Today we are going to switch gears and talk about something that needs our attention; Diabetes.
November is Diabetes Awareness month, and the awareness is aimed at tackling this epidemic that takes the lives of close to 5 million people annually.
My dear friend, Carolyn, from All Day I Dream About Food, lives with the disease, and has asked a few of us food bloggers to participate on this day, which is World Diabetes Day, with a message about Diabetes, and a Sugar-Free recipe to go with it.
Most of us know or even live with someone that is a diabetic. Obviously, as with any other disease, prevention is key, but without the proper education, achieving that is nearly impossible. Also, for those that already live with the disease, the need for better access to disease-management resources is essential.
Many years ago my father came home after a visit to the doctor, and basically said that he had borderline diabetes. He was 35 years old. 35!! I will be 35 in 2 months. That’s scary.
But he was lucky to have caught it early on thanks to some valuable resources; a community that was there to help and educate, access to a team of great healthcare providers, and a bit of holistic medical intervention. When those three components came together, my Dad was nearly healed. But, it was not an easy road. And it still isn’t.
22 years later he is still on the same diet plan that he was put on at the beginning of his journey, he exercises like a mad man, and controls his stress-levels by playing a lot of soccer. He also swears by his morning dose of Wormwood Tea. My friend, Maggie, who also lives with this disease, can attest to that. When we were in High School he would force her to drink it. Maggie has been a diabetic since she was 6 years old! Brave girl. ♥
For more information on Diabetes please refer to Carolyn’s post by clicking on the badge below; she has a wealth of information to share with us and she is giving away a blue KitchenAid Stand Mixer!!
I’m also hosting a giveaway!
Swerve was kind enough to offer this very pretty package with some baking essentials to one lucky winner!! And guess what? You can use Swerve to make these delicious bites that I’m about to share with you.
Swerve Sweetener is an all-natural sweetener that measures cup-for-cup just like sugar. Swerve is made with ingredients derived from fruits and vegetables, and there are no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavors. It contains zero calories, and it is safe for those living with diabetes.
Open to residents of the continental United States, only. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 11:59pm (CST). Winner will be drawn via Random.org and announced on Thursday, November 22nd, 2012.
To enter this giveaway please leave a comment about how Diabetes has affected your life or the life of a loved one.
For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each):
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- Follow Diethood on Twitter and tweet this post
- Like Swerve on Facebook
- Follow Swerve on Twitter
And now onto the recipe…
- 4 tablespoons butter , softened
- 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter (I use Smucker's)
- 1 cup Swerve Powdered Sugar
- 1 1/2 cups Gluten-Free crisp rice cereal
- 1 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup unsweetened all natural cocoa powder
In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy; about 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in cereal, cranberries, and pecans, and mix until well incorporated.
Shape mixture into 1-inch bite-size balls.
Roll balls in coconut OR in cocoa powder.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Let stand on counter for a few minutes before serving.