Brookes Low-Cal Passionquilla

Enjoy the flavours of summer with this refreshing Brookes Low-Cal Passionquilla recipe.

Perfect for those hot summer days, Brookes Low-Cal is the perfect beverage partner this season for those seeking a healthier alternative without compromising on flavour. The 6% fruit juice content guarantees the deliciously fruit flavour you all love in your favourite squash drinks and with 95% less sugar in a bottle and low-kilojoules, it’s the healthier choice for anyone who is living with diabetes.

Finding healthier alternatives can be difficult when options are few and you are craving something sweet and refreshing. That’s why Brookes Low-Cal crafted a fruit squash drink, specifically geared to help make healthy choices easier.

Taste more out of life and let’s get living and loving life even more.

Try this excitingly, zesty Passionquilla recipe for a refreshing twist to your summer delights.

INGREDIENTS (per serving)

  • 2 shots of Brookes Low-Cal Passionfruit
  • 1 passionfruit, cut into wedges
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 can (200ml) soda water
  • Crushed or blended ice


  1. Crush ice in a blender and pour into a highball glass or jam jar.
  2. Add the two shots of Brookes Low-Cal Passionfruit.
  3. Top up with soda water and stir.
  4. Add 1 passionfruit wedge.
  5. Add fresh rosemary sprigs to garnish.

BROOKES Low-Cal is a low kilojoule squash drink that comes in a variety of fruity flavours. It’s proudly endorsed by Diabetes South Africa and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. It can be enjoyed by making mocktails or refreshing juice drinks, as part of a diabetic-friendly diet.

Read about how this low-kilojoule drink is perfect for a diabetic-friendly eating plan.

Brookes Low-Cal is available at all leading supermarkets.

Follow us on IG for more exciting recipes and updates: @lowcal_sa

NUTRITIONAL INFO (per serving)

Energy Sugars Fat Salt Saturates
Per  100ml serving <14 kJ <0.2  g <0.1 g <0.1 g <0.1 g

Huletts Xylitol Cheesecake

This delicious Huletts Xylitol Cheesecake is the perfect dessert choice for family gatherings over the festive season. It’s covered with fresh strawberries and blueberries and has a creamy blueberry filling. The added bonus is that the recipe is approved by the GI Foundation of SA and Diabetes SA.

Serving: 16 (1 x 23cm cheesecake)



  • 200g sugar-free digestive biscuits (1 packet)
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) soft tubs margarine, light, melted


  • 750g (3 tubs) smooth low-fat cottage cheese
  • 250ml (1 cup) blueberries
  • 45ml (3 Tbsp.) corn flour
  • 15ml (1 Tbsp.) vanilla essence
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) Huletts EquiSweet Xylitol


  • 15ml (1 Tbsp.) Huletts EquiSweet Xylitol
  • 125ml (1/2 cup or tub) low-fat cottage cheese
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries



  1. Preheat the oven to 160⁰. Grease a 23cm springform tin.
  2. Place the biscuits in a food processor and blend to make crumbs. Mix with the melted margarine.
  3. Press the crumb mix into the base of the tin and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.


  1. Place the low-fat cottage cheese, blueberries, corn flour, vanilla essence and Huletts EquiSweet Xylitol into a food processor and blend together until well combined.
  2. Pour over the base of the chilled crust and bake for 45 minutes or until set.
  3. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before placing in the refrigerator for two hours. Gently loosen the tin and remove the cake.


    1. Carefully stir the Huletts EquiSweet Xylitol into the low-fat cottage cheese and gently spread over the top of the cheesecake.
    2. Decorate the cheesecake with the berries before serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFO (per serving)

Nutrients per serving: One serving or 1/16th of the cheesecake is equivalent to: 1/2 portion starch + ½ portion fruit + 1 portion low-fat dairy/protein.

Energy Protein Carbohydrates Fat Fibre
Per serving   598 kJ  6.9 g 14.2 g 6.2 g 30.7 g

Suganon Xylitol Churro Pancakes

Try these low-carb pancakes made with sugar-free Suganon Xylitol.


