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ShopRite Partner Talks Importance of Breakfast to EDC Participants

Lynette with EDC Students Lynette Hem-Lee, RDN, a ShopRite Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, recently treated participants of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) workshop at Columbian Towers to a special food presentation. 

Before Lynette arrived, the group discussed how they felt about keeping track of two days’ worth of meals and made observations on each other’s choices. Some opted for sweets in the morning while others wanted something quick and light because they knew they would have a snack in a few hours. 

As Lynette overheard the conclusion of the discussion, she let the group know she was pleased with the number of people who had something for breakfast, especially those that included fiber-rich choices like cereal or oatmeal. She told the participants that having sweets like doughnuts or pastries are not the best options because they have little to no fiber and can leave one feeling hungry and unsatisfied afterward as well as raising blood sugar levels. 

EDC Logo Picture 3The Importance of Fiber
Americans tend to eat only half of the daily recommended portion of fiber. Particularly as we age, we often turn to more processed foods, therefore cutting out whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the recommended amount of fiber a person with diabetes should consume each day is the same for everyone - “25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men.”
The goal of 25-38 grams of daily fiber intake may be difficult for some people to achieve, as large amounts of fiber can cause negative gastrointestinal (GI) effects, such as bloating and gas. If someone is not adjusted to larger amounts of fiber in their diet, it should be added slowly. The participants at Columbian Towers appreciated learning about fiber from Lynette.
A Quick and Easy Breakfast Option
After the fiber lecture, Lynette had a surprise for all the participants. She helped them make a quick and easy breakfast recipe for “Overnight Oats” in a clean mason jar for each to keep. She brought along many ingredients so that they could add fruits, nuts, chia seeds, spices and milk to their liking. She gave everyone a recipe they could follow and provided a demonstration on how to make one. Then, the group was allowed to make their own. Participants were instructed to eat the oats cold or warm the next day depending on how they like to eat it. There was no right or wrong answer, which made it fun for everyone.  
The following week, the participants were asked what they thought about the Overnight Oats and Mercedes, one of the class participants, said that she could not wait for her grandchildren to try them. She was looking forward to having them make it on their own and she is already planning the variety of fruits she make available for them to pick and choose. 
“I want them to know that they can eat healthy and that it is delicious and easy too,” Mercedes said. “I enjoyed eating my oats cold. I think this will be my new go-to breakfast during the summer because I won’t have to turn on the stove and cook to have a nice meal.” 
Another participant named Virginia loved it so much that she quickly made another batch of Overnight Oats that same week. She had all the ingredients and found the recipe easy enough to replicate right away. 

Very Berry Overnight Oats
Servings: 1
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 8 hours
A heart-healthy diet should include whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, lean protein and legumes, and should limit fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
  • 1/2 cup Quaker® Oats
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh mixed berries and fruit
Add Quaker® Oats to your container of choice and pour in milk. Layer Greek yogurt, chia seeds and mixed fruit and berries. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy in the morning!
Recipe provided by ShopRite
About Everyone with Diabetes Counts
EDC is a national initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and offers free self-management workshops to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers.  Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by HQSI, offers the free workshops throughout New Jersey. Workshops are designed to educate individuals about diabetes and help them learn how to manage it and take control of their health through various tools, behavior modification and coping techniques. Participants learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications and much more.
Learn more or find an upcoming workshop in your area by calling Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168.