Cookie Roma
By Cookie Roma Latest Reply 2012-07-01 06:50:34 -0500
Started 2011-04-29 21:25:32 -0500

What do any of you lovely people makes a good and healthy snack . Keep in mind that most every fruit causes my bs to shoot up. I don't eat much ever but now and then I could really use a little snack.
Sometimes I'll eat a small handful of peanuts but that can get boring. Any ideas you all may have would be appreciated!!!!

58 replies

LindaWag 2011-05-07 11:25:55 -0500 Report

I find sugar free puddings just right. I buy the kind that don't have to be refridgerated so I can keep them in my drawer at work.

VickieF 2011-05-02 02:00:50 -0500 Report

Would you believe that the "Dolar Tree" in town has a wounderful asortment of Sugar FREE candy. anything from hard Lemon candy to coffee candies. I was surprised that they had a better selction than most of the grocery stores. They even had nut and carmel, and mint patties. LOL And you know I am an awsone Nana when my grandkids come to visit and I have hard candy in my candy dish. lol

jayabee52 2011-05-02 02:11:50 -0500 Report

BE CAREFUL with the SF candies! Most of them can have "a laxitive effect" if too many of those are eaten. (I learned that personally — the hard way!) Don't want your grands in the bathroom most of the day. And because they're little, it'd take less to get the Laxitive effect.

My recommendation, keep regular sugared candy in the house for when they're there. Better that than having to clean them or your bathroom up. JMHO.

VickieF 2011-05-02 16:09:43 -0500 Report

LOL Thanks jayabee. That is why my candy dish is put up out of reach. lol They have to ask so Nana can get them and can keep track. They also have to set down to eat them so no runing and choking on them. Everything in moderation.
That is a good reminder for all of us though, Jayabee.

bookcase 2011-05-07 00:31:59 -0500 Report

If you go with SF candies here's something I recently found out that you may or may not know. Sugar Alcohol is a term you will see with SF candies and after puzzling for months over what it meant from a diabetic standpoint, I finally got a candy with an explanation on it's package.

Here's the explanation that Russell Stover puts on their candy "We use a unique blend of sugar substitutes the US Government refers to as 'sugar alcohol'. These sugar substitutes are slowly metabolized carbohydrates that generally cause only a small rise in blood glucose levels."

Sugar alcohol is stuff like Splenda and is still marked into the total carbohydrates. So my favorite Coconut chocolates still have 28g of TC per serving (3 pieces) with 26g coming from the sugar alcohols. My main concern is my sugar intake not my TC so you might want to talk with your doctor about SF candies before trying them. If you can have them there are a lot of great varieties out there to try.

VickieF 2011-05-08 02:31:12 -0500 Report

Thank you bookcase. I do check the carbs not the sugar myself and if the sf candy says 28 carbs per say 3 peaces I eat only one. Thus I know my carb intake is only 9.
I very much like that you thought to check the sugar alcohol. It is always nice to learn something new. Thank you!
God Bless,

Somoca 2011-04-30 21:20:41 -0500 Report

Trailmix. I make my own so I know what I'm eating. Yogurt raisins, nuts, sesame sticks, and a few dark semi chocolate chips. Lord have mercy now I'm hungry lol

tabby9146 2011-05-01 15:12:59 -0500 Report

I love snacks like that too and frequently fix those, sometimes no raisins, or with all that plus some pistachios, almonds, and pumpkin or sunflower seeds. all are yummy!

Somoca 2011-05-01 15:26:50 -0500 Report

How could I forget the sunflower seeds, those are good too, unsalted of course lol

tabby9146 2011-05-01 15:29:17 -0500 Report

I love those kinds of snacks, trail mix. sometimes I put a little bit of semisweet mini chocolate chips in them, or dried fruit, but I know we have to go easy on the dried fruit too. One thing I thought about adding, but haven't yet is some flaked coconut.

VickieF 2011-05-02 02:05:53 -0500 Report

It might help if you want a bit more dried fruit like dried cheries or rasins, try taking your kitchen scisors and cut them in half. They will mix in it well and you get a bit of fruit in almost every bite.

tabby9146 2011-05-01 15:30:08 -0500 Report

I also always have to snack between b'fast and lunch. Morning is the time when I can go low, not very low, just enough that I feel strange and I know that feeling, so I get something, sometimes I get a headache just being 80 or in the 70s!

