Can Butter Cure Diabetes?

I’ve been asked this.  By so many people – patients, family members, friends….. It seems ridiculous, but thanks to the enormous amount of illogical and unreliable information on the internet — theories like this get a ton of attention.  Everyone is looking for an easy fix…. a pill instead of a lifestyle change….  I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat more butter and make their diabetes disappear?

Check out this article I wrote addressing the unfounded theories stating that high fat diets can cure diabetes…..  Hope you enjoy it!  –Jenn

The Diabetes Council

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It’s GIVEAWAY Time!!

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In order to enter this fun Giveaway, you must do the following:

  1. Comment on the blog site for Dr. Jenn Bowers Nutrition & answer the following question:  My biggest challenge with eating healthy is _____________.
  2. Commenting on Facebook page of “Dr. Jennifer Bowers – Dietitian / Nutritionist” will also enter you into the drawing.  Answer the same question posed above.
  3. You MUST comment by midnight, Arizona time, August 31, 2016.
  4. I’ll announce the winner on September 3rd!
  5. Don’t worry if you’re not local to Tucson…. I’ll ship the goods to you for free!

What is the giveaway item, you ask?  Well, I don’t want to reveal ahead of time…. suffice it to say, it’s a great item from Pampered Chef!!  Details later!

Don’t delay – you only have until August 31st!

Recipe: Skillet Tilapia Tacos

Oh my!  This was a big hit!  Messy, but delicious!  I hope you love it!IMG_5505

It was 5:00 p.m.  I’m home from work….homework is supposedly happening in the other room… we need to be at an evening meeting at 6:00 p.m….and hubby not home from work yet.  SIGH.

Open the fridge.  Tilapia filets are thawed out….. 1/2 head of cabbage sitting front & center…. I know!  Tilapia tacos!!

Literally 20 minutes from start to finish, tops!  Maybe 15 minutes…. I was too busy to pay attention to the time!  It’s messy, so grab a fork!  Enjoy!

Skillet Tilapia Tacos

Yield: 3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tilapia filets, thawed
  • 4-oz can El Pato sauce (Mexican hot tomato sauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups red chunky salsa
  • 8-12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • shredded cheese
  • sliced avocado (optional)
  1. Pour El Pato sauce and salsa into large skillet and warm over medium-high heat.
  2. When bubbly, add tilapia.  Turn heat down to simmer and cook until fish is flaky, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. To serve, place corn tortillas on plate and spread a little Greek yogurt on each.  With a slotted spatula, remove fish from skillet and place onto tortilla.  The fish is going to fall apart.
  4. Garnish with cabbage, cheese and avocado.

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Recipe: Brownie Pistachio Energy Bites

Lunch box woes?  My kiddo is always asking for more ‘treats’ in her lunch.  IMG_5515In all honesty, if she made her own lunch it would consist solely of cookies, chips and lemonade!  We’ve recently grown to love the energy bites that are so popular on Pinterest & Instagram.  In looking for a chocolatey version, everything I found had some ingredients we didn’t have or didn’t care for.  This recipe is the result of an experiment in my kitchen this afternoon.  The two teens in my house today gave it a strong recommendation!  Perfect for lunch boxes, after school energy boosts, after a workout, or late night snacks!

Hope you like it!

Brownie Pistachio Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup roasted pistachios
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 2/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey

Grind up pistachios and chocolate chips in a small food processor.  Add in the rest of the ingredients and combine well.

Chill in a bowl in the refrigerator about 30 minutes.  Roll into teaspoon-sized balls and refrigerate until ready to eat!

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Recipe: Best Ever 4-Layer Veggie Dip

HUGE hit!  You want to take this to your next party, BBQ or gathering.  Trust me on this one.  Super positive feedback from every one of our friends, except the one who avoids vegetables like the plague (ANDREW!)…..

This is a take-off of the traditional 7-layer dip.  Consider layering it in clear plastic cups for individual servings – it’ll be pretty that way!

Try it today – I think you’ll love it too!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans black beans, drained
  • 2 chipotle peppers, canned in adobo sauce (with 1-2 tsp of the sauce, if you like spicy)
  • juice of 3 limes, divided
  • 1 & 1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 avocados, pitted and mashed
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped (according to taste)
  • tortilla chips

In food processor, combine beans, chipotle peppers, juice from 2 limes, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves and cumin.  Blend until smooth.  Spread into 9×13″ casserole size dish.

Mix avocados, juice of 1 lime, and 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves.  Spread on top of beans.  Spread Greek yogurt on top of avocado layer.

Stir together tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno and cilantro.  Spread on top of yogurt layer.

Serve cold with chips.  May also consider cucumber slices or zucchini slices as “chips” for serving for a low-carb option.

16 Lunches for Kids with Diabetes

It’s back-to-school!  Here in southern Arizona, the kids have been back in school for a couple of weeks.  Back in the east coast, they start after Labor Day in early September.  I suppose throughout the country in between, school begins in the middle of that time span!

Packing lunches can be challenging – you want the kids to eat healthy, but you don’t want everything to come home uneaten with their stomachs growling and their moods grumpy!  When your kiddo has diabetes, even more serious complications can happen if that lunch isn’t eaten.  Carbohydrate content is essential in meal planning for people with diabetes.

Along that note, I recently published an article on The Diabetes Council website that provides 16 new ideas for healthy, carbohydrate controlled lunches.  It’s particularly aimed for the student living with diabetes, but any kid (or adult!) can benefit from these ideas.

I hope you enjoy it!

What is your go-to lunch to pack for your child?

16 Healthy Lunches for Diabetes

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