5 Ways to Combat Dry Skin Caused by Diabetes

5 Ways to Combat Dry Skin Caused by Diabetes

Lifestyle Tips
There are many symptoms caused by diabetes that people often don't talk about.  Unfortunately, one of these side effects is having very dry skin.  Dry skin can leave you itchy and uncomfortable and prone to cracks, cuts, scabs, and infections.  Luckily, there are easy ways to combat severe dry skin! 1) Drink Plenty of Water Skin is the body's largest organ, staying hydrated is important not only for your internal health but is essential to your skin as well. Making sure to get in eight glasses of water each day is essential to maintaining healthy blood sugars and keeping your body hydrated. In our free 21 Day Challenge, week 1 is all about getting enough water in! If you need some guidance to make sure you stay hydrated, you can…
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5 Ways to Get More Protein and Omega-3 With Flax Seeds

5 Ways to Get More Protein and Omega-3 With Flax Seeds

Diabetes Food Tips
Flax seeds are fully of omega-3 fatty acids which are thought to be heart healthy. Just three tablespoons of flaxseeds have 8 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein! Flax seeds are a great way to add healthy fats to your diet to assist in blood sugar level stabilization for people with diabetes. But when exactly would you use flaxseeds, and how do you use them? Below are five of my favorite ways for incorporating flax seeds into your daily diet. Note: we prefer ground flax as they are easier to incorporate into your meal and are more easily digested. Here's a great organic ground flax seed you can try: Spectrum Ground Flaxseed. Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds to your favorite smoothie recipe. Run out of eggs when baking? Replace each…
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The Perfect Kale Salad for “Beginners”

The Perfect Kale Salad for “Beginners”

Diabetic-Friendly Recipes
Kale is one of those foods that we all know is incredibly healthy, but that most are afraid to try. Chances are you have tried kale in the past, you may have found it to be stiff, flavorless, and unpleasant. Although kale in its raw, undressed state CAN be all of those things... with the right preparation and the right dressing, kale can be very delicious and satisfying. The key to a good kale salad is acid, you need this to help break down the kale and make it softer and more palatable. My go-to is either apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, and/or lemon juice. In this recipe, we mix sweet apple cider vinegar with shredded apples, tart cranberries, and crunchy almonds. Give this easy kale salad a try and I promise…
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How to Use a Spiralizer to Cut Carbs (+ Pad Thai Recipe!)

How to Use a Spiralizer to Cut Carbs (+ Pad Thai Recipe!)

Diabetes Food Tips, Diabetic-Friendly Recipes
When eating a low carb diet, it is often difficult to find ways to enjoy your favorite foods. For those looking to better manage their diabetes, it’s especially important to cut traditional pasta out of your diet in order to prevent blood sugar spikes. This may sound discouraging, but this is where the spiralizer comes to the rescue! A spiralizer allows you to make your favorite pasta dishes by replacing traditional pasta with spiralized vegetable noodles. Although you can spiralizer many veggies using your spiralizer such as sweet potatoes carrots, cucumbers, and more, I find that zucchini works the best when making a pasta dish.   How to use a spiralizer to make delicious, low-carb meals Spiralizers are very simple to use.  Simply take it out of the box and…
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Low-Carb Apple Berry Crisp Recipe

Low-Carb Apple Berry Crisp Recipe

Diabetic-Friendly Recipes
Fall is here and with colder weather sweeping in, I felt it was only appropriate to share a delicious, lower-carb version of a fall favorite...apple crisp!  For those with diabetes, just because you need to limit your carb intake does not mean you need to eliminate flavor from your life! One of our goals at Smart Diabetes Solutions is to show you how delicious eating well can really be. I designed this recipe to pack all the cozy fall flavors you long for into one healthy dessert. This recipe is low in fat and gluten free. I trade out flour for ground nuts so that you get flavor and crunch without the unnecessary carbs. Plus, by adding in delicious mixed berries, the recipe requires less apples, which helps to keep the…
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