Tuesday, March 11, 2008

2nd Week

Day 8
1/2 recipe Blueberry Blast Smoothie
1 slice (one-ounce) oatmeal bread
1 teaspoon canola margarine

Lentil and Rice Salad
Cherry Tomato and Zucchini Salad (1/2 cup each halved cherry tomatoes and zucchini cubes, drizzled with 2 teaspoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar)
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks

4 ounces grilled scallops
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup sautéed red and yellow peppers with onion (sauté red and yellow bell pepper strips with thinly sliced red onion in 1 teaspoon olive oil, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon dried basil)
1/2 cup sliced grapes tossed with 1/2 cup sugar-free, fat-free vanilla yogurt

1 ounce reduced-fat string cheese with 1 ounce whole grain crackers
1 cup low-fat, low-sodium vegetable soup

*Today's Takeaway Tip: Berry nice! Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants — more than most other fruits. In addition, blueberries rank low on the glycemic index, an indicator on how carbohydrates effect blood sugar levels. Foods with lower scores raise blood sugar less.

Day 9
1 small whole wheat waffle
1 tablespoon sugar-free maple syrup
1 ounce reduced-fat turkey sausage link
1/2 banana

3 ounces lean low-sodium ham slices
Waldorf Salad
1/2 toasted English muffin with 1 teaspoon canola margarine

Turkey Burgers with Tomato Corn Salsa
1/2 cup sautéed spinach
1 cup cabbage salad (3/4 cup green or red cabbage with 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 2 tablespoons chopped onion and 1 tablespoon low-calorie dressing)

1/2 small whole wheat toasted bagel with 2 teaspoons sugar-free jam
1 sugar-free, fat-free chocolate pudding

*Today's Takeaway Tip: The apples in Waldorf Salad are high in a fiber called pectin. This "soluble" fiber contributes to reduced cholesterol levels and helps you to feel full longer. Choosing low-calorie foods that keep you satisfied contribute to good weight control, an issue for many people with diabetes.

Day 10
1/2 cup hot wheat cereal mixed with:
1/4 cup grated apple
2 tablespoons raisins
1 tablespoon sliced toasted almonds
1 cup fat-free milk

Tabbouleh (with chicken)
1 cup tossed salad (butter lettuce, carrots and cherry tomatoes, tossed with 2 tablespoons reduced-fat Thousand Island dressing)
1 nectarine

4 ounces baked halibut fillet
Garlicky Broccolini
1 small (three-ounces) baked potato with 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream and chopped chives
1/2 cup sugar-free, fat-free frozen chocolate yogurt

1 ounce fat-free tortilla chips
1 ounce unsalted cashews

*Today's Takeaway Tip: Shake up your diet! Eating the same foods repeatedly not only causes boredom (one of the top reasons people abandon their healthy diets), but may also make it harder to lose weight. Trying broccolini, in the Garlicky Broccolini recipe, rather than the more familiar broccoli, makes your food plan that much more interesting!

Day 11
1 serving Mixed Berry Salad
1 (one-ounce) whole wheat roll
1 teaspoon canola margarine
1 cup fat-free milk

Manhattan Clam Chowder
1 cup mixed field greens salad with 2 tablespoons fat-free blue cheese dressing
1 (one-ounce) slice seven-grain bread

Grilled Chicken with Tomato Cucumber Salad
1/2 cup brown rice (cooked in low-fat, reduced-sodium chicken broth)
1/2 cup steamed snow peas
1/2 baked pear (halve and core unpeeled pear, place cut-side down in baking dish, pour low-cal cranberry juice 1/2 way up the sides, bake in 375 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes)

1/2 cup mango chunks
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sugar-free jam

*Today's Takeaway Tip: Great tasting food does not always require tons of salt, fat and sugar. Manhattan Clam Chowder is a good example of this - it tastes just as good as the cream-based version, but without the excess fat and calories.

Day 12
Healthy Carrot Muffin
1 ounce reduced-fat turkey sausage patty
1 cup fat-free milk

Tuna Pocket: (3 ounces canned tuna mixed with 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons each minced onion, celery and grated carrot), 1 romaine lettuce leaf, 1 ounce reduced-fat Swiss cheese, 1 small whole wheat pita bread
1/2 cup applesauce sprinkled with 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Sicilian-Style Cauliflower with Whole Wheat Pasta
3 ounces grilled chicken
1 cup romaine lettuce tossed with tomatoes, zucchini and 2 tablespoons fat-free Caesar dressing
2 small plums

1/2 apple with 1 tablespoon reduced-fat peanut butter
1 ounce whole wheat pretzels
*Today's Takeaway Tip: Pasta took quite a beating during the low-carb craze. Truth is, a reasonable portion of whole wheat pasta, as prepared in Sicilian-Style Cauliflower with Whole Wheat Pasta, is high-fiber and filling; two pluses for people with diabetes. The key, as always, is portion size!

Day 13
Yogurt Granola Parfait: (1 cup plain non-fat yogurt, layered with 1/2 cup sliced bananas and 1/4 cup low-fat granola)

Chicken and Pasta Soup
1 ounce whole wheat crackers
1 cup tossed salad with watercress, sliced radishes and 2 tablespoons reduced-fat Italian dressing
3 whole wheat Fig Newton cookies

Linguine with Shrimp
1/2 cup sautéed broccoli
Mango Strawberry Snow Cones

6 ounces carrot juice
1 ounce whole wheat pita chips

*Today's Takeaway Tip: Fill up on soup! High water content foods, such as soup, fruits and vegetables, help you feel full and satisfied and help prevent overeating. The Chicken and Pasta Soup delivers in many ways: lots of water in both broth and vegetables, low in fat and high in flavor.

Day 14
Peach French Toast Bake
1 slice (one-ounce) Canadian bacon
1 cup fat-free milk

Greek Salad with Oregano Marinated Chicken
1 ounce whole wheat breadsticks
1/2 cup fresh cherries

Crab Cakes
1 small ear corn
1/2 cup sautéed kale ( sauté in 1 teaspoon olive oil)
1/2 cup fresh raspberries topped with 2 tablespoons sugar-free, fat-free lemon yogurt

2 ounces low-fat turkey slices rolled with 1 ounce reduced-fat Swiss cheese
1/2 cup sugar-free, fat-free tapioca pudding

*Today's Takeaway Tip: Tired of the same old breakfast? Spice it up with a treat like Peach French Toast Bake - you actually might forget that you're eating healthy! It's important to know that you can have some treats, especially if you can tailor them to your needs.

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