written by Dani Higgins, student intern with Dining Services
The holiday season is a wonderful time to see friends and family, many times around the dinner table. While most will be filling up on main courses consisting of beef, pork, turkey, and more; we’ve picked out some healthful snacks for lighter, less filling options.
Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
- Pumpkin – rich in Vitamin A, which can boost your immune system and help fight off bacteria.
- Applesauce – contains insoluble fiber which can promote digestion and make you feel full longer.
Get this recipe at ambitiouskitchen.com.
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
- Chickpeas – helps control your blood sugar due to having a low glycemic index and is rich in soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol levels.
- Olive Oil – a monounsaturated fat that has been shown to lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in the body, which is the unhealthy cholesterol in the body.
Get this recipe at joyfoodsunshine.com.
Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate
- Apples – contain flavonoids, which are compounds that protect your body from harmful agents and boost your immune system.
- Peanut Butter – helps the body control cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and blood pressure due to the presence of oleic acid.
Get this recipe at trialandeater.com.
Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Lettuce – a great source of hydration, as it’s over 95% water, and is rich in Vitamin K to boost bone health.
- Ginger – contains gingerol, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound to guard the body against harmful agents.
Get this recipe at aseasyasapplepie.com.
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Living with diabetes: U of A Exhibit shows a diabetic's daily struggles – KGUN
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Across the country, one in ten people were told they had diabetes in 2020 and a few years before, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services about 600,000 people have type 2 diabetes and about 1,800 youth are diagnosed with type 1, both creating daily struggles for them and their families.
Over at the University of Arizona, there is a new exhibit in the health sciences library that is helping depict the day in the life for those with diabetes called Strips and Needles: A Day in the Life”.
“My goal for the exhibit strips and needles is to serve a whole host of communities,” Dr. Michael Lee Zirulnik, the exhibit’s creator and type 1 diabetic, said. “To serve medical and allied health students, to serve families, to let families know that beauty can come out of things that are a challenge, and for people that have a hidden or visible disabilities, whether it’s diabetes or something else.”
Zirulnik cataloged over 3,000 test strips and insulin syringe needles into the panels of the exhibit, showcasing a full year of daily struggles for diabetics.
The Diabetes Prevention Program is a year long support group that helps those suffering with type 2 learn to create healthy lifestyle choices. The program’s state director Vanessa da Silva said from stress management to a healthy diet, there are ways to help with type 2.
She said when someone is both chronically or acutely stressed, their blood sugar spikes, which is even more prevalent due to the pandemic.
“They’re also reporting that for those that have had COVID and the worse the infection is the higher the risk is for diabetes, type 1 or type 2,” she said. “Our diabetes risk is higher in certain populations that are lower economic status, a hispanic/latino, or tribal, of which we have a lot here in Arizona.”
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