Nothing beats the warm smell of a freshly baked loaf of bread, always a favorite at breakfast or as a snack. Indulge in a slice of this hearty raisin bread, spread with just a touch of margarine or jam. (Be sure to add in the appropriate exchange for the spread you choose.)
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Serves: 18; Serving size: 1 slice
Prep time: 90 hours
3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup evaporated (fat-free) skim milk
1/3 cup margarine, melted
2 large eggs, or 1/2 cup egg substitute
2 tsp orange zest, grated
1/2 cup raisins, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick pan spray.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into a large bowl.
- Mix the milk, margarine, eggs, and orange zest in a medium bowl. Add to the dry ingredients.
- Mix until just blended, stir in the raisins.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1-1/4 hours.
- Cool on a wire rack at room temperature at least 1-1/2 hours before slicing into 18 slices.
1 1/2 Starch
Total Calories: 131
Calories from Fat: 22
Total Fat: 2 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 24 mg
Sodium: 319 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 23 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 7 g
Protein: 4 g
Not all recipes presented here are necessarily appropriate for all people with diabetes, nor will all recipes fit into every meal plan. No two meal plans are alike. Work with your health care provider, diabetes educator or dietitian to design a meal plan that's right for you, and includes the foods you love. A key message for people with diabetes is "Carbs Count." Foods high in carbs (carbohydrates) -- bread, tortillas, rice, crackers, cereal, fruit, juice, milk, yogurt, potatoes, corn, peas, sweets -- raise your blood glucose levels the most.
For many people, having 3 or 4 servings of a carb choice at each meal and 1 or 2 servings at snacks is about right. Keep an eye on your total number of servings. For example, if you choose to have dessert, cut back on potatoes.
Round out your meals with a serving of:
- Meat (such as fish or chicken) or meat substitute (such as beans, eggs, cheese, and tofu) about the size of a deck of cards and
- Non-starchy vegetables (such as broccoli or lettuce). If you have three (3) or more servings of non-starchy vegetables, count them as a carbohydrate choice. Three (3) servings is equal to 1 1/2 cups of cooked vegetables, or three (3) cups of raw vegetables.
Check your blood glucose to see how your food choices or these recipes affect your blood glucose. If your meal plan isn't working for you, talk to your dietitian about making a new one.
Along with exercise and medications (insulin or oral diabetes pills), nutrition is important for good diabetes management. By eating well-balanced meals in the correct amounts, you can keep your blood glucose level as close to normal (non-diabetes level) as possible.
The recipes on this page are only a part of what is offered in recipe books from the American Diabetes Association. Many also include information on meal planning, portion control, food buying and seasoning, as well as general cooking hints and tips for people with diabetes.
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