NATIONAL BLUEBERRIES MONTH

TL JULY IS NATIONAL BLUEBERRIES MONTHSometimes breakfast can be as simple as a bowl of steel-cut oats with a few blueberries on top.  Once in a while I just eat the blueberries by themselves.  I don’t always have to do much prep work to enjoy blueberries.BLUEBERRIES

I’d go to a lot of trouble to make a great coffee cake!  Fortunately, this recipe is not that difficult to follow, so I can have a piece of moist, melt in your mouth coffee cake in the afternoon with coffee.  At only 4g of carbohydrates per piece, there is absolutely no guilt associated with eating it.  That’s a wonderful feeling!

BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE COFFEE CAKE

Makes 16 servings, 3g carbohydrates each

INGREDIENTS:

Topping:

1 C. almond flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 C. Splenda

1/8 tsp. salt

4 Tbs. butter, chilled & cut into small pieces

Cream Cheese Layer:

6 oz. cream cheese

1 egg

1/4 C. Splenda

Cake Layer:

2 C. almond flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 C. Splenda

1/2 C. sour cream

2 Tbs. oil

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 C. blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 9×9-inch pan with PAM.

Topping:
Mix 1 cup of the almond meal, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ cup sweetener, a pinch of salt and the 4 Tablespoons butter until crumbly. Set aside.
Cream Cheese Layer:
Mix cream cheese, 1 egg, and ¼ cup sweetener. Set aside.
Cake layer:
Mix 2 cups of almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¾ cup sweetener (if using a powder). Set dry ingredients aside. Blend the sour cream (or yogurt), oil, extracts, liquid sweetener (if using), and 2 eggs and mix well. Add the mixed dry ingredients and blend well.
Assembly:
Spread the cake layer in the pan, and spread the cream cheese on top (if it’s the larger amount of cream cheese, you won’t be able to spread it evenly, but that’s OK). Then sprinkle the blueberries on the cream cheese and the streusel on the top of that.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick not inserted into center comes out clean. Cool and slice.
It’s just as good as it sounds!  Enjoy!  🙂
UPDATE: I just this moment walked in the door from a doctor’s appointment.  My A1c has gone from 8.9 back in April to 6.2!!!  I told her that I’ve not been needing my Levemir and she told me I could discontinue it – PRAISE THE LORD!  But wait…  there’s more…  she also told me that I could take just ONE Metformin in the morning and ONE at night – I was taking TWO in the morning and TWO at night.
First, THANK YOU GOD for guiding me to the right pathway.  And thank you to my friends in the DOC and others on facebook for all the helpful hints, ideas, suggestions and kicks in the rear when I needed them!  And thank you to my doctor for being so patient with me…  for keeping that little voice in my head that said, add regular exercise and cut carbs.
Why do I post this here?  Because there are some who don’t believe that a little activity can make such a big difference in A1c numbers.  It can!  I take a 30 minute walk on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – and go to PLANET FITNESS to tone up and do more cardio on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  It takes about an hour – and they have these amazing massage chairs – sitting in one of those is my reward for doing my workout.  That’s what I need – a NON-FOOD reward!
Life abundant is what God wants for all of us…  I challenge you to take the first step toward a healthy and ABUNDANT life.  ❤

 

 

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NATIONAL PICNIC DAY

TL 4-23 PICNIC DAY

https://youtu.be/wNtjoUlRrNw

Today is NATIONAL PICNIC DAY!!!

We could fix this for our basket.

There are so many great places here in Wichita to enjoy a picnic lunch!  Even though it is Tuesday, you can plan to enjoy the day in a very special way – with that special someone!  It seems as though life gets so busy, it’s nice to take a day to just do something a little different.

If and when I get the opportunity to picnic with my favorite person, I like to do more than just the run-of-the-mill sandwiches or cold fried chicken.  I like to make Turkey rolls and a special salad that tastes so much better than any potato salad I’ve ever eaten.  This salad is also much lower in carbohydrates, so it is a diabetic-friendly choice.

Not-Quite-Middle-Eastern Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 head cauliflower

2/3 cup sliced stuffed olives

7 scallions, sliced

2 cups triple washed fresh spinach, chopped fine

1 stalk celery, diced

1 small ripe tomato, diced small

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Run the cauliflower through the shredding blade of your food processor and put it in a microwaveable casserole. Add a couple of tablespoons of water, cover and nuke it on “high” for 5 minutes. Uncover it as soon as the microwave stops, and let it cool.

While that’s cooking, cut up your other vegetables, and assemble them in a large salad bowl.

Drain the cooled cauliflower well, and dump it in with all the other vegetables. Add the oil, garlic, and mayonnaise, and toss. Salt and pepper to taste, toss again, and serve.

6 servings of roughly a cup each. 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving, with 2 grams of fiber, for a usable carb count of 3 grams. 1 gram protein.

I plan to buy a nice Longaberger picnic basket someday.  Yes, I know how expensive they are, but I would like to have the best if I plan to picnic often.

Right now I have a picnic basket that serves the purpose.  I try to get the nicest, most sturdy paper plates I can find, as well as good quality cups and cutlery.  The most un-romantic thing to have happen is for your fork to break while you’re trying to eat.  That could be a real mood buster.

I pack linen napkins instead of paper.  Sometimes I opt for “real” cutlery as well, or at least get the kind that looks real.

Individual glass bottles of lemon water are included in my picnic basket.  I squeeze the lemons ahead of time and put the juice in ice trays.  When they get frozen, I pop them out and put them in the bottle with the water!  The frozen lemon juice cubes serve a dual purpose – they keep the water cold and provide alkaline friendly lemon juice as they melt.

Others may choose the traditional sandwich, chips and soda – but I like to dress a picnic up a bit to make it special.  When you add a bit of personality to your picnic, it shows the one you love that you put a bit of yourself into it and they appreciate your effort.

Now all you have to do is find the perfect spot to eat your lunch.  Here in Kansas there are so many wonderful places to enjoy a picnic!  When it is Springtime in Kansas, we just hope it won’t be raining or worse – severe weather!  We do have the odd tornado around here.

In some states, they really do it up right!
http://youtu.be/vMRPUcgAnPY

I hope you get to pack a picnic for the one you love today!