Reduce carbs and increase protein when making your favorite recipes

Oh, and I forgot to mention – use walnut oil in brownies, instead of plain oil. It tastes better AND is better for you than butter or margarine or vegetable oil. I use olive oil for everything instead of butter, as well as using it instead of mayo and butter on bread and sandwiches.

Hypoglycemia Awareness

How about making your favorite dishes even more appealing by making them healthier and giving them more flavor at the same time?

Add vanilla whey proteinpowder to all baked goods to boost the protein.  It’s vanilla flavored so I leave out the vanilla if the recipe calls for it. One scoop is 25 grams of protein and 8 grams of carbs.  

For every cup of flour substitute  1/4 soy flour and 3/4 cups of regular flour.  Soy flour is 10 grams of protein for 1/4 cup.  I frequently add an extra egg to my baked goods too, but this can make them more “Cakey” or dry, so add 1T of olive oil or water to compensate.

Adding wheat germ for a fiber boost works pretty well for the quick breads/muffins  (banana, carrot, pear, apple etc)  

You can experiment with adding powdered eggs to up the protein too but…

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Reduce carbs and increase protein when making your favorite recipes

How about making your favorite dishes even more appealing by making them healthier and giving them more flavor at the same time?

Add vanilla whey proteinpowder to all baked goods to boost the protein.  It’s vanilla flavored so I leave out the vanilla if the recipe calls for it. One scoop is 25 grams of protein and 8 grams of carbs.  

For every cup of flour substitute  1/4 soy flour and 3/4 cups of regular flour.  Soy flour is 10 grams of protein for 1/4 cup.  I frequently add an extra egg to my baked goods too, but this can make them more “Cakey” or dry, so add 1T of olive oil or water to compensate.

Adding wheat germ for a fiber boost works pretty well for the quick breads/muffins  (banana, carrot, pear, apple etc)  

You can experiment with adding powdered eggs to up the protein too but I’ve had mixed results.  Powered eggs work best in recipes with cheese or cream.

When bake cookies don’t add the whey, just switch out with half soy and half regular flour.  Almond flour adds a neat taste to baked goods but it’s way more expensive than soy flour.    

When cooking a non meat meal it usually has black or pinto  beans in it with a rice or other whole grain source.  The two combine to make a complete protein, and you can add some cheese to it as well.  Try a soy based food called tofu: add 1-2T to most sauces (it’s creamy and blends well with cheese) 

Hypoglycemia Ambassadors for Ha!

Sometimes ideas come to me at the most unexpected times.    Ha! is the abbreviation for Hypoglycemia Awareness, of course.   Since so many people have offered to advocate for increasing accessibility and raising general public awareness of hypoglycemia treatment, what do we call them?    What’s an appropriate title?   Role?  Responsbilites may vary widely, but the one thing everyone has in common is a commitment to promoting the mission of Ha!    Ambassadors promote the best interests of their home country.   They advocate for the best interests of their constituencies.  They speak on related topics.  They entertain and host events to boost visibility.   They speak in public.     THAT’S IT!   We are  Hypoglycemia Ambassadors.

“When I was in …

“When I was in the hospital – I spent eight months in rehab and I almost died – I decided that I was going to make sure that I had some fun every single day. It might be a play. Or a movie. Or it might be going by a gallery and seeing a show. Often, it’s eating.”

Chuck Close, artist

How to Find Joy in LIfe

New York Times as told to Spencer Bailey

Snickers

When talking with his diabetes educator about night time lows, Pat says, “one night I woke up with a 30 mg/dl.”

Diabetes educator: “What were your symptoms?”

Pat: “I was dreaming of Snickers.”

The Snickers alarm went off in Pat’s brain.  Could it be that when sensing hypoglycemia during sleep, the brain is so smart that it wakes us up with a dream about our favorite candy bar?   Have you ever had a dream about eating food when you are low?

What Pat’s  unconscious didn’t realize is that, because of the high fat content in a Snickers bar, it is not a quick fix.  Fixing a low of 30 mg/dl is best treated with a quick-acting source of glucose such as gel or tablets.   Glucagon handy on the night table is a must, just in case you need it.   Leave the Snickers bars at Walgreen’s where they live, on the counter next to the cash register.