Jill’s Soon-To-Be-Famous Veggie Fritters

This content originally appeared on TCOYD: Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Republished with permission.

By Jill Yapo, TCOYD’s Director of Operations, and frequent Yapo’s Home Catering Iron Chef Night Champion

These fritters are a delicious side dish on their own, but they can easily star as a main course. Top them with ham, cheese and a fried egg for breakfast (or breakfast for dinner) or dress ’em up with marinara and melted provolone…you may have to hide leftovers in the back of the fridge to save a few extras for yourself.

Yield: 8-10 fritters (depending on how big/thick you make them)


Veggie Fritters

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Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, everyone will flip for these golden fried goodies that are a tasty way to get your veggies in. We think they’ll be a new family favorite (plus it’s just fun to say fritters).
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword vegetables
Servings 10 fritters
Calories 84kcal


  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas garbanzo beans
  • 2 medium zucchinis grated (approximately 2 cups)
  • 1 large carrot peeled and grated (approximately 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion yellow, white or red – your preference – approximately ¼ of a medium onion
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup panko or plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried – I think fresh has more flavor though)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • olive oil

Ingredients for Garnish Option #1:

  • plain Greek yogurt
  • green onion diced

Ingredients for Garnish Option #2*:

  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 small garlic clove or 1 medium, minced or grated
  • green onion chives, basil or dill, diced


  • Drain chickpeas. Rough mash them with a fork or potato masher in a large bowl (it does not need to be smooth). Set aside.
  • Grate zucchini with the large part of your grater. Place in the center of a clean dishtowel or cloth.
  • Peel and large grate carrot. Place in the dish towel or cloth with zucchini.
  • Grate onion and add to zucchini and carrots in the dishtowel.
  • Bring the four corners of the dishtowel together and twist around the veggies squeezing out as much moisture as possible. (I think this step counts towards your exercise for the day).
  • Add veggies, panko, egg, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to the bowl with the mashed chickpeas.
  • Stir until completely combined.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add about 1 tablespoon of oil per fritter.
  • Scoop about ¼ cup of mixture into your hand press to compress it into a patty. You can make them smaller if you want more of an appetizer size.
  • Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until the underside is golden brown, then flip and repeat.
  • Serve with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and diced green onion. Enjoy!


*Note for garnish option #2:

Put Greek yogurt in a microwave-safe bowl, add salt and garlic (I used a microplane to grate it but you can finely mince or use the smallest grate on your regular grater) and stir to combine. Microwave for 20-30 seconds and stir. You will have more of a garlic cream sauce for your fritters. Sprinkle your preferred green herb on top. Warning, it has a pretty strong garlic flavor, so make sure you aren’t doing any public speaking or going on a first date after eating!


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1.5g

Please note that the nutritional information may vary depending
on the specific brands of products used. We encourage everyone to check specific
product labels in calculating the exact nutritional information.

Jill’s Soon-To-Be-Famous Veggie Fritters Recipe

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3-Ingredient Hot Chocolate: Mmmm

This content originally appeared on TCOYD: Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Republished with permission.

Did you know that a regular coffee shop hot chocolate can easily have 400 calories, 40 grams of carbs and 40 grams of sugar? Delicious, but yowza! Be your own barista and give this one a try – it’s under 200 calories, has 10 net carbs and only 1g of sugar.

Here’s what we used:

Photo credit: Sarah Severance (TCOYD)

3-ingredient hot chocolate


3-Ingredient Hot Chocolate: Mmmm

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Treat yourself to a simply sweet homemade hot chocolate. Made with real chocolate and coconut whipped cream, it’s like a hug in a mug.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate
Servings 1 mug
Calories 170kcal


  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 Lily’s low sugar chocolate bar
  • 2 tbsp coconut whipped cream


  • Heat the almond milk and the chocolate bar in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally to mix the chocolate as it melts. Do not bring it to a boil, only simmer until melted/warm.
  • Pour into your favorite mug and top with whipped cream. You can also add a shot of espresso or a shot of something stronger.


Net carbs: 10g


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g

Please note that the nutritional information may vary depending
on the specific brands of products used. We encourage everyone to check specific
product labels in calculating the exact nutritional information.

3-Ingredient Hot Chocolate_ Mmmm Recipe

Source: diabetesdaily.com

5 Turkey Recipes for the Holidays

The holiday season can mean different things for different people. Whether you’re celebrating it to embrace your spirituality, spend time with loved ones, or enjoy the long break, one thing is certain: you will most likely celebrate it with food. So we gathered a list of recipes using turkey, the popular meat of choice at Christmastime.

Balsamic Turkey

Photo credit: Jennifer Shun

Balsamic Turkey

This Italian-inspired dish is savory and moist with the added vegetables, balsamic mixture, and herbs. Simply arrange the ingredients in the crockpot or slow cooker as instructed, wait for six hours, and voilà, your hands-off meal is ready for the entire family.

Roast Turkey with Orange-Spice Rub

Photo credit: American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Food Hub | TCOYD

Roast Turkey with Orange-Spice Rub

Spreading the orange zest mixture on the turkey breast may require careful attention, but when you’ve finished that step, you just need to wait for about two hours for the turkey to get fully roasted. The rub goes so well with the meat you want to make it a tasty centerpiece for your holiday feast.

Low Carb Turkey Hash

Photo credit: Brenda Bennett

Low-Carb Turkey Hash

Combine your turkey (or chicken) leftovers and some fresh, low-carb vegetables for a flavorful breakfast, lunch, or brunch. Top your hash with a fried egg and drizzle it with some dressing for more protein and flavor. Yes, this recipe is proof that you can save food (and money) and still prepare delicious meals.

Whole30 Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Photo credit: Laura Miner

Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Turkey may seem dry for burgers but adding mashed sweet potatoes will solve that problem. And when you add bell peppers, onions, and herbs to the mix, these baked burgers become more exciting for both adults and kids. Serve with chipotle ketchup and sliced avocado, lettuce wraps, or other greens.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Photo credit: Lisa MarcAurele

Ground Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

This recipe uses mozzarella cheese, ground turkey, and pork rinds for the mini meatloaves, but it also suggests other options that may already be in your fridge. This makes it a popular, flexible dish to serve for busy families. It is also simple to prepare: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and divide the mixture between the muffin tins. Bake and then serve. No slicing needed!

Which of these recipes are you trying for the holiday season? Let us know in the comments.

5 Turkey Recipes for the Holidays

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A Volleyball Named Wilson and Diabetes Isolation

This content originally appeared on TCOYD: Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Republished with permission.

By David Greene

Over 23,000,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes. That is almost 1 in every 10 people. The irony is that despite these numbers, many of us feel isolated by our diabetes. This is problematic in that we are undeniably social creatures. Our physical and emotional well-beings are dependent on social connectedness. We need human contact. This is reflected in the ways we use punishment to enforce rules. Effective parenting recommends the use of time outs to correct children’s behaviors. Communities use prisons and prisons use solitary confinement. Religious groups use ex-communication or shunning. And countries use exile. Being isolated from human contact is considered the ultimate sacrifice. Who can forget Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Chuck Noland, a FedEx executive marooned on a small Pacific island in the film Castaway? In order to survive, Noland bonded with “Wilson”, a smudged volleyball that takes on the appearance of a human face. Just a movie you say? Research has shown that people marooned are often found dead even though they had access to all the required food, water, and shelter needed for survival. They died of isolation. They died of loneliness. Our need for human interaction is essential.

Our Own Diabetes Island?

You can’t throw a rock without hitting someone with diabetes. I’m not suggesting this, living with diabetes is tough enough. Just trying to make a point. But we are everywhere. We are in Hollywood, professional sports, beauty pageants, government, and every type of business and industry. We even sit on the United States Supreme Court. Yet research suggests that people with diabetes often feel a sense of personal failure, guilt, shame, distress and embarrassment. Browne and her colleagues called diabetes “the blame and shame disease”. When surveyed, people with diabetes reported feeling rejected, discriminated against, and isolated. To make matters worse, people without diabetes are not aware that people with diabetes have these feelings. For all the same reasons that isolation isn’t good for people without diabetes, it isn’t good for people with diabetes. Add to that, social isolation directly impacts our ability to live with and manage diabetes. It has been correlated with poorer glycemic control, more complications, higher medical costs, increased cognitive impairment, impaired quality of life, and poorer self-care behaviors.

