Diabetes is a disease that is often talked about in terms of prevention, but not in management. With the American Heart Association reporting that in 2008 over seventy thousand American deaths were attributed to the disease, individuals, especially seniors, can begin at any time to take the steps to manage their diabetes successfully.
Diabetes is easy to associate with food. Research points to the increase in diabetes in Americans are a result of poor eating habits. For many of us, our eating habits have been engrained in us since childhood and are hard to break as we get older. As the VP of dining services at Sunrise Senior Living, my goal is to ensure seniors are aware of foods they should avoid, as well as introduce foods they should eat, often in fun and innovative ways.
A question I hear a lot from residents with diabetes is: “What are healthy foods? How do I learn to eat more of them, and therefore feel better?” A great place to start is at the USDA website dedicated to healthy eating called Choose My Plate. This website can help individuals get started on all they need to know to begin the personal effort to better eating which will help many people control diabetes, or better yet, avoid it altogether. Try the following diabetic-friendly recipe that we proudly serve in Sunrise Communities – your taste buds and your health will thank you.
Chicken Waldorf Salad – Serves 8
4 – 6oz roasted, boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cubed
8oz fresh red delicious apples, cubed
8oz red grapes
8oz celery, diced
½ cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup plain yogurt
¼ cup orange juice
1/3 cup low fat mayonnaise
2 pounds romaine, chopped
In a large mixing bowl combine chicken, apples, grapes, celery, and walnuts. In a separate bowl combine yogurt, orange juice, low fat mayonnaise whisk until blended. Fold the dressing into the chicken mixture. Toss until coated. Arrange chopped greens on a plate, scoop 6oz of mixture and place on greens.
Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories – 276
Calories from fat – 81
Fat – 9 grams – 13% of daily value
Sat fat – 2 grams – 9% of daily value
Sodium – 190 milligrams – 8% of daily value
Potassium 760 milligrams (255)
Carbohydrates – 18 grams –7% of daily value