Snacks that are good for me

By Antiquegranny Latest Reply 2011-11-04 18:27:48 -0500
Started 2011-10-18 04:41:01 -0500

I am what my doctor calls prediabetic but am very much over weight so need to loose weight.Therefore,am considering myself already diabetic for diet concerns.My biggest problem is and has been I live alone and was a very active person and a good cook.Well, 7 yrs. ago I had a stroke and all that came to a halt.I had to have all my teeth pulled as well and have had 2 sets of dentures and because of medical problems.can't wear them.So,am by myself,can't shop frequently,can't stand to cook so have someone to cook for me 1 meal per day Mon.- Fri. and I used to be a heavy smoker.When I gave up the smoking the day I had my stroke I took up pretzels,then because of the salt had to give them up and went to animal crackers and now I can't find anything low carbs. that I can chew and eat pretty much any time during the day or night.I have grandchildren and can't get down and play with them so I am determined so would appreciate any help.

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John Crowley
John Crowley 2011-11-04 17:40:18 -0500 Report

We've had some great discussions in the past where we shared our favorite snack ideas. Here are a few links that might be helpful too:

Antiquegranny 2011-11-04 18:27:48 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for all the suggestions and I will try what I can either chew or tolerate which does leave out a lot but not all/

Caroltoo 2011-11-03 01:07:14 -0500 Report

If you tolerate cheese, have you tried the original string cheese? It's a lowfat mozzarella in the shape of a fat pen. Tasty and under 100 calories. Costco carries a large pack of 32 for under $10. There are also some types of string cheese with cheddar in them, but they are usually higher in fat and calories.

Antiquegranny 2011-11-03 01:27:15 -0500 Report

thank you for all your suggestions.I do get string cheese and hunks of cheese but have to watch how much of that I eat too.What I am munching on now is pork rines which has no carbs or calories but are veryyyyyyyyy old and I have to let them dissolve in my mouth but at least it is something for now.

jayabee52 2011-11-04 14:33:14 -0500 Report

aren't those pork rinds rather high in sodium?

Antiquegranny 2011-11-04 16:25:52 -0500 Report

yes,and very stale but didn't eat many or should I say couldn't chew many.But they were better than having the alternative which was good old bags of animal crackers. My caretaker fixed me a plate of cut up pieces of a low fat,low carb tortilla and fried it in evo and then put cinnamon and Splenda on it and it tastes pretty good and can eat as many as I want

Type1Lou 2011-11-04 17:32:04 -0500 Report

Sorry to say, while the low fat, low carb tortilla is perhaps a better alternative, it is not a "free" food and you should still limit how many you eat based on the overall carb value.

Antiquegranny 2011-11-04 17:45:05 -0500 Report

sorry,I was wrong they aren't tortillas but whole wheat flatbread and they only have 6gm carbs but have 9gms of fiber so yes they are pretty well free,right?

Type1Lou 2011-11-04 18:22:26 -0500 Report

Usually, total carbohydrate includes the fiber carbohydrate grams. For example, this is the nutritional info on a package of multigrain sandwich flats that I have on hand: Serving size is 1 flat- Total carbohydrate 20 grams. This is further broken down into 5 grams of dietary fiber and 3 grams of sugars…I'm not sure where the other 12 grams come from???? If you subtract the 5 grams of fiber, the flat has 16 grams of carb that you should count. (according to Gary Scheiner in his book "Think Like a Pancreas" he says "When consuming foods that contain more than 3 grams of fiber, subtract the fiber grams from the total carbohydrate." ) Your package of flats may be slightly different but I doubt the Total carbohydrate value would be less than the fiber value so it can't be a "free" food. Bummer, I know!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-02 14:49:16 -0500 Report

Can you have yogurt or cottage cheese? They have those little serving cups and you would be able to eat those ok? Just a thought. Also hard boiled eggs are good if you can have those. Obviously you shouldn't eat tons of them, but it's something you could have now and then? If i come up with anything else i will let you know. Good luck and God Bless

Antiquegranny 2011-11-02 17:18:32 -0500 Report

I can and do eat those things but need what I call finger foods.I can't help but think that there has to be some kind of chip,vegetable or something that can be baked or something.So that it is finger food but crunchy.

jayabee52 2011-10-29 13:24:43 -0500 Report

I know that it might be not as palitable, but there is a "mechanical soft" diet. The food is put in a blender and run as little as possible.

"Sugar free" puddings and jellos might be a good snack for you. Also shakes made for People with diabetes might be useful too.

Antiquegranny 2011-10-29 15:57:59 -0500 Report

Thank you for your suggestion but what I should have said was "finger food snacks".The type of things you would have in place of a cigarette while on a computer.Now I am on low sodium,1500cal.,75carb diet and I can't cook or afford to have meals that are prepared to that specification for me so I just don't know what to do.

jayabee52 2011-10-29 16:07:06 -0500 Report

I see you can't stand up to cook. What about trying a bar stool and have that support you while you cook. I am guessing you are able to walk from place to place. If not, sorry for the wrong guess.

Antiquegranny 2011-10-29 16:51:47 -0500 Report

It is a vicious cycle because I have a bad back,among many things,and I need to of course loose weight to help and I can't stand for longer than 5 minutes and sitting is a challenge too because I am short and either my feet don't touch the ground or my back isn't all the way in the chair.I was a nurse for 12yrs and then had 2 Antique Shops so am definitely not used to inability to move around on my own.

jayabee52 2011-10-29 17:28:51 -0500 Report

That sounds difficult.

As far as finger foods go, how might hotdogs be? I used to often eat them cold and I thought they were good. I don't eat them any more due to my kidney problems.

Antiquegranny 2011-10-29 18:06:44 -0500 Report

the hot dogs or any meat would be good but it has a lot if sodium so that lets them out and that is why I can't get Meal on Wheels.They use a lot of ham because they get it free.I sure do appreciate you people for trying and maybe we will stumble on something.

Caroltoo 2011-10-29 12:36:51 -0500 Report

OOOOPS…a typo. I meant to say I found a bag of toasted salt-free soy nuts. However, grinding them might make them easier to chew. I munch deveined celery when I'm feeling a little compulsive.

Caroltoo 2011-10-29 12:31:18 -0500 Report

Recently I gound a bag of toasted salt-free soy nuts in Whole Foods. Never having eaten a lot of soy, I was sceptical. I tried them and they were good. Soy is high enough in protein so that it helps to lesson the BG increase of the carbs. Not something to bing on, but in moderation, it's a tasty & healthy, nutty flavored treat.

Antiquegranny 2011-10-29 16:10:16 -0500 Report

Sounds great but can't chew any nuts,celery or anything crunchy and I should have said "finger foods" to hold while doing computer and other things in place of cigarette.Thank you for help.

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