Need some suggestions

Living w/it
By Living w/it Latest Reply 2011-12-15 16:40:27 -0600
Started 2011-12-08 08:59:33 -0600

I love yogurt, but I don't particularly care for the new Greek yogurt, is there any other yogurt I can eat which does not have a ton of sugar in it? Also, is there a really good cook book which I can purchase which has good tasting food in it. I am a really good cook, but my home cooking will kill me if I keep eating it. help.

42 replies

Amalia707 2011-12-14 02:07:31 -0600 Report

Well, Greak Yogurt is more of a protein than a carb like regular yogurt. I would go with plain yogurt and just add stuff you like ( fresh fruit) and sweatened it up with splenda or honey.

Caroltoo 2011-12-14 14:59:02 -0600 Report

I use the Greek yoguert because it is more of a protein than a carb. Some of us don't tolerate carbs well and have developed a lifestyle eating plan that works for us on fewer carbs.

EJMac 2011-12-11 15:01:09 -0600 Report

I have been having Activia Light for years due to a digestive problem. started adding some rice krispies to it. My fav is vanilla light and the rice kripies-doesn't raise the BS much at all.

tchrbrdr 2011-12-11 09:12:47 -0600 Report

Well I like yogurt also but only I like a little at a time. Activia suits me just fine. I buy the low fat fruit and sometimes add Cherrios to give the yogurt a more agreeable texture.

pixsidust 2011-12-11 03:50:50 -0600 Report

I love Trader Joe's "Whole Milk" Vanilla Yogurt it is actually sweet and not bitter like the Greek yogurt. Its not like any flavor you have ever had! Its yum all the way. When I have eaten the Greek yogurt, I put half an orange in it.

2010caligirl 2011-12-10 23:30:55 -0600 Report

I know Ralph's carries a Carbsmart brand which I don't like but others at the store recomended it when they saw me looking at the labels. It doesn't have any carbs at all or very few.(I don't comepletely remember)There are only two flavors I like anyways (strawberry banana, and strawberry) so I'm not really much into yougurt but I do try new flavors every now and again to see if I can find something I like. I have tried several different brands in the flavors I do like. The Light versions of most store brands are good on the carbs and sugars. I like Wal-Marts and Starter Bros best so far.

Caroltoo 2011-12-10 20:20:24 -0600 Report

Hearing you say you are a really great cook makes me want to suggest to you what I did myself…take those really great recipes you already love and rewrite them so they are healthy. For most recipes, it's challenging, but not too hard: change the oils to MUFAs or coconut, reduce the carbs, increase the fiber, change the cooking method, and reduce the portion sizes. Challenging? Yes, at first, but you retain the flavors you love. It's worth the effort!

Young1s 2011-12-11 10:15:40 -0600 Report

It really is worth it. I did this, this past Thanksgiving, and am doing it with my every day recipes. I still get umms and ahhs I got from the old versions. It IS a challenge but it's a fun one.

Caroltoo 2011-12-11 10:42:52 -0600 Report

Patricia: do you find that they just don't know the difference unless you tell them…that sometimes elicits a surprised, really???, but nothing adverse. Carol

Young1s 2011-12-11 13:09:39 -0600 Report

Carol, that's exactly how it goes down. And if they don't ask, I don't tell them. Which is usually the case and it tickles me to no end. It feels good that we're ALL eating healthier. Whether they know it or not. :)

RAYT721 2011-12-10 20:12:55 -0600 Report

I love love LOVE Dannon Light & Fit yogurt. I don't have the labels in front of me but I think its like 15 g of carbs per serving, decent in calcium, decent in fat, etc.

