Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

Background

Angela Shelf Medearis is a chef and recipe book author known as “The Kitchen Diva”. She is a regular television guest on The Dr.Oz Show and The Today Show and celebrity-chef judge for cooking competitions.

The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook contains a collection of 150 satisfying recipes suitable for those with diabetes. They are were created to meet the nutritional needs of diabetics without compromising on flavor.

Diabetic Cookbook Basics

kitchen-diva-diabetic-cookbookThroughout the book Medearis offers a variety of tips to help diabetics create a nutritious diet.

She recommends three balanced meals and two or three healthy snacks each day. This helps to keep your blood glucose levels in balance.

Advice is also included on budget-wise shopping strategies, meal planning and basic cooking techniques.

Includes 150 Diabetic-Friendly Recipes

The recipes in this book can be used by those with prediabetes, type 1 and 2 diabetes and women with gestational diabetes related to pregnancy.

They are specifically designed to:

  1. Control glucose levels in the blood
  2. Moderate portion size
  3. Assist with weight reduction or maintenance
  4. Help parents to plan kid-friendly meals

Healthy Versions of Favorite Meals

The recipes recreate the traditional flavors and rich textures of ethnic and comfort foods. Additionally, many kid-friendly recipes are provided that are tailored to the unique needs of children with diabetes.

Some of the recipes in this book include:

  • Mocha Morning Smoothie
  • Healthy Breakfast Sausage
  • Pumpkin and Tortellini Soup with Feta Cheese Croutons
  • Spicy Pork Chops with Fiesta Black Beans and Corn
  • Baked Catfish with Green Onion and Butter Sauce
  • Spaghetti Pizza Pie
  • Cinnamon-Pecan Cake
  • Dark Cocoa Kisses

Recommended Foods

Whole wheat bread, oatmeal, quinoa, turkey, lean pork, eggs, seafood, low-fat milk, low-fat cheese, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, tofu, soy milk, peanut butter, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, lettuce, spinach, tomato, blueberries, banana, applesauce, olive oil, salsa, low-fat mayo, fresh herbs and spices, Splenda, dark chocolate.

Sample Diet Plan

Breakfast

Mini Cheese Quiches

Morning Snack

Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Lunch

Calypso Coconut Shrimp Salad with Island Vinaigrette

Afternoon Snack

Hot From-Texas Hummus with Spicy Pita Chips

Dinner

Greek-Style Lamb Stuffed Eggplant
Microwave Asparagus with Lemon Butter

Dessert

Heavenly Tiramisu

 Expenses

The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook: 150 Healthy, Delicious Recipes for Diabetics and Those Who Dine with Them retails at $24.99.

Click here to purchase this cookbook at a discounted price.

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Pros

  • Recipes are easy to prepare and budget-friendly.
  • Color photographs are provided for many of the recipes.
  • Offers nutritional tips for diabetics.
  • Recipes will appeal to the whole family.
  • Includes a large selection of healthy snacks and low-sugar desserts.
  • Nutritional information is provided for every recipe.

Cons

  • Will not appeal to those who don’t enjoy cooking.
  • Encourages the use of artificial sweeteners.
  • Does not include a meal plan.
  • Exercise guidelines are not provided.

Conclusions

This book offers a selection of ethnic and comfort food recipes designed to suit the nutritional needs of diabetics. It will also appeal to anyone who wants to eat healthier while still enjoying delicious food.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: May 1, 2012. Disclaimer

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