We All Need a Wilson

Some of us are lucky enough to have wonderful “Wilsons” in our lives who support and help us deal with diabetes. Others, not so much. Regardless, research has suggested that educating family, friends, and colleagues about diabetes and encouraging communication about our challenges and needs can increase support and acceptance.

Support groups have long been an effective intervention for the isolating effects of diabetes. In addition to gaining first-hand information about diabetes through other people’s experiences, they provide reciprocal support from others with diabetes, and the opportunity to feel less lonely, isolated or judged. The curative effect of “universality”, knowing that you are not alone and that there are others who are struggling with similar issues, has long been recognized.

Summer camps for people with diabetes represent a unique type of support group. Surrounded by people with similar issues, camps have been found to help people connect with others, gain confidence, reduce anger and anxiety, increase self-esteem, and feel normal again.

And social media is able to provide a wealth of opportunities, connections, and information. For resources on how to get connected to the diabetes online community, click here.

But I preach to the choir. You are reading this on Taking Control of Your Diabetes, a premier diabetes social media platform. I have never met any of the TCOYD folks in person, but I feel connected with them and supported by them.

Back on the Mainland

Ultimately changing the socially isolating nature of diabetes will require societal change. Organizations such as TCOYD, the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are making great strides in connecting and organizing people with diabetes. Although the ultimate goal is to cure diabetes, an important side effect is bringing awareness and social acceptance to the disease. These organizations offer a range of opportunities for people to better understand their diabetes and connect with others. They include options such as newsletters, magazines, websites, chat rooms, forums, local chapters, marches, political advocacy, and fundraisers.

Spoiler Alert for the Three People Yet to See Castaway

In one of the more heart-wrenching scenes in Castaway, Noland loses Wilson in rough seas while escaping the island. However, with Wilson’s help, he survived. In the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson, it’s better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. Okay, I admit this analogy of escaping our diabetes isolation is a bit cheesy. But I still believe we are well served by finding our Wilsons, and perhaps even pulling together a quick game of volleyball.

Source: diabetesdaily.com

Recipe Roundup: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Combos

Peanut butter is a favorite spread for many reasons. It’s not only creamy, crunchy, and tasty, but it’s also rich in protein, unsaturated fat, and iron, among other nutrients. For many people with diabetes, they include peanut butter in their diet because it’s low glycemic — it doesn’t raise blood sugar abruptly.  Versatility is another […]
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Recipe Roundup: Have Your Dessert (& Eat It Too!)

As we advance toward the holiday season at warp speed, having some low-carb dessert recipes in mind will help us stay on track during family and friend pot-lucks and celebrations while we enjoy our cake (or muffins or doughnuts), too! In this month’s Recipe Roundup, we share desserts that not only taste as good as […]
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How Can I Talk to My Loved One About Their Diabetes If They Don’t Want to Talk About It?

This content originally appeared on TCOYD: Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Republished with permission.By Susan Guzman Dear Counselor’s Corner, My sister-in-law was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and I would love to be able to help her any way I can. However, every time I try to talk to her about it, she changes […]
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Kitchen Makeover: What to Purge and What to Stock Up On

This content originally appeared on TCOYD: Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Republished with permission.By Dana Palermo If you had to choose the healthiest food option between a product labeled “natural” and another one labeled “healthy”, which would you pick? They both sound good, right? Well you might have to dig a little deeper because there’s actually no […]
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30-Minute Chicken Fajita Salad with Chimichurri Dressing

This content originally appeared on TCOYD: Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Republished with permission.Celebrate spring with this colorful, easy, and filling (yes, filling!) Mexican salad from TCOYD and Joyful Healthy Eats! 30-Minute Chicken Fajita Salad with Chimichurri Dressing Eat the rainbow with a savory burst of roasted yellow and red peppers, ripe avocado, grilled chicken […]
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He’s Doing a Triathalon (So We Don’t Have To!)

This content originally appeared on TCOYD: Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Republished with permission.Financial analyst David Kliff started Diabetic Investor – the ultimate information source on the business of diabetes – over 20 years ago after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He began educating himself about the disease and, bringing his unique perspective as both […]
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