Diabetes Forecast Brings Indulgence to the Kitchen

October 21, 2009

When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, some of the first questions usually are about food: What can I eat? What sacrifices must I make? Will I ever enjoy a good meal again? Diabetes Forecast, the consumer magazine of the American Diabetes Association, is setting out to transform these worries into opportunities this November.  In a special food issue, the magazine features recipes and photos to inspire delicious yet healthy holiday meals, along with clever tips on cooking diabetes-friendly food.

One of the most common diabetes myths is that people with diabetes must eat special foods.  Truth is, most people (whether they have diabetes or not) should be eating healthier foods in healthier ways.  Diabetes Forecast shares tasty tricks to help you adjust your meals a bit to get the most out of them:

  • Make simple swaps: Choose brown rice instead of white and evaporated skim milk in place of cream.  Even in baking, you can replace cooking oil with applesauce! 
  • Reinvent recipes that you like to make them more healthful. For example, try making lasagna rolls instead of a pan of lasagna.  The rolls require less cheese and fewer noodles, but still have that rich, comforting feel. 
  • Know your meats!  Choosing a meat with less saturated fat than the one a recipe calls for can preserve the taste and feel of your favorite dish while providing a healthier source of protein! 

Many other simple tricks will help you relax over the holidays and indulge in good-for-you meals.  “It’s not about overeating or throwing all the rules out the window,” says Diabetes Forecast Editorial Director Sara Sklaroff.  “It is about mindfully enjoying truly great food, as elegant as anything you’ll find on a ‘regular’ menu.”

Recipes that make the November issue’s mouthwatering photos come alive in your kitchen include Pork Chops Stuffed with Apples and Dates, Classic Baked Artichoke Dip, Mini Cheese Quiches, Classic Potatoes Au Gratin, Roast Beef With Creamy Horseradish Sauce, Double Chocolate Cake and Espresso Zabaglione. 

This issue of Diabetes Forecast also includes:

  • The Weight of Perception: How kids’ self-image can affect their ability to lose pounds – a look at one research project funded by the American Diabetes Association.
  • All Natural: The pros and cons of herbs and supplements.
  • Friendly Rivals Compete to Help the Cause: Two teachers lead their students in the School Walk for Diabetes.

Diabetes Forecast has been America's leading diabetes magazine for more than 60 years, offering the latest news on diabetes research and treatment to provide information, inspiration, and support to people with diabetes. 

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)