Now, In a medium microwave safe bowl microwave butter and remaining chocolate from the 2 small bars on high for 60 seconds or until chocolate is mostly melted. That’s about 2 ounces of chocolate so with our larger bar we’ll put in 8 squares and have 4 squares left over that I’ll need to deal with later.
OK…we stir this mixture until smooth……. Whisk in milk,…… vanilla and egg yolks until smooth. Next, Sift in cocoa powder and flour….. and whisk to combine.
Now, In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg whites until foamy. Gradually add granulated sugar and beat to soft peaks. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten and then gently fold in remaining whites.
Divide the batter among the ramekins. If using small chocolate bars, press 2 squares into the center of each cake…..with our larger bar we use one square per cake. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until tops are just firm to the touch and the cakes still jiggle slightly in the center. Let cool for 2 minutes and serve immediately with a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired.
This recipe serves 4 and each serving is 210 calories; 21 g carb; 2 grams fiber; 12 g fat; 7 grams of protein and 85 mg sodium.
Now, this isn’t an everyday food but if you are a chocolate lover, you can adjust your calorie and carb intake at your meal to fit in this delectable dessert. Here’s to your health, enjoy!