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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Summer is almost here and that can mean only one thing - let's get ready to grill! I love to fire up the grill every chance I get during the summer months, but the thing that I always have to keep in mind is to eat healthy, monitor blood sugars often, and watch the carbohydrates.

If you are looking forward to picnics, parties, and barbecues this summer check out the great article I have for you on the challenges that diabetics face during grilling season.

Also, take advantage of a fantastic recipe for Grilled Citrus Chicken. Doesn't just reading that make your mouth water?


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Grilling season can be a challenge for those with diabetes

DALLAS - Picnics, parties and other outdoor events during grilling season can present a challenge for those with diabetes, a diabetes nutritional specialist says.

"The goal is to keep the carbohydrates down and encourage more of the protein-enriched foods to enhance satiety," Dr. Deborah Clegg, a diabetes nutritional specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, said in a statement.

Those trying to control diabetes could bring their own favorite dishes or coordinate with family and friends with diabetes to ensure the spread includes healthier options, Clegg said.

Clegg coaches her patients to monitor blood sugars on a regular basis throughout the day.

Party hosts can include healthy options such as salad, fruits and vegetables. Low-calorie and sugar-free options can help diabetic friends and family control calories and carbohydrates and make sound choices without much fuss.

Clegg suggested hosts provide:

-- A broad array of salad options, including sugar-free and low-calorie dressings, including salad greens, mushrooms, onions, peppers, radishes and tomatoes.

-- Beverages options such as water, unsweetened tea, coffee and calorie-free diet sodas.

-- Grilled fish, skinless chicken or turkey, and/or soy-based "veggie" burgers.

-- Low/Non-fat dairy options including non-fat cheeses, yogurts and skim milk.

*-- Diabetic Recipe --*

Grilled Citrus Chicken

Servings: 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 5 oz each
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1. Rinse chicken beast halves and remove all visible fat. Pat dry with paper towels.
2. In a shallow dish, whisk together remaining ingredients.
Add chicken breast halves and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours.
3. When ready to cook, light a grill.
4. Grill for about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through. Serve at once.

Nutrition Information
Per serving: 164 calories (11% calories from fat), 33 g protein, 2 g total fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 2 g carbohydrates, 0 dietary fiber, 82 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium
Diabetic exchanges: 4 very lean protein

Original Recipe: Grilled Citrus Chicken


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