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Macaroni & Cheese

Contributed by: NAPSA

Winter Favorites That Pack Flavor, Not Calories

MediSense Sof-Tact Diabetes Management System
(NAPSA) - In theory, it should be simple to maintain a healthy weight-just balance your food intake and activity level. Yet for most Americans who are overweight, losing weight and maintaining the loss are anything but simple. It is especially difficult during the winter, when cooler temperatures mean less time spent in the park and more time spent around the kitchen table.

For the 17 million Americans who have diabetes, winter comfort foods often spell big trouble. Aside from bulging waistlines, people with diabetes need to be concerned about insulin resistance and blood glucose levels-both of which are negatively affected by weight gain.

That's why people with diabetes need to find ways to enjoy the hearty flavors of winter without the calories, sugar and fat that come along with them. One great resource for such "made over" recipes is MediSense.com. This website offers free weekly meal plans that can be tailored to your personal diabetes regime. Each recipe comes with simple instructions and lists the nutritional information you need to stay within your limits.

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Losing weight is never easy, but having the proper resources at hand can make it a little easier-even in the winter. If you have diabetes, check out the MediSense Sof-Tact Diabetes Management System to help you maintain control.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 3 oz. low-fat sharp cheddar cheese (2 g fat/oz.)
  • 1 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 oz. fat-free milk
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper, ground
  • 1 cup frozen string beans

Directions:

Cook macaroni according to package directions. In a saucepan, combine cheddar, and mozzarella cheese, pepper and fat-free milk. Cook over low heat until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Add macaroni and stir.

Serve with string beans.

Nutritional Information: Per Serving: Calories: 540; Fat: 12 g; Cholesterol: 45 mg; Sodium: 800 mg; Total carbohydrate: 75 mg; Dietary fiber: 9 g; Sugars: 11 g; Protein: 35 g.


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