Low-Carb Snack Ideas

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Sun, 08-26-2012 - 11:08pm

So .... I fixed my snacks for the week, and I'm already bored with this.  :smileysad:  I know.  Patience.  I'm fine with the morning oatmeal, though I might vary the fruit I put in it some.  I had a McD's Maple oatmeal and fruit out of necessity on Saturday morning, but I'm betting the sugar content of that is more than I should be taking in based on the taste of it and on the blood glucose reading an hour after I ate it.  However, it had a variety of fruits in it:  apple chunks (which is what I do daily), craisins, and raisins.  I don't do raisins, but it's good to know I can throw craisins in it on a day when I'm out of apples.  I also just need to get eggs on hand again, so I can fix an egg in some form on a morning when I have time to do that for a change of pace.

I've got a good start, I think, but I cried all day Friday and off and on today.  I'm aching for that Diet Pepsi, and I sooooo want the chocolate chip cookies still sitting on the bar.  It's more stressful changing the lifestyle than I anticipated.  So ... obviously, I need some variety.  I just Googled "snacks for diabetics" and here's what I found that appealed to *me* ... thought I'd share in case anyone else was interested:

 

1 T light cream cheese on 2 graham crackers w/ 1/4 c halved grapes

2 oz drained water-packed tuna w/ 1 t light mayo and 1 t Dijon mustard atop 2 rye crisp crackers

1/2 banana sliced and dipped into 1/2 oz dark chocolate, melted

toast 1/2 of a round whole grain sandwich thin and top with tomato slices and shredded mozzarella cheese

low sodium deli ham folded onto a skewer w/ 3/4 c chunked pineapple

3/4 oz baked tortilla chips with 1/4 c salsa

rye crisp crackers with onion-flavored cream cheese and cucumber slices

popcorn

1/2 of whole wheat English muffin with 1 oz low fat cheese and 1/4 apple sliced under broiler

sugar-free pudding with sliced banana

homemade soups and smoothies

as well as fresh fruit and vegetables, of course

 

I was glad to see graham crackers.  I might melt dark chocolate and dip a graham cracker in it to assuage my sweet tooth.  I'm going shopping tomorrow to pick up the ingredients for some of these and to restock the fresh fruits and veggies. 

Stacy, thought you might find this helpful, so I decided to post it here. 


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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 8:02am
HUGS Geo, it is hard. Especially if that stuff is around the house for you to see.

I just do whole wheat crackers when I need some. There are tons of whole grain crackers out there.

Tuna or chicken on crackers is my lunch on school days. I don't add any condiments. :smileyhappy:

These look like some good ideas! I could totally get into the toasted sandwhich with tomaoto and motz.

I found some sugar free ice cream bars. They are black raspberry by blue bunny. They are very good and settles that sweet tooth. They have 2g of sugar in one-natural sugar.

You will make it girl! :smileyhappy:
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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 8:25am
Love to you! I'm sorry Julie - it isn't easy and you are doing so well. Think of how GOOD you will feel 3 months from now when your A1C is lower. And you no longer have a craving for these things? And you can enjoy a bite or even a small whole of the foods you want as a treat and truly enjoy the flavor and the treat without feeling guilty or suffering the carb coma afterward?

Be proud of your willpower and commitment so far - you are doing well, and finding alternatives. I'm proud of you.
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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 9:27am

Be aware that craisins have added sugar.I really don't know if it is enough for you to worry about, but I've been reading ingredients recently and I have yet to find any that don't list sugar as an ingredient.