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. Suganon Xylitol sweetener
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 egg


  • ½ cup Suganon Xylitol sweetener
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • ¼ cup melted butter


  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and Suganon Xylitol sweetener.
  2. Add in milk, egg and vegetable oil and whisk until combined.
  3. Once combined, set aside and warm a skillet or pan with butter or coconut oil.
  4. Fry your pancakes until both sides are golden brown.
  5. When the pancakes are done, combine the Suganon Xylitol sweetener and cinnamon powder.
  6. Brush both sides of the pancakes with the melted butter, and then coat in the Suganon cinnamon powder.
  7. Once they are all done, enjoy warm.

Suganon is a range of great tasting sugar alternatives to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle.

For references visit

Adcock Ingram Healthcare (Pty) Ltd. Reg. no. 2007/019928/07. Private Bag X69, Bryanston, 2021, 1 New Road, Erand Gardens, Midrand.
Customer Care: 0860ADCOCK/232625

Be fabulite this summer for World Diabetes Day 

With this year’s theme for World Diabetes Day being diabetes and the family, we, at Parmalat, make life a little easier with Parmalat Fabulite range of yoghurt so the whole family can enjoy.

Parmalat Fabulite is a delicious fat-free yoghurt with no added sugar. It’s ideal to include in your family’s meal plan as one of the suggested three daily servings of dairy adults should consume.

You don’t have to miss out on filling treats in your meal plan. With fewer kilojoules than regular yoghurt, Fabulite yoghurt is a guilt-free and delightful snack that can be enjoyed by health-conscious consumers.

Fabulite has been part of the Parmalat family, known for its focus on quality, since its launch almost 10 years ago (in 2008). We are very excited to be endorsed by the GI Foundation of South Africa (GIFSA) and Diabetes SA.

The Parmalat Fabulite range is available in 175g and 1kg packs (Fruit: Black Cherry and Strawberry, and Smooth: Plain and Vanilla). The 6x100g variety packs are available in the following variants: Fruit – Strawberry, Black Cherry and Kiwi, and Smooth – Grapefruit, Vanilla and Strawberry.


The 2017 statistics, from the International Diabetes Federation, the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control, paint a gloomy picture. Worldwide, there were 425 million adults with diabetes and it is estimated to be 629 million by 2045. 

For this reason, a smoothie made from the Parmalat Fabulite range is ideal for people living with diabetes, and is one step of managing your diabetes.

Fabulite Breakfast Smoothie

Start the day right with a special treat, packed full nutrients and good for your waistline.

½ cup Fabulite plain yoghurt
1 large frozen banana
6 large frozen strawberries
1 slice fresh ginger root
1 cup skim milk
¼ cup wheat germ

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy.

Recipe tip

Wholegrains could be a great addition to a smoothie to make it crunchier and up the nutrition stakes. Just ensure that what you add contains no hidden sugars that will contribute to increased blood sugar. And always remember to control the serving size! 

You can consider using oats or bran when making a smoothie, but keep an eye on the product’s nutritional info, sugar and carbohydrate content; when added up it should all still be within your daily allowed totals.

Another option for a fabulous Fabulite smoothie is adding some fresh blueberries and sliced almonds to a tub of Fabulite yoghurt of your choice.

World Diabetes Day

Don’t forget to be Fabulite this summer for World Diabetes Day – 14 November! Parmalat Fabulite can be bought from any of the major retailers.

For more information please visits

Albany Bread-A-Betix Super Citrus Chicken Sarmie


  • 2 slices Albany Bread-A-Betix Low G.I. White Bread

For the citrus mayo:

  • 60ml mayo
  • 5ml lemon zest
  • 5ml lemon juice
  • 5ml orange juice
  • 5ml orange zest
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2,5ml ground ginger
  • Olive oil for frying

For the cucumber pickle:

  • 80ml apple cider vinegar
  • Black sesame seeds
  • 15ml brown sugar
  • ¼ cucumber, shaved
  • Fresh watercress


  1. For the chicken breast, toss in the ginger and pan fry until cooked through and golden. Slice.
  2. For the pickle, mix together the vinegar, sugar, and black sesame seeds and then toss in the shaved cucumber. Leave to pickle for 15 minutes.
  3. For the citrus mayo, mix together the lemon and orange zest, juice, mayonnaise and season to taste.
  4. For the sarmie, spread the 2 slices of bread with citrus mayonnaise, top with watercress then place sliced, grilled chicken on each slice.
  5. Top with cucumber pickle and extra zest!

