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Grocery Challenges

As I focus on changing my diet over, I’m spending more time in the grocery store again. It’s nice since we’ve got vaccines that reduce the risk of getting Covid. I don’t worry about going into a grocery store and having to wear a mask that makes it harder to breathe. I can spend more time researching food again. After all, healthy eating is determined in the grocery store but what we choose to bring into our homes.

While a metamorphosis into a butterfly is highly unlikely, I’m focused on removing more dairy from my diet and producing fewer ceramides in my body. This made this week's recipe challenging because the traditional version had cream cheese. I did a bit of research and found an interesting replacement. Just take a look at the recipe.

For the base of the recipe, I looked at a friend's garden for inspiration. Thank you, B, for the fantastic fresh produce. All the moisture from the rain definitely made the pepper plants happy. The football season is definitely making me happy. So, it is a natural fit to combine the two. It’s an unusual variation of a sports fan’s favorite snack, healthy poppers!


  • 6 jalapeño peppers, deseeded and halved

  • 3 ounces hummus dip

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh parsley

  • 2 ounces Daiya brand cheddar shreds

  • parchment paper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Remove the seeds from the jalapeño peppers and cut them in half. Space them out on parchment paper.

  4. Mix the hummus dip, garlic, and parsley. Fill the jalapeños 2/3 of the way.

  5. Top with the cheddar shreds.

  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

I substituted hummus dip for cream cheese. I replaced the cheddar with Daya brand cheddar shreds. From last week, you may remember our bodies use dairy to produce ceramides in the body. I’m trying not to provide my body with any ingredients to fuel my diabetes. I'm learning to treat the cause not the symptoms.

This week’s recipe does have some warnings. Some peppers are too hot for some bodies to handle. Habaneros are evil because the capsaicin tends to make me sick as I processed them into powder. It’s great for making sauces and splicing dishes, so they are great holiday gifts for others.

My taste buds prefer mild peppers. There are a few key things you may want to know, if you’re like me. The fresher and smoother the jalapeño, the less heat it will have. Another tip is to parboil the jalapeños for a couple of minutes. Then you prepare them for the recipe.

I'm headed back out for some exercise and to gather the last of the peppers and some okra. Exercise really makes the most difference in ceramide reduction, diet can play a significant role in undermining our hard work. I'll keep working on the recipes. If you have a favorite dish, please tell me. I'll create a diabetic friendly version, just let me know by leaving a note below. I've learned how to swap blood sugar spiking ingredients for others with a lower glycemic index. It may take a week or two, but I love the challenge. I'll also work on introducing more recipes to help lower the ceramides in the body. Please comment, like, share, and come back next week for more recipes, ideas, and tips. Subscribe to the website, if you would like weekly email reminders to add more recipes to your recipe book.

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up-to-date lab work

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