Delicious Valentine’s Day
Picture this: it’s Valentine’s Day, and all that chocolate is looking mighty fine. You’d like to enjoy a good dinner without worries—so what do you do? Never fear, here we come to the rescue. Here are three ideas to celebrate the occasion while keeping your diabetes under control.
1. This year, forget about overcrowded restaurants and prepare a five-star meal in the comfort of your home by drawing inspiration from Ricardo’s excellent recipes for people with diabetes. You’ll have peace of mind knowing what’s on your plate—and nothing beats a dinner cooked with love.
2. Create the perfect dessert with the chocolate berry parfait recipe written below! Here’s a reminder for when you’re shopping for Valentine’s Day: dark chocolate is better than white and milk chocolate as it contains antioxidants and less sugar.
|Calories: 115||Carbohydrate: 23 g|
|Protein: 4 g||Fat: 0 g|
|Saturated fat: 0.1 g||Dietary fibre: 1 g|
|Cholesterol: 0 mg||Sodium: 260 mg|
|1 box (4-serving size)||sugar- and fat-free chocolate pudding mix|
|2 cups||nonfat milk|
|½ cup + 12 tablespoons||fat-free whipped topping|
|¾ cup||strawberries, sliced|
|1. In a bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk according to package directions.|
|2. Fold in ½ cup whipped topping.|
|3. In a parfait dish or martini glass, layer ¼ cup pudding, 2 tablespoons strawberries, 2 tablespoons blueberries and ¼ cup pudding. Top with 2 tablespoons whipped topping.|
|4. Repeat for remaining five servings.|
3. Take advantage of this special day to indulge. Book a relaxing afternoon at the spa, go to the movies, take a romantic walk somewhere you like… the important thing is to have a good time!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
American Diabetes Association, “Are Chocolate and Coffee Good for you?”: http://www.diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2009/are-chocolate-and-coffee-good-2009.html. Accessed January 8, 2015.
American Diabetes Association, “Chocolate Berry Parfait”: www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/2012-02-valentines-day-dessert-quick.html. Accessed January 7, 2015.
American Heart Association, “Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Tips”: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Heart-Healthy-Valentines-Day-Tips_UCM_322023_Article.jsp. Accessed January 7, 2015.