"The Smart Shopper Diabetes Cookbook" Review

RobynWebbCookbookI recently read a brand new diabetes-related cookbook, had a great conversation with the author, and couldn’t help but share this with you.  If you are learning to live with diabetes, you MUST learn how to cook for yourself and this book is a great place to start.

Robyn Webb, nutritionist, author, teacher, and food editor of Diabetes Forecast Magazine (American Diabetes Association) among other things, has penned an outstanding new book called The Smart Shopper Diabetes Cookbook: Strategies for Stress-free Meals from the Deli Counter, Freezer, Salad Bar, and Grocery Shelves.

This book follows many of the same philosophies we promote here at 2YourHealth, so I want to share it with you.  Here are a few specific things I really like about this book . . .

  • Main Dishes – Robyn understands the struggles that a lot of people face.  While sides are easy to tackle, main dishes can be difficult to prepare and this book is chock full of great recipes.  She’s big on soups which is good since we’re heading into “soup weather”.
  • Practical – She is in tune with today’s busy lifestyle and has tailored these tips to help you get things done quickly. If the recommendations you receive from your doctor or Registered Dietitian are not achievable in your lifestyle, they are not going to work.  Robyn understands this.  That’s one reason she is big on soups – they are easy to prepare.
  • Building Blocks –  She walks you through the grocery store, showing you building blocks from which you can create meals.  “A pantry is a work-in-progress.”  Great thought.  This is super for building confidence, which is crucial and one of the things we try to do here at 2YourHealth.  Once you get hooked on cooking, you can grow in your knowledge and skill, but you have to take some basic first steps.
  • Concrete Detail – This book is full of specific tips.  Robyn explains what the terms on food labels actually mean and this info is spot-on.  Each chapter starts with an introduction that is very specific.
  • Culinary Hints – The culinary hints are as useful as the recipes themselves.  The introduction includes a page of “Healthy Cooking Suggestions”.  If you just went to Barnes & Noble, read that one page, and put the book back on the shelf you’d be better off.

A Note For Those With CKD

The book is great for Diabetics.  However, if you have Diabetes AND Chronic Kidney Disease (1-in-3 Diabetics also have CKD), you may want to purchase the low sodium version of some of the ingredients in this book.

Robyn’s walk-through of the grocery store includes lots of items in the center of the store, which is where you find a lot of high-sodium items.  That’s one of the reasons we recommend shopping down the sides and out back to keep sodium in check if you have CKD.  Just be sure to keep an eye on sodium when following Robyn’s recipes.

The book can be purchased online on the ADA website.  If you have read it or pick it up soon, leave us a comment below and let us know what YOU think.

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Author: Carla Spencer

Carla Spencer is a Registered Dietitian and founder of 2 Your Health. Her extensive career working with individuals with health challenges led her to create this site dedicated to helping people enjoy their lives while working to prevent or minimize the impact of kidney disease.

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  1. Hi Carla,

    Great share on a diabetic cook book. I’m definitely going to take a look and try some of these recipes and post on my diabetes blog.

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