Helpings from the Happy Diabetic – Skewered Scampi of Love

Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” serves up fun recipes and helpful tips – with an extra helping of happiness – to keep you fueled! Skewered Scampi of Love Ingredients 16 large cleaned shrimp 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil Fresh black pepper For the sauce: 2 Tbs. fresh garlic 1 Tbs. […]

Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” serves up fun recipes and helpful tips – with an extra helping of happiness – to keep you fueled!

Skewered Scampi of Love

Ingredients

16 large cleaned shrimp
3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
Fresh black pepper

For the sauce:
2 Tbs. fresh garlic
1 Tbs. parsley
1 Tbs. capers
1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Season the shrimp with fresh ground pepper and olive oil. Skewer the shrimp and sautè for 3-5 minutes on each side. When the shrimp turn pink, they are done. Remove shrimp from the heat. Add the oil and garlic to the sautè pan and sautè for 1 minute. Add the parsley and capers. Sautè for another minute. Pour the sauce over the shrimp skewers and serve.

Servings: 4

Get more helpful tips from Chef Robert in the newest episode of Taking Control of Your Diabetes online now.

Learn more about Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic here.

It’s A Great Time To Be Sam Popkin

by Shannon Bradley UC San Diego political scientist Sam Popkin has a wonderful new book out called “The Candidate: What It Takes To Win — and Hold – The White House” and for political junkies like me, it’s pure heaven. So many great stories about the inner workings of campaigns that, when viewed together, show […]

by Shannon Bradley

UC San Diego political scientist Sam Popkin has a wonderful new book out called “The Candidate: What It Takes To Win — and Hold – The White House” and for political junkies like me, it’s pure heaven. So many great stories about the inner workings of campaigns that, when viewed together, show patterns among successful and failed candidates.

The book’s getting all sorts of attention, my favorite review is here in the Washington Post, and he continues his online chats with James Fallows at theatlantic.com, in what Fallows teasingly calls, “Ask Dr. Popkin.”

I had the pleasure of talking with Sam about his book and the presidential election in the downtime between the conventions and the debates. Our conversation lasted more than an hour but we’ll present his commentary in short, web-friendly chunks on our YouTube channel, UCTV Prime.

We’re starting today with The Candidate: Debate Prep, given that Obama and Romney are well into that right now, with Sam’s insight into how it feels to stand face to face with the president, and repeat what’s being said about him on the campaign trail. As Jim Lehrer would say, “Tension City!

Next up, Popkin evaluates how Romney is doing as The Challenger and Obama as The Incumbent. We’ll get to Sam’s thoughts on The Successor when we have time. It may not be relevant in this election, but if Obama prevails in November, it could become so in 2016.

Get Your Move On Tip – Simple Steps

The latest episode of TCOYD, Dealing with a Diabetes Diagnosis – Don’t Freak Out, gave you step by step instructions to handle your diabetes diagnosis. One way to make some strides in your health is to get active. Here’s TCOYD’s resident fitness expert Michelle Day with a tip to keep your diabetes in check and […]

The latest episode of TCOYD, Dealing with a Diabetes Diagnosis – Don’t Freak Out, gave you step by step instructions to handle your diabetes diagnosis. One way to make some strides in your health is to get active. Here’s TCOYD’s resident fitness expert Michelle Day with a tip to keep your diabetes in check and your body fit.

Walking is my favorite form of exercise. It is easy to do AND you can do it anywhere at anytime. It doesn’t cost you anything to walk and yet the rewards of walking are priceless. By walking 30 minutes a day, you can alleviate the majority of health problems – diabetes complications, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, depression, anxiety, dementia, cancer and muscle aches. Put one foot in front of the other and turn walking into your healthy habit.

Get more tips from Michelle on the latest episode of Taking Control of Your Diabetes online now.

Helpings from the Happy Diabetic – Caramelized Salmon with Mango Fruit Salsa

Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” serves up fun recipes and helpful tips – with an extra helping of happiness – to keep you fueled! Caramelized Salmon with Mango Fruit Salsa Ingredients 1⁄4 cup fresh mango, small dice (or use canned) 1⁄4 cup fresh pineapple, small dice (or use canned) 2 fresh […]

Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” serves up fun recipes and helpful tips – with an extra helping of happiness – to keep you fueled!

Caramelized Salmon with Mango Fruit Salsa

Ingredients
1⁄4 cup fresh mango, small dice (or use canned)
1⁄4 cup fresh pineapple, small dice (or use canned)
2 fresh strawberries
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon leaf fresh cilantro
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup water
1⁄4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoon Splenda
1⁄2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
4 – 6 oz fresh salmon fillets with the skin on
1 tablespoon canola oil

Directions
1. Peel the mango and pineapple and dice. Place them into a bowl. Add the diced strawberries, lime juice and cilantro. Set aside.

2. Add balsamic vinegar, water, and brown sugar to a small sauce pan and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, or until it reaches the thickness of maple syrup. Stir often. The glaze will coat the back of a spoon. Let cool. This can be made a day ahead of time.

3. Mix the Splenda and fresh cracked pepper together on a dish. Dip the salmon into the mixture and rub into the sugar mixture (only one side is needed).

Place the salmon, skin-side up, into a pan pre-heated coated pan with Canola oil and cook over medium heat for 4-6 minutes. The salmon will be golden and the Splenda will caramelize. Turn the salmon over and finish cooking for about 8 minutes. The salmon will be firm to the touch. Don’t keep turning the fish!
Turn the fire off and let the salmon rest for 2-3 minutes.

Place the salmon on your plate top with 1 tablespoon of salsa and a drizzle of the balsamic glaze.

HD Geeky Facts: Using just a bit of olive oil and making sure to preheat the pan are the two tips for a perfectly sauteed piece of fish. Also, remember to let the fish cook. Don’t keep flipping and moving it in the pan for at least 3-4 minutes, depending on how thick the fish is. This will give the fish a nice crust.

Get more helpful tips from Chef Robert in the newest episode of Taking Control of Your Diabetes online now.

Learn more about Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic here.

Fit to Eat Tip – Grocery Store Guidelines

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet! A trip to the grocery store can be overwhelming – so many options and so little nutritional information. Here are five things you can easily avoid to cut down on calories and […]

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet!

A trip to the grocery store can be overwhelming – so many options and so little nutritional information. Here are five things you can easily avoid to cut down on calories and confusion.

1. Ramen noodle soups – they are high in sodium and fat
2. Regular soda
3. Pastries, cookies, cakes, doughnuts- all are high in sugar, trans/saturated fat and easily overeaten
4. Frozen pot pies and large portion frozen meals, corn dogs- most contain sugar, salt and harmful fats
5. Sausage type deli meats (bologna, salami, pepperoni) – they are packed with sodium and saturated fat

Eat and live healthy, and make sure to watch the latest episode of TCOYD on UCSD-TV, Dealing with a Diabetes Diagnosis – Don’t Freak Out.” Or watch it online now!

Janice Baker MBA, RD, CDE, CNSC is a registered dietitian, certifieddiabetes educator, and certified nutrition support clinician. Visit her online at Baker Nutrition.