Contributed by: NAPSA
Basketball Legend Earl "The Pearl" Monroe Now Helping People With Diabetes Eat Smart
(NAPSA) - NBA All-Star Earl "The Pearl" Monroe is one of the greatest players in the history of professional basketball. He played for the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.
More than one-third of Americans' daily calories come from food eaten outside the home, including sit-down restaurants and fast-food outlets. Sometimes it can be tough to find healthy options when eating out, and for people with type 2 diabetes it can be even more difficult.
Earl has learned how to maintain a diabetes-friendly lifestyle with a healthy diet and regular exercise, and aims to inspire others to do the same by making a few small changes in their daily lives, including making smart choices while dining out.
"As a professional basketball player, I ate many meals on the road and quickly learned how hard it was to stay on a healthy diet," says the former Baltimore Bullets and New York Knicks star. "With type 2 diabetes it can be even more difficult, but I want to show people that it's possible to enjoy foods at our favorite restaurants and stay healthy at the same time."
With these few simple tips available at www.MerckDiabetes. com, people with type 2 diabetes can maintain a diabetes-friendly lifestyle:
People with type 2 diabetes should talk to their doctor about treatment options and other small steps they can take to help make diabetes management a slam dunk! For more information, including Earl's winning tips on physical activity and healthy restaurant choices, as well as some of Earl's favorite diabetes-friendly recipes, visit www.MerckDiabetes.com.
One of Earl's favorites:
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the penne and cook for 10 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, beat together the Better'n Eggs, evaporated milk, melted margarine, Worcestershire sauce, salt and cayenne pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Drain penne thoroughly. Layer the penne, cheddar and nondairy slices, fine cut in a 1 1/2 quart ovenproof dish, ending with a layer of cheese. Pour the egg mixture over it, and bake for 35 minutes until golden brown and bubbling; serve immediately.
Racconto 8 Whole Grain Penne Rigate No. 104; Whole Wheat Pasta Elbows No. 52 (both available at Whole Foods).
Smart Beat Fat Free, Cholesterol Free, Lactose Free American Flavor Slices.
Diabetes Restaurant Month is a program created by Merck to help people with diabetes to better manage their condition. Visit www.MerckDiabetes.com for nutritional advice, exercise tips and flavorful recipes.
Serving Size: Makes 8 Servings
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