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TVEditor
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
OK. I'll start :-)
 
With my early-rising schedule, I find that I need something to gnaw on a couple of hours after breakfast at 5 AM.  I stumbled across some packs of pretzels & cheese, breadsticks & cheese, crackers & cheese that are probably meant for kids' lunches (8 little pretzels/breadsticks, 4 crackers & a bit of cheese-like substance ... its labelled 'cheese product' -- who knows these days;-).  A five-pack costs about $2.50 Canadian and they weigh in at around 13g carbs / 1g fibre / 2 g sugar and 80 calories.  Not the ideal low numbers I know but I find that if I eat them slow and savour every bite, they tide me over until lunch without spiking my blood sugar readings too bad.
 
Maybe that's just ME so test, test, test ...
 
Chris

Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/6/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Chris,
Years ago I tried the "Zone Diet" and snacks there are very low carb but very satisfying. Have you ever tried nuts and cheese for a snack? I believe the amount of each is: One inch by one inch by one inch = one ounce of motzarella or montaray jack cheese along with a serving of nuts. (18 peanuts = 6 almonds = 1 macadamia)

The secret to this snack is that nuts and cheese are both relatively low carb so they don't spike and then drop your sugar the way a carb will, they have a kind of high fat content which slows stomach emptying time and leads to a high satiety factor, and they have some protein which also contributes to killing hunger.

It's been my experience that eating this type of cheese/nut snack will usually hold my hunger at bay for about two hours. You might try it and see if it works the same for you. BTW, I use peanuts roasted in oil, not the dry roasted kind. Peanut oil is a monounsaturated fat and actually helps raise HDL's and lower LDL's. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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Phishbowl
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   Posted 2/6/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd trade the "cheese-like substance" for peanut butter and might try 'em as a snack. It's the salt level in the cheeeze and the pretzels that doesn't agree with me (even Cheeze-Whiz gives me heartburn or that acid thing :-(

Almonds and cheese are two of my "go-to's". If I'm rushed, milk or yogurt. PB on somehting carby if I need energy for a while. I've even grabbed one or two of those "pepperetttes", those little meat stix, in a pinch (again the salt/spice gives me heartburn if eaten alone). They're not so bad if I eat 'em with a chunk 'o cheese. Unfortunately, most of my other snacks are ones I probably shouldn't mention in this "healthy" snacks thread :-)

Kris
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TVEditor
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   Posted 2/6/2009 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes Jeannie, when I have time to plan the next days meals/snacks, cheese & nuts are my usual choices.  I found them to be much more filling/satisfying than broccoli or cauliflower or veggies in general.  The bulk food section of our local mart has a nice Mixed Nuts/No Salt bin that I frequent.  My problem with this is I LOVE cashews ... the store clerks get mad when they catch me hand-picking instead of using the scoop ;-)  I have to rein myself in when it comes to cashews.

Not that I like the little pretzel/cheese packs better its just that they are handy when time is short in the morning before going to work.

 

Chris


LanieG
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   Posted 2/6/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Ok, here goes.  There are some duplicates on my list (what you guys have already said, that is), but it's easier for me to rattle them off this way.  :)

cheese, nuts, sugar-free yogurt, raw broccoli and cauliflower, radishes, slices of cucumbers, olives, cheese puffs (from the Bernstein's book), hard-boiled eggs, celery with cream cheese (Kraft 1/3 Less Fat has fewer carbs that all their other neufchatel or cream cheese), celery with PB, boiled shrimp... and dill pickles (probably better to eat the pickles with lunch!)

In our house, we eat both the regular almonds and the Marcona.  They're almost like different nuts but both are great.  Don't forget walnuts, too.  In fact, mix up some walnuts, almonds and others.  (Costco has cans of Marcona almonds.)

I think the key for most snacks for us is the "ready" factor.  If you don't have them ready to eat, you may end up eating what you shouldn't, so:  keep baggies of nuts in acceptable portions, keep baggies of broccoli and cauliflower in the freezer so you can grab them when you need them or you're leaving for work, boil several eggs and keep them in a bowl for the week, cut up cubes of hard cheese and keep them in baggies for the week (I did that on Sunday night.  I had baggies for the whole week then.), keep about 5 or 6 boiled, cleaned, etc. and seasoned shrimp in baggies in the freezer (they'll stay cold at work or school).  If we're prepared, then the vending machine doesn't beckon.

As always, you've got to test to see how you react to any food.  For instance, I can't eat a whole container of yogurt, so I'll eat half of one and put it back in the refrigerator for later.  Of course now some yogurt comes in smaller containers, but you still have to test to know how much you can eat of the different kinds.

 


Lanie
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


Tony McGuire
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   Posted 2/11/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Ocean Spray DIET cranberry or cranberry/grape drink mix. The low sugar or whatever are not the right ones. DIET.
TWO grams of carbs/sugar per 10 or 12 ounces. That low, you can drink yourself sick before going over the top. I would never touch cranberries before, but tried the one with grape and now find both VERY good.

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Neat thing about that Tony is that we seldom get the amount of liquid we need and thirst is often mistaken for hunger in the brain. Thanks for the idea.

I've started to eat unsalted peanuts in the shell. It's necessary to open and eat each one and clean up the 'trash' on the table so eating the 1/4 cup recommended amount isn't much problem. Shelling the peanuts slows down the eating experience and I enjoy the cracking of the nuts and searching for the 'treasure'. Must be the little kiddle in me. turn
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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