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Help - low-carb LOW BUDGET diabetic-friendly meals?

When money runs short, what do you reach for to save on groceries? CARBS... potatoes, pasta, rice, cheap storebrand bread, canned beans etc. Things that fill you up, stretch the expensive protein and fresh vegetables, and give the pocket book a break. And now we can't eat any of them... help! Low-carb diabetic-friendly groceries cost a fortune... We're eating a lot of eggs, that can help if you stock up during the occasional super-sales. But fresh meat and fresh vegetables are spendy... We have roughly $50 to spend on groceries this week to feed two adults and four felines, and the pantry is shrinking so I can't rely on a stockpile - it isn't there any more.

about 3 hours ago
Kajikit in Special Diets

How to survive without Trader Joes & Costco???

Do they have Publix in your part of the world? It's the 'best' regular line grocery store IMO, and they have a record of treating their employees very well. You could drive to Costco once a month for your bulk meats and bring them home and freeze them...

Sep 16, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Looking for a good-tasting recipe for low-carb brownies

ATM I have the ground flax and coconut flour... no sweeteners except for sugar-free pancake syrup and sugar-free caramel drink syrup (forget what it's called, the stuff you put in coffee). Almond flour costs a fortune so I don't have that either... I made some low-carb coconut flour cookies using the caramel syrup (the original recipe used maple syrup) and they were adequate but not really sweet enough for my taste. I intend to buy stevia in some form but there are so many choices I don't know which tastes the best...

Sep 16, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Looking for a good-tasting recipe for low-carb brownies

Trying to doctor up a standard brownie recipe to make it much lower in carbs without affecting the taste... my first (and so far only)experiment was to remove half a cup of sugar and 1/2 cup flour from the recipe and substitute 1/2 cup of ground flax seed. The end result is still rather sweet for my tastes, so more sugar can easily be removed. And I quite like the texture from the flax, so I'm wondering how much more zero-carb flax could be added without destroying the integrity of the brownies.

(btw, my starter recipe was 4 eggs, 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, 1-1/2 cups sugar, 1-1/2 cups flour, and some baking powder and regular chocolate chips.)

Sep 16, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

Can we say 'first world problem'?

BBQ Sauce that is Low-sugar, no HFCS, & widely available?

Nope sorry... I looked all over for low-sugar or sugar-free bbq sauce in the stores and didn't find a thing until I resorted to buying it online. (for no-hfcs but still sugared go to Whole Foods and see what they stock...)

(just realised this is a REALLY old thread...) if anyone's interested, I found three different sugar-free bbq sauces for sale on the Netrition website and bought two different flavours of one of them. Shipping was $5 flat rate and the stuff arrived so coccooned in bubble-wrap that there is no possible way on earth it could have been broken. It's sweetened with splenda and does not taste chemically to me, though my husband finds it on the sweet side - I like my bbq sauce sweeter than he does.

Sep 14, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Table salt free diet and eating out

The fact is, your chosen food preferences - entirely salt-free vegan - make you a food recluse by default. Your diet is so different from the American 'norm' that the odds of being able to obtain it in a restaurant without substantial fuss is nonexistant. Everything on the table has at least SOME salt in it, usually substantial amounts. I was pleasantly suprised by a 'light' vegetable soup that had very little salt in it and was filled with totally delicious vegetable flavour, but that's the exception not the rule. But a zero salt diet is not 'good for you' especially combined with a vegan diet. The human body requires a certain amount of sodium and potassium to maintain normal muscle function for all muscles, including your heart. Unless you have a serious health problem - heart disease, kidney failure, high blood pressure, there's no reason to go for ZERO sodium in your diet. (I have high blood pressure and other health conditions that require medication and I had to take two different blood pressure medications - until my husband became diabetic and we had to essentially stop eating out, quit processed foods etc - and within days I was off one of my blood pressure meds. I am NOT fond of salt at all, and I add very little to our food, but frozen dinners etc are loaded with the stuff.