No Bake Coconut & Vanilla Cheesecake

Thistlewood products are ideal for the health conscious consumer and suitable for persons with diabetes. 

Makes approximately 8 mini cheesecakes
1 serving = 1 mini cheesecake with 1 teaspoon jam
This recipe is inspired by Everyday Diabetic Recipes


  • 450g fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 packet sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 170g of mixed berry low GI Thistlewood biscuits, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. melted coconut oil (give or take)
  • Thistlewood Red Cherry “Sugar free” jam (no added sugar, sweetened with sorbitol)
The Thistlewood range is available in all Dischem pharmacies, select Super Spars, Checkers Hypers, select Pick n Pay stores and The Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology.


  1. Crush or lightly blitz your Thistlewood biscuits to form a crumb. Mix the crumbs and coconut oil together until combined. Add 2 loosely-packed tablespoons of crumb to the bottom of each mould or serving dish, and use your fingers or a spoon to pack it down firmly.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir cream cheese with a spoon until soft. Add dry instant pudding mix, yogurt, skim milk, and 1 teaspoon coconut extract. Mix well with a wire whisk. Spread mixture evenly onto the crumb. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours, or until firmly set.
  3. Serve with a healthy teaspoon of Thistlewood Red Cherry “Sugar free” jam (no added sugar, sweetened with sorbitol).

You can use any one of our yummy Thistlewood no added sugar (sucrose) jams to tantalize your taste buds. Available in Strawberry, Apricot, Marmalade, Raspberry, Gooseberry & Cherry.  [email protected]  033 386 3636 / 011 467 2147

Like Us? Follow Us! @thistlewoodprod

Diabetes SA logo
Halaal logo

Delicious cottage cheese flapjacks

Thistlewood products are ideal for the health conscious consumer and suitable for persons with diabetes. 

Makes approximately 12 – 15 flapjacks   
1 serving = 3 flapjacks with 1 tablespoon jam
This recipe is inspired by by dietician, Leanne Katzenellenbogen


  • 1 cup low-GI oats
  • 250 g low-fat chunky cottage cheese
  • extra large egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 4 sticks of Stevia
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • favourite sugar-free Thistlewood Jam

The Thistlewood range is available in all Dischem pharmacies, select Super Spars, Checkers Hypers, select Pick n Pay stores and The Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology.


  1. Put oats into a blender, or food processor and blitz to a grainy batter.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and process into a batter. Leave to rest for about half an hour, at room temperature.
  3. Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat. (Use a little non-stick olive oil cooking spray to help keep from sticking).
  4. Pour tablespoons per flapjack into pan & allow to cook until small bubbles form (about 4-5mins) then flip & allow to cook the same on the otherside.
  5. Serve with your favourite sugar-free Thistlewood jam (which is suitable for Type 1 diabetes).  [email protected]  033 386 3636 / 011 467 2147

Like Us? Follow Us! @thistlewoodprod

Diabetes SA logo
Halaal logo

Overnight FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats®


  • 50 g FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats®
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Yoghurt
  • Berries
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia seeds


  1. Add your FUTURELIFE® Smart Oats® and milk to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Pour half mixture in a jar, spoon over some slices up fresh berries.
  3. Pour over remainder of oats mixture.
  4. Place in fridge overnight.
  5. In the morning top with yoghurt, chia seeds and sliced berries.

For more information on the product used in this recipe visit:

FUTURELIFE® Mixed Berries and Mint Crush


  • 1/3 cup mixed frozen berries
  • 125 ml plain fat free / low fat yoghurt
  • 125 ml water
  • 40 g or 4 Tbsp. FUTURELIFE® Smart food™
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 5 g fresh mint


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend for 30 seconds.

For more information on the product used in this recipe visit: