Finding Healthy Recipes

If you Google "SNAP recipes" or "WIC recipes" you will get many sources of delicious recipes with high nutritional value, and all of them are inexpensive. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) and WIC is the Women Infant and Children under 5 program. Both are government programs that have guidelines on what foods are acceptable to be eligible. Some items are whole grain breads, peanut butter, milk, eggs and chicken. You will not see soda pop or chips on the list of allowed foods!


You do not have to participate in these programs to get access to the recipes. They are for the taking on the website. I took a couple of screenshots to show examples. I have tried some recipes, and have been very pleased. These programs use foods in season, and there is a great variety of menus.

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Please let me know some easy breakfast recipes that are good for my husband. Usually I give him toasted bread either with margarine (low fat) or jam alone, with a banana, but now he hates those. Also, I don't like to serve him too much oily or sweet things as he is sick with diabetes and high cholesterol.

All of your answers are most welcome.

By smile from BH


May 29, 20100 found this helpful
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Hello Butterfly,

By all means, cook your husband breakfasts of regular old-fashioned oatmeal. Serve it to him with a sugar substitute and lowfat milk. It might be the best all around breakfast you can give him for every health issue you mentioned.

Old-fashioned oatmeal will lower his cholesterol and will not make his sugar go too high as long as he sticks to the substitute sugar and lowfat milk unless he chooses to eat several cupfuls at the time.

Oatmeal is very good for the heart as well and will build a good supply of energy that should last him all through the mornings.

My husband and I are both diabetic, and we add ground cinnamon to our oatmeal which is supposed to help keep sugar down. We both manage our sugar very well now and take very little medication for it.

Be careful with an excess of dried fruits, but do add walnuts and almonds to his diet. Either as a mid-morning snack or in the afternoon to get him through to dinner.

With high cholesterol, he should not be eating too many egg yolks, but the egg whites will fill the need
for morning protein without meats. Stick to whole grain breads and pastas. Add olive oil and garlic
to everything possible for the cholesterol.

I wish you the best of luck with him. Men can be fairly stubborn about eating what's good for them sometimes. :-) Make sure you tell him that you are taking good care of him, not only for him, but for you too. You don't want to lose him.


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Have you tried a flour tortilla filled with scrambled egg beaters and maybe some turkey bacon, or real bacon bits ( from a jar), maybe some fat free cheese sprinkled in. You could also add salsa, if you like. Just toast in a skillet with some non- stick spray, or microwave, once filled. Hope this helps.

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I always keep sauteed veggies (onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc. sauteed in olive or canola oil) in the fridge, along with egg substitute. My diabetic husband (who also has heart disease, kidney disease & high cholesterol) loves omeletes made with the egg substitute, some of the sauteed veggies & low-fat cheese. Tasty and also very filling, with or without bread.

Another of his favorities is like an "Egg McMuffin" thingy. I toast a muffin, microwave one egg, add a piece of low-fat cheese and/or a slice of Canadian bacon & make a sandwich on the muffin.

Mrs. Butterworth's makes a great tasting sugar fee maple syrup, which he can use on pancakes, french toast, waffles, etc.

Hang in there. It's tough, I know. Good luck.

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He may be what the last person said, but high cholesterol is usually about carbs, too many of them. Especially triglycerides. Glucose & triglicerides get raised from too many carbs, this causes too much insulin to b produced & the glucose gets converted to triglycerides, when the insulin cannot store the glucose. This is insulin resistance. Triglycerides are less harmful in the blood than glucose, so the body does what it can to alleviate the problem.

The thing that happens with long term insulin resistance, is that the storage procedure gets skewed, then the triglycerides are elevated in the blood, this means aalot of really bad things for the person who has problems with this. I'm not saying the triglycerides are bad in & of themselves, but it's an indication that things are not right inside, where all biological activity takes place.

By the way, fat does not raise cholesterol, contrary to pop belief. Stick to high protein & high fat: eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, a good steak, with low glycemic vegetables. Stay away from fruit & don't eat carbs by themselves, this raises glucose levels, too. These things will lower insulin levels, lower triglycerides & makes the body & brain happy.

I have type 2 diabetes as a result of SLE. I also have many people in my family who are dead or not in good health from diabetes, so I know something about it.

I take herbs & DMAE for lowering glucose & they work well, along w/lowered carbs. Fat is not the villain here. Try google & research these issues, it's not only about the diabetes or heart disease. Diabetes is a problem with a major hormone center that is not working up to par. This effects many things & processes. Everyone throws around terms like diabetes & very few people & Dr.'s included, ever wonder why this came to pass, cause serious conditions of the body do not come about overnight, ever!

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Being a diabetic, I'm not sure if he can eat honey. I heard that honey and cinnamon together are very good for you. So, about 3 times a week, I eat a toasted english muffin with small amount of honey and sprinkled with cinnamon (yummy) along with eggbeaters, banana and half a glass of orange juice. Very filling for me and seems to keep me thin and healthy!

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How about yogurt & fruit, deviled eggs, eggs in pita pockets (or low carb bread), peanut butter on apples,
soup, French toast with low carb bread & sugar free syrup, a small steak & Egg beaters, a BLT on a pita/low carb bread, or a smoothie (1/2 banana for diabetics, berries, low fat milk, ice)?

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July 20, 2010

Does anyone have some low fat recipes to share?

By Rosalie


July 21, 20100 found this helpful
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Check out the Eating Well website, I have had success with their recipes. You can sign up for newletters and they will email you recipes, it's kind of fun to get new ideas delivered to your inbox.

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April 1, 2017

Too much salt and sugar in your diet is not good for your health. Finding flavorful recipes low in these two ingredients is quite easy as we move to a more healthy lifestyle. This is a page about low salt and low sugar recipes.

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Would like some low-fat recipe ideas that don't include mushrooms or fish. I am trying to lose weight and need healthy food ideas.

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I need help finding low sodium and low sugar recipes for everything. Talk about hard to find.

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