American Diabetes Association Alert Day

Posted 03/25/2014 | By HealthCorps

American Diabetes Association Alert Day, held yearly every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day wake-up call. It asks individuals to take the Diabetes Risk Test, to find out if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Check out www.stopdiabetes.com  for the quiz and for tips to reduce the risk of developing this disease.

Here are some sweet treats that are big on taste, loaded with nutrients, but low on added sugars.

Orange Creamsicle Milkshake

1 cup skim milk or unsweetened soy milk

6 ounces of vanilla Greek fat free yogurt

½ cup calcium fortified unsweetened orange juice

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

5 ice cubes

Directions: Blend ingredients together and enjoy!

Squash Puree Elegante

3-4 winter squash

½ cup warmed lowfat soymilk (unsweetened)

1 tablespoon low sugar maple syrup

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon white pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Slice squash lengthwise and scoop out fibers, seeds.  Place the squash face down on a sheet pan that’s been filled with ¼ inches of water.  Bake squash 25-35 minutes, till tender (test with fork).  Remove from oven, flip them over and allow them to cool.  Scoop out the cooked pulp, transfer to bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.  Mash gently till it is mixed well and return in a shallow pan to the warm oven for 5 minutes.  Serve as a side dish.

Fresh Fruit Parfait

Selection of cut up fruit (your choice, 2 cups)

Chopped nuts

Low fat granola

Elegant parfait glasses or wine goblets

Optional – dark chocolate chips

Cut up your favorite fruit or gather a variety of berries, well washed.

Use fancy glass parfait dishes and layer Greek yogurt first, then a layer of fruit, then a layer of yogurt, then chopped nuts and low fat granola (Udi’s, Galaxy or Bear Naked are all good choices), then layer yogurt and then repeat fruit layer, yogurt layer, nut/granola layer and top with one final layer of yogurt and a large strawberry or another single fruit topping (orange section, apple section, slice of kiwi).

Cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes and serve.  For an added treat, sprinkle some dark chocolate chips on top.

(Sourced from The 4 Habits of Healthy Families by Amy Hendel)

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