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Cynthia happily bounces around the house waving vegetables in the air.
Cynthia: In my quest to stave off prediabetes, one step I’ve taken is adding more vegetables to my snacks. And ya know what?
Cynthia (excitedly): It’s surprisingly easy! One of my tricks is to replace carrots and cucumbers for crackers.
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Marcy: Don’t lie. You still eat crackers. I see you.
Cynthia: Yes but instead of say… fifteen… Triscuits, I’ll only have the serving size of six. Then I put some cheese on cucumbers or dip some carrots into hummus or that yummy bleu cheese pecan dip from Trader Joe’s, and … voila… a healthy snack that isn’t crazy out of control with carbs. And it still has the satisfying crunch of crackers. And very importantly, I do not feel as though I am depriving myself.
Cynthia (very seriously): Yes, it is a concern. I once knew a guy who literally WAS orange because he ate so many carrots. I think he was addicted to carrot smoothies. It was extremely strange.Marcy: You’re going to turn orange.
Cynthia and Marcy consider this thoughtfully for a moment.
Cynthia (brightly): So. In order not to turn orange, I am going to mix up my carrot consumption with more crunchy veggies like celery, bell peppers, radishes, romaine lettuce, and… more cucumbers.
I have to say that sugar really does affect me adversely. In the one week that I have cut back on sweets and refined sugar, and limiting (but not eliminating) my carb intake on whole grain wheat, I find I am more energetic and my brain is not foggy.
Cynthia jogs in place and fist bumps the air with a bunch of carrots.
Cynthia: Am I going to defy diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and ultimately… death? What do you think, Marcy?
Marcy: That this is the most boring post you’ve ever written. Where’s the drama? Where’s the humor? And more importantly…Where’s the meat?
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Maybe you should put a big wad of spinach on Marcy's Friskies!
how about i put some friskies on your spinach?
Orange will be the new white. You'll start a trend!
The blue cheese pecan dip sounds sinfully good! Good for you for making healthy choices…we need more veggies in my household…let's just say we are a long way from turning orange 🙂
The blue cheese dip is incredible. I use it as a salad dressing – arugula, tomato, cucumber, and red onion. Delicious.
I am with you on eating healthier. I had broccoli for dinner tonight after a very indulgent lunch. You look gorgeous in that picture. I love it! My mom did turn orange from eating too many carrots. She cut back but she still eats a ton of them. I am more like Marcy. I like my carrots cooked in brown gravy. : )
What a coincidence – I made broccoli curry soup last night. Interesting that one can turn orange form eating too many carrots. I wonder if one could turn blue from eating too many blueberries? Or red from eating too many beets? Hmmm…
There are some great vegetables out there like Sweet Mokum carrots that you can grow or buy at the Farmer's Market. And home grown beets are the best. If you get a good beet it's as good as See's candy and coming from me that's huge because I'm a big dessert person.
Have a great Saturday,
That does it. I am going to have to give beets a try. I didn't like them as a kid and never revisited them as an adult. Thank you for the suggestion, Stacey!!
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