I Have Diabetes: Is Insulin Right for Me? You can check it on WebD

This short Quiz may help you

This activity is for people who have type 2 diabetes or those who care for them, as well as others who want to learn more about insulin therapy. The goal is to help you have better discussions with your provider about whether insulin may be an option for you.

You will learn:

  • How insulin works
  • About different types of insulin
  • What providers think about when they suggest insulin
  • How you can be a better partner in your care




Banana Day – microwave banana pudding


  • 100g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • icing sugar, toffee sauce and ice cream, to serve, if you like


  1. Put the butter in a 1-litre baking dish and microwave on High for 30 secs-1 min until melted. Add 1½ bananas, mash into the melted butter, then add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, eggs and milk. Mix together well.
  2. Slice the remaining banana over the top, then return to the microwave and cook on High for 8 mins until cooked through and risen. Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar, if you like, with a drizzle of toffee sauce and a scoop of ice cream

Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/408657/microwave-banana-pudding

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Hypertension is a Silent Killer, but can be prevented

High blood pressure or hypertension can increase the likelihood of health complications such as heart attack, heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke and congestive heart failure, among others. Hypertension often goes unnoticed and can cause damage to the heart and blood vessels.

The BPro heart screening takes only a few minutes to perform, is non-invasive and is very simple and completely pain free. BPro is a small hand held devise that resembles a large wrist watch. It is placed on your wrist and a sensor begins to collect pulse data. A very sophisticated laser diode reads and calculates a Wave Form signal in aortic artery. It gives an indication of elasticity of large, small and peripheral artery walls. Also data for stress will be recorded. the procedure lasts approximately 20 minutes, so you can sit back, relax and have a nice chat while all cardiovascular data are collected.

Immediately after your screening your results will be made available to you in a convenient presentation folder for you to keep. We will recommend some life style changes and discuss various diet. Depends on results you may be referred to your doctor for further tests.

We provide heart health screenings at our ECI Health Centre in Goatstown and in selected locations throughout Ireland. We also cam provide this service at group meetings, corporate offices, fitness clubs, schools and colleges nationwide. Our clinic is open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. We can also arrange evening and Saturday screenings.To discuss any of above in more detail or to make a booking please call 01 205 1050


Healthy Energy Bars

These are packed full of nutritious plant proteins, healthy fats, B-vitamins and fibre that will fuel your kids for longer..
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 8 Medjool dates
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and begin to chop slowly. Increase the speed as you begin to notice the ingredients mixing together.
  2. Once the ingredients are mixed together, remove from the food processor, and place into an 8×8 dish. Make sure to press down with your spoon or spatula to create a large, compact square.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for roughly 1-3 hours before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

(Found on: http://foodbabe.com/2015/05/04/homemade-healthy-energy-bars/#more-21395)

Fruit roll ups

These are a great way to get extra fruits into your kids and they’re fun and easy to make.

The first step is to blend your fruit.  To make one pan, you will need about 5 cups of fruit.  It can be any kind of fruit combinations. e.g. peaches and strawberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries etc. Blend until very smooth.

Pour your mixture into a fine mesh strainer, and stir until it has all moved through.

This next step is the most important!  Pour your fruit mixture onto a baking sheet.  Using a silpat, or silicone mat will give you the best success.  You can also try using wax paper, freezer paper, or parchment paper, but none of these will give you the same quality as using a silicone mat.




The key is spreading it very thick and even.  The edges always get done the fastest, and can become thin and brittle, so spread the mixture thick on the edges.  The more even you can get your mixture, the better it will turn out.  I leave mine at least 1/4 inch thick in all spots. Once it is smooth and thick all over, you pop it in your preheated oven at 200 degrees F / 93° C.   It will bake for 4-6 hours depending on how thick you spread it, and how hot your oven cooks.

Once it has dried and isn’t thick and sticky in the middle, it is done!  You can then peel it, and cut it into strips!


(Found on: http://www.superhealthykids.com/homemade-fruit-roll-ups/)

Sparkling watermelon

A great alternative to plain water and kids will love it! Enjoy this instead of sugary juices, which spike your blood sugar; the electrolytes found naturally in watermelon will restore your energy while the mint perks you up.


  • 1 1/2 Cups Watermelon deseeded
  • 4 Sprigs Fresh Mint
  • 1 Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 Cups Chilled Sparkling Water
  • 1 Cup Ice (Optional)






  1. Place the watermelon and the mint in a blender and blend on high until uniformly combined, about 30 to 60 seconds. Add the lime juice and stir to incorporate.
  2. Pour the sparkling water into a pitcher and add ice, if using. Stir in watermelon mixture and mix to combine. Serve immediately
  3. Best enjoyed when fresh, but you can store the melon mixture in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days; when ready to use, simply add sparkling water and enjoy.

(Found on: http://drhyman.com/blog/2015/07/03/healing-meals-sparkling-watermelon)


Fruit Pops

A great alternative to sugary shop-bought ice pops! And they have added protein and fibre with the chia seeds.. A delicious, refreshing and nutritious treat for all the family.


3 cups mango, chopped (about 2 large mangos)
10 ounces coconut water
1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
Place mango and coconut water into blender and blend until smooth. Stir in chia seeds. Pour mixture into ice pop moulds and place a wooden stick into each. Freeze until frozen, at least 6 hours. Enjoy!
(Found on: http://jellytoastblog.com/mango-chia-popsicles#_a5y_p=2158082)