How Many Healthy Snacks Are Too Many?

By Latest Reply 2009-01-14 12:02:13 -0600
Started 2009-01-11 07:53:54 -0600

Can you supplement full meals with healthy snacks and have more small meals per day that way? Or is it better to have 3 meals a day and a couple healthy snacks?

7 replies

SkipT 2009-01-13 18:06:46 -0600 Report

I try and follow the rule of small numbers. Eating smaller meals with occasional snacks seem to keep BG from constant ups and downs. Not shocking the body with too much food at one time seems to be the way to go.

2009-01-13 17:46:51 -0600 Report

This is a great topic. I have wondered about this myself. I look forward to see what others do and hopefully get some good ideas as to what might help me.

2009-01-11 12:47:17 -0600 Report

Everyone is different, you have to experiment and see what works best for you. I personally find that 6 small meals works for me. Many of them could be counted as healthy snacks I suppose. You take your total allowed calories or carb count and divide it by 6 and that's how much you can eat at each 'meal'. If you are doing carb counting you of course have to supplement with free vegies and protein. But everyone is different, if this way of doing things would leave someone hungry all the time then they need to do bigger meals and smaller snacks. Experimenting and testing is the best way to figure it out for yourself.


MeiMei 2009-01-13 13:15:11 -0600 Report

Smaller more frequent meals would seem the ideal way to keep the blood sugars more even. But as the lady says, every one is different and each one has to find out what works for them.

Anonymous 2009-01-11 12:12:46 -0600 Report

For me, I eat 4 healthy snacks a day and 1 meal. It works for me.

Ani 2009-01-14 11:53:11 -0600 Report

How is ti that it works. I would like to try this maybe it would help me controll my appitite.

Anonymous 2009-01-14 12:02:13 -0600 Report

When I went to the dietician when I was diagnosed she noticed the things I liked to eat. Veggies and salads alot. So she said to do that throughtout the day with a small protein or dairy and then at night before 7 eat a small meal. My small meal is on a salad plate and 1/2 is veggies or salad, 1/4 is meat and 1/4 is a carb like coucous, rice, pasta or corn or potato. Works for me. My numbers stay even during the day and at night 2 hours after they are in range.