As for the cookbook I am still waiting for someone to compile some recipes for the real single, couple or family to offer healthy and inexpensive and quick entrees and meals. Of the hundreds of thousands of cookbooks out there in print for diabetics and non-diabetics I may find 2-3 recipes per cookbook that fit my criteria to add to my list of favorites. There are tons of quick cookbooks, gourmet cookbooks, healthy cookbooks, etc but I simply want real food for real lives. If anyone knows of such a thing, hook me up, will you??? :)

Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-11 10:01:06 -0600 Report

I'm with you on the cookbooks. I need something that does not require a bunch of crazy ingrediants and is for real life! I'm not a cooker per se, but with D I have to be, so need things that are quick and simple!

Caroltoo 2011-12-10 20:23:42 -0600 Report

Ray: Maybe we should write one! I've actually considered it. I cook from fresh organically grown food. I don't buy packaged. I never take more than 30 minutes to fix a meal and often less than that unless I'm cooking something slowly in a crock pot.

Young1s 2011-12-11 13:50:19 -0600 Report

I think it's an idea worth exploring. Remember, you have been developing your skill/techniques for the past 18 months, with great success. You impressed your doctor so, that she gave you a call back just to congratulate you. Maybe, just maybe you have tapped into something that others haven't.

jayabee52 2011-12-15 04:19:39 -0600 Report

Google could rectify that!

Actually Richard 157 a member on DC had a book published a while ago. Friend him (if you haven't already) and pick his brain for suggestions for a publisher or other suggestions for the publishing process.

Jeanae 2011-12-11 09:29:13 -0600 Report

That is a brilliant beyond brilliant idea! You are a genius! How do we ( meaning really you) get stated? What can we, all of us do to help? I am laying in bed in pain ( torn acl, mcl, and sprained ankle) but you and this fantabulous idea has made me smile and forget about the pain! Thank you!

Caroltoo 2011-12-11 10:11:09 -0600 Report

It really is something I keep thinking about. I am also following a gluten free diet. People keep saying it is so hard, but it isn't once you start looking at what you can do/eat instead of focusing only on what you can't.

Nick1962 2011-12-11 18:41:54 -0600 Report

Hey guys, count me in on this cook book thing! 20 years in food myself. I'll post a new thread that will be a bit more appropriate for the discussion if you want to get going there (instead of highjacking this one).

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-09 13:15:30 -0600 Report

Hi Living, Sorry can't help you with the yogurt. I am lactose intolerant and don't like the after taste. I can help you with the cookbooks. First here are websites that have very good recipes,, and you can also go to kraft foods website. The next time you go to the supermarket or Walmart go to the magazine section and look for the Diabetic Living magazine and Diabetic Cooking which is a small magazine about the size of a Prevention Magazine. Better Homes and Garden has two, magazines Our Best Diabetic Recipes and Diabetes What to Eat. I bought the Everything Diabetes Cookbook and the Everything Diabetes book. There is an ad on tv about 3 free cookbooks for diabetes, I have those also.

On the websites you can copy the recipes you want and save them to a word doc and keep them in your computer or put them on a flash drive.

I do a lot of home cooking. I broil, bake or grill all of my meat including bacon and sausage. I put sage on baked chicken breast, I marinade chicken in low cal Zesty Italian Dressing before grilling. I made my own Emerils Cajon Seasoning and use it on Pork. I live in Maryland so I also put Old Bay Seasoning on Baked Chicken Wings. I have a Nuwave Oven so I don't put the wings or my chicken in a pan and it comes out like it is fried. If I want real fried chicken, I just buy a piece and get my pleasure that way. I rarely eat fried chicken so it is a special treat.

Here is a twist, I go to the Amish Market and get Roasted Pulled Chicken in BBQ Sauce. I can also get it without sauce if I want it. I also buy curry or bbq chicken salad for lunch. I talked to the baker at the Amish Market and she now makes, sugarless fruit muffins, choco. chip cookies and apple and peach pies. She can't keep them on the shelf. They also have a butter cake made with real sugar, soy flour and milk, bleached wheat flour and it does not bother my blood sugar levels.

You can still home cook, just take everything out of the grease and put it in the oven. The only thing I miss is lemon meringue and sweet potato pie.

