Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Recipes for the Whole Family

They say that you do not have to wait for diabetes to strike to start treatment or the medicines. You can always take preventive measures to stall its onset, especially if there are hereditary factors or sedentary lifestyles that present within your family. Therefore, when you are looking for dessert recipes, it makes a lot of sense to go for diabetic friendly desserts as these do not only cater to the family member who suffers from diabetes, but the rest of the family will enjoy and benefit from them equally.
The best thing about diabetes desserts is that these recipes not only curb the craving for sweets (a normal phenomena with most diabetes patients) but it can go a long way to prevent the onset of the disease for others in the family, cure or reduce the diabetic surges for the patient concerned. However much we may realize the importance of balanced diet and physical exercise, there may be a member in the family who eats lots of fats and sugars and is probably overweight. The diabetes desserts in such families can serve multiple people with multiple needs.
We all know that one of the ways to keep diabetes under control, is to have foods from all the four food groups and delete alcohol, fats and sugars from the daily diet. The good news is that it is not always necessary to do away with desserts and snacks, even when you are a type two diabetic! Here is the recipe of one of the simplest but the tastiest desserts for diabetics, which can be served to every member of the family freely, without feeling the usual pangs of guilt:
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
6 oz. light banana yogurt
1 large, ripe banana, mashed
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Glaze:
½ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 to 2 teaspoons fat-free milk

Preparation Instruction:

1 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 9 in. square or Bundt cake pan.

2 In a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add the yogurt, banana, butter, egg whites, and vanilla, mixing well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

3 Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn the pan upside down and let the cake completely cool on the wire rack.

4 When cake is cool, make the glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar, butter, and enough milk to make the glaze pourable but not too thin. Drizzle the glaze over the cake.

Now, does this sound delicious yet simple? It tastes delicious too and no one would ever know that you had put in that extra bit for your diabetes desserts! As is evident, with a bit of creativity, you can cook up some delicious snacks and diabetes desserts, which the whole family can enjoy. Of course, if you back your diabetic diet with some physical exercises every day, you may be able to say "goodbye" to this killer disease forever.

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