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VIDEO: Fruit – A Guide to Portion Size

Michael Marks shares some tips for controlling fruit portions and shows us how a portion of fruit should look on your plate.

VIDEO: Legumes – More Than Just Beans

Michael Marks gives us a “leg-up” with knowledge about legumes. They‘re nutritious and they are available all year round. He’ll also share a delicious meal idea with us.

Make Your Carbs Count!

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to follow a low-carb diet or avoid carbohydrate foods.

VIDEO: In Season: Winter Squash

Michael Marks shares an easy way to peel and cut butternut squash, a tasty fall/winter food that can be roasted and enjoyed as a side dish. You can also use it in soups or add it to casseroles.

VIDEO: Beans – Lean Vegetarian Protein

Beans are a great choice – they are full of fiber and are an important source of protein for people who follow a vegetarian diet.

Vegetarian Meal Plans and Diabetes

Is a vegetarian meal plan an option for someone with diabetes? Find out what the American Diabetes Association recommends.

VIDEO: Heart-Healthy Avocados in Your Meals

Michael Marks shows us an easy way to ripen, pit, and peel an avocado. He’ll also show you how they can be added to all sorts of meals.

Makeover Your Meal – Go Meatless

Eating more plant-based foods (vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts) has been linked with better health and lower risk for chronic diseases.

VIDEO: Using Frozen Vegetables

Frozen vegetables are a good alternative to fresh - they can also be cheaper sometimes, especially when certain vegetables are out of season. This plus more meal ideas from Michael Marks!

VIDEO: Putting Together a Gluten-Free Meal

Get creative with produce! See how you can turn dishes that are usually bread and pasta-heavy into delicious gluten-free options.

VIDEO: Fresh Produce – A Gluten-Free Option

Here are some tricks for planning a gluten-free meal. Let our Create Your Plate method be your guide! Your Produce Man will share a tasty meal idea to get you started!

Make Your Meal Gluten-Free & Keep it Healthy

Check out some popular diabetes-friendly meals and find simple substitutions for the foods that contain gluten.

Gluten-Free Diets – The Basics

Gluten is a protein that is found in the grains wheat, barley, and rye. It is also found in any foods that contain these grains. When someone follows a gluten-free diet, they eliminate all sources of gluten from their meal plan.

Tricks and Tips for Holiday Cooking and Eating

It can be extra hard to eat healthy around the holidays since heavy foods are often the focus of many celebrations. This year, try changing your mindset a bit.

Fitting in Holiday Desserts

Whether it’s apple crisp, cookies, or another treat, most holiday celebrations include dessert. We’ll show you some ways you can fit a portion of tasty dessert into your meal plan without disrupting blood glucose control.

Favorite Fall Foods List

Fall is a great time for produce! Choose from the many flavor-packed, versatile fruits and vegetables in season.

Comfort Foods - Make Them Lighter!

Comfort foods don't have to be packed with calories. Here are some ingredients to watch when preparing comfort food.

VIDEO: Let’s Talk Canned Vegetables

Michael Marks explains how canned vegetables can fit into your diet and still provide the nutrients you need. He’ll even give you a few meal ideas!

VIDEO: Dried Beans – A Good Way to Go

Dried beans are a low-cost, nutritious option without the sodium to worry about. See how to prepare dried beans in your own kitchen – it may be easier than you think!

VIDEO: Canned Beans Are Budget-Friendly

The theme this month is low-budget. Michael Marks shows us how canned beans fit into a low-cost meal plan.

On-the-Go and On a Budget

See how you can stay healthy and spend less when you eat out. Also, check out additional budget-savvy tips for when you're on the go!

Eating Healthy On a Budget – It Can Be Done!

The holidays have finally passed, and many of us are looking to save rather than spend. This month, we’re bringing you a whole bunch of tips to help you do just that.

VIDEO: Supersize Your Salads

Salad greens are one of the lowest-carb foods out there. It’s easy to create colorful, fresh salads to enjoy as entrees or side dishes this winter!

VIDEO: Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

Michael Marks shares some healthy side dish ideas that are perfect for holiday gatherings. Check them out and try them yourself!

VIDEO: Classic Mac ‘n Cheese

Chef Robyn Webb explains how she makes her healthy version of mac ‘n cheese. She’ll also taste-test her recipe against its store-bought competitors!

On-The-Go Tips: Holiday Drink Makeover

There is nothing more comforting than a holiday-themed coffee drink this time of year. Check out our holiday drink makeover to see how you can fit them in this year!

