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Eat Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

The world is turning green today.  Whether you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the coming of spring or being friendly to the environment, you can enjoy the health benefits of asparagus.

Asparagus is low in calories, contains no cholesterol and is healthy as it is very low in sodium. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium. It tastes fabulous too!

Asparagus and Fresh Mozzarella


1 lb asparagus spears
2 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut or torn into pieces
1 tsp snipped fresh lemon verbena or 1/4 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel


Snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus. Using a sharp knife, carefully split asparagus stalks lengthwise. Place a steamer basket in a large skillet. Add water to just below the bottom of the steamer basket. Bring water to boiling. Add asparagus to steamer basket. Cover and steam for 1 minute. Transfer asparagus to a broiler-proof serving dish; top with mozzarella cheese. Broil asparagus 4 inches from heat about 2 minutes or until cheese bubbles slightly. Just before serving, sprinkle with lemon verbena.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Nutrients Per Serving:
56 Calories
3 g Total Fat
2 g Saturated Fat
2 g Carbohydrates
5 g Proteins
11 mg Cholesterol
134 mg Sodium
1 g Fiber

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Your First Year With Diabetes

My personal experience and observations:
1. Overwhelmed people STOP. Shut down. Put on the brakes.
2. Stress causes us to develop “tunnel vision”; we lose our ability to see options and become ineffective at implementing change.

These reactions can affect each of us in a myriad of circumstances, but can certainly affect those that have been diagnosed with a scary medical condition such as diabetes.

I was honored to be invited to review Theresa Garnero’s new book, Your First Year With Diabetes.

 I had high expectations for this book because I understood that as a nurse and diabetes educator, she has knowledge of this subject; as a person who loves people, she desires to inject humor into a weighty topic. 

I am happy to highly recommend this book.  I have a checklist that I think good health books must adhere to:
1. Easy to read; successfully translating “medicalese” into plain English.
2. Combine personal stories with referenced resources; a professional & credible presentation with a human touch.
3. Practical for repeated referencing.
4. Make the complicated simple.

This book meets those criteria and does an admirable job of helping people get a handle on what has become an epidemic disease. I would dare to say that all of us know someone with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Of great concern are all the people who have the disease and don’t know it.

I have been networking with diabetics for several years now and I am passionate about people understanding that unregulated high blood sugar is deadly. But diabetes IS a manageable condition and diabetics can now live full, healthy, productive lives! Knowledge is power in the war against diabetes and Ms. Garnero has given diabetics a powerful weapon in the arsenal against the debilitating effects of uncontrolled diabetes.

Don’t walk – run over to Amazon and give yourself (or someone you love) the gift of better health. Here’s the  link so you don’t waste any time! Your First Year With Diabetes

Mmm Monday (Peach Crumb Bake)

I love fresh peaches! I live in North Florida, where the vegetable stands have Georgia peaches. I would buy them just for the smell, but the taste is wonderful too. The grocery stores have California peaches that aren’t even close in flavor. I’m sure if you live in California, when you eat California peaches they are quite different than what is shipped to Florida. Vegetables and fruits that are vine-ripened are infinitely better.

Peach cobbler is a southern comfort food, but to me, it’s not worth the calories and fat. I actually like this recipe better than cobbler as it keeps the focus on the peaches rather than the breading. I found this at  Join me at the table by clicking on Mr. Linky below to share a recipe. Please link directly to the post that has the recipe so visitors don’t have to search for it. Enjoy!

Peach Crumb Bake


2 c sliced fresh peaches
vegetable cooking spray
1/3 c graham cracker crumbs
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp reduced-calorie margarine, melted


Arrange peach slices in bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl, stirring well. Add margarine and stir until blended. Sprinkle graham cracker crumb mixture over peaches and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Makes 4 Servings.

Dietary Exchanges: 1 Fruit, 1/2 Fat

Nutrients per Serving:
75 Calories
2 g Fat
15 g Carbohydrate
1 g Protein
2 g Fiber
68 mg Sodium
trace of Cholesterol