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Nutrition for Diabetics: Glucerna SR
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
High blood sugar is such a problem especially if one is used to eating sugar-rich food such as cakes. Most diabetics will just skip desert in order to avoid these sugar-laden goodies. But there is no room for deprivation even with high blood sugar as long as you watch what and how much you eat. The most important thing to do of course is exercise.

There is this new product in the market named Glucerna SR from Abbott (this is not a paid post). It's not actually that new as it is already in the market since last year. It's just that not many are using it either because they still haven't heard of it or because of the price. It is a low calorie drink in powder form which provides complete and balanced nutrition. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids which help lower blood cholesterol. It also promotes a healthier heart. Though I am not a diabetic, I've tried it and I can say that it gives you the sustained energy that would last you for the rest of the day. You won't be looking for more food in between meals as diabetics often do. Therefore, it allows you to comply with your diet.

The good thing about it is that in can be used also for cooking once you get tired of using it plainly as a beverage. It can be used in making soups (like cream of tomato, cream of mushroom, cream of corn, broccoli soup, or carrot soup), in baking (as a substitute for chocolate in making brownies), in desserts, and in milk shakes if you want to add a twist to your beverage.

Here is a sample recipe using Glucerna SR (taken from the fliers given by Abbott).
Broccoli Soup
Ingredients:
  • 6 scoops Glucerna SR powder
  • 1 small head broccoli
  • 200 ml water
  • salt
  • pepper
Preparation:
  • Wash broccoli. Cut into small pieces
  • Steam broccoli until soft
  • Put steamed broccoli, Glucerna SR and water into blender
  • Blend ingredients together until well-incorporated and smooth
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Heat to serving temperature. DO NOT BOIL
  • Serve in a soup bowl
Taste may differ from what you are used to but at least you are eating healthy. A healthy lifestyle is a must in diabetics. That includes a healthy diet, weight management, and exercise.


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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 10:53 AM   5 comments
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