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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 9:55am
I know, Karen. But Dr. Oz says that eaten in moderation, they're O.K., and that they are full of nutrients. Right now, I eat them in Trail Mix, so they are balanced out by cashews, almonds, and sunflower kernals. But Red likes to eat everything BUT the craisins, so I can always take the ones he leaves behind and put them in oatmeal if I'm out of apples. He left me craisins in two containers I had packed for vacation, and when I opened them to have a snack and saw only craisins, I was ready to toss him out the door! I ended up using them on fresh spinach salads, so they didn't go to waste. "Well, just put them in with the rest of the mix when we get home," he said. "I CAN'T!" I said. "It upsets the balance of sugar with protein." He so doesn't get it. *sigh*

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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 9:56am
Thanks. I need that right now. More than you know. {{{{{HUGS}}}}}}

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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 9:59am
Thanks, STacy. I feel like a big baby. So many people have it SO much worse. It's not even like I'm dwelling on it. IT just kind of bubbles up. I'm going shopping after work. blood glucose average is up five points on the monitor. I keep reminding myself that is because I'm now trying to remember to check it before bed and I checked it after the McD's oatmeal, so there are higher numbers to deal with. Technically, then, it isn't really up ... just giving me a more accurate reading. *ugh* I liked the lower one better. :smileywink:

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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 10:07am
HUGS HUGS

I wish I could give you some real ones.
Better yet I wish I lived closer so we could work on this together! :smileyhappy:

You are so strong and doing a great job. I fell off the wagon this weekend at the scout campout. I don't have much choice in the food we have there.

I agree on the craisins. :smileyhappy: so yummy and I try to eat them in moderation too.

Hey do you have a walmart around? they have great value instant oatmeal that is sugar free! I get the apple packets for school. its also a quick 30 second fix and you can put it in a coffee mug and take it with you when you leave the house if you need to eat on the run! I think they also have one more flavor that is sugar free as well.
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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 10:21am
Mix your own oatmeal packets, with whole oats, or whole rolled oats. Still only takes bit to do it in the microwave, and then you can add your own sugar (a touch of brown with a bit of cinnamon, the craisins, fresh apple, peach chunks that haven't been treated, bananas and almonds...etc.)

try doing Irish oatmeal where it soaks overnight and gets nice and plump. You can use hot water the night before, or not even cook it at all, but the grain gets so nice and plump and filling, you'd never notice. You could even make it IN that coffee cup, so all you have to do is grab it!
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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 10:33am
I don't add any sugar to my oatmeals at all.
I use the instant at school as I can only keep non perishables there.

at this point I mostly have apples for breakfast.
its boring but its quick and easy to grab-seems to keep me full for a long time. sometimes I will have wheat toast or cheese with it

I have finished off all the yougurt that i had and have been reading tubs and such for a while now and cannot find any with low enough sugar.

I am trying to be really careful and not have any that I am not directly aware of, and trying to make sure that I only have natural sugars from foods.

I rarely eat before I get to school. on school days i get up at 6 and we leave by 7 and I just can't eat that early in the morning. LOL

will makes fun of my food sometimes now- like i had a sandwhich friday night before we left, he said it looked like salad on bread. well there was a slice of ham and cheese on there but the rest was romiane and tomatos.

one of my favorites: avocado, baby spinach, onions and tomato. thats my lunch lots of days.
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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 12:13pm
I do have a wal mart, but I prepare my oatmeal for the week ahead of time here, so that's not really an issue. I put half a cup of oats, a tablespoon of flax seed, a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, and two teaspoons of brown sugar (down from a tablespoon, which is down from probably twice as much or more pre-diagnosis). I put them in single serve Tupperware containers in a small soft-side Tupperware cooler that is sitting in my kitchen, and then I can just grab one out in the morning, chop the apple into the measuring cup with 3/4 c of water, and put it in the microwave for a minute while I wash my hands good and take my fasting count. The whole process takes less than five minutes, and it works well. I'm just thinking something besides an apple every day might be nice, but you know what they SAY about an apple a day, so ... maybe it's a system that doesn't need changing ...

I also pre-package my Trail Mix in small containers for the week, so I can just grab one out and put it in my purse when I empty another, and I put peanut butter in the itty bitty Tupperware "smidgets" for the other half of the apple later in the morning. I do that on Saturday or Sunday and have them ready to go for the week. I cut cheese into sticks and *have* been putting it in the fridge, but the last batch got moldy quick! So I just did another slab and put those cheese sticks in the freezer. I'll try pulling out what I want for the day, and see how that holds.

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