MrsCDogg 2011-04-30 17:19:49 -0500 Report

One of my favorite snacks is fresh berries they don't affect my sugar much. I also love cheese, cottage cheese, sour pickles, sweet banana peppers they are just like the ones dietcherry talked about except they are not hot, fresh celery with cream cheese. If I crave something sweet at night I will sometimes make a cup of Constant Comment decaf sweeten it with some Splenda and then add a bit of real cream. Very satisfying!

dietcherry 2011-04-30 16:17:58 -0500 Report

I dont snack much but when I do: edamame, cottage cheese, banana peppers or pepperoncinis, Claussen dill pickles, and s-f pudding cups. A liquid snack is Great Value s-f cherry limeade instead of water.

tabby9146 2011-05-01 15:13:44 -0500 Report

love those SF pudding cups and I love edamame in salads!

dietcherry 2011-05-01 20:33:38 -0500 Report

I eat the edamame all by itself-I look down and half the bag is gone! I had to switch to the pudding cups from the box mix cause again I would look down and half the bowl would be gone! lol

edvel54 2011-04-30 14:37:20 -0500 Report

These are all low or no calorie foods that shouldn't make your sugars go up.
celery, lettuce, cukes, gr. peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower & broccoli
A sm tangerine, 1/2 cup watermelon, 1/4 of a cantaloupe, sm. tomato, med. carrot, 1 cup plain popcorn & 12 pretzel sticks.

Gimpalong 2011-05-02 01:08:08 -0500 Report

It looks like you keep your fridge stocked about like mine. The trouble is, I don't want to stop at 1/2 cup watermelon. I like to take all of the other items and make a salad. I keep a bowl of plain popcorn in a bowl on the counter in the kitchen where I can get a small handfull when I go by if I need a pick-me-up. I also like to use just a lemon slice in a glass of water. It helps to quinch my thirst, and I don't seem to try to snack as much. Have a great week. God bless.

jayabee52 2011-04-30 14:46:02 -0500 Report

as Ray T said a couple of posts previously, Cookie (and all of us) should let our meters decide what snacks we may safely eat. That means getting to know our own bodies and what consumables affect them positively, negatively or neutrally.

Gimpalong 2011-05-02 01:12:36 -0500 Report

Hi Jay, how are things going for you? I hope you had a great weekend. You're right when you said that we know our bodies and its needs. It does, however, take a while to learn that. Take care of you, and God bless.

jayabee52 2011-05-02 01:28:43 -0500 Report

I went to Wally world today, Nancy to take a friend and do some grocery shopping too.

Since it was the first of month the place was an absolute ZOO! I usually use one of the 8 electric scooters they have there, but couldn't because most of them were in use, and those which weren't, had low batteries, yet someone neglected to plug them in. I cut down my list quite a bit — just got essentials.

Was planning to get ingredients for the German Choc. cake I posted a while ago in the recipes, but that was a lot of walking in the store to find everything. EXHAUSTED when done and home.

But all in all an OK day for me and my friend "Cid". He has no operational car, so needs help getting around.

Blessings to you Nancy


VickieF 2011-05-02 02:11:14 -0500 Report

James, You are a wonderful Friend! God Bless You! You help so many people all of the time. Thak You.

Liz e pooh
Liz e pooh 2011-04-30 14:33:11 -0500 Report

I like 1 cup of plain low fat yogurt with thawed frozen fruit. I add 1 packet of Splenda or Equal. It's delicious

Gimpalong 2011-05-02 01:15:18 -0500 Report

Hi Liz, have you tried to eat the fruit frozen in your yogart. Sometimes I like to feeze bananas, then chop a few slices in yogart. The frozen banana almost tastes like a banana ice cream. I love yogart and berries of all kinds. Have a great week.

jayabee52 2011-05-02 02:22:09 -0500 Report

I used to LOVE frozen bananna on a stick dipped in chocolate. Kind of like an Ice cream bar! Haven't thought about those for quite a while. Can't have banannas any more. :-

Gimpalong 2011-05-03 22:47:01 -0500 Report

Do you have to stay away from all potasium foods? I haven't had any serious kidney problems, so I really don't know much about the restrictions. I pray that you never have to go on dialises (sp?) full time. Take care of yourself, friend. I hope you had a wonderful day. I was intrigued about your dancing. Do you do competition dancing? The salsa sounds like fun. I know that dancing is a great way to keep in shape.


jayabee52 2011-05-04 00:56:49 -0500 Report

Yes, Nancy,
I have to limit both potassium and phosphorus. Most fruits & veggies have potassium in them. But not all have the same levels of potassium. (more abput that in the second link re diet restrictions)

Here are a couple of good general references about diabetes and kidney disease as together: This PDF tells us about the 5 stages of kidney disease, how the stages are measured (I am on the edge between stage 3 & 4 the last time my GFR was measured — so I may be going on dialysis again soon.)

