Foodie Friday: Diabetes Eating Basics, Plus What To Eat Tonight - Southwestern Chicken

When you have diabetes, you know its important to pay attention to how much sugar you eat. Youre probably very careful about candy, cakes and ice cream.
Did you know that your body changes many carbohydrates into sugar, too? That means grains, fruit, vegetables, pasta and even milk affect your blood sugar levels. To keep the balance between sugar and insulin, you can count the carbohydrates you eat.
Start by asking your doctor or a dietitian how many servings of carbohydrates you should eat each day.

Then, remember that one serving of carbohydrates is 15 grams.
Finally, check food labels or free online carb counters to find out how many carbohydrates are in your favorite foods.
Southwestern Chicken
1 tsp. chili powder
3/4 tsp. paprika
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/8 tsp. garlic powder
Pinch cayenne
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup enchilada sauce
4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
3 green onions, chopped
Instructions: Mix spices together; sprinkle on both sides of chicken.
Cook chicken in nonstick skillet until juices run clear; cut into cubes and place in a greased 8-by-8-inch baking dish.
Add the enchilada sauce and toss to coat the chicken. Sprinkle the mixture with cheese.
Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until center bubbles. Sprinkle with green onions. Serves 4.
Nutrition Information per Serving:
266 calories, 12g fat, 4g carbohydrates, 1g dietary fiber, 33g protein
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