An Idea to Help Us Eat Healthier

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2013-04-11 00:28:54 -0500
Started 2010-03-15 12:09:35 -0500

I recently learned that our friend Danielle B here on Diabetic Connect not only loves to cook but also has a college degree in Nutrition and Diatetics. She and I have been discussing ways she might share her expertise with the community to help us learn about healthy cooking.

What would you all think about having her do a "Recipe Pick of the Week"? She could share with us one healthy recipe a week. She could share some tips with us about healthy cooking and how to make our recipes more diabetic-friendly.

Share with us your thoughts about this idea.

94 replies

flipmom 2013-04-05 11:12:48 -0500 Report

oh my!! this post was 3 years ago!! whatever happened to Danielle B.? I was just following the others who posted below… but i still think that its a great idea if we dont already have it by now!! LOL!!

jayabee52 2013-04-05 11:52:24 -0500 Report

Looking on her profile page her last activity was june 20 2011 when she earned 2 badges. However Dietcherry on July 8 (2012?) wrote on Danielle's profile "RIP Danielle" Whatever that means I can only guess.

GabbyPA 2011-12-14 17:41:20 -0600 Report

Yes! that would be awesome. Then we can all try it and share our experiences with it.

This is an old this back on the drawing board or in new plans to be done?

rij061258 2011-06-21 03:43:18 -0500 Report

I love the idea. Have checked out the recipes Danielle has already posted. Most of them so far I can not eat but I still love the idea. Eventually something will pop up that I will be able to eat.

Copperchef 2011-06-20 16:05:29 -0500 Report

I love the idea, but remember, we all have different needs. What may be fit for the goose may not be fit for the gander.
As a chef, the needs of the individual is what is imperative, not the recipe. As a nutritionist, this should be paramount. There is never one recipe that covers everyone's needs.
I would support recipes that offer realistic alternatives to ingredients that may or may not be available to everyone.
Many times, we need to look for the best possibilty for the recipe. Saying that this a good recipe should come with guidelines for those that maybe intolerant to the suggestions made.
Thank you for your tolerance.
Over the years, I have learned that many people will eat what they like, but not what they need. The purpose of a chef is to provide what they want, while making what you love.

MarkieMarkie 2011-06-20 15:34:35 -0500 Report

Sounds great to me… I know I get tired of the same old thing all the time. It would be helpfull to have some fantastic cooking ideas floating around here on DC.

OhSoBlessed 2011-06-20 11:04:08 -0500 Report

Terrific idea! In my opinion would be an invaluable addition. I try to prepare healthy meals for my diabetic daughter but know I often fall short of my goal. Hope the feature begins SOON!!

bhyson1204 2010-04-02 13:01:04 -0500 Report

I love that idea. Im so tired of eating the same things every week. I would love to try some new dishes.

Danielle B
Danielle B 2010-03-31 01:44:40 -0500 Report

Here is another recipe for this week. It is Curried Chicken with Brown Rice. Here is link.


Miminv 2010-04-03 06:16:07 -0500 Report

Ok, so I love to cook too and I found that I can not eat brown rice because it raises my levels like orange juice did 300. And white rice rinsed leaves my levels normal.
So don't assume it is low carb for you, always check it out.
Thanks for the recipe, love the Curried Chicken part.

Oyorra 2010-03-30 19:27:54 -0500 Report

I'm with Gabby! love it, love it, love it! sometimes I don't know what to eat, and end up just eating cereal with :gasp: regular milk. I love fruit, but that can get expensive. Danielle you mentioned frozen fruit. Any brands you recommend?

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-04-02 10:38:48 -0500 Report

I don't buy much fresh fruit because it goes bad before I can eat it all. And since elimenating alot of sugar, fresh fruit doesn't taste right anymore. If you have a WalMart near you, their frozen fruit brand is the tastiest I've found near me and at least $2.00 cheaper than our local supermarkets. Amazing since I avoid WalMart as much as I can. LOL Try it and see what you think. Dole is good too but more expensive. I eat the mixed ones with pineapple, mango, peach, and strawberries so I get a variety. I put a container out each morning and eat it for my snacks, even frozen. Replaced alot of ice cream that way which is good because of less fat.

joni55 2010-04-02 18:38:40 -0500 Report

The berry mix is good too. It has blackberries and raspberries. I get it at the supermarket.

griz104 2010-03-22 15:06:39 -0500 Report

This will be really great!! i love to try new recipies and am willing to try anything.. well almost!

