November is Diabetes Awareness Month and today we’re highlighting a special What I Ate Wednesday from Gretchen of Type One Type Happy. Gretchen lives with and blogs about Type 1 Diabetes.
Hi, I’m Gretchen! I am an active girl and enthusiastic foodie living in Southern California who loves running with my dog and eating salads with my bunny! I was diagnosed with the incurable, autoimmune disease,Type 1 Diabetes when I was 24 years old traveling across Europe. Type 1 Diabetes is not a lifestyle disease. It occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks the pancreas, forcing it to completely stop working and creating insulin (You can learn more about Type 1 Diabetes here.) Throughout my years with Type 1 Diabetes, I have been exploring a positive way of living and sharing my journey of continuing to live beyond this disease. With my condition, I think a lot about what I put into my body. I can continue to eat whatever my heart desires, but I just have to do some math and give myself insulin to cover the meal’s carbohydrates. I do love to eat low carb because it makes me feel good and helps prevent overwhelming blood sugar spikes. Follow along with my day to see what I eat!
I’m starting my morning off with a bowl of plain Greek yogurt with delicious toppings. I always like to make my yogurt tasty by adding different superfoods each time to give it a new taste. Today I added hemp hearts, ENLIGHTENED Sweet Cinnamon Broad Bean Crisps, goji berries, chia seeds, and ENLIGHTENED Cocoa Dusted Broad Bean Crisps. I keep a tally of the carbs I’m ingesting to make sure I stay on track for the day.
Even my dog, Hobie, is licking his lips for this breakfast bowl!
For lunch, I go to one of my favorite local restaurants called Café Gratitude. All of their dishes are made with fresh, seasonal, and real ingredients. Today I had my favorite grilled peach salad made with arugula, purslane, spinach, shaved fennel, chipotle coconut bacon, cashew mozzarella, and goji chipotle vinaigrette. I also had an iced matcha latte with almond milk lightly sweetened with honey.
Snack time consists of chowing down on some snack packs of my favorite Broad Bean Crisps flavors: Sea Salt, Mesquite BBQ, and Garlic & Onion. These fit perfectly into my lifestyle because each serving has only 10 grams of carbs. Yum yum!
For dinner, I made one of my favorite low carb meals. Zucchini noodles (zoodles) with lemony spinach raw pesto. This entire meal is only 9 grams of carbs! Here is the recipe:
For the pesto:
2 cups tightly packed spinach
½ cup fresh basil leaves
½ cup raw pine nuts/walnuts/macadamia nuts
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Pinch of salt
Pinch of ground black pepper
For the veggie noodles:
2 zucchinis (depending on how much you want)
3 carrots (depending on how much you want)
Optional: Few extra nuts/fresh tomatoes/basil or spinach leaves (for the toppings)
Use a spiralizer tool and make noodles with the vegetables. (If you don’t have one just use a peeler and slice strips, it works just as well!)
Blend all of the pesto ingredients together in a food processor until creamy and mixed, scraping down the sides when necessary. Spoon over noodles and add any desired toppings.
Mix together and enjoy!
Spoon leftover pesto into a jar and add a little extra olive oil to the top layer to keep it fresh. Refrigerate for 5-7 days.
Of course, I can never skip dessert! It’s the best part of the day! ENLIGHTENED Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is my go-to. With only 10 net carbs and 80 calories per serving, it’s the perfect way to end the day. Not only is it creamy and super flavorful, but I can also eat a whole bowl and not have to worry about a big, belated blood sugar spike. It’s a win-win!
Thanks for joining me for my What I Ate Wednesday! Now excuse me while I finish this pint of ENLIGHTENED Mint Chip ice cream. ?
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