Sep 14, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Low carber avoiding restaurants

When you're already dancing around food allergies, being low-carb becomes harder, and a lot of the time eating out just isn't worth the effort.

Sep 06, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

What happened to spinach in recent years?

I don't think I've ever seen curly spinach... the grocery store had two kinds - 'baby' spinach for salad and what they called 'cooking' spinach which were larger and darker green and was obviously the same stuff let to grow a bit larger...

Sep 06, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Plate sharing fee- why?

I wouldn't go into a restaurant ALONE and just order a glass of water... but if I'm with my husband and he wants to eat and I don't, why should I feel bad about it? If I'm not hungry or not feeling well, I just want a nice comforting bowl of soup... and I refuse to feel 'bad' about it any more than I feel 'bad' about the fact that we don't drink and we won't order dessert or carby food because my husband is a diabetic and shouldn't eat them. The restaurant is there to serve US, not the other way round. (and they should probably be glad that we don't sit around eating three courses or drinking because we're usually in and out inside of 45 minutes - if their service is prompt it only takes 30!)

Sep 04, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food
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Low Carb Vegetarians, what's on your plate?

Add the cheese and some milk - it makes it come out like quiche rather than scrambled egg... and the fat keeps it from sticking to the pan. (just noticed this is a 'vegetarian' thread so you might not want to eat cheese... but then you probably wouldn't be eating egg either. :P Never mind!)

Sep 04, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

When is 'sugar-free' NOT sugar-free?

When the one bakery person answers the question of 'what sweetener did you use in your 'sugar-free' muffins with Splenda... and the other guy overhears her and says 'oh no, we don't use Splenda any more, we changed to apple juice because our customers don't want chemicals in their food.' Spent ten minutes explaining to him that apple juice concentrate is still sugar and not going to do my diabetic husband any good while he looked at me blankly, and then agreed that maybe they should change the label on the muffins... (Lesson, ALWAYS ask before you buy - never assume anything... I'm sure that muffin had a crapload of carbs in it anyway, but sugar isn't always the white stuff in a bag. No, I didn't buy it.)

Sep 03, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Swerve sweetener?

Tried the first little envelope of swerve in John's tea... he said it didn't seem to have any aftertaste. Haven't bought a bag yet - ten bucks is LOT of money for something that really won't go very far and I'm still psyching myself up for the expense. Low-carb baking ingredients are SPENDY! Made coconut flour pancakes for breakfast on the weekend and they were good but they would have been better with the suggested sweetener in them...

Sep 02, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets
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sugar-free baking??

If you just toss splenda into a recipe instead of sugar, most baked goods come out repulsive! I tried... your best bet is to check out a low-carb website like alldayIdreamaboutfood http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/ and use recipe/s that somebody else has already worked all the kinks out of. Sugar isn't the only carb in baked goods, it's just one of them - baked goods made with flour are nearly as high in carbohydrates when you take the sugar out... it takes a lot more tinkering to make them low-carb as well.

Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

Yep. sorry, potato and peas are both on the no-no list (so is sweetcorn, and sweet potato is dubious - we haven't tried it yet because he thinks its probably too starchy)... we eat pretty much any other vegetable except he hates squash. Shame because squash is so versatile and low-carb! But he can't stand the texture and high water content... He's eating normally again now, just with softer meats that are easier to chew.

Aug 31, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Food that can be packed & eaten 10 hours later?

You want a heavy-duty cooler bag and one of those solid blue iceblocks (not the skinny ones they sell for lunchboxes, the more old-fashioned larger ones, they take much longer to thaw) to keep stuff properly cold until she wants to have 'dinner' - then you can pack anything safely and she can pop it into the microwave to heat it up.

Aug 31, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

There are no Red Robins in South Florida but we still get the ads, and some of their burgers sound yummy...