Luisvtcp 2010-03-22 14:49:57 -0500 Report

Diet is a difficult for me when it comes to eating. since my cook only makes me Mexican Food. i do love Sea Food and . healthy food is a must for me. thanks for the recipes i will pass it on to my cook.

Danielle B
Danielle B 2010-03-21 20:02:42 -0500 Report

Hey Everyone

The first recipe is on the discussion board under the title "Recipe for Baked Salmon." You can add comments there or use my email address on here to ask questions or reply. Feel free to attach your recipes too.


Deb-G 2010-03-22 07:52:51 -0500 Report

Danielle…or anyone really…can you add the link to that recipe here? with the new site I cant seem to find anything…I did a search even for that discussion heading and nothing came up…searched recipes and still couldn't find it…I'm pretty sure its ME…so I need a trail of bread crumbs please :D lol

Thx!! :)

izzybet 2010-03-18 14:13:46 -0500 Report

this would help me especially since i am on a fixed income and cannot afford to go to the nutrition classes my doctor suggested…my copays are killing me!!!!

joni55 2010-04-02 18:41:38 -0500 Report

The co-pays are killing me too. In the beginning of the year, I have a ton of them. Fortunately, I have food stamps, but only $140 a month.

Rader 2010-05-11 13:29:42 -0500 Report

The cost of living with health problems is like paying for a life of luxury without the benefits LOL

Danielle B
Danielle B 2010-05-11 20:40:33 -0500 Report

That is why I love this site so much. Everyone is in it for the same reasons. To help each other cope and manage the best we can. So hang on and keep trying. We are here for you!


izzybet 2010-03-18 14:11:26 -0500 Report

i think wrong food choices is/are my biggest problem. i have never been much of a cook. so i don't spend much time in the kitchen. what i would like to see is a fast easy healthy breckfast plan. i need breckfast to take my medicine in the morning, but i am not hungry when i first get up,,,so something lite and healthy please!

Danielle B
Danielle B 2010-03-21 15:47:18 -0500 Report

Hi izzybet

Do you like cheese and/or peanut butter? Fruit? Yogurt (flavored or plain)? Traveling over an hour one-way to school everyday made it hard to fix breakfast and actually have time to eat it when I left my house at 6 am. I often made a piece of toast and spread about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on it. Easy to eat while driving! I also bought string cheese. It is a skim milk motarella cheese but they are individually wrapped and a perfect size for small meals. I ate two at a time. I needed more protein in my menu than the carbs so I ate more of those kinds of things rather than cereal (even with milk). There are also a variety of low-fat, low-sugar, and flavored cups of yogurt. Minimal protein but healthy, cheap, there is a variety of flavors to choose from, and lite. The fruit thing has potential to cause trouble if not in moderation. One of the things I like about fruit is the choice factor. I am not picky with fruit. I even buy unsweetened frozen fruit in bags at the grocery store and eat it frozen. You get extra fiber and tons of vitamins and minerals witha simple fruit such as the blueberry. Eat your fruit. Save the juice for low blood sugars. Juice does not fill you up and it only adds carbs, calories, and usually costs just as much as fresh or frozen fruit.

If I am in a mood and have been good with my eating habits, I fix a smoothie. Half cup frozen fruit, 1 container of flavooered yogurt, and milk to desired consistency. Mix in blender. Drink while dressing, driving, standing in kichen, or anywhere. BEWARE…loaded with carbs!

You also have the choice of boiling eggs and keeping them in the fridge for up to two days in a sealed container. Eat cold or heat for 15-30 seconds in microwave. They are now reporting that rthe cholesterol in the egg does not effect the blood cholesterol levels like previously thought. Not sure on that reseach yet but it sounds promising!

Hope some of those choices sound appealing and help with your needs.


John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-03-17 06:22:05 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for your input.

We'll see if we can't pull it together soon and start making some recommendations.

jladytiger1979 2011-06-20 08:34:19 -0500 Report

Something that would also be nice is for her to include with the recipes or write an article that shows you how each veggie, grain, meat, fat HELPS your body. (My sister is a nutritionist so I've done a lot of picking her brain as well as deeply educating myself in food.)

jladytiger1979 2011-06-20 08:33:04 -0500 Report

I would like to know recipes for while grains that have an even amount of carbs and a filling portion. (Quinoa, couscous, barley & whole grain pastas.) Recipes that are quick but that use less processed foods and easy to find items. Not recipes you have to run all over Earth looking for the ingredients and spices that are $12 a bottle! Lots of fresh veggies and all types of meat.

smontyd 2010-03-16 18:57:39 -0500 Report

Great idea.I just joined and this caught me attention in under a minute.Can't wait for the first recipe.

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