I am “Nuts Over Cinnamon!” Cinnamon is known to be a good blood sugar stabilizer and I use it on almost everything sweet. I always love the smell of the cinnamon nuts at the mall but they can be loaded with sugar. I paired a sugar substitute with cinnamon and nuts for a quick snack that won’t kill your healthy ambitions. Additionally, nuts have protein, are high in good fats, and digest slowly. Below is my Sugar-Free Roasted Cinnamon Nut recipe:
3 C Nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews, or walnuts)
1 Egg White
1/2 tsp Salt
1 and 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 C Baking Splenda
Coat a baking sheet or pan with cooking spray. I place aluminum foil on top of the pan for easy cleaning. Bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.
I selected these toppings because they offer the biggest rewards for calorie content. At minimum these foods contain a good amount fiber, protein, flavor, or healthy fats which all contribute to satiety.
1. lean protein (2-3 ounces chicken or shrimp)
2. nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pecans)
3. boiled eggs (about 75 calories/egg and 7 grams of protein)
4. lemon juice or balsamic vinegar (use as salad dressing)
5. 1/4 C part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 80 calories and 7 grams of protein)
6. herbs (basil and oregano add flavor without adding salt or calories)
7. black olives or 1 tsp EVOO (pair with balsamic vinegar for dressing)
8. broccoli and cucumbers (filling)
9. peppers (bell peppers, sweet peppers, and banana peppers)
10. 1/4 an avocado (contains healthy fats for less than 100 calories)
Diabetes Alert Day is coming soon! Boar’s Head Brand will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association for every person who takes the Diabetes Risk Test March 25th through April 25th. I will post a link to the test on my blog that day.
Yesterday I went to the Miss Collinsville Scholarship Pageant to help with the Rising Star Program (young girls mentored by women in the system.) The girls got to take their picture with the then current Miss Collinsville, Clara Gregory, and make frames for them. Somewhere along the way we had a moment to stretch for good posture and to use our hands to measure healthy amounts of food.
I pulled this excerpt from the American Diabetes Association website. The page is about prediabetes and the prevention of Type 2 diabetes (the most common form of diabetes.) It is amazing the difference 30 minutes of exercise a day can make! With this information at hand, think of all the other health issues which can be resolved by forming healthy eating habits and exercising.
“Research shows that you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% by:
Losing 7% of your body weight (or 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds)
Exercising moderately (such as brisk walking) 30 minutes a day, five days a week