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Sweet Treats and Diabetes Can Coexist - With the Right Recipes

Posted by Craig Premo on Jun 25, 2015 1:12:00 PM

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In recognition of Wound Care Awareness Week June 2 to 6, the Methodist Mansfield Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center hosted a Great American Diabetic Bake-Off earlier this month.

“There are more than 24 million diabetic patients in the U.S., and many are struggling with dietary restrictions, obesity, and wounds — every day. We want these people to know that they can indulge in a sweet treat now and then if they make some smart substitutions,” said Kevin Orsak, program director of the Wound Care Center. Participants created their best-tasting baked goods using these diabetic-friendly ingredients:

Fruits & Veggies

Dairy

Herbs & Spices

Strawberries
Blueberries
Peaches
Apples
Shredded carrots
Pumpkin
Low-fat milk 
Low-fat cream cheese 
Fat-free plain 
Greek yogurt
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Ground cinnamon
Rosemary
Nutmeg
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Sweeteners

Sweets

Grains

Applesauce
Splenda®
Dried fruit
Dark chocolate
Whole wheat flour
Oats

Serving as bake-off judges from Methodist Mansfield Medical Center (a tough job, but someone had to make the sacrifice!) were:

  • John Phillips (aka John “Gordon Ramsey” Phillips), president
  • Dent Smith (aka You Shoul “Dent Mess With Me” Smith), vice president of operations
  • Kate Tompkins (aka Kate “Goodbye Betty Crocker” Tompkins), registered dietitian
  • Valerie Harris (Valerie “Watch Out Sara Lee” Harris), registered dietitian.
The competition in this first-ever bake-off was fierce. After much deliberation — and tasting — the winners were chosen based on presentation, taste, and creativity.

Join us in congratulating the top three bakers!

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1st place – Gail Serralta and Katie Mosteller for Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Topping

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2nd place – Jennifer Hungerford, Melissa Seale, and Brittney Hooks for Carrot Whoopie Pie

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3rd place — Linda Caldwell for Morning Glory Muffins

“While this was tons of fun, the message behind the bake-off is a serious one,” Orsak said. “Diabetes complications can include nerve damage and poor blood circulation. This makes feet vulnerable to ulcers and sores that can worsen quickly and are difficult to treat. The good news is that controlling diabetes — including eating the right foods — can help prevent foot problems and even lower limb amputations.”

Orsak has seen the rate of lower limb amputations drastically drop. In fact, in the past 20 years it’s dropped by 50 percent. “Programs like this help to educate patients of the importance of a proper diet, but in a fun way.”

We couldn’t write about this competition without sharing the recipes.

Enjoy the Winning Recipes!

Topics: Nutrition

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