Taste Test: Quinoa

Whole grains like quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa) are a really good for you. But are they good and yummy? I decided to test it out.

Total Rating for Quinoa = 3-1/2 plates*

  • Yumminess = 1
  • Goodness = 1
  • Easy to find & prepare = 1/2
  • Yummy to family = 1
*Read about my 5-plate Taste Test scale here.

Getting to Know Great Grains: Quinoa

This taste test is inspired by the article Get to Know 6 Great Grains in Diabetes Forecast.

Whole grains like quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa) are a really good for you. But are they good and yummy? I decided to test it out.

Source: ZiaC
1 cup quinoa with chicken

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Side-by-Side: Rice

Conventional wisdom says that brown rice is better than white rice. Is it true?

Eat rice! And if you have diabetes make that brown rice.”

Frank De Lima, Commencement Address to Hawaii’s 2010 Graduates

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I admit I’m not a big fan of white rice.

I grew up eating Spanish rice. Long grain rice toasted with onion and garlic, then boiled in broth with whole canned tomatoes—NOT tomato sauce…yum! A bowl of plain, steamed white rice seems bland and uninteresting by comparison.

Here in Hawaii steamed white rice is the starch of choice. It’s everywhere. Automatically you get at least two scoops with every breakfast, lunch and dinner you order in a restaurant or as carryout. And they aren’t petite little ladylike scoops, but big Samoan-sized scoops. Continue reading “Side-by-Side: Rice”

Good Ideas: Apply the Goldilocks Principle

Not too much. Not too little. But just right.
Just like the fairy tale I try to find that balance point.

 

Goldilocks Bento 1
From the book Yum-Yum Bento Box

Not too much. Not too little. But just right.

Just like in the fairy tale I try to find that balance point.

Eat too much and I feel bloated and my blood sugar goes up too much. Eat too little and I feel sluggish and my metabolism slows down. Eat just right amount and I am energized and my body is nourished.

Exercise too much and I feel sore and discouraged. Exercise too little and I don’t feel any improvement in my body. Exercise just right amount and I am energized and my body is strengthened.

You get the idea. Continue reading “Good Ideas: Apply the Goldilocks Principle”

What’s to eat?

What’s to eat? When you have diabetes that’s a loaded question.

 

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When you have diabetes that’s a loaded question.

What I eat, when I eat and how much I eat all affects my blood sugar. And controlling my blood sugar is my number one priority when it comes to managing diabetes.

How do I figure out what’s “best” to eat?

Do I pay attention to food groups? Count grams of carbohydrates? Count calories? Track glycemic indexes? Track vitamins and minerals? Eat goodcarbs? Don’t eat badcarbs? It’s all so overwhelming and enough to make me want to run from the room screaming. Continue reading “What’s to eat?”