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As a hypoglycemic, I spend a lot of time preparing foods in the kitchen. This series will go through some useful tools that I use in ways you may or may not of thought of.

KitchenAid 5 speed blender in red

I have this KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender and it works really well.

Useful tool: Blender

Most people use the blender for smoothies and things like that, but I also use mine to mix loose liquids. I have a hand mixer, but the blender is always on the counter, so it’s right there. And, it’s so easy! Throw the liquid ingredients in, turn  it on, and your mixing is done! I also use it if I need to chop nuts quickly.

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As a hypoglycemic, I spend a lot of time preparing foods in the kitchen. This series will go through some useful tools that I use in ways you may or may not of thought of.

ice cream scoop

From Flickr: Sarah G…

Useful tool: Ice cream scoop
Obviously (and sadly), I’m not using the ice cream scoop for ice cream. Instead, I’ve found this to be a really helpful tool when I’m portioning thick batters. It also is convenient way to try to keep all of my muffins, cookies, etc. about the same size.

For example, these High-Fiber Blueberry Bran Muffins are great, but the dough is incredibly thick and sticky. You can’t just pour it into the muffin pan. It’s got to be done some other manual way. So, I use non-stick spray to spray the ice cream scoop and then use that to scoop the batter into the muffin pan. It is much easier and a lot less messy.

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Here’s a light, but very filling recipe for a sandwich for lunch. I eat it with some cut vegetables and it keeps me pretty full until my 3 p.m. snack. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 of a Ciabatta Roll
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 2 strips cooked bacon
  • A couple of strips of red pepper

Variation: Boomtown Coffee in Houston makes a variation of this sandwich that includes tomato and avocado, but doesn’t include the bacon. Hypoglycemics need the additional protein, which is why I included the bacon. 

 

According to Spark Recipe’s Recipe Calculator, the nutritional information for the way I make the sandwich is below. It shows the carbohydrate (between 40 and 60 g) and protein (between 7 and 15 g) combination that hypoglycemics need to stay even in blood sugar.

 

Nutrition Facts 

User Entered Recipe 

  1 Serving

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 325.9
  Total Fat 8.9 g
  Saturated Fat 2.2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.1 g
  Cholesterol 10.0 mg
  Sodium 890.9 mg
  Potassium 129.8 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 51.3 g
  Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
  Sugars 1.3 g
  Protein 12.8 g
  Vitamin A 42.6 %
  Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  Vitamin B-6 7.4 %
  Vitamin C 118.0 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 1.3 %
  Calcium 1.4 %
  Copper 8.6 %
  Folate 7.9 %
  Iron 4.7 %
  Magnesium 5.9 %
  Manganese 13.0 %
  Niacin 1.8 %
  Pantothenic Acid     0.7 %
  Phosphorus     5.6 %
  Riboflavin 1.7 %
  Selenium 1.2 %
  Thiamin 5.0 %
  Zinc 3.7 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Maintaining fitness is important as a hypoglycemic to maintain blood sugar levels. But it’s really hard to do on vacation!

While it can be difficult, it’s not impossible. Last week, I went to visit my family. Here’s a quick rundown of what I did fitness-wise while on vacation:

Day 1: TSA took zero time, so I had almost two hours to kill at the airport. I laced up my tennis shoes and walked for 45 minutes. I did laps, so some of the same people, including TSA agents saw me go by. To my surprise, a few shouted out words of encouragement like, “Keep going!” when I passed them.

Day 2: 50 minutes of body weight exercises (i.e. push-ups) in the living room. My brother drank coffee and commented on the level of difficulty of each move. At one point, he threatened to go get some chips to eat in front of me…jerk. 🙂

Day 3: 1 hour walking outside. It was beautiful to see the flowers, the grasses, etc. But, lest you think it was a nice leisurely walk, I should mention that where I was is known for dramatic hills. Just walking, there were a few hills I wasn’t sure I could make it up.

Day 4: See Day 2

Day 5: Screaming niece kept me up all night and I don’t sleep well on airplanes, so I opted for more sleep vs. exercise, an OK choice every once in a while.

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