TIP OF THE WEEK

If left untreated, Type 2 diabetes can cause long-term health complications, but a person’s diet can play a large part in keeping blood sugar (glucose) at normal levels. Along with eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables, some proteins have been shown to help manage or prevent diabetes better than other types of meat. Here are some good protein choices for your diet according the American Diabetes Association:

- Plant-based: Black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, hummus, falafel, lentils, peas, edamame, soy nuts, nut spreads, tempeh and tofu.

- Fish and seafood (at least two times per week): Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (Albacore tuna, herring, mackerel, rainbow trout, sardines, salmon), catfish, flounder, haddock, halibut, orange roughy, tilapia, clams, crab, imitation shellfish, lobster, scallops, shrimp and oysters.

- Poultry: Chicken, turkey, cornish hen and eggs.

- Cheese: Reduced-fat cheese or regular cheese in small amounts and cottage cheese

- Game: Buffalo, ostrich, rabbit, venison, dove, duck, goose and pheasant.

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EASY RECIPE

Caprese Pasta Salad

Serves: 4

Ingredients

8 ounces mini bow tie (farfalle) pasta, cooked according to package directions and drained

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced

2 medium tomatoes, seeds removed and diced

3/4 to 1 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing

1/3 cup packed fresh basil leaves, stacked together, rolled tightly and thinly sliced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions

Cool the cooked and drained pasta.

In a large serving bowl, combine pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and dressing. Lightly toss in the basil leaves, salt and pepper.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. You can add a little additional dressing just before serving if needed. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.

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DRINK

Kids drinking less water

According to a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics, as many as one in five adolescents and teenagers drink no water at all on any given day. The study of 8,400 children, age 2 to 19, also found that children who are drinking sugar-sweetened beverages are consuming about a hundred calories more per day.

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FUN FACT

Peanut Butter & Jelly

According to TheFactSite.com, the phrase “Peanut Butter & Jelly” first made its written appearance in 1901 and was called peanut paste. The original recipe was found in the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics.

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