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We're not trying to worry our readers, but did you know that nearly 26 million children and adults in America have diabetes? And another 79 million have what is called pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. So what do you do if you are diabetic or have been told by your doctor to watch what you eat?

Not to worry--it simply means to eat better, and that doesn't mean eating bland. This month we've got some recipes to create that balanced meal that we know you'll like, and the menu follows the types of foods recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

 
Start any healthy meal with a healthy salad. These ingredients become more tender when blanched, and don't forget you won't lose any nutritional value by doing so. Quick blanching is easily accomplished if you have hot water at your disposal with a Zojirushi water boiler.
 
See recipe for Okra, Asparagus and
Cherry Tomato Salad
 
Chicken soup is not only good for the soul, it's good for sick days too. Slow cook this one with our Zojirushi thermal cooking pot without the use of oil and with low sodium soup stock.You'll get all the vitamins and the full blast of flavor without the compromising ingredients.

See recipe for
Chicken and Vegetable Soup

 
 
Whether you've made the bread yourself or purchased from a store, start this pizza off with whole wheat bread. This is a quick snack that you can make for the kids with healthy ingredients--they can even have seconds if they want!
 
See recipe for
Mushroom Pizza Toast
 
Make this yummy yogurt dessert that's good for your digestion. The tangy flavor of yogurt blends perfectly with the kiwi to create an awesome finish to your dinner. It's light but satisfying, which is how you want to end the perfect healthy meal.

See recipe for
Yogurt Gelatin with Kiwifruit

 
Perfect for baking Bread:
1.   Additional heater on lid for even baking  
2.   Bakes a large traditional rectangular shaped 2-lb. loaf  
3.   Handles on the baking pan for quick and easy removal  
4.   Dual kneading blades to knead the daugh thoroughly  
5.   LCD clock makes it easy to check the completion time  
6.   Special Gluten Free course to bake gluten free breads  
7.   User friendly easy-to-read LCD control panel  
See all Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso® Breadmaker

What are the benefits of baking your own bread if you're watching your diet? Probably the most important aspect of doing anything on your own is that you are in control--which means you get to see what goes into what you eat. You can choose the best ingredients, whether it's high grade flour or free range eggs, and you can leave out the trans fats, preservatives or artificial ingredients.

Homemade means you control the sugar content and the sodium content; both of which can be high with commercially prepared breads. Whole grain would really mean whole grain if you use 100% whole wheat flour; you won't need to wonder about what that label is really saying. And if you have serious food allergies you simply avoid using those offensive ingredients, with no chance of cross contamination from factory equipment that produce commercial bread.

Most importantly, don't forget that we've come a long way from bread baking being a long and tedious process. We have breadmakers today that knead the dough and bake healthy, mouth watering whole loaves at a touch of a button!

   
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Get ready to party! With the holiday season coming up, we'll have some cool recipes ready for you that are easy to prepare in advance and keep fresh. Have Zojirushi cater your next party for you!