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The summer is upon us and it’s time to rejoice in deliciously refreshing cold fruit shakes and iced teas. However, if you have diabetes, you know how careful you must be in choosing what to eat and drink, especially those items containing sugar. You may also know that the many tantalizing summer refreshments sold at fast food restaurants are diabetes no-nos. For example, a TCBY Banana Berry Blast Off has 113 grams of carbohydrates, 110 of which are from sugar. This is not to single out this particular chain. The majority of fast food beverage options are comparably high in carbs.)
The three yummy summer beverage recipes below--all from Mayo Clinic dietitians--are a great alternative to the sugary take-out options. These drinks are much lower in calories and carbs and have higher nutritional value.
The amount of carbs in these recipes are 36 grams for the strawberry banana milkshake, only 7 for the blackberry iced tea, and 16 grams for the ‘island chiller.’ Try them out!
- 6 frozen strawberries, chopped you can substitute 1 cup of sliced fresh peaches in place of the strawberries for an equally tasty treat.
- 1 medium banana
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1 cup fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt
- 2 fresh strawberries, sliced
- In a blender, combine the frozen strawberries, banana, soy milk and frozen yogurt. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into tall, frosty glasses and garnish each with fresh strawberry slices. Serve immediately.
Calories 175 Cholesterol 1 mg Protein 7 g Sodium 61 mg Carbohydrate 36 g Fiber 3 g Total fat 2 g Potassium 545 mg Saturated fat trace Calcium 151 mg Monounsaturated fat 1 g
- 6 cups water
- 12 blackberry herbal tea bags
- 8 3-inch-long cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
- Sugar substitute, to taste
- Ice cubes, crushed
- In a large saucepan, heat water to just before boiling. Add tea bags, 2 of the cinnamon sticks and ginger. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for about 15 minutes.
- Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, placed over a pitcher. Add the juice and sweetener to taste. Refrigerate until very cold.
- To serve, fill 6 tall, chilled glasses with crushed ice. Pour the tea over the top of the ice and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serve immediately.
Calories 30 Monounsaturated fat 0 g Protein 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Carbohydrate 7 g Sodium 0 mg Total fat 0 g Fiber 0 g Saturated fat 0 g
- 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen unsweetened strawberries
- 1 can (30 ounces) crushed pineapple with juice
- 3 cups orange juice
- 2 quarts carbonated water, chilled
- 16 fresh strawberries
- In a blender, combine the frozen strawberries, pineapple with juice and orange juice. Blend until smooth and frothy.
- Pour the strawberry mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.
- To serve, put 3 strawberry cubes into a tall glass and fill with 1/2 cup of the carbonated water. Wait until the mixture becomes slushy. Garnish with a strawberry and serve.
Calories 68 Cholesterol 0 mg Protein 1 g Sodium 6 mg Carbohydrate 16 g Fiber 1 g Total fat 0 g Potassium 103 mg Saturated fat 0 g Calcium 6 mg Monounsaturated fat 0 g
These drinks are a much safer option for those with diabetes than those sold in fast food restaurants. However, no matter how careful a diabetic is about their diet, it is always imperative to take all medical precautions: follow all of your doctors directions for keeping track of your blood sugar and wear a medical ID bracelet or medical ID necklace in case of an emergency.
Enjoy the chilly drinks!
The summer is a season during which many Americans take vacations from work to travel, often to destinations abroad. Traveling can be both an action-packed adventure and a time to kick back and relax. Whatever kind of trip one takes, it is important to make plans to ensure a safe journey. Some safety precautions should be taken before the trip begins.
An important pre-travel step is to visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) destination guide. This web page gives you country by country health information, detailing health risks like yellow fever and cholera. Also check the CDC’s travel notices for your destination. This page offers recently updated travel information, including disease outbreaks and weather-related risks like earthquakes and hurricanes.
With the summer comes wonderful outdoor treats: picnics, barbecues, camping, bike rides, trips to the beach, and more. Unfortunately, the summer also brings with it some not so wonderful things: stinging insects like bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants to name the most common. For most people, an insect sting means only an annoying stinging sensation accompanied by mild swelling. For some, however, insect venom can cause potentially fatal anaphylaxis. Severe symptoms include nausea, facial swelling, breathing difficulty, abdominal pain, and a drop in blood pressure and circulation.
Mild symptoms can be taken care of relatively easily. The following steps are usually sufficient treatment for mild reactions: move to a insect-free area; remove the stinger; apply a cold pack or ice wrapped in a towel; apply hydro-cortisone cream, calamine lotion, or a baking soda paste; and take an antihistamine containing diphenhydramine.
This long period of economic hardship in the U.S. has been accompanied by at least one positive trend: an increasing mood of charity among Americans. Many people are volunteering their time and energy to positive causes.
If you wish to contribute personally, there are many ways to provide assistance to those in need. One way to offer support to the well-being of the community is to participate in fundraisers like awareness walks and events. Below are a few suggested activities.
To help raise awareness for mental health issues and reduce the stigma of mental illnesses during May--Mental Health Month--local chapters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) across the country are holding fundraising walks. NAMI offers a guide to the walks online.
Food Allergy Awareness Week is observed from May 8 to May 14. This annual observance was initiated in 1997 by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), an organization that advocates on behalf of patients and families. The goal for the week is to educate the public on this potentially life-threatening condition.
A food allergy occurs when the immune system reacts to eating a particular food. The symptoms of a food allergy range from hives to digestive problems to potentially life-threatening swelling of airways and a drop in blood pressure. The medical term for this condition is anaphylaxis.
Milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish are the most common foods that cause allergic reactions in the American population. According to the Mayo Clinic, 6 to 8 percent of children under 5, and 3 to 4 percent of adults live with food allergies.