Until we moved to Stuart, we'd never had Sonic because it was too far away... the store is still 30 minutes away from us, but it's right by the Mall and we have to go up there to go to most of the Big Box stores anyway, so when we drove past we'd stop in for a truly delicious shake (their coconut cream pie shake tastes like somebody put a piece of pie in the blender!).

Alas, in moving we moved far far away from Smashburgers... I loved their veggie burgers and fried carrots/green beans for a lower-carb option. They only have Five Guys up here and while their burgers are delicious, they're off the menu since we're low-carbing it for my husband's diabetes!

And the closest Krispy Kreme store is over an hour away... but we can't eat donuts any more anyway. When we had to go down to Fort Lauderdale we made sure to buy donuts and to go to Smashburgers for lunch.

Aug 28, 2014
Kajikit in Chains

Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

The pork was great... the sugar-free bbq sauce I found him at that netrition website is a success and I just boiled some green beans until they were soft. I generally avoid boiling veggies because so many of the nutrients go down the drain in the water, but it's the best way to make sure that the veggies are soft and easy to eat. I had some sweetcorn with mine, and hubby just had the beans with a little ranch dressing.

Aug 28, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets
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Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

Chill out guys... It's well-known that different 'groups' take a different approach to managing diabetes, and the suggested blood-sugar levels/carb counts are very over-generous to put it mildly. It didn't take more than a day of reading online to decide that low-carb seems like the only really sensible way to go, but we don't go as far as you mcf, it's a personal decision. I'm not going to sit there counting carrot sticks unless it's absolutely essential, I just look at the labels and guestimate, and thusfar, my husband seems to be doing really well. If he wasn't, we'd be stricter, but since his sugar is still dropping gradually, we must be doing things the 'right' way for him! Haven't been to the 'diabetes education class' yet, we had to postpone it because of this whole tooth thing, but I fully expect them to recommend about twice as much carbohydrate as he's actually having, and I fully expect to continue to ignore those recommendations in favour of what's working! (because of his injured mouth I offered to go buy him some sweet potato for 'soft' food, but he didn't want me to. He says they're too sugary, and ultimately it's his decision...)

Advice: Wisdom Tooth Extraction, what to eat?

Revisiting this exceedingly lengthy discussion because my poor husband has a bad tooth... on day five of antibiotics now and he's doing better but as a diabetic a lot of the 'standard' options (mashed potatoes) won't work... I bought him special diabetic protein shakes, low-carb yoghurts, sugar-free ice pops, and loads of sugar-free jello and pudding... oh, and the 'natural harvest' unsweetened applesauce with other fruit in it, because plain applesauce is BORING! Also found that the crockpot is a life-saver - it turns practically any meat into incredibly soft melt-in-your-mouth meals overnight, so he doesn't have to chew them.

Aug 27, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

Liquid Diet Help!

You're going to want to buy protein powder and fiber powder to help add nutrition to your liquid diet... and there have been many threads on 'no-chew/post-dental surgery' eating before.

You can add cottage cheese to a fruit smoothie for extra protein - the blender removes all traces of 'lumpiness'.

Sweet potato or pumpkin soup comes out silky-smooth if you blend it.

Aug 27, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets
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Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

Actually, his sugar was 400 largely because he was drinking gatorade like there was no tomorrow, in the mistaken belief that he needed rehydrating and then he'd 'feel better'... that stuff is pure sugar!

Aug 27, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets
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Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

I put chicken thighs, onion, a chopped tomato and some sliced carrots in the crockpot overnight... the end result - melt-in-your-mouth chicken that John ate two plates of, no blending required. I'm doing to do a pulled pork loin the same way tonight, but I need to think of something we can have with it. There's a cauliflower in the fridge - maybe make roasted cauliflower tonight when it's cooler and reheat it in the microwave? (we live in Florida and our A/C isn't very efficient - if you run the oven during the day when the sun's out it can't maintain temperature, and then it can't cool the place down again until the sun goes down or it rains, whichever comes first!) Making vegetables no-chew seems to be harder than taking care of the meat... the crockpot breaks the fibers down beautifully but it turns veggies into MUSH.(I just got some sugar-free bbq sauce from the internet last week, so we can have 'proper' pulled pork...)

