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Banana Split Breakfast Bowl: A Diabetic-Friendly Recipe

Banana Split Breakfast Bowl
Serves: 4 Calories: 268 calories per serving

Inbox_•_Jennifer_WilsonINGREDIENTS
2-1/2 tablespoons sliced almonds
2-1/2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
3 cups vanilla nonfat yogurt
1-1/3 cups sliced strawberries
2 bananas, sliced
1/2 cup drained pineapple tidbits

PREPARATION
1. Spread almonds and walnuts in single layer in small heavy skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately remove from skillet; cool completely
2. Spoon yogurt in medium bowl. Layer with strawberries, banana slices and pineapple.Sprinkle with toasted almonds and walnuts.
Note Breakfast is a great time to eat one of the two recommended fruit servings for the day. This recipe can be made with frozen strawberries or frozen bananas. Frozen fruits are harvested at their peak and can be stored in the freezer until date on package, or to 8 to 12 months at 0°F. While fresh is always better, frozen fruits are economical, cleaned, ready to use and available year-round.

Recipes like this one are discussed at “D2 & Me,” Lexington Medical Center’s diabetes support and wellness group. There will be meetings in January about the glycemic index and how to use it in food and snack preparations to enhance your menu planning. The guest speaker will be Lere’ Robinson of Alive Again! LLC. The meetings are free and open to the public.

One class will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. inside Lower Level Classroom 3 at the hospital in West Columbia. The second class will be on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. inside the 2nd Floor Conference Room at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington, located at 811 West Main Street in Lexington.

“D2 & Me” is for type 2 diabetes patients and their caregivers. The meetings, which are open to the public, will feature guest speakers, exercises, healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings, recipe exchanges and dinners at local restaurants.

Since June, D2 & Me has provided people with type 2 diabetes a forum to talk about their disease and learn how to care for themselves. For more information on upcoming meetings, visit Facebook.com/D2andMe or LexMed.com, or call (803) 361 – 8435.

Quit Smoking in 2015 with Free Classes at LMC

4.1.1Are you trying to quit smoking in the New Year? Lexington Medical Center is pleased to offer a series of free smoking cessation classes to members of our community who want to kick the smoking habit for good. The classes, offered at the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington, meet once each week for two hours and last eight weeks. The program is open to anyone who wants to quit smoking, and because of a generous grant from the LMC Foundation, there is no cost to participate.

The first session of classes begins on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at 811 West Main Street in Lexington inside the Executive Conference Room on the 2nd floor. The session will continue at the same time and place on January 13, 20 and 27, February 3, 10, 17 and 24.

A second session of classes will take place from March 24 to May 12.

Lisa Lewis, an RN for Cardiac Rehabilitation at LMC Lexington, initiated the program two years ago to help others to quit smoking. She received her certification from the American Lung Association as a tobacco-cessation facilitator and began to build a program.

4.1.1Since its inception, 49% of the people who completed the smoking-cessation program at LMC Lexington quit smoking, which is above the national average. The classes provide helpful tips for quitting.

The program doesn’t end with the completion of the eight-week course. Lewis and her team check on each participant at 30-, 90-, 180- and 365-day intervals for the first year. The American Lung Association also invited Lewis to become a facilitator trainer, which is a role usually reserved for its employees. LMC Lexington now has a team of five tobacco-cessation facilitators.

If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking and participate in Lexington Medical Center’s smoking-cessation program, please call (803) 358-6180. You must register for the class in advance.