Party Food Albany NY
Good Food? Healthy Holiday Parties
Living with Gestational Diabetes
Living with Type 2 Diabetes
Types of Diabetes
by Maureen Callahan, RD
Stringing up multicolored lights and decorating the house for the holidays just puts me in a good mood. I guess that’s because I like throwing parties and having the chance to cook for friends and family. We all have a lot to be thankful for, and there’s nothing better than good food and good conversation to underscore that theme.
As much as I love to concoct all kinds of delicacies in my kitchen though, it’s getting trickier and trickier to plan these party menus. Lately, everyone seems to be on a different food wavelength. I have a brother-in-law who is a strict vegetarian. One of my good friends is allergic to wheat. And I’ve come to expect that at least a few of my guests will be dieting or embracing some new food fad of the moment. Instead of agonizing about these culinary quirks and differences, I’ve learned to make appetizers, entrées, and desserts that suit many tastes and preferences. A vegetarian dish that is made with tofu and tempeh might not appeal to the masses, but a vegetarian-style roasted stuffed mushroom or vegetable loaf might. The key is to keep the flavors rich and varied so that no one thinks about what is missing but instead revels in the flavors that are already there.
My goal this year is to try to make all my party foods fit a holiday theme without screaming “special diet.” So for an appetizer I’m serving stuffed portobellos full of cashews, rice and nutty- flavored fontina cheese. Luckily, they’ll double as a perfect entrée for my friends who avoid wheat and gluten. For the main course I’m making a roasted vegetable loaf. It’s shaped with brown rice, nuts, cheese, breadcrumbs, herbs and roasted vegetables, so it’s packed with a lot of flavors that should suit both my vegetarian and meat-eating guests. I’ll probably dish up sides like garlic mashed potatoes and lemony green beans to go with the loaf. Dessert for everyone includes the traditional holiday pumpkin, but it comes as part of a vegan, dairy-free cheesecake. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser with its rich, creamy blend of pumpkin and tofu dusted with a crunchy streusel topping. Happy Holidays!
Roasted Vegetable Loaf
This vegetarian entrée will be a hit with meat-eating partygoers since it’s stuffed with lots of flavorful ingredients including walnuts, two kinds of cheese and roasted vegetables. Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet on the stovetop to bring out their nutty flavor. Add leftovers of the loaf to chili, or use slices to make “mock meatloaf” sandwiches.
1 cup brown and wild rice blend (such as Lundberg)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 bay leaf
11/2 teaspoons salt, divided
2 slices whole-grain bread
11/2 cups chopped red and yellow bell pepper
11/2 cups chopped eggplant
1 cup chopped yellow or white onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup 1-percent reduced-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat white cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon fre...
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Gestational diabetes is the one type of diabetes that is generally short lived. Gestational diabetes occurs only in pregnant women when blood sugars rise above normal target range (over 120). Gestational diabetes generally has a quick onset (first few months of pregnancy) and ends soon after the mother has given birth. Gestational diabetes occurs in three to eight percent of women, so if you or a loved one is planning to become pregnant, or is already pregnant, you should consider learning more about this type of diabetes.
Gestational diabetes occurs because mother's tissues become resistant to a hormone called insulin. When you eat food, your body digests it and breaks down all the carbohydrates into sugar, or glucose. When glucose enters the bloodstream your brain signals your pancreas (a digestive- and hormone-regulating organ) to release insulin. Insulin helps glucose to leave the bloodstream and enter your muscles for energy. For pregnant women, the muscles and placenta (the sac surrounding the baby) become resistant to insulin so that glucose remains in the blood stream, ultimately creating a higher level of blood sugar (consistently higher than 120).
Some women are more at risk for this rise in blood sugar than others. Some risk factors for gestational diabetes include age (older than 25), family history (family members with type 2 diabetes or who have had babies over 9 pounds), weight (inactive, overweight women are more at risk), and race (women who are African American, American Indian, Hispanic or Asian are more at risk). Although many of the risk factors mentioned are out of your control, you can generally try to control your weight and lifestyle during and preceding pregnancy. Ask your doctor what the best weight for you is and then ask advice on improving eating habits and making exercise habit.
If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes you can generally control it with diet, exercise, careful monitoring and potentially medication. Diets h...
Type 2 diabetes is one of several types of diabetes mellitus (diabetes that deals with your body's ability to use carbohydrates). Diabetes, in general terms, is found in people who either are insulin dependent or insulin resistant. Insulin is a hormone from your pancreas that helps sugar molecules (glucose) from your food to enter your muscles for use as energy. People who are insulin dependent do not make enough insulin. People who are insulin resistant have muscles and other tissues in their body that do not respond to insulin's efforts to supply glucose-based energy. Another term for insulin resistance is type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is typically diagnosed in late teens or adulthood for reasons still not completely known. Although chemical causes have not been solidly identified, the health community has been able to identify several risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Major risk factors include obesity, inactivity, age, and family history.
