Posts Tagged ‘diabetic’

Eating a Diabetic Diet

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Just because you’re a diabetic does not mean you have to give up great tasting, delicious food; or feel restricted by what you can put in your mouth. You can live with diabetes AND eat (mostly) what you want.

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Be Balanced

The key to indulging every once in awhile – for everyone, though diabetics have to be a touch more careful, is to ensure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet and making the right food choices. Portions are important, so make sure you’re eating appropriately sized meals. And of course, ensure you’re getting your fruits, non-starchy veggies (think carrots, broccoli, and spinach), whole grains (instead of processed grains), lean meats, and non-fat dairy products.

Watch your carbs

There’s three main types of carbohydrates – starches, sugars, and fiber. You can help keep your blood sugar levels in your target range by watching how many carbs you’re consuming. Any grains made from wheat flour (rice, pasta, bread), potatoes, peas, and corn are all examples of high in starch foods, and should be avoided when possible. Fiber, on the other hand, can be your BFF. It helps keep your digestive system in tip-top shape, and – surprise – you CAN still eat things like cereal, bread, and pasta – just look for whole grain cereals that are low in artificial and added sugars.

It’s okay to indulge

Yup, it’s true – as long as you’re generally a healthy, balanced eater it’s okay to have that small slice of chocolate cake on your birthday. And being diabetic doesn’t mean never eating chocolate or a cookie ever again – it simply means checking ingredients, and being aware of what you’re eating when. Look for treats with less than 10 carbs per serving – things like sugar free jello, no sugar added cookies, dark cocoa chocolate, and low carb ice creams (literally – some of them say this on the package!) can be great choices when you’re craving something sweet. And, if you’ve been day dreaming about a chocolate chip cookie all day – another trick is to “trade” that dessert for another high-carb food you had been planning on eating. Maybe skip the lunchtime chicken sandwich and have a salad instead (or one of our fab prepared diabetic meals!) to make room for that ooey, gooey, cookie.

And remember – as with anything in life, moderation (and in some cases, a lot of moderation) is key to being healthy and happy while still tantalizing your taste buds – yes, even for us diabetics.

Lauren- MagicKitchen.com Blogger

Healthy Eating Made Easier –and More Enjoyable

Monday, July 4th, 2011

In addition to making meal time easier, MagicKitchen.com supports a healthy lifestyle by providing a wide selection of delicious, wholesome meals. The menu of low sodium, diabetic, senior and portion control meals that we offer through our MK Meal Menu is particularly healthy. This summer, we’ve improved the quality and variety of these lines to offer health-conscious customers even more options to choose from. Our tempting lineup of new dishes includes a Grilled Rosemary Chicken dinner, Chili Con Carne, Pot Roast, Roast Pork, Basil Beef Stir Fry, Seared Flank Steak and Orange Glazed Pork Chops.

Last spring, we introduced a new extension to our MK Meals product line: Dialysis and Renal Meals. We designed the meals for customers who are on dialysis or in stages 3 or 4 of renal failure to keep them well fed during a challenging stage in their lives. We rolled out our initial menus in our summer catalog; among the options, you found Chicken In Wine Sauce, Grilled Salmon, Braised Short Rib, Baked Tilapia, Stuffed Peppers, Shrimp in Garlic Sauce and Baked Tilapia a la Mushrooms. .

This summer, we added Mango Ginger Mahi, Baked Cod with Lemon Caper Sauce, Crab Cakes, Shrimp Enchilada, Citrus Salmon, Chicken & Apple Curry, and Pepper Steak. For people hampered by special diets, taking care of yourself never tasted so good!

New Breakfast Bundle

With much encouragement from customers, we put together a bundle consisting solely of breakfasts. You will find Buttermilk Pancakes & Sausages, Egg Patties & Turkey Sausage, Western Omelet, fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes and Sausage again, Cheddar Cheese Omelet, Whole Wheat French Toast with Sausage, and a second course of Egg Patties & Turkey Sausage.

Ashley, MagicKitchen.com writer

They’re Here!

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I’ve been unable to blog about our new meals until they were created and available, but they’re finally here and on the menu!

Our chefs, our president and our CEO have all been working hard to create some low-sodium, super healthy complete meals. Unlike so many “hospital meals” on the market, they wanted these to feature gourmet ingredients and to be as good as our regular homestyle meals.

Here they are, and we’re all really excited about them. These meals are fine for diabetics and most heart patients, although we as always caution you to check with your nutritionist, nurse or doctor before changing your diet. They are all low in calories and fat as well, so perfect for a weight loss regimen.

The first package is great for people who are preparing for dialysis, as well as for those on dialysis, while the second is good for people on dialysis. This all has to do with potassium and phosphorus, and needn’t concern those of us who are thankfully healthy! The meals are available individually as well as in the packages.

7 Complete Meals – Pack #1

The meals are:

  • Chicken In Wine Sauce, Cauliflower Puree, Green Beans
  • Grilled Salmon with Cauliflower, Spinach
  • Braised Short Rib, Mashed & Green Beans
  • Baked Tilapia with Lemon Rice Pilaf, Peppers & Onions
  • Stuffed Peppers with Spanish Rice
  • Shrimp in Garlic Sauce over Vermicelli, Stir Fry Vegetables
  • Baked Tilapia a la Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Green Beans

grilled salmon

Grilled Salmon

7 Complete Meals – Pack #2

The meals are:

  • Chicken Marsala & Pasta Primavera
  • Braised Beef Brisket, Green Beans & Wild Rice
  • Chicken & Pasta with Red Pepper Sauce
  • London Broil & Vegetable Pilaf
  • Chile Colorado with Mexican Rice
  • Chicken Stir Fry with Rice & Asian Vegetables
  • Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Pilaf

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir-Fry

Hope you enjoy them!
Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger