Diabetic-friendly Green Bean Casserole [Recipe]

Diabetic-friendly Green Bean Casserole

Diabetic-friendly Green Bean Casserole

In honor of American Diabetes Month, we’ve got a delicious Thanksgiving dish everyone at the dinner table can enjoy without blood sugar worries.



  • 1 ½ lbs of fresh green beans
  • 1 ½ cups of freshly sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ cups of skim milk
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 cup whole wheat cracker crumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 qrt baking dish



Preheat oven to 375°F.

Bring a pot of slightly salted water to a boil, trim green beans and boil them for 10 minutes. Drain and place into your baking dish.

Heat butter over medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Add in your flour, dry ranch seasoning, salt and pepper and stir. Whisk in your milk and stir over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat.

In a large skillet, heat your oil over medium heat. Add in your onion and garlic and cook until soft. Remove ½ of the onion mixture and place to the side.

Add in your mushrooms and cook until tender. Once tender, add onion, mushroom and garlic mixture to the sauce and stir.

Pour your sauce mixture over top of your beans in the baking dish. Toss to evenly coat the beans.

In a small bowl, take your onion mixture and mix with your cracker crumbs. Mix and spread over top of beans in baking dish.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Nutritional Information


Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories Per Serving: 174
Prep Time: 25 minutes

Is Weight-loss Surgery Right for You?

Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right For You?

Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right For You?

Shedding pounds successfully may sometimes require more than a sensible diet and exercise plan. For people who do all the right things, but still can’t lose weight, bariatric surgery is an effective solution.

Experts with KentuckyOne Health have offered weight-loss surgery as a solution for more than 15 years. On average, patients who are good candidates for surgery reach their weight goals within a year of the procedure. However, surgery must be combined with other steps, such as dietary changes and exercise, to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

“Bariatric surgery changes a patient’s stomach,” said Karen Hillenmeyer, PA-C, director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health. “That change is a tool for each patient to use to help make healthier choices.”

Taking the First Step

Attending a free informational seminar is a great way to learn more about whether bariatric surgery is a good option for you. The seminar is an opportunity to meet bariatric surgeons and staff members and discuss possible next steps.

Learn more about free weight loss seminars at KentuckyOne Health

“We believe it’s very important that patients’ medical and surgical history, as well as their behaviors, are carefully considered before determining which bariatric procedure is recommended,” Hillenmeyer said. “We take a team approach to addressing each individual’s needs and goals.”

During introductory seminars, participants learn about the histories of bariatric surgery, available procedures and the potential benefits. Those who choose to move forward with weight-loss surgery will attend educational classes, such as a nutrition information session and a presurgical seminar with certified bariatric nurses.

The teams at KentuckyOne Health’s weight-loss centers are committed to helping patients achieve their goals by making sure they are educated before the procedure and have the support they need to be successful afterward.

“Our program offers ongoing support and classes on a variety of important topics to keep patients informed at each phase of the process,” Hillenmeyer said. “Our goal is to treat each patient individually. We focus on their needs by providing education that helps them make the needed changes to achieve their goals.”

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Weight-loss surgery does more than trim your waistline. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the procedure helps reduce the risk of a variety of comorbid conditions typically associated with obesity, including:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Winter edition of One Health magazine. For more weight loss news and information, subscribe to One Health today.

Losing Weight for a Healthier Life

Losing Weight for a Healthier Life

Losing Weight for a Healthier Life

Did you know weight-loss surgery can help treat Type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be challenging to control. Adults with the condition must prick their fingers to check their blood sugar multiple times a day. Many also take one or more medications or use insulin injections to keep their glucose levels under control. Even with these treatments, some people have a difficult time managing their illness.

“Medications and insulin injections work to a point, but they’re like a bandage,” said Robert Farrell, MD, FACS, bariatric surgeon at KentuckyOne Health Weight Loss and Surgery Associates. “We’re now seeing a paradigm shift. Weight-loss surgery is becoming a prominent choice for some people with Type 2 diabetes who are overweight or obese.”

Available Options

Three weight-loss surgeries — Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding — were discussed at the 2nd Diabetes Surgery Summit as treatment options for Type 2 diabetes. All three are available at KentuckyOne Health and are performed laparoscopically, meaning surgeons operate through several small, key-hole-sized incisions instead of through one large incision. Laparoscopic surgery is usually less painful and gets patients back on their feet faster.

During a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, surgeons create a small pouch from a portion of the stomach. This pouch is separated from the rest of the stomach and the two upper parts of the small intestine, which are known as the duodenum and jejunum. The pouch is then reconnected to the lower segment of the small intestine, forming a “Y” shape. The surgery limits the amount of food people can comfortably eat at one time and the number of calories and nutrients that are absorbed from food.

“Metabolic changes happen almost instantly when you bypass the duodenum, so people see diabetes improvement not long after surgery,” said Joshua Steiner, MD, FACS, bariatric surgeon at the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health. “Many of our patients go home needing very little of their diabetes medication.”

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery estimates that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass essentially cures Type 2 diabetes in 80 percent of cases. Roughly 85 to 90 percent of Dr. Steiner’s patients no longer have to worry about diabetes after surgery, and nearly 100 percent see improvement.
Dr. Farrell offers Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, which was the most performed bariatric surgery in 2015, to patients looking to improve their Type 2 diabetes symptoms. During a sleeve gastrectomy, physicians remove roughly 80 to 85 percent of the stomach. More than 80 percent of his patients who have a sleeve gastrectomy notice Type 2 diabetes improvement or resolution.

“To see that there is an option that can treat diabetes and prevent serious complications fills people with hope,” Dr. Farrell said. “These surgeries are truly life changing.”

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 edition of One Health magazine. For more information about weight loss and nutrition, subscribe to One Health magazine today.