November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Take time this month to visit your doctor, get new lab results, discuss your medications, and speak to the dietitian to set some healthy goals for the new season. Here are three recommended Foods of Fall:

Butternut Squash– this colorful, creamy textured vegetable is high in fiber, potassium and Vitamin A. Just 1 cup of cooked butternut squash offers 22 g of carbohydrates.
Try this: Peel and cut butternut squash into 1-inch cubes. Mix with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until soft.

Brussel Sprouts– this crunchy, high fiber vegetable is a great source of Vitamin C and very low in carbohydrates. 1 cup offers just 8 grams of carbohydrates! (Did I hear someone say “seconds, please!”?)
Try this: cut Brussel sprouts in half. Mix with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, cook in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until the tops are crunchy and a little brown. Add to a bowl and mix with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Acorn Squash– so pretty to look at, and just as nice to eat. 1 cup of mashed acorn squash offers a great source of fiber, Vitamin C and potassium, as well as 22 grams of carbohydrates. Feel free to offer this as a side instead of rice or white potatoes. Your heart will thank you!
Try this: slice acorn squash into 1 inch rings- lay flat on a baking sheet or pan. Mix with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until soft.

If you are interested in learning more about one-on-one counseling and education for diabetes management, please call to make an appointment with our Certified Diabetes Educator, Michelle Hill at (602) 279-5262 (Central Ave.) or (602) 279-5351 (Dunlap Ave.).