If you are overweight, generally inactive, over the age of sixteen and have type 2 diabetes in your family, you are at risk. If you have already been diagnosed you will find that although sometimes inconvenient, living with type 2 diabetes can be quite manageable. A few keys to living with type 2 diabetes are making sure you eat a healthy diet with lots of fiber and vegetables, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight for your height and age, and living an active lifestyle. Medicine can be completely avoided in some cases if ...
Diabetes is one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases in the United States. People of all ages and ethnicities can be diagnosed with diabetes. There are three kinds of diabetes that are commonly diagnosed, these include diabetes mellitus type 1, diabetes mellitus type 2 and diabetes insipidus.
Diabetes mellitus, or sugar diabetes, deals with your body's ability to properly use sugar. In a properly working body, glucose (sugar molecules) enters the body in the form of food and is broken down to either be stored or used for their primary purpose: energy. With diabetes mellitus your body struggles to produce or accept the hormone called insulin. Insulin is secreted (distributed) by one of the body's main digestive and hormone regulatory centers, the pancreas. Sometimes the pancreas does not make enough insulin, and sometimes the body's tissues that are meant to recognize insulin for sugar absorption do not.
Patients with type 1 diabetes are insulin dependent, meaning that their bodies do not make enough insulin for sugar to enter muscles and tissues for energy. Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in early childhood, but can be diagnosed at anytime during life. Patients with type 2 diabetes are insulin resistant, meaning that their bodies do not respond well to insulin's attempt to bring sugar, or energy, into the body's tissues. Type 2 diabetes is most commonly found in adults. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be managed with shots of insulin. Type 2 diab...
Dates: 5/21/2013 - 5/22/2013
Location: Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
BERKSHIRE GROWN RAMPS IT UP WITH FARMED + FORAGED: A WEEKEND OF SPRING FLAVORS MAY 21-23In celebration of the spring season, Berkshire Grown will host Farmed + Foraged: A Weekend of Spring Flavors, a culinary celebration of farmed and foraged seasonal foods at area restaurants from Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23. This year, Berkshire Grown will feature 23 participants offering an array of prix fixe menus and a la carte selections to celebrate this farm-to-table dining event. Menus will feature wild edibles, locally grown produce, Berkshire artisan cheeses, heritage breed meats, locally made bread and chocolate, and Berkshire-crafted beer and spirits. The dates, prices and menus for Farmed + Foraged participants vary dramatically. Please contact participating restaurants for accurate information on when they will be offering Farmed + Foraged, their menu options and pricing.In support of the Berkshire Grown mission, Baba Louie’s, Castle Street Café, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Mezze Restaurant Group, The Red Lion Inn, Williams College Dining Services and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College are official sponsors of the Farmed + Foraged event. Visit www.berkshiregrown.org for additional details. To receive Berkshire Grown’s newsletter for more farm-to-table events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Day Marathon
Dates: 5/25/2013 - 5/25/2013
Running, 5 K, 10 K, Half Marathon, Marathon
Tai Chi Gala! Formerly Master Jou's Tai Chi Farm Zhang San Feng Festival
Dates: 6/3/2013 - 6/3/2013
Location: Best Western Albany Airport Inn
200 Wolf Road
The only "un"-tournament in the US of its kind. Whether you are beginner or advanced, there are workshops and activities for you to enjoy tai chi, bagua, qigong, xingyi, metaphysics, meditation, martial arts applications or natural healing methods, holistic qi energy work, acupressure, Taoist philosophy and MORE. VERY FRIENDLY atmosphere - everyone from every belief system and physical ability is welcome here.
Tai Chi Gala - From the ORIGINAL mgt of Tai Chi Farm's Zhang San Feng Festival!
Dates: 6/7/2013 - 6/9/2013
Location: Best Western Albany Airport Inn
200 Wolf Road
America's premiere Tai Chi and Chinese Internal Arts Event. A convention that welcomes beginners and advanced alike. Hands-on workshops all weekend long with top-level teachers. Learn tai chi, bagua, meditation, qigong, xingyi, acupressure, kungfu, Chinese tea ceremony, Taoism, and so so so much more. We guarantee this to be THE one-of-a-kind experience for you. Professionally managed means you join an event that treats you right and takes care of you. Get it ALL at: www.TaiChiGala.com Email: email@example.com for a unique DISCOUNT code - mention that Deb sent you!
The RNA Institute - Ribbon Cutting
Dates: 6/11/2013 - 6/11/2013
Location: University of Albany
1400 Washington Ave
Where: Life Sciences Research Building - Northeast Wing
Official opening of The RNA Institute space in the east wing of the Life Sciences Research Building. Celebrate with the Institute's Scientific Advisory Board.
Contact: RNA Institute 518-437-4443 http://www.albany.edu/rna/