Friday, May 15, 2015

Food Friday - D Blog Week #5

As a family that has Type 1 Diabetes we hear all the time about what we can and cannot eat (she can't eat candy can she?), should or shouldn't, etc.  I haven't ever been attacked by any food police, but only well wishers that have given us sugar free candy (blech!!), or food labels from home made items (love!!).  Anyway we were told when she was diagnosed to let her eat anything she wants, just count the carbs.  I believe that allowing her to try everything has reduced most eating problems.  I do make faces in restaurants on some carb heavy items, with good reason because we have had nasty spikes in blood sugar from seriously high carb high fat items. Plus NO ONE should eat that stuff.

That's the problem sometimes, counting the carbs, especially at restaurants.  We tend to stick to chains that serve healthier low fat items (the fat in foods makes her spike terribly) that have fairly accurate nutrition information.  What we love to do is cook at home to reduce the fat and use is our food scale to calculate carbs per portion.  Since she loves to cook and when she has time to do so we have come up with some tasty stuff.

Like these:

Sloppy Joe Bake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pizza Bake
These were made with low fat Bisquick and she loves this stuff.  And we can count the carbs accurately and have little to no spike.
Of course I tried to jump on the Low Carb train, but most of those recipes are high fat and since all fat makes her spike, they don't work for us.  But some were good like this low carb cauliflower pizza crust:

This one is also gluten free.  While we have not tested positive for celiac (yet) my dh and dd have both tested positive for the DQ celiac gene so they could have a ticking time bomb.  But with all the gluten free choices out there these days, it shouldn't be a rough transition (says someone who doesn't have celiac).

One thing I would love to recommend is joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) if you have one in your area.  You get fresh fruit and veggies all summer and fall like these fresh PYO peaches:

Then again, throw caution to the wind and use your food scale for these:

Christmas cookies!!!! Caution: contain carbs and gluten

DQ Ice Cream cake, also with carbs and gluten (a birthday must have)
If you watch your portions (and EVERYONE should do this regardless of diabetes) you can enjoy some.