Save Money on Road Trips with Low Salt Turkey

Road trips can’t be beat – new experiences, people and scenery. However, on a long car trip it’s easy to spend a fortune eating out. Often, those meals aren’t worth the money for those who watch carbs, calories or sodium. For years, my husband and I have saved a lot of money and eaten moreRead more

Instant steel cut oatmeal, jazzed up with toppings.

Dig into Better Instant Oatmeal

On cold mornings, I love digging into a bowl of chewy, steel cut oatmeal. Problem: Since steel cut oats are  less processed than regular, they take 20 minutes to cook. Since I’m the only one who eats breakfast around here, I don’t want to fuss. I have started buying Better Oats Steel Cut Instant OatmealRead more

Healthy Food Gifts for the Holidays

Holiday horrors!  In recent years I have received the following gifts: A large pecan pie, a deluxe box of Godiva chocolates and Moose Munch, that crazy good caramel popcorn. People mean well when they give food gifts for Christmas or Chanukah. But many adults, not only those with high blood sugar, just don’t want aRead more

Lighter Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin Spice Season

Back in 2003, Starbucks debuted its Pumpkin Spice Latte, with great success.  Other food  and beverage companies noticed and followed suit. Now,  fall means the Great Pumpkin Spicing of Everything. Many of the pumpkin-spiced flavored foods and drinks are heavy on refined carbs (pumpkin spice Twinkies, anyone?) And that cozy, luscious Starbucks Pumpkin Spice GrandeRead more

Budget Snack: Aldi’s Black Bean Chips and Hummus

I started shopping at my local Aldi a few months ago and discovered what has become my favorite snack – store brand hummus and black bean chips.  I will make a special trip to Aldi just to buy them. Black bean chips with hummus is no prep, enjoyable and healthy. Lately, I’ve been having theRead more

Authentic BBQ Sauce has Less Sugar, Great Flavor

When it comes to barbecue sauce, some popular brands contain so much sugar, they could be located in the candy aisle of the grocery store. For those of us who have prediabetes, it’s  worth reading nutrition labels. For example, a two-tablespoon serving of Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce  contains 17 grams of sugar, aboutRead more

Marinated Green Beans a Potluck Winner

At a recent summer potluck lunch, one dish was particularly popular.  People went back to the buffet for seconds of the marinated green beans, a dish that happened to be low in carbs, calories and fat. Several of us at the potluck asked for the recipe. It turned out to be so simple! 1. Canned greenRead 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

Mac and Cheese Fills Comfort Food Craving

Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite foods – and now I can put it back on my plate without guilt. I tried Banza Mac and Cheese Deluxe, made with chickpeas, and it was good enough that I will buy a box again. Traditional macaroni and cheese is made luscious with refined white flour,Read more

Fidget Food for Stress Eaters

  A registered dietitian once gave me wonderful, realistic encouragement about dealing with my habit of stress eating. Her radical advice? Work with my habit, rather than try to completely stop it. When I developed gestational diabetes during my second pregnancy, I was told I was at higher risk to develop diabetes later in life.Read more