Young1s 2011-12-09 10:21:17 -0600 Report

My mother surprised me yesterday with a cookbook from Reader's Digest, that she ordered through her subscription. It's called "Eat To Beat Diabetes". You may be able to find it on their website or other sites like Amazon. I thumbed through it last night. There are some delicious looking recipes in there. The nutritional info and exchanges are stated at the bottom of every recipe. I don't follow the exchange rule but you might be interested. I want to post some but don't know if I should post before or after I've tried them. I don't want to be posting recipes that I find out later aren't any good. What's your opinion?

Young1s 2011-12-10 13:08:37 -0600 Report

After giving the cookbook a thorough viewing, I can't recommend purchasing it, unless you are willing to make some serious substitutions/adjustments. First of all, a lot of the ingredient lists are ridiculously long. Not a problem for me but for other people looking for a simple recipe, those are few and far in between in this book. The other issue is the carb, calorie and sodium counts. I'm talking #'s in the high 500's and even saw some in the 800's, as far as the calories and sodium are concerned. And some of the recipes show total carbs in the high 40's to mid 70's. This is suppose to be a diabetic cookbook? Those numbers are just too high. Especially for someone like myself, who is still eating according to a certain amount of carbs per meal. But it's a gift from my mom so I'll figure something out. Wouldn't want her to feel like I'm being ungrateful, you know.

jayabee52 2011-12-10 19:21:43 -0600 Report

perhaps you could review the book in the product reviews link at the left

Young1s 2011-12-14 16:44:57 -0600 Report

James: Just wanted you to know, I reviewed the cookbook that I was talking about. I think I gave it a fair one but, because I am the only one to have reviewed it (and possibly viewed it), I feel it might not be a faie assessment of the book. But it's there in case anyone may be considering purchasing it. By the way, thanks again for the suggestion to do that.

jayabee52 2011-12-15 04:24:14 -0600 Report

thank you for letting me know!

Your review should be good enough if it is what YOU actually thought about it! Others may disagree, that makes neither you or them wrong because you may have different opinions.

Living w/it
Living w/it 2011-12-09 08:26:57 -0600 Report

Thanks to all of you really appreciate it, now the hunt begins, with all the suggestions, I will have to try them all, to see which one works best for me with taste.

berrykins0 2011-12-08 17:11:44 -0600 Report

i like dannon yogurt 80 cal 16 carbs or walmart brand yogurt same as carbs as dannon just cheaper both fat free or blue bunny yogurt fat free no sugar added ones or there fat free other ones too.there the same as great value and dannon ones to when it comes to carbs cal. splenda book by marlene kroch nutrionist made a couple of her. splenda one and eat what you love walmart cheapest online only or amazon too.

jazzee 2011-12-08 17:19:54 -0600 Report

Dannon 80 cal. is my favorite!! I eat one for lunch each day, usually with a small piece of fruit. Blueberry is my favorite

ShellyLargent 2011-12-08 12:56:24 -0600 Report

I like Yoplait Light - has about 15g of carbs and there's a ton of flavors. I like to add granola or fruit to it for more of a meal.

I have a cookbook that I use a lot. It's from Better Homes and Gardens. I have a link to it on Amazon. You can probably find it in a Barnes and Noble store too.

Also, check the American Diabetes Assoc. website ( ). They will often have cookbooks for sale from their site. I like to find the books online, then hunt for them in my local B & N store…

Young1s 2011-12-08 10:35:27 -0600 Report

I am a fan of the Fiber One 50 Cal yogurt. It's only 13 carbs (5g fiber, 4g sugar, 4g other) and has 3g protein. The vanilla is very tasty (my favorite) and my grocer just started selling the blueberry, also good. The only problem is the containers are really small. But you can add some healthy cereal or some nuts to try to bulk it up. As far as cookbooks are concerned, someone else might be able to help you with that. I love to cook too, but am trying to tweek my existing recipes right now. Especially my favorites because I refuse to part with them.

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