I have been compensated by Glucerna for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. #SteadyIsExciting
Back in 1999 was the first time the words diabetes ever entered my life. At that time it was gestational diabetes, I had failed my one hour glucose test and I was being put on a special diet and had to go take the 3 hour test. I passed that one, barely. The day my son was born I was told that I did have gestational diabetes. Fast forward through my next three pregnancies, I had gestational diabetes with each one. With my boys it was diet controlled, my daughter I was put on medication. After she was born I was told my risk of having type two diabetes was very high since I had gestational diabetes with all 4 of my kids. I did what I needed to do and set out on my journey of healthy living. I started running and eating healthier and for almost ten years I did pretty good then this past summer as I began marathon training I began noticing different symptoms. At first I began pricking my finger and testing my blood sugar. Consistently my fasting blood sugar was high and after meals it was borderline. The only time it was any where close to normal was after a long run, and then as my miles grew my blood sugar would be low. So I took myself to the doctor to find out what was going on with me and I was told I had prediabetes. I wasn’t shocked, I had been told it was most likely going to happen but now I needed to work even harder to balance my blood sugar levels. After finishing my marathon last week, I now find myself refocusing my health goals for the year. One of those goals is to lose weight. I am one of the lucky ones who gained weight while marathon training. That weight needs to go! I just need to figure out how to do it and keep my blood sugar levels in check. One of the ways I am working on that is trying to keep quick meals like taco salad and Glucerna Hunger Smart Shakes in my fridge.
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Paired with their Hunger Smart Shakes I have been making their Taco Salad. It is quick and easy lunch that is easily portable. I love being able to make it up and store in divided containers for quick grab and go lunches. That means less worry at meal time, plus grab and go lunches for when i’m out and about.
Putting together their taco salad is pretty easy. The ingredients are simple. Just ground beef, taco seasoning, leaf lettuce (I use Romaine),tomatoes, black beans and to some salsa and sour cream to top it.
To assemble, in a bowl mix the lettuce, tomatoes and black beans and then I add to my divided container.
I then top the lettuce mixture with the seasoned ground beef and in the smaller compartments I measure out salsa and sour cream and voila, my quick and easy lunch. Just add a Glucerna shake and you are all ready to go!
Are you working on controlling diabetes? What are some of your best practices?
- 2 oz extra-lean ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- 2 cups shredded leaf lettuce
- ½ cup chopped tomatoes
- ½ cup black beans
- 1 Tbsp. light sour cream
- ¼ cup salsa
- Brown ground beef in a small skillet; drain. Add taco seasoning and 2 Tbsp. of water. Cook until seasoning is thoroughly mixed into ground beef and mixture thickens. Remove from heat; set aside. Combine lettuce, tomatoes, and black beans in a bowl. Top with meat, sour cream, and salsa.
Original recipe can be found HERE