Nice chicken and rice

This recipe is no earth shaker; but it’s … nice.   Remember that chicken and rice casserole that everyone gets snobbish about because it contains (horrors!) a can of Campbell’s Cream of…. soup? Yes, that one. It can morph into something a bit more sophisticated and healthy. I’ve tinkered around with the original back-of-the-soup-can recipe and the men inRead more

Garlic oil = Heaven

I received no compensation for my review of this product. Boyajian Garlic Oil is one of my standby ingredients for easy, lower-carb cooking. It’s great to use in roasted vegetables and  as a sauté oil for chicken breast, onions and peppers. I go through bottles pretty quickly; even at $5.99 for 8 fl. ounces (onRead more

Internet articles to trust

  Have high-ish blood sugar? You  may be on your own to figure out what to do; unless there’s an actual diagnosis of diabetes, insurers may not offer extensive professional counseling. One  self-help strategy is to read online to learn about lowering blood sugar. How do you know what information to trust? Type  “high bloodRead more

Halloween Battle Plan

The specter of Halloween candy is upon us. Will you moderate or abstain through this treacherous eating holiday? Some nutrition experts believe it’s OK to moderate, or to eat sweet treats judiciously. A moderator might enjoy very small portions of a treats more  frequently or a larger treat occasionally; the idea is to prevent a senseRead more

Yum! Nourish Bowls

(Note: I’m not compensated for my product opinions.) Nourish Bowls are new items in my supermarket’s refrigerated produce section, and I’m loving the garlicky Monterrey Risotto, studded with cubes of butternut squash and other veggies. The bowls, which came out in May,  are described as  “A delicious warm meal with fresh veggies, grains and sauceRead more

No stress blood tests

With prediabetes comes routine blood tests. Truth:  They will be frequent but they don’t have to be bad. The following tips really help needle phobes! 1. Drink lots and lots of water the day before. Phlebotomists say that being well hydrated “plumps up” veins, which makes it easier for the phlebotomist to draw blood, resultingRead more

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Funny thing happened at my gym today – Auntie Anne’s Pumpkin Pretzel Bites. My gym – actually a physical therapy center that patients can later join to work out – is a relaxed, friendly place. The superb staff, no surprise, are fit. The box of warm pretzels beckoned from the reception desk. The staff membersRead more

All Eyes on Prevention

It sure is easy to cruise along on the Prediabetes Highway, taking frequent detours for food temptations. Because prediabetes is not really diabetes. Right? And my glucose readings are never atrocious… Sound familiar? This week I  received an eye exam from an ophthalmologist. My health insurance “wellness coach” tells me I now need an annual examRead more

Quick Antipasto!

When I’m hungry, I can’t tolerate waiting awhile to eat. If I do, I’m ravenous and eat too much. But it’s hard to stick to a regular routine because my schedule varies. And I can no longer grab any old snack like fruit or a handful of pretzels because, well, that blood sugar thing. I’veRead more

10 Healthy Buys at Sam’s Club

I’m surprised – happily – that I can save money and get a ton of blood sugar friendly foods at the Sam’s Club 10 minutes from my house.  I’ve certainly changed my shopping habits to do that. Before prediabetes was on my radar, I often stocked up on Sam’s Club’s supersize packages of carbs thatRead more