WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CHEESE CAKE (SUGAR FREE)

Yesterday at the VA in Ft Worth they had a table set up where they were passing out sugar free recipes so I took one of each.  Nothing irritates me more than "Sugar-Free" recipes that aren't.  Call them diabetic recipes, less sugar/low sugar recipes or something but not sugar free!  Nutritionists often do this and it gripes me to no end....guess that's why I threw away everything the nutritionist gave me after my diabetic diagnoses.  The more I followed her advice, the more difficult controlling my blood sugar became.  Then I started really looking at the information she was giving me.  Into the trash it went.  But I digress.  Back to this sugar-free recipe I got yesterday.  Be forewarned, it does contain sugar!  Small amounts but that is still an important fact you need to be aware of!  Graham crackers have sugar and there is natural sugar in the cherries even though the pie filling is sweetened with Splenda.  Now that you are aware of all that, you can make your own decisions.  Personally, this recipe works fine for me and I hope it will for you, too, because it is so easy!

I recommend doubling the ingredients and layering this dessert but that is entirely up to you. 

1 pkg. sugar-free instant pudding mix
1 (8-oz) or larger (if desired) Cool Whip lite
Graham crackers

Mix the pudding from the directions on the box.  Blend the Cool Whip with the pudding (lite cream cheese may be added if desired). 

Line a 9"x13" container with graham crackers.  Pour the mixture over crackers.  Top with a can of lite cherry pie filling (made with Splenda).

See what you get from nutritionists?  Use your imagination in the rough spots (for instance, I prefer French Vanilla pudding mix) and make it to suit yourself and your tastes.