|Eating healthy or for a specific dietary need does not have to be boring!|
On World Diabetes Day,
'Decide Diabetes Initiative' together with myself and Dr. Wafa Helmi, the founder of 'Sweet Kidz' got together with media representatives to kick off the 'Raising Diabetes Healthy Eating Awareness' project. The event took place at the beautiful Miele Gallery's state of the art kitchen, where we discussed diabetic health, and healthy eating for diabetic patients. We also cooked a diabetic-friendly three-course meal to showcase how with a few adjustments to cooking methods, and the proper counting of food intake enables diabetic patients to enjoy all types of food and lead a healthier life style. We focused on the fact that diabetic-friendly foods do not have to be tasteless, or even boring! Furthermore that the preparation of this food does not have to be complicated or requiring any extra work! Click here for photos of this event.
This project is based on Dr. Wafa's extensive research on various food types and their effects on diabetic patients. Based on her research Dr. Wafa had developed diabetic-friendly recipes to enable parents, caregivers and patients take control of diabetes and enjoy an undeprived and delicious lifestyle.
As I have come to learn from Dr. Wafa through this event:
- Diabetic patients can eat everything, provided they follow their proper food intake count, as recommended by their doctor.
- Diabetic-friendly cooking is everyday cooking with a few adjustments: like lower fat content, lower carb content, and using sugar substitutes. Please note that we say "lower", not fat-free, not carb-free! Even diabetic patients need to include all food types including carbohydrates. This is exactly what any of us would do when trying to eat healthier.
- Through all of this I concluded that diabetes or not, when any of us wants to eat healthy, we must eat all food types in moderation. We must focus more on fruits and vegetables for their valuable nutrients from vitamins and minerals to even their antioxidant properties, fiber content as well as lending our food their colourful and visually appealing properties. And most importantly, we must never completely omit any food type as our body tends to suffer when we do so.
We will hopefully be bringing you an array of demonstrations for you to attend in order to help you cook for diabetes. I will also be periodically bringing you tips here on the blog for diabetic-friendly eating, in hopes that it will help you in your everyday cooking, as well as add some varieties to make diabetic-friendly cooking more interesting and a tad more delicious :)
Dr. Wafa Helmi's Low-Carb Baked Ricotta Cheesecake
Nutritional Analysis per serving
Calories 299 Fat 28g Saturated Fat 18g Carbohydrates 7g Fiber 0g Net Carbohydrates 7g
Please note that I did not develop this recipe. This recipe is developed by Dr. Wafa Helmi specifically for diabetic patients based on her extensive research on different food types and their effects on diabetic patients. It is published on Dima Sharif blog with her permission.
250g extra-fine whole milk ricotta cheese (to refine, process in a food processor for 1 minute)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups sugar substitute (look for the types that work for baking, not all sugar substitutes are good for baking)
1/3 cup double cream
1 tablespoon no-sugar-added vanilla extract
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 egg yolks
1 large packet light digestive biscuits
In a separate bowl, using a wire whisk, mix heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice, eggs, and egg yolks until blended.
Turn the mixer on medium speed, gradually and slowly pour the egg mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Beat just until blended and then turn off; be careful not to over-whip.
Pour batter over the biscuit base in the prepared springform pan. Place pan into the heated water bath. Bake for 15 minutes, and then lower the oven temperature to 275 degrees F.