Conagra’s Banquet Frozen Meals Make a Perfect Snacky Meal

Snacky Meals can be safely integrated into a Sugar Control Diet

I often pick up small “snacky” meals for those times when you must eat, but don’t feel like cooking.
Banquet Frozen Meals by Conagra has become a new winner for me!
They have recently made a lot of changes in the content of their pot pies and other little meals.  Improved texture and taste have been added along with more protein and a focus on using more Real foods.
I just tried their new version of Banquet Mac and Cheese made with REAL cheese. It was great!
How it came about.
Had breakfast out at a local restaurant after I went to “Early Vote” at the courthouse.
While eating, the owner came around to the tables, announced she had a big bucket of home grown tomatoes that a local farmer had given her and said anyone who wanted tomatoes to let her know!
I raised my hand, since I didn’t plant a garden this year and  when I left she gave me a nice bag of tomatoes.
Stopped on my way home at Sav-A-Lot (our only remaining grocery store since our FoodTown was closed when Dollar General bought the property it was sitting on, tore it down and is now building a Dollar General Grocery Store) and picked up a handful of necessities including a few of my favorite  small frozen meals.
Been lazy about cooking lately, so I was out of anything quick and easy!

Plain Mac and Cheese is a great Snacky Meal
Plain Mac and Cheese is a great Snacky Meal

Add Fresh to Any Meal and It Reduces Calories

Lunch time: Fresh sliced tomatoes and cucumbers with Banquet Frozen Mac and Cheese small snacky meal.
Prep time… 4 Minutes!
Sliced the veggies while the microwave did its thing, can’t beat that with a stick!
Add Fresh Veggies to small snacky meals to reduce calories
Add Fresh Veggies to small snacky meals to reduce calories
For you numbers junkies…the BanquetMacCheese has 240 calories and a mix of fat, carbs and protein..a little high in sodium, but since I don’t eat a lot of salt, not a problem for me.
The box is labeled with all those Nutritional Facts and Figures…read to your heart’s content.
Ah yes, NO trans fats.

What else is in the Freezer Besides Mac N Cheese

Chicken Pot Pie, Turkey Pot Pie and Beef Pot Pie all made the trip home.   All because this is the wrong end of the month and all of the (what I call them) snacky meals price in at less than $1.00 each.

Conagra Banquet Frozen Meals have other options but some are priced a little more…most under $2.00.   Almost all of those in the freezer section had that New tag on them.

What seems to be new is the addition of more protein to things like their Meat Loaf, Chicken, Turnkey and Dressing and similar meals.

Just to keep things honest, I am not affiliated with Conagra or Banquet Frozen Meals in any way, other than they are just something I like to use occasionally.

My kids when they were growing up always loved them.  And if memory serves, they were one of the first frozen convenience foods I ever bought.

One thing about them, they are still one of the least expensive convenience foods that you can buy.  They also have several choices for breakfast.  Especially handy and always tasty are the “Brown n Serve” sausage links.

But I digress.  Something I am an expert at doing!

Just for the record, these are not the greatest things that you could be be putting into your Diabetic meal plan.

With that said, I am a firm believer in adapting your diet to fit into your life rather than making your life miserable because of Diet Rules (and I mean that in more than one way!).

As Paula Deen said in a interview I watched a few years back… “Diabetes is not a death sentence.”

But just to keep the record straight…it may not be a death sentence but it can surely make your life miserable if all you ever do is worry about it and stop living!

Just keep in mind, You really are What You Eat, so just do a little planning, create a few good habits and stop the misery.

Happy Living!



Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know

Not you?      Or you don’t know?

Type 2 Diabetes news and facts you should know fill recent publications, medical journals and television information shows.  Educating yourself about this disease epidemic that is spreading is a must.

Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know
Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know

Often the signs of type 2 diabetes are missed or not recognized.  This is when the real damage begins with diagnosis of it as  an underlying  cause for  an emergency room visit for a stroke or heart attack.