Fitting In Comfort Food This Holiday Season

After all of the running around during the holiday season, nothing tastes better at the end of the day than our favorite comfort foods. But how do these rich dishes fit into a diabetes meal plan?

VIDEO: Smart Appetizer Ideas

Michael Marks, Your Produce Man brings healthy appetizer ideas to life. Try one of these delicious ideas instead of bringing high-calorie spinach artichoke dip or fried finger foods to the party this year.

VIDEO: Sweet Potatoes – A Seasonal Favorite

Did you know that sweet potatoes are on the American Diabetes Associations superfoods list? Michael Marks gets us thinking about how this seasonal favorite fits into a diabetes meal plan.

On-The-Go Tips

Here are some quick tips to help you stay on the healthy track when you are on-the-go this holiday season.

Easy Steps to a Happy and Healthy Holiday

Solutions to the typical holiday dilemmas. Don't let stress take over the holidays this year. Diabetes or not - you can still enjoy family, fun, and food!

Our Favorite Fall Foods for You and your Family

The leaves are turning and the weather is getting cooler, but there are still plenty of tasty and nutritious foods to eat! Treat yourself and your family to some of our favorite fall foods this October!

VIDEO: Making Tomato Basil Soup with Chicken

Chef Nancy Hughes shows you how to make one of this month’s featured recipes from her cookbook 15-Minute Diabetic Meals. It’s delicious, healthy, and only takes 15 minutes to make!

VIDEO: Basil – From the Store to Your Plate

Michael Marks shares a trick for storing this fresh herb. He’ll also show you how to use basil to add flavor your food for less calories and salt.

VIDEO: All About Sweet Potatoes

Michael Marks, Your Produce Man, explains the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. He’ll also touch on how sweet potatoes can fit into your diabetes meal plan

On-the-Go Tips

Here are some tips for when you're short on time.We'll share a trick that will make it easier to put a homecooked meal on the table - even on the busiest of days. Also, check out healthy convenient snacks to opt for in place of less nutritious Halloween candy.

VIDEO: The Many Types of Tomatoes

Michael Marks shows you the different varieties of tomatoes and how to incorporate tomatoes into your meal plan.

VIDEO: Let's Talk Cukes

Michael Marks presents the different varieties of cucumbers you can use to make your meals and snacks. He also shares some preparation tricks and meal ideas.

VIDEO: It's Tomato Season!

Michael Marks introduces the Create Your Plate approach to meal planning. He'll also tell you how to store tomatoes and give an example of how you can include this non-starchy vegetable in your meals.

The Mediterranean Diet - What's the Story?

Have you heard the buzz about the Mediterranean diet? Read this month's feature article to find out the basics and benefits of the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle.

Spring is Here - Grocery Shop for the Season!

Learn about the benefits of buying seasonal produce and check out our spring produce guide. Plus we’ll share dozens of meal ideas to show you how tasty spring produce can give your meal plan a nutritious boost.

VIDEO: Garlic - A Healthy Way to Flavor Food

Think that mincing fresh garlic is a pain? Michael Marks shows us a quick and easy way to do it. Garlic will enhance the flavor of the food you cook without adding lots of calories and carbs!

VIDEO: Re-think Your Drink!

See how you can make your own unsweetened tea at home using herbs and spices. With few calories and carbohydrates, it’s one of the beverages we highly recommend.

Diabetes and Heart Health - What's the Connection?

How you can eat heart-healthy and follow your diabetes meal plan at the same time. It's easier than you think!

VIDEO: Frozen and Canned Fruit

This month’s meal plan utilizes convenient canned and frozen fruits. It’s good to have both on-hand for a quick snack or smoothie. Michael Marks shows you some examples in this video.

Do Latino Foods and Diabetes Mix?

Getting ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Here are some tips that you can use any time of the year to incorporate delicious Latino-style meals into your meal plan.

VIDEO: Watermelon - The Perfect Summer Treat!

Nothing says summer like freshly cut watermelon. It’s great as a side dish, snack, or in a fruit salad. Learn a quick and easy way to cut a whole watermelon into bite-size pieces, without making the usual mess.

VIDEO: Grilled Summer Veggies

Non-starchy vegetables are low in calories and carbohydrates. In this video, Michael Marks shares some insights about mixing it up and cooking them on the grill this summer.

VIDEO: Melons - A Sweet Summer Choice!

Summer is the season for melons. Here are a few tips for preparing and using fresh melons in the kitchen.

Seafood – A Smart Choice For Diabetes

It's a great time of year to enjoy some fresh seafood. We'll give you the skinny on omega-3's and some guidelines for how much seafood to eat. Also, learn what side dishes pair well with seafood and find other meal planning tips.
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