Healthy Eating: Diabetes Alert Day
Held March 28, 2017, American Diabetes Association Alert Day is a day to sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in American adults. 

This is a great time to improve eating habits and take the American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. The free, anonymous risk test is available online or via a one-sided handout, and only takes a minute to complete. 

No matter what your risk, it’s always a good time to examine your eating habits. Opt for a low-carbohydrate, low-fat diet with plenty of foods from all five food groups for best results. Eating in season is another way to save your waistline and your wallet.

Start with a diabetes-friendly seasonal feast of Grilled Lamb Asparagus Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce, Apple Yogurt Coleslaw with Baked Custard. Other diabetes-friendly and all-around healthy recipes to enjoy this week include Low-Fat Cha Cha ChalupasHearty Split Pea SoupBlueberry Blackberry Gratin and Anytime Fruit Shake.

“Family Meals Matter” features registered dietitian–approved recipes with foods from all the food groups to reflect Dairy Council of California’s nutrition philosophy to elevate the health of children and parents. For more information, nutrition tools and additional family meal recipes, please visit our website, HealthyEating.orgHealthy Eating Made Easier™

Grilled Lamb Asparagus Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce, California Asparagus Commission


(Includes ingredients to make at least four servings of each Featured Family Meal recipe)

Tzatziki Sauce
1/2 Cucumber peeled and chopped
1 cup Yogurt, plain
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
1 small Garlic clove, minced 
1/4 teaspoon each Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup Mint, chopped fresh

4 Pita pockets, cut in half
1 1/2 pounds Lamb, cut into 2 inch cubes
2 bunches Asparagus, ends trimmed
1/4 cup Mint leaves, whole
2 Tomatoes, cubed
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted

8 cups thinly sliced green Cabbage (about 1 3/4 pounds)
4 cups chopped unpeeled Granny Smith Apple (about 2 medium)
1 cup coarsely shredded Carrot
1/3 cup reduced-calorie Mayonnaise
1 (8-ounce) carton plain low-fat Yogurt
1 tablespoon Sugar
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
1 teaspoon Celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper

2 Eggs
1/3 cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 cups scalded low-fat Milk
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla