Do you want to hear something scary? According to the World Health Organisation, the number of people in the world living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980. Diabetes Australia quotes that in Australia, 280 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day. That’s one every five minutes. And that figure doesn’t even take into account the number of people currently living with pre-diabetes. Diabetes complications can lead to serious health complications, including heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and limb amputation. And the scariest part of all – but the part that should also give us the most hope – is that the most prevalent form of diabetes (type II) is entirely preventable.
Diabetes is a deep-rooted community problem, and it’s one I look forward to exploring in greater detail down the track, but for now, on the eve of April 7th 2016, World Health Day, I want to share with you a recipe developed the team behind Hit 100, an Australian company committed to tackling the diabetes epidemic. These corn fritters are low GI, high in fibre and have more than a serve of vegetables in each serve. They’re perfect for breakfast, or even as a snack throughout the day. Oh – and they’re delicious… I can vouch for that.
Try them for yourself this weekend and let me know what you think!
HIT 100’S CORN FRITTERS
2 small capsicums (150g), diced
1 cup corn kernels
1 brown onion, diced
5 Tbsp continental parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp Cajun spice mix
5 large eggs
0.5 cup skim milk
200g wholemeal flour
2/3 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tomatoes, finely diced
1 Onion, finely diced
2 Tbsp continental parsley
5 Tbsp lemon juice
1. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in milk then whisk in the flour and baking powder until smooth.
2. Add capsicum, onion, parsley, corn kernels and Cajun spice to the bowl and mix until the vegetables are evenly dispersed in the mixture. Leave mixture to rest.
3. In the meantime make the salsa dip by combining the tomato, onion, parsley and lemon juice in a bowl. Set aside while you cook your fritters.
4. Heat enough oil in a large non-stick frying pan to thinly cover the surface over medium to high heat.
5. Add a large spoon of batter to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are cooked through. Repeat until all the mixture is cooked. You may need to add the remaining olive oil between batches.
6. When the corn fritters are cooked serve with up the tomato salsa and enjoy!
Makes: 8 corn fritters
Hit 100 was founded by a group of passionate entrepreneurs who could no longer sit and watch our nation develop preventable diseases like diabetes. Currently they offer a home delivered meal service for diabetics (type I, II and gestational) that combines with a simple 100-point system to help take the confusion and frustration out of healthy eating. It’s not just for diabetics either – it’s healthy, tasty, well-balanced food that everyone can eat.
To create Hit 100’s ‘doctor meets chef’ recipes, they’ve brought together some of the leading minds in the diabetes landscape including, dietitians, endocrinologists, GPs and researchers to work alongside their chefs to create deliciously healthy, balanced meals that help people with diabetes or pre-diabetes manage their weight, blood glucose levels and overall health.
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