Since diabetes can affect anyone (age doesn’t count) it is now estimated that one out of every three people who have it, don’t know they have diabetes!

Diabetes Could be Classified as a Digestive Disorder Instead of a Disease

You might call diabetes a digestive disorder…no not like heartburn, but a neighbor!

It creates roadblocks in the normal digestion of carbohydrates to be used for energy, so that high levels of blood sugar (left over sugar not absorbed from the blood stream by all body cells) are created.

Hidden and untreated diabetes now becomes a Destruction Ninja.

  • Just a few of the gifts from this busy ninja are
  • nerve damage and
  • pain,
  • vision loss, and
  • heart disease created by
  • damage to arteries and blood vessels.

You might want to add another gift called chronic fatigue to this list.

Once diabetes is in place, it creates a never ending cycle of tiredness that can’t be removed until the cause is treated.

Recognize the Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

Thirst...increased desire and need to drink more liquids. Often accompanied by other symptoms like:

Dry Mouth: A coating may develop on your lips, mouth becomes so dry that it creates a strong urge for liquids to quench the thirst.
Dry mouth can affect your gums and teeth increasing the chances of developing gum disease and cavities.

Frequent Urination: increased and sometimes urgent calls to hit the bathroom day and night.
Since daytime voiding trips can vary depending on liquid consumption it is the evening trips that get attention.

Called nocturia,  if you are having to get up at night and make bathroom trips whereas you previously slept the whole night through.

Unusual Hunger: You feel tired, so think you need to eat and have a bottomless pit that you try to fill up…often accompanied by a strong desire for more food.

Weigh Gain or Loss: Weight gain or loss can vary depending on the person. Most people gain weight, but there is the occasional one that will have a continuing weight loss accompanied by an insatiable appetite. Even eating more doesn’t stop the weight loss! (this is in reference to type 2 diabetes).

Headaches: High blood sugar levels can cause blurred vision and of course fatigue which in turn may cause headaches. Another Diabetic Ninja gift.

Infections: Certain types of infections often accompany type 2 diabetes. Urinary tract infections, frequent yeast infections and itchy skin are common. Sores that take a long time to heal is another symptom.

Sexual Dysfunction: Since untreated diabetes has a penchant for damaging blood vessels and nerves, dehydrating the body (see dry mouth above) and because possible nerve damage can also lead to loss of sensation…it can affect men and women, no sexual discrimination allowed by diabetes.

If you recognize and have any of the above symptoms it is time for a trip to see your caregiver.  We do not provide medical advice or services.  What we do is inform from our point of view about diabetes and what we have observed and learned from.

  • Most common symptoms that are easily recognized are:
  • severe increased thirst,
  • frequent urination with the added night time bathroom trips,
  • changes in weight (loss or most frequently belly weight gain),
  • increased hunger,
  • constant fatigue,
  • blurred vision and
  • headaches and
  • tingling of your hands or feet especially at bedtime.

Since this is about you and YOUR body, do an honest assessment, educate yourself about diabetes and how to recognize the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

Even children are developing type 2 diabetes, so, if you are a parent it is your responsibility to take a closer look at your child, especially if he or she is overweight or has had a sudden unexplained weight gain or loss and exhibit any of the symptoms listed above.

Caregivers can administer a fasting plasma glucose test or even a finger stick A1c blood glucose test whose results will help diagnosis and determine if treatment is needed.

My goal in all this writing is to spread the word about diabetes which is becoming a world wide epidemic.  (not really becoming…it has arrived).
It is everyone’s  responsibility to help ourselves and help others when it comes to this mean sneaky disease.
Here is a graphic which makes all of the above information a little more digestible.

Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know
Type 2 Diabetes News and Facts You Should Know

What can you do?  Read and do some self searching.  Share what you have read.

The more people who know about diabetes and how it affects the body, the greater the chance they will make needed changes in their lifestyle and Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

So make your contribution today.  Comment below and share this information.  After all it is freely given and free to share!


