7 May 2012

Information Column


Just 5 simple things you can do to REDUCE Blood sugars and control your Diabetes. These take no effort on your part other than making the choice to follow them.

1. Cinnamon - A Spoonful of Cinnamon
1. A Spoonful of Cinnamon helps the blood sugar go down In a most delightful way!
    That's right! Just a half- teaspoon of cinnamon a day helps the body's insulin sensitivity  and lowers blood glucose levels. An additional bonus is it also has a positive effect on lowering triglycerides, or fat in your blood, and the bad cholesterol levels or LDL while raising the HDL or good cholesterol.
Cinnamon has a compound called Methylhydroxy chalone polymer. It helps cells absorb glucose faster and converts it to energy so your blood sugar levels stay down.

Try adding it to a bowl oatmeal in the morning or sprinkle it on some baked apples, a baked sweet potato or just a little in that morning skim latte.

2. Vinegar - 2 Teaspoons a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

2 teaspoons of vinegar before a meal will dramatically reduce the spike in blood concentrations of insulin and glucose that come after a meal. These spikes can be excessive and can cause complications, including heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes. The acetic acid in vinegar disrupts the enzymes that break down carbs. These small teaspoons can help subdue glucose.

Choose a vinaigrette dressing for you salad at lunch or dinner instead of the creamy based dressings. A red or White Vinegar is best. Just dash a couple of teaspoons on your salad  with a little olive or coconut oil.

3. Don't move My Cheese or Nuts! - Grab some Proteins to Slow Blood Sugar Absorption!

Cheese and Nuts are proteins slow the digestion process and the absorption of sugars. Now that doesn't mean go and eat a whole block of cheese but if you're looking for mid-afternoon snack go grab some low-fat string cheese or a handful of dry roasted peanuts. This will go a long way in staving off hunger until your next meal.

There are also good ideas to eat in conjunction with  fruits. We still want to have fruits in our diet because they have fiber and are a great source of nutrients but eating the cheese or nuts with them will counteract the sugar in the fruits so the blood sugar absorption slows. Try some apple slices with a couple  tablespoons of natural peanut butter. Yep, the kind where the oil rises to the big top. Don't worry, the sweetness of the apple give the peanut butter just the kick you're looking for. Or try adding a little honey to the peanut butter.

4. Time for Bulk up with Fiber - A Diet High in Fiber is Essential for Diabetics.

Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, helps control your blood sugar by slowing the absorption of glucose into the blood stream. It also helps to maintain a healthy weight and lowers the LDL or Bad cholesterol.

Are you getting enough? Most people don't and the older we get the more we need. Especially diabetics. To help keep your diabetes in check you should strive for 50 grams of fiber a day. So where can you get this "wonder drug"? Broccoli, Black Beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, spinach and many more wonderful fruits and vegetables.

Just 5 -6 servings of any of these is all you need in a day and it will go a long way in heping normalize your blood sugars.

5. Fats - Only the Good One? Go For Mono- Unsaturated

Fat slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream so it's important we choose the right fats. Mono- unsaturated fats may help lower your risk blood sugars. The best choices to use are Olive oil, Coconut oil, Nuts, Peanut butter, Flax seed oil, Omega- 3 rich fatty acids ( like those found in must fishes and in walnuts) and Avocados.

We should keep our fat consumption to 25 - 30% of our calorie intake striving for 50 - 60grams per day of you are staying around an 1800 calorie daily diet plan. Make sure you spread it out throughout your meals.

Go fishing fir Omega- 3 fatty acids.Salmon, rainbow trout, mackerel, herring, catfish, shrimp, lobster, and flounder to name a few. Always grill or broil and avoid frying.


1 May 2012

Soyamate Burger - Vegetarian

Dear Soyamate fans, here is one more interesting and tastier Soyamate recipes for you. This recipe was created by one of famous Chef from India.

Ingredients / Bahan - Bahan yang diperlukan

Enrico's Soyamate / Soyamate Enrico's                         250gms
Cornflour / Tepung Jagung                                            200gms
Meat Curry Powder / Serbuk Kari Daging                    150gms
Turmeric Powder / Serbuk Kunyit                                 10 gms 
Potatoes / Ubi Kentang                                                 300gms
Ginger / Halia                                                                50 gms
Coriander Leaf / Daun Ketumbar                                   50 gms
Big Onion / Bawang Besar                                             4 
Green Chilly / Cabai Hijau                                             2
Garlic / Bawang Putih                                                    15gms
Salt to taste / Garam secukup rasa

Method / Cara Membuat :

1. Soak Enrico's Soyamate in warm water for 20 minutes and squeeze out all water and mince in blender.- Rendam Soyamate Enrico's dalam air suam selama 20 minit kemudian perahkan keluar kesemua airnya dan kisarkannya dengan mesin pengisar.

2. Cut big onion, ginger, garlic and green chilly very finely. Chop coriander leaf finely. - Cincang bawang besar, bawang putih, halia, cabai hijau dan daun ketumbar. 

3. Boil potatoes in salt water and then peel the skin and mash the potatoes. - Didihkan ubi kentang dalam air masin kemudian kupaskan kulit dan lenyekkannya.

4. Mix the minced Soyamate with meat curry powder, turmeric powder, cornflour, mashed potato, chopped  coriander leaf, big onion, ginger, garlic and green chilly. Mix it well with required salt - Campurkan Soyamate yang telah dikisar dengan serbuk kari daging, serbuk kunyit, tepung jagung, ubi kentang yang telah dilenyek, bawang besar, daun ketumbar, bawang putih, halia, cabai hijau serta garam secukup rasa.

5. Make into balls (about 100gms each) and flatten into round flat burgers. - Gaulkan campuran tersebut hingga sebati. Kemudian uli dalam bentuk bebola ( setiap satu lebih kurang 100gram) dan tekankannya menjadi burger leper bulat. 

6. Put some oil on a platter and cook there burgers in slow heat. - Tuangkan sedikit minyak ke atas kuali leper dan masak burger - burger ini dengan api yang sederhana. 

7. When cooked, put in between sliced burger buns with sliced cucumber, tomatoes, onions rings, chilly sauce or tomato sauce for taste. - Selepas dimasak, masukkan diantara bun burger yang telah dibelah dua bersama dengan hirisan timun, tomato, bawang serta sos cili dan sos tomato.

Will make 10 burgers / Boleh buat 10 burger