Hilda’s Fit to Serve: Blueberry cheesecake

 

 A Blueberry Low Carb Option!

 

low carb cheesecake for national cheesecake day

 

 

Today’s recipe is a lovely marriage between the seasonal blueberry and the creaminess of cheesecake.  Enjoy in good health!

Low Carb Blueberry Cheesecake

Almond Crust Ingredients

1 stick of butter

1 cup almond flour

½ cup of sugar substitute

¼ teaspoon of salt

Directions

In a large stand up mixer add the butter, sugar substitute and mix until fully incorporated. Next add the almond four, cocoa and salt.

Spread the low carb cookie crust in a cheesecake spring pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes until crust is fully cooked. Allow to cool.

Low Carb Blueberry Cheesecake Batter

2  8 ounce packages of cream cheese (softened)

1 ½ cups of sugar substitute (I use Swerve)

4 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 cups of fresh organic blueberries

Directions

Pre-heat oven 325

In a large standup mixer add the softened cream cheese to the sugar substitute and mix until light and fluffy. Next add the four eggs one at a time. Lastly, stir in the blueberries and vanilla extract.

Pour the cheesecake batter into the almond crust and bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. (Note an important step that cannot be rushed is to allow your cheesecake to age for a full 24 hours before eating. This is the key to a great cheesecake)

Sour Cream Topping

Ingredients

½ cup of sour cream

1 tablespoon of sugar substitute

Directions

Combine the sour cream and sugar substitute and spread over top of the cheese cake once it has aged overnight in the fridge.

Blueberry Sauce

Ingredients

2 ½  cups of fresh blueberries

3 tablespoons of sugar substitute

¾ cup of water

½ teaspoon of lemon extract

1 tablespoon of butter

Directions

In a small saucepan add all the ingredients and cook on low-medium heat until the sauce reduces by half. Make sure to mix while cooking.

Allow sauce to cool completely and then store in the refrigerator.

Drizzle the blueberry sauce over the cheesecake before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

Continuous glucose monitors may need human back up

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This story from Diabetes in Control Disasters Averted series describes why it is a good idea to check a finger prick sample of blood if there is a discrepancy between your recorded results and how you feel.

CGM? Still Perform the Fingerstick!

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College student, type 1 diabetes, wears a pump and CGM. She has good family support. Several of her family members get her CGM readings on their phone. She received a call from her mother about 2:45 am waking her up. She told her to treat her low blood glucose, which patient reported to be 41. (UK 2.2)

Patient states her alarm had gone off, but she did not hear it. She performed a fingerstick because she didn’t feel like she was low. It was 149. (UK  8.2) (See report.) The CGM recalibrated. She did not treat because she did not need to.

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She was always taught to check a fingerstick before treating. She was glad she was taught that. Had she not checked she may have had to deal with a high glucose level later.

Lessons Learned:

  • Technology helps, but it needs human input.
  • CGM’s accuracy may have proved to be accurate enough to treat from, but experience tells us each person responds differently, and accuracy can vary from person to person.
  • If symptoms don’t match readings, perform a fingerstick.
  • My recommendation is to continue to perform a fingerstick before treating, even though some say one does not have to.

Sugar in Fruit

Sugar-in-fruit-webgraphicWe do love a good infographic here at The Diabetes Diet – and this one by Zoe Harcombe caught our eye…

If you are following a low carbohydrate diet to improve your blood sugar control, then fruit is something you need to treat with caution.

You can eat fruit as part of a low-carbohydrate diet, but in moderation (one to two portions a day) and certain fruits are better than others, such as berries. It’s also best to eat fruits after you’ve eaten your meal as this will slow down the absorption of the sugar in them.

If you choose not to eat fruit at all, there are plenty of nutrients and fibre in vegetables – red peppers are an amazing source of Vitamin C, for example – so you won’t be missing out on anything.