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Diabetes: Hummus

Serve this easy Mediterranean spread with warmed whole-wheat pita bread.


2 cans (16 ounces each) reduced-sodium garbanzos, rinsed and drained except for 1/4 cup liquid
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
2 tablespoons chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley


In a blender or food processor, add the garbanzos. Process to puree. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, paprika, tahini and parsley. Blend well. Add the reserved liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture has the consistency of a thick spread. Serve immediately or cover and Continue reading Diabetes: Hummus

Diabetes: Cranberry spritzer

Cranberry juice may help fight urinary tract infections because it contains compounds that help stop certain bacteria from attaching to the walls of the bladder and urinary tract.

Cranberry spritzer

1 quart reduced-calorie cranberry juice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 quart carbonated water
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup raspberry sherbet
10 lemon or lime wedges


Refrigerate the cranberry juice, lemon juice and carbonated water until cold.

In a large pitcher, mix together the cranberry juice, lemon juice, carbonated water, sugar and sherbet. Pour into tall chilled glasses and garnish with a lemon or lime wedge. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Analysis

Serving size: About 1 cup
Calories 63 Cholesterol 0 mg
Protein trace Sodium 21 mg
Carbohydrate 15 g Fiber 0 g
Total fat 0 g Potassium 41 mg
Saturated fat 0 g Calcium 9 mg
Monounsaturated fat 0 g

Diabetes: Crispy potato skins

Crispy potato skins

2 medium russet potatoes
Butter-flavored cooking spray
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Wash the potatoes and pierce with a fork. Place in the oven and bake until the skins are crisp, about 1 hour.

Carefully — potatoes will be very hot — cut the potatoes in half and Continue reading Diabetes: Crispy potato skins

Diabetes: Grilled pineapple

Pineapple is a good source of vitamin C. One-half cup pineapple provides 12 milligrams of vitamin C — about 20 percent of your daily need for vitamin C.

Grilled pineapple

For the marinade
2 tablespoons dark honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1 firm yet ripe pineapple
8 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes, or metal skewers
1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)
1 tablespoon grated lime zest Continue reading Diabetes: Grilled pineapple

Diabetes: Grilled portobello mushrooms

Because of their larger size and firmer texture, portobello mushrooms are good candidates for stuffing or grilling. They have a satisfying taste and texture with virtually no fat or sodium.

Grilled portobello mushrooms

4 large portobello mushrooms
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger, peeled
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil


Clean mushrooms with a damp cloth and remove their stems. Place in a glass dish, stemless (gill) side up.

To prepare the marinade, in a small bowl whisk together the Continue reading Diabetes: Grilled portobello mushrooms