At my last checkup my randon BG was up around 196. I had a Fasting BG of about 100 earlier that morning but my appointment was three hours after I had breakfast and I expected it to a bit higher by then, but not quite that high. I had made a fruit smoothie with Strawberries, Banans, and O.J. that morning and I asked the doc if I needed to eliminate them completely. His suggestion was that I have a slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter to slow the absorption of sugars into my bloodstream. Well I have never in my life liked peanut butter - sorry if that offends most of the people in the world, but it's true, I can't stand the stuff. Anyway he said I could substitute a variety of nut butters as long as they were unsweetened. I found some Nature's Choice Cashew Butter on the supermarket shelf and, after checking the expiration date, I took a chance on it since I do love cashews. Well, it's a winner folks! I will add that you may want to stir it thoroughly after opening it for the first time because a small amount of the oils in it separate and rise to the top of the jar. This may be due to it being an organic product. It holds up well in the refrigerator and does not separate again once mixed. It spreads fairly easily and tastes soooo good. I tried it with a little jelly at first, but now I prefer it alone on a slice of whole grain toast. It has become my go to late evening snack. So, if there are any other peanut butter dislikers among you, maybe cashew butter could be the option you have been looking for. I do know that it can be a bit pricey which is why i mentioned that I got Nature's Choice brand. At $4.99 for the jar it wasn't too bad of an investment. Hey, the Almond butter version was a whopping $10.99 for a jar! Good thing I am not all that crazy about almonds eother, although I should mention that my doc preferred almonds over cashews for nutritional value. The cashews are higher in fat calories, but at least it's "good" fat.
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