Just in Time for Picnic Season!

The June issue of Diabetes Forecast is like a picnic basket, filled to the brim with delicious summertime recipes that focus on a balanced diet. But the magazine isn’t using the term “balanced diet” lightly at all – not at all! Instead they are seeking to better define what a balanced diet is while pointing out tips and tricks to achieving it in your own lifestyle.

“It’s a matter of really shifting away from the foods that are empty calories and to foods that are full of nutrients,” says Linda Van horn, PhD, RD, professor of preventive medicine and associate dean for faculty development at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and chair of the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The goal of a balanced diet is to spend your calorie and carbohydrate allotments on foods that benefit your body in some way.

How does Diabetes Forecast help you make choices to achieve this? By exploring the foods you should eat more of, the foods you should eat less of, and even providing a “Dos and Don’ts” pallet cleanser of comparison meal examples.  To finish off this information meal, there is a long list of recipes that will have your mouth watering in no time!

Fresh Greens Soup With White Beans, Basil, and Tomatoes

Rigatoni With Grilled Vegetable Sauce

Zesty Broccolini and Garlic

Quartet of Berries With Fresh Peach Sauce

Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Nuggets

Cajun-Spiced Pork Tenderloin

Kasha With Caramelized Onions and Cremini Mushrooms

Minted Barley Salad

Amaranth Pudding

White Bean, Greek Yogurt, and Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Avocado Herb Dressing

Spicy Peanut Sauce

If you’re not hungry by now, the June issue of Diabetes Forecast can also feed your mind with a look at motorcyclists Revving for a Cure, Understanding Insulin Resistance, a lot of research updates (see the Forecast section), and a look at one American Diabetes Association-funded researcher’s work in using Visual Aids for Diabetes Education.

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