Aug 26, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

Yeah... we know how much carbohydrate he can tolerate - we try to keep it about 20g a meal, because too much lower than that makes him feel way too deprived - he LOVES his low-carb bread, yoghurt etc. He felt up to eating a low-carb tunafish pita last night, but his poor cheek is swollen this morning so it's back to the 'diabetic breakfast drink'. Just hoping the antibiotic is working! btw, sadly I have no food processor OR pressure cooker. I do have a blender and a hand-held stick blender thingy if we get desperate... for now he really only wants semi-liquids that don't need chewing at all. Thinking of putting the frozen chicken thighs into the crockpot to make him extra-rich chicken broth...

Aug 25, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

This pineapple killed my tongue!!

Eat canned pineapple rather than fresh... canning destroys the enzyme that beats up your mouth. Itchy mouth is a common reaction to fresh pineapple, and the reason why I won't eat it (but I love the canned stuff)...

Aug 25, 2014
Kajikit in General Topics

What do you think about 'mandatory' Valet Parking?

The hospital we used to frequent offered free valet parking... but if you really liked driving around in circles you didn't HAVE to use it. We found it a big convenience to be able to arrive in time for an appointment and not allow 20 minutes for circling the carpark. Valet parking at a public facility shouldn't be charged for - it should be part of the service. The same goes for restaurants - the valets are (or should be) be being paid for their services by the establishment who are offering valet parking as a courtesy to their customers. If you want to tip, fine, but you shouldn't have to pay more than a nominal charge. The movie theater we used charged five bucks for valet parking, but since the alternative is walking two miles just to get in the front door, we were happy to pay. But I don't think we ever tipped - the five dollars WAS the tip.

Aug 24, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

What do you think about 'mandatory' Valet Parking?

Sure you can park my car so we don't have to worry about it... but it had better be free! We just plain don't go to restaurants that don't have a parking lot of their own (preferably with disabled parking near the front door)... it rules a lot of places out that I'd like to try, but I shouldn't have to take a Walker with me to go to dinner. For one thing, there's never anywhere to put it inside...

Aug 24, 2014
Kajikit in Not About Food

Top Chef Duels 8/20, spoilers, Antonia vs Mike - a profane and foggy recap

We watched it yesterday... and I found it surprisingly pointless and rather boring. Not enough time talking about the food and too much boring blah blah blah... Not going to bother with any more...

Aug 24, 2014
Kajikit in Food Media & News

Help - no-chew diabetic foods?

My poor husband has an abscess... he got antibiotics this morning but he can't chew anything. Any brilliant ideas for diabetic-suitable no-chew foods to give him? Especially things that aren't sweet! I bought some special low-carb protein drinks and the usual sugar-free pudding, icecream and applesauce. Plus he always has Dannon yoghurt (their 80 calorie greek yoghurt tastes great and has less than 10 carbs in a serve.) I'm going to guess that the no-chewing is going to last all week, and he can't just eat sweet stuff...

Aug 24, 2014
Kajikit in Special Diets

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

I would never go to Hooters of my own violation - but I was dragged there by relatives (actually, they said 'you like wings, right? (of course we do) and lo and behold when we got there the 'wing place' was Hooters. Ugh... The wings are just wings, bone and all, but I couldn't wait to get out of there.

Been to the Golden Corral once (dragged there by a church group who said it was 'cheap and good and everyone could find something to eat') - it was abysmal. I'd rather starve than go back... Never ever been to Olive Garden, Applebees or Red Lobster and I don't see myself ever going unless it's with a similar 'sorry, you can go eat or stay home alone' group.

Aug 21, 2014
Kajikit in Chains