You'll see there that some fruits & veggies are low, some are medium and some are high. We should eat the low, and only sometimes eat from the medium list and avoid those which are high. (sorry, I was referring to another sheet of potassium listings which I can not find right now.)

As far as being on hemodialysis, I pray I don't have to go BACK on it, as I had been on it for 10 mos in 2006-2007. But I keep my fistula (a vein and arteriy grafted together to provide a place to put the dialysis needles in ) in good shape so it's ready to go when needed. (In fact it was used in Nov 2010 for a couple dialysis sessions to when I needed transfusions.

I love to dance! I get a lot of enjoyment from it.

No I don't do competition dancing as my balance is challenged by some ministrokes and my gait is affected. So the only competition I do is with gravity. If I don't fall down that night I WIN!

I used to do a lot of East coast swing, and a dance called "contra" which is the parent form of modern square dance. I also did the grand parent of square dance "english country dance" (they do that in the dance scenes in Little Women — I believe).

I grew up in my teen years doing "swap-n-swing" square dance, and since I lived in a community with a germanic background, I did polka, shotissche and waltz.

Dancing exercises the whole person, body, mind and social components of me.

I am learning Salsa to keep learning new things, and to keep myself fresh.

And I also secretly hold out the hope that pehaps I will find someone with whom to spend the rest of my life. (But I'm not holding my breath either.)

Well it's time to sign off, as it's late

Blessings, Nancy!


RAYT721 2011-04-30 14:23:34 -0500 Report

Cookie: as you can see there are many "snacks" that can help but they don't have to be approved by the snack police. Whatever you like and what your meter likes is truly "approved" as a snack. If you want pizza, have pizza. I make mine with English Muffins or low-carb tortillas. It doesn't have to be the Domino's Fat or Calorie Lovers pizza. Sometimes, simple swaps can give you the taste without the waist.

Dixiemom 2011-04-30 14:15:40 -0500 Report

I like low fat yoguhrt and Kroger's makes some of theirs with Splenda. I also use unsweetened applesauce, laughing cow cheese, and sometimes little beef bites for added protein,

MewElla 2011-04-30 13:54:51 -0500 Report

I like string cheese, 1/2 apple with cinnamon sprinkled on it, hard boiled egg,graham cracker/spread lite pntbutter or granola bar (low fat-90 calorie).

Gimpalong 2011-05-02 01:19:35 -0500 Report

It sounds good to me. Are we going to meet at your place or mine? I hope you have a great week. Take care of you. God bless.

Kirla 2011-04-30 08:33:27 -0500 Report

For snacks I eat sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cheese, celery with blue cheese dip, pickles, cucumbers, chicken wings, soy flour pancakes, soy flour waffles, soy flour carrot/chocolate cake and soy flour pumpkin bread. Sometimes will snack on leftover chicken, beef, pork or a hard-boiled egg. Homemade low carb ice cream made with greek yogurt, protein powder and nut milk.

RAYT721 2011-04-29 22:08:17 -0500 Report

I like variety to avoid the boredom. I'm nuts about nuts so it's not only peanuts that I snack on… pistachios, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, etc are all pretty good if eaten in moderation. Peanut butter is not a bad thing (read the labels to avoid extra junk besides peanuts) which is good on a low carb bread or bread alternative. Eggs are a good snack as long as you don't overdo them (hard boiled, scrambled, omelets, or even just egg beater or just whites). I sometimes have low fat dairy products (cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese) or rolled up lunch meats and/or cheeses. Think about healthy cereals, protein shakes or bars, healthier soup (homemade?), dinner leftovers, frozen entrees (read the labels), or … well, something ought to sound good. Keep a list of favorite snacks handy for those "what can I have?" moments we all are subject to.

spitfirelady 2011-04-30 23:44:30 -0500 Report

I post mine on the fridge so I don't get carried away! Sugar free hot chocolate at night… Love it! half apple with tablesp peanut butter, hot tea with cinnamon, cheese with fiber crackers/wasa, lo carb/no sugar
Tortilla with oz cheese and jalapeƱo heated in microwave, dark chocolate 80 above, radishes, hot dills!!! Sounds like anything spicy!!! :)

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