Are You Suffering From Diabetes? A Special Report

Don't Like Diabetes


People who are prone to diabetes—especially those who have the disease in their family’s history—should consider that there is a great possibility that they or their kids might inherit the illness.

So, the best way to go about it is get educated  about the condition. The following are some the things that people who are prone to diabetes must consider:


Experts say that the severity of diabetes can be determined through its types including “type 1 diabetes” also known as “juvenile diabetes” or “insulin-dependent diabetes” which is an auto-immune type targeting the body’s immune system.  Normally diagnosed in childhood, however adults do develop type 1 diabetes, but not as frequently as in children.

Formerly the least common type:  “type 2 diabetes” also known as “non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” or “adult-onset diabetes” which is affected  eventually by the amount of insulin produced in the person’s body.
This is because of damage done to the pancreas by fat accumulation and the body itself (its cells) become resistant to insulin.

This eventually causes high sugar in the blood…. and then there is a third kind of diabetes:

“gestational diabetes” which  sometimes happens to   women who are   pregnant.  If a woman does develop this type of diabetes, she frequently later has type 2 diabetes.

2. SYMPTOMS. To know if you are suffering from diabetes , knowing the symptoms for each type would help you.

Those who suffering from type 1 diabetes would experience exceptional thirst, dryness of mouth despite taking in lots of fluid, the urgent need to urinate more often because of drinking more water.

Drastic loss of weight even if they are eating fairly well, exhaustion or feeling of being weak and  tired all the time.  Often blurring of vision in most cases.

For type 2 diabetes, sufferers experience often blurring of vision, wounds, sores, or cuts that takes a long time to heal, itchiness of skin in many parts of the body, frequent development of yeast infections, increased  thirst, drying of mouth, frequent urination, and mild to extreme leg pains.

Gestational diabetes symptoms are similar to the  other types it’s just that they are short termed because the disease ends once the woman gives birth. However, people who have this type of diabetes should be more careful because it can lead to type 2 if not monitored and treated immediately.

3. DIAGNOSIS. For a person to finally know whether he or she suffers from diabetes, tests for diagnosis are a must.

Although the symptoms can give you a hint whether you are suffering from the illness or not, relying on these are not enough. Experts say that only way to confirm if one has diabetes  is to get a test. Now, there are several types of tests that one can get including:

fasting plasma glucose test which, is considered as the most preferred test for people with diabetes.    It  requires a person to  fast at least eight hours or ideally the night before the test to ensure that the blood sample that will be drawn and examined for glucose levels is accurate.

– random blood glucose test which, unlike the Fasting Plasma Glucose test, doesn’t require fasting but the blood samples should be drawn out immediately after the person has eaten or has drunk something.

oral glucose tolerance test which requires the person to fast not less than 8 hours and prohibits him or her from smoking and drinking coffee before drawing the blood sample for the testing.

– glucose challenge test is for women who are prone to gestational diabetes when they are pregnant;

– impaired fasting glucose test which is considered as a new diagnostic category for people with diabetes. Here, blood sugar levels often can determine the probability of the person to develop diabetes.

It is amazing the different ways that people describe and  file away their own ideas of what diabetes is.

Basically diabetes could be placed in the category of a digestive disorder because how the body handles its food and the calories from the food changes.

By calories I mean sugar or glucose as that is the form that most food eaten is digested into so that it can be absorbed from the blood stream by the cells and converted into energy.

The exception of course is fat which is handled differently, but if fat from stored fat is used by the body, it must be converted back into glucose…. a merry go round of fat and sugar.

It is becoming more and more important for people to educate themselves about this disease.  It is now an epidemic and the side effects that affect the rest of your body are such things as strokes, heart attacks, blindness, amputation of limbs…the list seems endless.

Share your knowledge with your friends and family, especially if anyone is overweight.  Being above the ideal body weight for your height and activity level is almost a precursor for developing diabetes.