Food Swap Friday – Finely Chopped Nuts for Breadcrumbs

I love the crunch of breadcrumbs but I know they aren’t the healthiest… a nice swap is to very finely chop (or run through your food processor!) your favorite kind of nuts and use those, which is not only healthier, but you add protein too!

And no, no one will really have any idea, and I won’t tell on you 🙂

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Try It Thursday – Healthy Swaps

It’s kind of alarming how many people think that I, as a Type 2 Diabetic, have to have a bland, boring diet. Couldn’t be further from the truth! While I will concede that there are some things I try to avoid, for the most part, it is all about moderation.

I make good use of some “healthy swaps” – and you can too! For instance…

Breakfast- Red fruits instead of breads and pastries: The anti-inflammatory flavonoids found in berries, grapes and other red and purple fruits have been shown to lower insulin resistance, and improve blood glucose regulation.

Snack- Pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds: Researchers are finding that magnesium increases help lower the resistance to the effects of insulin.  Dark chocolate also contains a great deal of magnesium so pair your seeds with one square of dark chocolate to meet daily magnesium dosage suggestions.

Lunch- Green leafy veggies instead of sandwiches: Spinach, lettuce and cabbage have been proven to reduce your risk of contracting Type 2 Diabetes by up to 14 percent!

Drink- Coffee instead of soda: Early research shows that coffee consumption and risk for Type 2 diabetes are inversely related. This is largely due to caffeine levels increasing energy and thereby reducing the obesity levels associated with diabetes.

Dinner- Grilled chicken instead of fried chicken: probably pretty obvious here, but nothing fried is healthy.