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Apple Recipes for an Apple a Day

Healthy Apple Recipes

Apple season is here! We had healthy apple recipes for you each day.

First up was an Apple and Poppy Seed Coleslaw that’s perfect for your end-of-summer barbeques.

Apple and Poppy Seed Coleslaw

 

These Breakfast Cookies made with shredded apples, oatmeal, peanut butter, and bananas.

Breakfast Cookies

 

These Roasted Potatoes with Apples, Sausage, and Maple Mustard Glaze are a perfect fall side-dish.

Roasted Potatoes with Apples, Sausage, and Maple Mustard Glaze

roasted potatoes with apples, sausage and maple mustard glaze

 

These Peanut Butter Apple Nachos are the perfect after-school healthy treat.

Peanut Butter Apple Nachos

 

This Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples, Carrots, and Rosemary is a delicious start to your fall season.

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples, Carrots and Rosemary

 

This homemade Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather is a delicious and easy snack.

Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather

 

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad makes the perfect Autumn salad for lunch or a side dish.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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Healthy Cucumber Recipes

Healthy Cucumber Recipes

July is the best time of year to find juicy, fresh cucumbers, so we had ways for you to use them in healthy cucumber recipes each day this week.

First up is a refreshing Cucumber and Strawberry Poppyseed Salad that will make a perfect lunch.

Cucumber and Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
Image and Recipe via With Salt & Wit

 

This Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie is the perfect light summer snack or breakfast on a hot day.

Watermelon and Cucumber Smoothie

 

This Tomato, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad is great dish to take along to summer BBQs and gatherings.

Tomato, cucumber, avocado salad

 

Try making Cucumber Hummus as an easy and tasty summer appetizer.

Cucumber Hummus

 

If you love pasta, these Cucumber Noodles with Garlic Shrimp will be the perfect healthy, summer dinner for you.

Cucumber Noodles with Garlic Shrimp
Image and Recipe via Mommyhood’s Diary

 

Cucumber Vegetable Maki Rolls are a fun and refreshing meal for lunch or dinner.

Cucumber vegetable maki rolls

 

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Barbeques

Oh, Sweet Summertime Barbecues!

Warm weather and barbecues go hand in hand. With so many tempting foods, it can be work to control your cravings. BBQ sauce, cheese, sweet drinks, and desserts can all be sugar-filled. So, as much as you want to enjoy everything, it’s important to do it in moderation.

Did you know that the average meal at barbecues has over 1,600 calories and 170 grams of carbohydrates?

Of course, meal plans are different from person to person, but the American Diabetes Association (ADA), recommends a normal meal have 45 to 60 grams of carbs. In just two tablespoons of BBQ sauce, you can rack up 15 grams of carbs and 10 grams of sugar. That’s before you even get to the s’mores!

But there are some easy ways to stay on track at summertime barbecues.

Tips for Cutting Calories at Barbecues

Fill your plate using the diabetes plate method. Load at least half your plate with non-starchy veggies, like grilled zucchini and peppers, leaving only a quarter of your plate for starchy veggies like corn and potato salad. Fill the last quarter with proteins like chicken or a turkey burger.

Serve or bring a tray of non-starchy veggies like carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers and broccoli. Add a non-fat dip like salsa, fat-free dressing, or hummus.

Remember, non-starchy vegetables have about 5 grams of carbohydrate in 1 cup raw (½ cup cooked). These carbs are usually fiber, so unless you eat more than 2 cups raw, you probably don’t need to count the carbs.

Create a salad bar. Leafy greens, low-fat cheese, nuts (almond slices or walnuts), and a side of low-fat salad dressing go great with BBQ.

Pack flavored seltzer water or add fruit wedges to ice-cold water for a healthy and refreshing drink.

Make your own BBQ sauce. Combine:

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup diet cola
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes or diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.

 

For dessert, try this tropical fruit salad with mango-flavored chutney from Diabetes Forecast:

Peeled and diced:

  • 2 small kiwis
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 medium mango

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon mango chutney
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom

 

Happy grilling and check out our Pinterest for more recipes.