Sweet Life without the Sugar

August- at the moment it is all about blue skies, hot days and ice creams. However, here at Central Street Cookery School we are thinking about ways of eating less sugar, specifically looking at diabetic-friendly recipes. This is in preparation for our exciting new diabetes programme which we are launching in September. The free 12 week course is for anyone who has been diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic, or for anyone who is a borderline Type 2 diabetic.

We’ll be focusing on how to manage diabetes through lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and positive visualisation. In each session participants will take part in a hands-on cookery class, learning to make food that is tailored to people with Type 2 diabetes, and most importantly eating whatever we make together! There will be different recipes to take home from the class each week.

The course will also break down the things which can make eating and cooking as a diabetic difficult, such as eating out, understanding food labels and adjusting recipes to suit a diabetic diet.

But this is not just about food- each week there will be some enjoyable exercise opportunities, from architectural walks around the local area, to yoga or dance.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about diabetes and how to manage it.

These free sessions will run from Monday 12th September to Monday 5th December, from 10am-1pm. We are looking for participants who have either been diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic, or who are borderline Type 2 diabetic, who live in the EC1 area. If this applies to you, or anyone you know, please do book a place! You can do this by either coming into reception (90 Central Street, London, EC1V 8AJ), or by ringing us on 02075498176.

Whilst ice cream isn’t the most diabetes- friendly food, we have created a great recipe for something just as tasty to beat the summer heat.

Frozen Fruit Skewers

This is adapted from a BBC Good Food recipe, which was chosen by Diabetes UK as part of a selection of diabetes-friendly recipes. The fruit we’ve suggested were selected due to their low glycaemic index, which means that the sugar they contain is released slowly, not causing a spike in blood sugar levels. They also freeze easily, but don’t become too hard to eat! However, if you decide that you would prefer the fruit skewers left unfrozen, chunks or slices of apple, pear or orange make great low GI substitutions.

Takes 20 minutes to make, plus freezing time. Makes 8 skewers.

 

Ingredients

100g strawberries, hulled (tops cut off) and halved

8 grapes

2 Kiwi fruit

2 bananas, peeled and cut into thick slices

2 peaches, cut into thick slices

For the drizzle

Juice of 2 lemons

1 tsp icing sugar

You will also need a pack of wooden skewers, which are available in most supermarkets.

Method

  1. Mix the drizzle ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Skewer the fruits onto wooden skewers and drizzle the sauce on top, reserving a little for dipping. Pop the skewers in the freezer for 45 mins, until just starting to freeze. Serve with the leftover drizzle.