White Chili for Chilly Days

The days are longer now in the Midwest, still cold but teasing of spring.  What sounds good is a dish that warms, but with a lighter touch.  White Chili, anyone? White Chili is loaded with  chicken breast, onion, and lots of white beans. It’s naturally low fat, high protein and high fiber – a wonderfulRead more

Safer Cold and Flu Meds

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about already, February is traditionally the peak of flu season. Not only can a flu (or cold) make you miserable, some popular medications for symptom relief can raise blood sugar levels. Fortunately, consumers who have prediabetes or diabetes have options for safer over-the-counter medications, according to JerryRead more

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me

In July 2015, I was diagnosed with prediabetes. A yellow light started flashing, a warning that Type 2 diabetes may be around the bend. Like many people with prediabetes, I left the doctor’s office nervous and knowing nothing. A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes will get you expert education that is paid for by insurance; ifRead more

Healthy Chex Mix for Snacking Season

  Winter slogs on. The Super Bowl and Olympics beckon; time for a cozy snack. For weeks now, I’ve craved Chex Mix. This craving has come from I-don’t-know-where. Was it the prominent holiday displays of Chex Mix ingredients at the grocery? Beats me. I rarely eat the snack because it’s unhealthy. I decided to tinkerRead more

Review: Bumble Bee tuna kit

  I  prefer to eat tuna with a splash of olive oil and lemon juice rather than with mayo,  so I was interested in Bumble Bee’s new “Protein on the Run” tuna in olive oil kits, released this past fall. The kit – which retails at $3.99 but I found at $2.69  – is partRead more

Two Easy Fish Recipes

Sometimes (OK, often) I don’t  feel like cooking fish but want to make it anyway because it’s a healthy choice for dinner. Lately, I’ve used one of two shortcut “recipes” to turn thawed frozen fish into a tasty low-carb entree that requires no  fancy ingredients or involved chopping. The recipes – techniques, really – areRead more

Resolved: New Year, More water

Resolved for 2022:  I will drink a LOT more water, and not just for a day, a week or a month.   My reasons: Some studies suggest that increasing water intake may help lower blood sugar and also help with headache management – a double winner for me. I’m zeroing in on this one behavior change becauseRead more

Creamy Black Bean Dip Is Healthy Holiday Appetizer

  Looking through an old collection of favorite recipes, I found a beloved dip recipe called Kevin’s Black Bean. Creamy, tangy and filling, I realized it would be a winner for holiday gatherings. It happens to be healthy, too; Kevin’s Black Bean will be a protein- and fiber-filled superstar on a buffet. My recipe isRead more

Cheese Bread is Light on Carbs, Big on Flavor

I’ve  long loved the cheese bread served at Brazilian restaurants but I never thought I could – or should – have it at home. That changed last month, when I tried Gusto Brazil cheese bread from the frozen food section at Sam’s Club. Verdict: While the bread is not restaurant quality, it is delightful and prettyRead more