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Adapt Your Own Recipe For Diabetics

Contributed by: Chris WebAdmin. of

Reduce Cholesterol

  • Use vegetable oil or margarine instead of butter
  • Substitute 2 egg whites for 1 egg, or use egg substitute
  • Use more vegetables and grains and less meat in recipe
  • Use soy-based product to replace part of meat eg. tofu
  • Use nonfat milk products instead of whole milk

Reduce Fat Content

  • Use reduced calorie mayonnaise and salad dressing
  • Blend cottage cheese or yogurt with milk for sour cream topping
  • Replace regular whipping cream with low-cal topping or yogurt
  • Remove visible fat from meat and skin from poultry before cooking
  • Decrease oil in marinades and salad dressing; increase vinegar, water and seasonings
  • Use foods canned in their own juice or water
  • De-fat meat drippings by refrigerating and skimming fat off the top
  • Decrease the amount of fat used in baked goods by 1/3 to 1/2 and increase fluids called for to reach desired consistency.
  • Cheese that is finely grated or thinly sliced goes further
  • Pour some of the fat off the top of "natural" peanut butters

Reduce Sodium Content

  • Use low-salt or no-salt-added products
  • Increase your use of herbs and spices in place of salt in recipes
  • Use fresh foods whenever possible in place of canned or processed (soup mixes, cured meats etc) or rinse canned foods (tuna) with water
  • Do not add salt to water when cooking pasta or other foods

Reduce Sugar Content

  • Decrease the amount of sugar called for in traditional recipes by at least 1/3; substitute fruit juices, nectars or pureed fruits.
  • Use fruit canned in water or fruit juice
  • Use non caloric sweeteners if needed to increase the sweetness of a recipe without added calories. (Most baked desserts require at least 3/4 tsp. sugar per serving to achieve a desirable flavor.)



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